LOTRO: How The Hell Did I Get Here?

25 Mar

Tsu’s Top 15 Games…

OK you are correct this is slightly OFF topic…have been busy at work and have too much of a proper LOTRO blog backlog so was inspired to do this instead….

The Ancient Gaming Noob

Lvling life

Kitty Kitty Boom Boom!


Space invaders


Trips to the swimming pool were to play this afterwards…and before and sometime we just didn’t get wet!

Star Wars – Arcade

Vector graphics…simply could not believe my eyes…the trench shot was something I dreamed about for years!

Star Wars

Atari 2600, taking down AT-ATs was never so much fun…and the graphics rocked…I remember thinking that!


The first game I ever completed Atari 2600, no camera to take a screenshot and win promo prize but was an awesome feeling…I just got into the zone and surprised everyone…

Dragon’s Lair

Arcade…Is it a cartoon or game…I don’t know but mind blowing for this chap and too expensive if I remember …


Dragon 32! Oops dad just because the dragon is connected with Wales I think. I wonder how my life would have differed if he had got me the spectrum with the easy coding! (and loads more games…) But anyway I spent a lot of time playing this game…in the end I used to play with one shot only avoiding all the asteroids while zooming around…I got bloody good!


Joe, a friend in London introduced me to this game (BBC)…I was crap…he had a joystick that did NOT center…
Never-the-less I tried and tried and didn’t tire of watching him play. Got into it again at Uni, friend had an Amiga version, I got plus version on my first borrowed PC and still dream of trying out the Acorn version…New Elite coming soon! Oh so Dangerous!

Sonic the Hedgehog

At Uni I laughed when I first saw this…then I played it and then I was hooked!

Phantasy Star

Same friend introduced me to this beauty of a game…pity I could never get enough time to play on his MD to complete it! Didn’t like the guy that much at the time but you would have thought we were lovers…just had to get back onto his MD!

Herzog Zwei

And again…friend with MD used to kick my arse in this game (maybe why I didn’t like him that much…) but I did fall for it big time…indeed I have bought this cartridge twice! Now must get a MD again!

Star Wars – Pinball

OK not a computer game but it did have a LED backdrop game so will include…50p never stretched so far…was job hunting and this game enabled me to spend the afternoons constructively…er…well cheaply!


Borrowed a PC for graphics stuff…sure yeah! Doom was free at the moment and I played and played.

Streetfighters II: Champ edition

Eventually got A MD with a friend and we started to play this…a LOT! Chunli then Ken….

Sonic The Hedghog 2

On my GF’s MD at her student flat in Leeds…got up on my bday and completed with all crystals in 1 sitting…Super Sonic almost had me screaming around the house in delight! What a surprise! Was a great day!


In the Arcades I used to get all sweaty playing this…really! Was quite a work out…never did get really good!

Secret of Mana

MD given away with my 1st Herzog cart so was going to get new MD but oh look at those cute super deformed mango characters…what is that…OMG! This is an action version of Phantasy Star…and living with my GF’s brother in Leamington Spa we rocked it again and again!

And the opening music is sublime.


OK this Fxchip powered SNES cart also contributed to my defection from SONIC land!*


On SNES simply mind blowing…ON GC cool and on Wii great, still stuck on GB, but the SNES was the best!

Wipeout 2097

I can’t drive (truly I suck at driving games!) but I can sure fly a hover car! Convinced me to buy a PlayStation… Wipeout 3 was conquered as well.

Final Fantasy vii

All time fav game…so much to talk about just play it!

Full soundtrack here: 4 and half hours of music!

Vandal Hearts

Progidy on the stereo day would be lost playing this, collecting all the hidden bits…(FAQs from internet were appearing!) replayed over and over with different strategies …

Tomb Raider 2

OK I was a late arrival and embarrassed by the heroine’s assets but the game was simply amazing.

The Classical Theme from Training Area:

Resident Evil 2

Again late to party but this game sucked me in and spat me out …normally dead…FINISHED over and over.

Vagrant Story

PLAY IT! So much could be taken from this and turned into a great MMO! They say a sequel will never appear 😦 Never say never…

Battle Zone

Free with my first proper PC, gift from my mum newly moved to Denmark with Danish GF. Flying tanks (oxymoronic!) and RTS in one…Wow! This managed to suck my time away from my PS. BZII was cool as well.


Yet again late to the party – friend installed counter strike for me after building me a new PC and he was amazed I didn’t have Half-life! Never finished but so many moments engrained in my brain.


OK can you see the theme here…


The MMO Fond memories of being killed by a goblin…and chopping worms in first area… comp dies and went back to console gaming.


I fall in love with a game I cannot play as I get to rotate my TV! Looks cool but boy do I suck at SHMUPS…I do love em…in this period I also revisit R-type…the PS version…never do finish…

Phantasy Star Online

Dream Cast with memory card that needs a battery…who thought of that! The game is awesome though but could never connect to play online 😦 Played II on gamecube later.

Metroid Prime

Got a GC for this game…awesome…(played on SNES and GB too..)


Just bizarre…but played until the end!


Loved this game on Game Cube…when dancing and in ZONE…FLUID!

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

Tomb raider on Speed with H2H fighting and wall running.


I was simply blown-away by is…level design so good…and game balance almost perfect.

Shadow of Colossus

Never had a game been reduced to just bosses and here is how to do it….

Command and Conquer

Played this 1 vs 1 with best mate in Denmark…in fact a whole Xmas day was blown away doing so…but after he moved to Korea he got hooked with C&C: Generals we blew loads of time with him trying to teach me to play properly…I can kick most basic players arse but I know that online and with him I am simple standing in the way!  PC dead and am on the road…got a power book that could run this…so if no internet I would play this…


OK my 2nd MMO experience and it hooked me completely…could play with shitty internet connections almost anywhere helped as I was in transit for nearly 3 years. 3 years of Dofus… I miss my Sac…the first TsuKate, Grafted Heart the guild when it lived before I took over the reins on its last legs when it died completely…I blame beer, pool and sex…yeah I met my wife to be and that stopped all of my gaming for about a year…


And here we are…3+ years into family life in Argentina.

*Many years later I visited the temple of Sonic: SEGA world in Tokyo bay and prayed for forgiveness…is this trip to Japan a pilgrimage that all gameheads of my generation want to make…!

weird mix of japanese toys

A list of 38 should be 15… Interesting that 21 of these were actually finished (BLUE)…some more times than others…and some are open ended…

Let’s highlight and order into a top 15…


Vagrant Story




ICO/Shadow of Colossus


Super Metroid

Phantasy Star


Herzog Zwei




Odd that LOTRO only just makes it onto my top 15…it is not the greatest game in the world that keeps me coming back it is the LOTR, the people and the lack of ability to play anything else. I do love it though.

UPDATE 28 Mar 2014

Other Bloggers have now created their top 15:

15 Responses to “LOTRO: How The Hell Did I Get Here?”

  1. Isey March 25, 2014 at 20:59 #

    I became really excited when I saw STARFOX – god, I spent a lot of time playing that game (but completely forgot to put it on my list!) And the Star Wars game (was that Atari?). I love seeing everyone’s list – its a nice reminder of games I had long forgotten! Always find a couple on other’s lists. Thanks for sharing!

    • tsuhelm March 25, 2014 at 22:04 #

      Pleasure was mine…thx for getting it going 🙂

  2. Jackie March 26, 2014 at 04:15 #

    Nice list Tsu. Another old-timer! Apparently we rule the blogosphere. Enjoyed the Space Invaders youtube link especially. Pitfall was good too, but I didn’t have the Atari, and like Adventure, it was sort of a dull thing to play while cozying on your friend’s sofa. Cheers ~

  3. eldaeriel March 27, 2014 at 07:30 #

    ah yeah so many good games! Nice to see Vandal Hearts making your list – I tried to get that to work on the ps3 recently, but no luck. I think FFVII was my first and favourite final fantasy too 🙂

    we played a lot of Wipeout too, word of advice – it gets a bit freaky driving at night, esp through tunnels whilst listening to the wipeout soundtrack 😛

    • tsuhelm March 27, 2014 at 07:42 #

      Vandal Hearts would make a great mobile game now me thinks…I loved the death bleeds, they scared my Mum!

      OH yeah those tracks I listen to at work…The Wipeout tracks really aided in getting into the zone…I listen to the tracks still, it gets crazy QA’ing translations to Firestarter, Fluke, Tinthere…Luckily for my co-workers I do have headphones!

      Also amazing after years not playing I tried again and could remember all the courses…and was soon zipping back at full speed (which was too slow as my friend had never unlocked all the later tracks and ships!)

  4. vyh April 16, 2014 at 00:02 #

    Hold on now. All that FF, and I don’t see 6 on this list! (tsk, tsk) It is 7’s equal, to be sure, and definitely one of the best few games on SNES. It and Chrono Trigger. (Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross also have a couple of the best soundtracks, IMO.)

    But oh man, those Star Wars games are before me; I played the NES one a bit in the 90s. I think it kicked my butt.

    • tsuhelm April 16, 2014 at 07:32 #

      I have come to realise that it may be possible that I have not played it!!!

      My problem is that I thought that FFVI is the same as FFIV as there was a mix up in releases in Japan and US…

      Now FFIV I love (but have never completed…will one day) so have I messed up and missed a shiny FF gem?

      • vyh April 16, 2014 at 12:43 #

        FF6 was originally released as FF3 in the US, and FF4 as FF2. 6 is epic (literally and figuratively), and Kefka’s one of the greatest villains out there. He’s also pretty nuts. I imagine the internet is still arguing about whether 6 or 7 is the best game in the series. Play it!


  1. Picking My 15 Most Influential Games | The Ancient Gaming Noob - March 25, 2014

    […] Tsuhelm […]

  2. The Cynic Dialogues The Cynics Most Influential Games - The Cynic Dialogues - March 27, 2014

    […] Other Influential Games Posts From Fellow Bloggers: Altamaniac The Ancient Gaming Noob Hardcore Casual Healing the Masses High Latency Life I Has PC Kitty Kitty Boom Boom lvling life Mabricks’ Mumblings Me vs. Myself and I Tsuhelm […]

  3. LOTRO: Lucky Eleven Pets LOTRO PLAYERS In The Dungeon, Its A Keeper! | tsuhelm - March 28, 2014

    […] this off my top 15 games: Dungeon Keeper…appropriate link ‘How the Hell did I get here? […]

  4. To Boldly Nerd... | The 15 games that shaped me - April 3, 2014

    […] Tsuhelm […]

  5. tsuhelm - August 22, 2014

    […] Some of this stuff gets repeated from another blog inspired introspection of gaming here. […]

  6. LOTRO: 2 Liebster again! | tsuhelm - August 5, 2015

    […] My top 15 games, chronologically ordered: https://tsuhelm.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/lotro-how-the-hell-did-i-get-here/ […]

  7. GAMES: Not all DOOM and GLOOM cos there is now more DOOM! | tsuhelm - January 21, 2016

    […] I always was a fan of the original DOOM (see my 2 year old post ‘LOTRO: How The Hell Did I Get Here?‘) […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: