Hey folks, I'm Kevin Jamieson (aka K JAM, aka Ragger)!
I'm new around here, but have loved Wing Commander since no later than grade 1. I've played small bits and pieces of many of the sequels, but I'm really all about WC1. I'm actually about to start the Secret Missions for WC1 for what I think is the 2nd time, but maybe the 1st. I'll probably play WC2 for the first or 2nd time soon too, but that's time permitting.
I'm turning 32 in April and from (and still live in) Edmonton, Canada (population just south of 1 million. Think Wayne Gretzky winning a Stanley Cup? It only ever happened here!). I described a bit of my WC history in my post here
, but basically my Dad got a copy of Wing Commander, along with photo copies of the manual from a friend when we got a 386 (in '91, maybe '92). I wasn't initially allowed to play it (fear I would ruin the joystick or computer from my Dad, and "violence" likely from my Mom), but in the coming months I wore them down and got limited, and then over time increased access to play the game. In spurts I played it (and Chuck Yeager's Air Combat) a lot over the next few years (and several replacement joysticks), and although I now have enjoyed a generous gaming history, Wing Commander would be my fav flight sim type game, and a top 10 game (maybe top 5) of mine all-time.
Other games that have eaten up a lot of time at one point or another
Diablo 2/3, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, Borderlands, FarCry 3/4, EA's NHL series, NBA JAM, Donkey Kong Country 1/2/3, Star Wars: Knight Of The Old Republic, Blades Of Steel, Mortal Kombat 3: Ultimate, Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Guitar Hero(s), Rock Band(s), Doom1/2, Quake 1/2, Counter Strike: Source, Halo 1/2/3, Unreal: Tournament, Age Of Empires 2, Sim City 2000, The Oregon Trail (dos), Spectre (dos), Chuck Yeager's Air Combat (dos), Pharaoh's Tomb (dos), Gorillas (dos), 007 GoldenEye, Burnout: Revenge, Geometry Wars, Portal, Wii Sports, Tiger Woods '10 (Wii), Tetris, Links Golf (dos), a game similar to pong where you cleared bricks (BrickIt? maybe some ripoff game of a bigger or older game, idk), Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1/2, Twisted Edge Extreme Snowboarding, Twisted Metal 3, Cool Boarders 3, 1080 Snowboarding, Crash Team Racing, Crash Bandicoot 1/2, Full Throttle, Double Dragon (2 or 3? it was on dos), Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Virtua Athlete, Diddy Kong Racing, Quarrel, Mario Party(s), Super Mario 1/2/3, Duck Hunt, Star Fox: 64, Super Smash Bros, Worms, Wave Race 64, Turok 2, Stanley Cup and probably some more (especially Nintendo, SNES, N64, PS1 and internet flash) games I'm not currently recalling. The list isn't really in a particular order, but Diablo 2, LoZ:OoT, Borderlands and the EA NHL series are definitely ahead of WC. Past that, I would need to do some soul searching to put them in order. WC is definitely a top 10 game though.
Big geek when it comes to LOTR, Game Of Thrones, Star Wars, Star Trek and kinda Zombies too. I'm not a true movie buff, but I'm not crazy far off. Same could be said for classic rock (my 1800 song playlist is pretty much world class). Musically, I enjoy most everything except most country music. I listen to rap, rock (mostly before 2006ish) and some metal. I enjoy hearing jazz, blues, electronica, classical and some pop music.
I suppose I could do a paragraph on fav movies and tv shows? Maybe just TV shows for now: Game Of Thrones, The Walking Dead (although I'm behind the TV shows, I collect the comics in volumes), Star Trek (TNG & DS9 are my favs, but I've seen and enjoy Voyager and TOS), Archer, Rick And Morty, Letterkenny, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, The Big Bang Theory (again, I'm behind), The Strain, Suits, South Park (WAY behind), The Supernatural (behind), Scrubs, Band Of Brothers, The Pacific, Robot Chicken, The Wire, That 70's Show and Seinfeld would be at the top end of the list. Big Mouth only has 1 season, but it's one I'm liking
I like some board games, like Settlers Of Catan (+expansions), Ticket To Ride (Europe is my fav), Take-Off, Clue and Cards Against Humanity.
Because of WC, CYAC, Top Gun, Star Wars and a uncle + cousin who were aviation enthusiasts, I wanted to be a fighter pilot for a number of years (as well as an NHL hockey player, lol), but I was given that impression that my vision was not good enough to be a fighter pilot (I don't need glasses by any stretch, but I don't have 20/20 or better, either). I nerded out and learned a tonne (that's how we spell "ton' in Canada) about military aircraft, mostly fighters, and love that stuff to this day. I like to fly Raptors! I wish I had one in the Venice System!!!
I have a wife and toddler and I work ( currently part-time) as a financial adviser. I currently spend a lot of time home with my little girl, and that's very rewarding. I'm sports guy too, [all sports, but most especially hockey (shocker)]. Honestly of all things, I'm the biggest nerd when it comes to hockey (particularly when it relates to the Edmonton Oilers, Sidney Crosby or Team Canada).
I read most of the posts in this thread before mine, and it's neat how Wing Commander has brought us here and influenced our lives!
You can usually find a pic of me (and see me talking hockey) on my twitter @KevinJamieson86