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I think it's probably true that most of us have grown up with computer games - I have a dark and distant memory of some sort of black box with two controllers that allowed us to play an extremely primitive and pixelated game of tennis - from there I moved onto Battle Chess on the PC, Dizzy Egg on the Commodore 64 and Sonic on the Sega MegaDrive. I don't think I could ever be classed as a 'serious gamer'; I can't quite get my fingers around the controls on a joypad!
It wasn't until I met my husband Lee that I discovered what serious gaming looks like - during the past six years we have amassed a wide range of consoles including Sony's PS2, PS3, PSP, Nintendo's Wii and DS as well as the good old PC. We dabbled with an Xbox for a time but as there wasn't enough room for it on the TV stand it got relegated to the cupboard!
Our game tastes are as eclectic as our consoles; I'm a big fan of games that make use of the Wii Remote (i.e. no fiddly little buttons to mess with - I just wave the controllers around to my heart's content!) - Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is my current favourite, though I can often be found heading footballs on the Wii-Fit. Lee on the other hand believes that the Wii is a console for girls (doesn't stop him playing on it though!) and prefers strategy games like Civilisation on the PC and Pro Evolution Soccer or Grand Theft Auto on the PS3.
Our eclectic tastes should make for an interesting mix of reviews across a wide range of consoles - hopefully something for everyone. Of course the beauty of the Internet is two-way conversation, so if you disagree with our thoughts on a game, or have a question about something we didn't cover then be sure to leave a comment. You can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook.
Here are my game reviews.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: