My interest in computer games began a long, long time ago - back before computers even existed! Well, ok then, I guess before computers became something everyone could afford. Around 1980, we began playing these handheld games that you could rent at various stores; you could also buy them if you had the money, but me being a young kid then - on an allowance - the only real option was to rent them. They ran on batteries and only had one game in them; the one I remember best was called Donkey Kong, and it featured an amazing dual screen. You would play as this Mario character and had to start at the bottom screen and make your way to the top where you had to save the girl, I think, jumping over barrels that this giant monkey would release onto the course.
A year or two later we got our very first "computer", a so-called Videopac - it was actually alot more like a console since games came on cartridges, and without a catridge in it, this "computer" did pretty much nothing. Eventually we got our first Commodore Vic 20 which not only had alot of games available for it (with nicer graphics as well), but it also had a built-in operating system that allowed you to create your own more or less simple programs. That was when my first interest in programming was sparked. After the Vic 20 we got a Commodore 64 which had even more games, and since I was a bit older then, I began to touch the strange world of "machine programming" as we called it. Following the 64 was the Commodore Amiga which had even better and more advanced games, but also an operating system with many more features than its predecessor. Around 1992 or so I eventually got my first PC - featuring an amazing 40 MHz processor and a 128KB graphics card. It's strange to think about how much (and fast!) things have changed.
Over the last year or two I've been enjoying alot of different games, including Bioshock, Crysis (and Crysis Warhead), Gears of War, Mass Effect, Silent Storm, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (and the prequel, Clear Sky) as well as The Witcher. At the time of writing I'm playing a couple of different games besides Far Cry 2, namely Left 4 Dead, Grand Theft Auto IV and Fallout 3.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was released in March, 2007. In case you don't know it, or haven't heard of it, it's a first-person shooter for the PC. The game was in development for more than seven years, and it was delayed several times. I was anxiously awaiting its release since it looked really promising; it has one of the most intruiging locales: the Chernobyl power plant the Ukraine. Although many things were cut from the game, it still proved to be an excellent experience. The awesome atmosphere and depth of the game inspired me to create The Zone Survival Guide - a website similiar to this one, with focus on the single-player portion of the game. Creating The Zone Survival Guide was alot of fun, and it also quickly made it apparent that the game was indeed very deep, unlike many other first-person shooters. It also inspired me to create this website which I started basically when I started to play Far Cry 2; although this game is not nearly as complex or deep, I still found it interesting to put together. I hope you'll find some of the information useful.
I started to create this guide right after I picked up Far Cry 2. While the game was far from as deep as I had hoped, I decided to continue working on this website hoping that at least some of the information will prove useful. As I've mentioned elsewhere, much of the information featured here is somewhat trivial, however I do hope that pages like the Interactive Maps and Diamonds will at least be helpful to some of you.
As hinted on the front page, I don't really update this website on a regular basis anymore. You are still free to contact me, though:
Please notice, that if you do wish to contact me be sure to include something in the subject line that I will be able to spot - ie. "Far Cry" or "FC2" should do. Otherwise I might not notice it because of my spam filter.
Well, all I can say is that I hope you find this site useful and informative. Enjoy!
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