Gaming was my life for as long as I've owned a computer which was back in 1992 if I remember correctly. Oh the fun I had blasting Nazis in Wolfenstein 3D, slaying demons in Diabolo, conquering the world in Civilization II, ruling Europe in Castles II, building woad raider armies in Age of Empires, establishing cities in Simcity 2000, and fighting NOD in Command and Conquer and possibly best of all, building the Roman Empire with Centurion, Defend of Rome. Nowadays, I struggle to be entertained. The graphics are a million times better, but the gameplay and the charm is largely gone. Instead, I am left with "microtransactions" and "massive multiplayer games". I can no longer build up and rule my kingdom at my own pace, I must constantly worry about other players who have dumped $5000 into the game running my desmesne over. There are no charming, pixilated figures marching across the battlefield, I'm left with facebook games and apps and high resolution blood and gore sprayed across my screen.
I miss my youth.
Yes. I remember sitting on my dad's lap watching him play Pirates! Gold on an old, weird-colored PC, and also games like Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat. I would later watch both of my parents play Diablo. All of which I soon started playing myself, as well as Warcraft I and Quake. This would go on to include Warcraft II, Age of Empires, Total Annihilation, Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Diablo II, Simcity 3000, etc.
PC gamer, born and raised. A shame how things have changed, although there seems to be some hope lately with throwbacks like Planetary Annihilation, Divinity: Original Sin, Pillars of Eternity, etc.
I played Shadow of the Horned Rat on the original PS but hated the controls. Would have been so much funner on PC. I played Pirates on C64...15 minutes at a time while waiting 45 min for the power supply top cool down in our un-airconditioned house.
If you get the new version of Pirates, it's pretty much the same game with a few more ships and 10y r old graphics instead of 30 yr old.
For modern games, you might look at some of the Total War Series. I haven't played Rome II but otherwise, all of them have been fun up to this point. The original Shogun and Medieval still have graphics as pixellated as Japanese porn. the new ones have spiffy new graphics but I find the gameplay every bit as fun. With AOE, there is an updated AOE II available that has better graphics (sort of) and five new cultures, otherwise the same old game. Rise of Nations has been re-released. If Red Alert is ever re-released I will have a field day. As for Diablo, Diablo 3 really isn't that bad. It is not as life changing as Diablo II was, but not bad at all.
As for MMO games, I have a friend who plays World of Tanks and is at Tier 8 and doesn't spend any money. If you just play it for the game and don't want to upgrade tanks with any degree of celerity it is totally playable w/o premium or gold round, etc. In World of Warplanes I spend almost no money on it and still have fun. It's just more of a grind than tanks unless you are really good. But regardless, some of my most fun games are in the low tiers anyways.
EDIT - You know, Warplanes really isn't more of a grind than tanks. I just forget that I have been playing tanks for three years and warplanes less than one.
EDIT II - With Total War, if you are going to play Rome Total War you might look at the Rome Total Realism mod. I tooled around on it a bit and it was pretty good.