1. I am...
... Leonard O'Brien (lob for short). Born April 1969 which makes me about 32 (older than some, but younger than Homer at least!) and currently living in Sydney (Australia) since '96. The pic was taken on my hols at the Hollywood Bowl.
I started playing arcade games back in 1979 at the tender age of 10, and throughout the late 70s and 80s I pretty much played all the arcade haunts in Palmerston North, New Zealand: Golden Takeaways; Gibbs Burger Bar; Georges Fun Parlour; that shady place upstairs near the Regent theatre; the Regent theatre itself; the takeaway shop near the Civic Centre; the Fish & Chip shop across from the Albert Pub; the Fish & Chip shop on the way to Monrad Intermediate; the laundromat just down the road from Freyberg High School; the bowling alley just down the road from Freyberg High School; the machines inside the Student Centre at Massey Uni.... and about 10 other places that came and went.
God, I miss Palmy!
2. I got into MAME...
... late '97 - or was it early '98? - I forget now. I stumbled across an Apple II emulator for the PC, and then found some games for the ancient beast; games I used to play way back in '85 in High School. After a few days, I thought 'maybe someone's emulated arcade games too.'... after a quick search on the net, I found mame. It was just too easy.
3. I love playing...
Defender, Stargate, Ghosts n Goblins, 10 Yard Fight, Galaga, Donky Kong, Pacman, Commando, Berzerk, Puzzle Bobble, KF '98, Scramble, Galaxian, Space Invaders Part II, Hyper Olympic, Viewpoint, Zaxxon, City Connection, Bosconian, Bump n Jump, Karnov, Metal Slug, Moon Patrol, NZ Story, Q-Bert, Rally X, Rastan, Shinobi, Shoot Out, Sky Adventure, Empire City 1931, Time Pilot, Snow Bros, Bombjack, Xevious.
Oh, and I'm also a Pinball fanatic.
4. I would like to say to Nicola and the MAME team...
[Insert Eric Cartman voice-over: "I love you guys"]
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