Getting the 1997 retrospective ready yesterday reminded me of some wonderful memories that, as it turns out, are great for rediscovering on the weekend.
I shit you not, this is an absolute true story.
My brother and I got a demo version of GTA 1 on a CD - PC Gamer UK, I think - and we played it relentlessly. It was too much fun not to.
Small problem: we were both in primary school at the time. And not like, Year 6 primary school. More the "what are small kids doing playing this game where you run over people on the sidewalk" primary school.
Anyway, the big appeal of GTA was that you could rack up a high score very quickly through the multiplier system. And we'd talk about GTA on the way to school the next morning, because we were kids and that was fun as hell.
So we started making a game out of it in the car ride. How many points would you get for plowing that person on the side of the street? What would the multiplier be?
It actually became a really bizarre, funny way to do some basic math practice before going into work. And - apologies for throwing her under the bus - but my Mum also came up with the funny idea that you'd get extra bonus if you hit a grandmother with a pram.
God she's a funny bugger, as my family used to say.
Anyway, I'm going to try and get the original GTA going again at some point this weekend. It was a bit of a pain on Windows 10, but if Blade Runner boots up then surely GTA shouldn't be impossible.
What are you playing this weekend?