Hey hey! I'm Dave "Marauder"
Kratky. I'm 28. Here's one of those stupid sounding bios you read
everywhere. Please note that the opinions expressed may... oh
whatever.. here goes..................
I'm an avid gamer,
and have been since the days of my VIC20. I've had everything
from a VIC20, Comodore 128, Amiga, XT right up to my currrent
Athlon Thunderbird 1700+ powerhouse. That's right, I'm an old
fart. Well, by gaming standards anyho. None the less, my machine
still most likely 0wnz j00. :)
(Hey, the other day
when I was cleaning up my computer crap I came across my original
300 baud modem for my C128, still in it's original box with all
manuals & the reciept. Canadian Tire, $150 boyo! I was just
too r33t for words with my big old 300 baud manual modem, back
in the day when none of my buddies had one. :)
I was brought up on
a farm 15 minutes north of Grand Valley, Ontario, Canada by Ken
& Nancy Kratky who are obviously my parents. (Grand Valley
is a small village of about 1300 aprox 1.25 hours North of Toronto.)
My dad was always conviced that computers were the future, so
he always made sure we had a decent machine in the house... Wow.
Was he right! :) Regretably, he was also right about the demise
of the C128/Amiga and the rise of the evil IBM compatible... *sigh*
I used to run the Ash
Ock Underground BBS, first in Toronto (I was trapped in Toronto
for 1.5 years, going to DeVry) then in Grand Valley when I returned
to the farm and started working as a security guard for Hughes
Motor Homes in Orangeville (Where I currrently live) Since Hughes
went bankrupt in 1998, I've been working full time at my current
job with VAM Computers. (Hey, it's better than really working.
In 1989, as a side
note I created the Destiny 2010 (D2010) local pirate group, under
the alias of Dark Angel. I used DA as an alias up untill about
1994, when I pretty much gave up on pirating. We (Meaning I) released
such fabooolous things as Red Baron and Mechwarrior 1. (Hmmm....
Password cracking....) Also did some PC demo collection in 1993-1995.
My current games include
Neverwinter Nights and GTA3. :)
Favorite games of all
VIC 20: Lunar
Leaper or Jawbreaker 2
C64: The Last Ninja, The Great Gianna Sisters and ACE. God
I loved this little machine. I still think the C64 is the coolest
computer of all time. It sadens me that todays generation of users
didn't get to experiance where it all started.
Amiga: Lemmings, Flood and Hybis. Also perhaps the Three
2 and Tribes 1. I played this one for years, with some really
great Tribes. KoV, +NC+, cD?, KRS, WC and finally !FT!.
I really miss the intense sense of community and belonging we
had in Tribes 1. I don't know it'll ever come back.
I listen mostly to
dance music. Techno, Euro, Hardcore.. Some house stuff. I also
collect old C64/Amiga hardware and games. I'm an emulator buff,
and can't get enough of the old skool scene music.
People I admire: Bill
Gates (He's just such a magnificent bastard really.), Dr. Awesome
(Bjorn Lynne) and other computer musicians for making tunes that
are still amazing 10 to 15 years later. Comedians. The ability
to make people laugh is a true gift from the big deity upstairs.
(Who or whatever you believe in. :) People with mad musical and
graphical skillz. (Captain of Image is a great example in the
music department. Man that guy was just amazing back in the day.)
My full time job is
computer tech at VAM Computers in Orangeville, Ontario. Part time
I mess around with this site, game, paintball (or ref paintball,
which we seem to be spending more time doing this year than actually
playing.. Grrrr) with my evil partner in crime Kingpin, and read
sci-fi/fantasy. I'm also a Starsiege Tribes admin on Teamplay.net.
I spend a great deal of time writing for FRAGtopia.com,
with my evil minion in training Rune.
Things in my life
I'm proud of:
The gaming news/reviews/random
crap site FRAGtopia.com, which has had over 300,000 hits. Making
backgrounds that people actually seem to like. Beating Black Tiger
in the arcade in 1992 at DeVry on one quarter. There had to have
been 40 people in thier little arcade room cheering for me. It
was such a rush. Shesh. That's sad. Imagine reviewing your life
after you die and your number one acomplishment is beating BT
on a quarter...... Yesh.
Basically I'm super
geek. Jealous, aincha? You will be once I take over the world.