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What's Your Story - Alex Romanov

Answers: Alex Romanov
Introduction and captions: Ilmari

It has been a pleasure reading the comments of Alex Romanov, who appears to have encyclopedic information on some of the games we've been playing. Just look at what he wrote about Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes or the effort he is now putting on analysing Fate of Atlantis! We finally get a chance to meet the man behind the comments in person.


I'd really like to find out if he's any relation to the Russian imperial family

My home country is...

Argentina. We are famous for the best Asados (barbecues done right) in the world, renowned for our wines, beautiful women, having all climates and landscapes, and having the weird record of having 5 sitting presidents in less than a month.


And everyone of them was an old white guy

My age is...

Just 34, been playing games since I was 2, first game I played in my life was Tapper for C64. Started playing professionally as a 16 year old teenager (Unreal Tournament), now I'm retired and just playing anything. In 2016 I played the first 10 minutes of 2560 games for my Youtube channel (DefinitelyRussian), and even found the time to win some more games.


Now this is real dedication!

The first adventure game I played was...

Loom for DOS, got it as a 1990 birthday gift at 6 years old, and the rest is history.

My favourite adventure game is...

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and also my favorite game of all. I hacked it, debugged it, found new secrets, found new ways of dying, heard the lava maze song thousands of times, played it on other languages, played it on FM Towns and Commodore Amiga. Seriously, I know this game better than Hal Barwood.


We'll see how you like our review of it

When I’m not playing games I like to... 

Play football (soccer or calcio), read, write my novel, and program emulators for old consoles. Currently I'm the author of emulators for the SMS, NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and now Sega Genesis. They are not 100% perfect, but they were a great exercise for learning how some classics managed to use very limited resources.

I like my games in... 

Digital format nowadays, because I tend to play hundreds of games per year. In fact my only worthy collection is 200 big box DOS games, including LucasArts full set, and some other rarities (I love my Maupiti Island box).


Interesting to find someone else whose played Maupiti Island. Did you manage to finish it? 

The thing I miss about old games is...

The music, especially adlib songs. Nothing from current day can beat the IMuse system from Monkey Island 2 (Woodtick rocks).

The best thing about modern games is...

The gameplay design, old games in general were designed to just make you buy a guide, or be stuck for years. Now, games are designed to be enjoyed, made for players.

The one TV show I never miss is...

24, or the Jack Bauer power hour. I'm on my eighth full run and I cannot get it out of my mind. Now it's owned by Disney, so I want to see a Jack Bauer vs Darth Vader vs Donald Duck game or movie.


I guess anything is possible with Disney

If I could see any band live it would be...

Sumo, which is just a legendary band, founder of reggae/rock around here, and full of mysticism. Just check it out.

My favourite movie is...

Either The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or Roberto Benigni masterpiece La Vita e Bella, wonderful and moving movie.

One interesting thing about me is... 

How I dedicated my whole life to video games. I have played every genre, every classic, if I haven't played something I probably know about it, and I can maybe teach you a thing or two.

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