ABOUT ME

GREETINGS! My name is Jason Ong (Jay) and I am the founder of GamerGrade®

GamerGrade® was launched in 2016 and we are a small family run business based near London in the UK. Our goal is simple: to provide passionate gamers with gaming peripherals that equal or surpass the quality and style of much more expensive brands, but at affordable prices. 

If you love gaming then you will be right at home here, with a dedicated gaming blog as well as a video section offering advice, guides, tutorials & entertainment on both games and technology. Everything on this site is written, designed, created, edited and produced by me, using (software):

  • WordPress CMS + WooCommerce plugin (eCommerce Website Design + Blog)
  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS - Game/Screen Capture/Recording/Streaming)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC / Sony Vegas Pro (Video Editing/Mastering)
  • Adobe After Effects CC (Animations/Lower Thirds/Transitions)
  • Adobe Audition CC (Audio Editing)
  • Adobe Illustrator CC (Logos/Graphics Design)
  • Adobe Photoshop CC (Still Images/Photography/Graphics Design)

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MY DEEP PASSION and love for gaming started way back in the mid 80's when I was a young boy of just 7 years old, my dad Michael bought me my first dedicated games system, the Atari 2600 which was released in 1977, the year I was born, can you believe it!

Games like Pong, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Centipede, Asteroids and Space Invaders were popular on this cartridge based system and I fell in love from day one. At the time It literally felt like I owned my own arcade, this was the turning point of my life, I owe you dad!


The next systems I owned were proper programmable computers, both bought for me by my dad in the mid-late 80's. The Commodore 64 (tape version) and the Amstrad CPC 6128 (disk version), where I have fond memories of playing R-Type, Paperboy, Gryzor (Contra), Ikari Warriors, Jet Set Willy, Renegade, Outrun, Commando, Dizzy, Barbarian, Feud, Bomb Jack and Robocop to name just a few. I remember the good old days of watching in amazement while that static pixelated title screen would slowly draw on the screen line by line while the game loaded from the tape, and having to rewind the tape EVERY time I wanted to play. Oh my, how I had so much patience back then!


Its so strange thinking back to this time when i was barely 10 years old, as I remember only ever being able to buy computer games from Boots, yes the high-street store Boots, no other store sold them! Mastertronic games were available for £1.99, all the way up to £9.99 for the big publisher titles. I'd head straight to Boots immediately after school and stand for hours in front of the dedicated 25 foot wall packed with game cases, trying to decide which game to buy next for my cherished Amstrad or Commodore.

Funnily enough over 30 years later, the very same Boots store I used to go and buy all my games from is still there! Although that huge game wall is nowhere to be seen, the entire store is completely different, and of course Boots dont sell games now.


My dad then bought me an Atari 520ST in the late 80's, which was the Commodore Amiga 500's nemesis, my best mate Andrew had an Amiga (unfortunately he's not with us anymore) and I remember having countless friendly arguments with him at school about which system was superior! Games like Space Harrier, Xenon, Xenon 2, Speedball, Obliterator, Double Dragon, Golden Axe, Dungeon Master, Gods, Magic Pockets and Gauntlet took up most of our spare time way back in those happy days!

Any owner of an Atari 520ST would agree, the game to show off your expensive new computer system was the awesome Xenon 2 developed by the legendary Bitmap Brothers. Not only was Xenon 2 incredible to play and look at, but it also had a jaw-dropping thumping sound track to boot! Check it out: Megablast by Bomb the Bass.


Once again thanks to my dad, In the early-mid 90's I got my first Nintendo games console, the Super Nintendo, then shortly after that I got my first PC with Microsoft Windows 95 and DirectX v2.0 installed, a Gateway 2000 system based on Intels very first Pentium processor running at 66Mhz! Popular games I played extensively at this time were UFO: Enemy Unknown, XCOM, Prince of Persia, Doom, Descent, Command & Conquer, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Quake, Diablo, Duke Nukem 3D, Dungeon Keeper, Baldur's Gate and Planescape Torment on the PC, as well as Mario Kart, Super Mario World and Street Fighter II on the SNES.


Once games like Quake II and Epic's Unreal were released in the mid-late 90's I noticed my PC was becoming slow. I remember very clearly as a teenager my dad giving me his credit card before he left for work one morning, and told me to order whatever I needed to upgrade my PC by phoning a technology catalogue (online ordering was non-existent back then!), feeling ecstatic was an understatement!

I'd never upgraded a PC before this point, hell I'd never even opened a PC case, but I didn't care and went ahead anyway. With a huge grin on my face I ordered a shiny new £300 3DFX
Voodoo
 graphics card and a faster £300 Intel Pentium 2 processor which made GLQuake and GLQuake 2 run and look mind blowing, utilising the then cutting edge Glide API. Im sure the older gamers out there will remember when the 3DFX Glide version of Quake made its debut in January 1997, the huge jump up in gaming visuals and performance from what had come before was truly staggering!

IT WAS AT THIS VERY MOMENT IN TIME my venture into custom building PC's began, which gave me the confidence and skills required to later start my own small PC repair business in my early 20's, and the rest is history!


I then went on to build and own countless custom PC gaming systems and upgrades, Sony Playstation's 1, 2 & 3, Nintendo 64, GameCube & Wii, Microsoft's XBOX, XBOX 360 & currently in 2017 I own an nVidia GTX1080 based custom built PC gaming system (see below), and an XBOX One.

For updates on the latest giveaways, special offers, discounts, product updates/releases, posts and content, please subscribe to us using the subscribe box to the right (sidebar) 

Feel free to get in touch on our social media or contact page if you have any queries, questions or simply drop in just to say Hi and have a chat about our passion, we would love to hear from you!

 

Wishing you a happy and productive day!Smiley Face Gif

Jay (GamerGrade®

TAKEN OCTOBER 2014

Atari 2600

Atari 2600

SEPTEMBER 1977

ZX Spectrum

ZX Spectrum

APRIL 1982

Amstrad CPC

Amstrad CPC

JUNE 1984

C64

C64

AUGUST 1984

Atari 520ST

Atari 520ST

JUNE 1985

Amiga 500

Amiga 500

APRIL 1987

Super NES

Super NES

APRIL 1992

Intel Pentium

Intel Pentium

MARCH 1993

Playstation 1

Playstation 1

DECEMBER 1994

Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

JUNE 1996

3DFX Voodoo 1

3DFX Voodoo 1

APRIL 1997

nVidia Geforce 1

nVidia Geforce 1

OCTOBER 1999

Playstation 2

Playstation 2

MARCH 2000

Gamecube

Gamecube

SEPTEMBER 2001

MS XBOX

MS XBOX

NOVEMBER 2001

XBOX 360

XBOX 360

NOVEMBER 2005

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii

NOVEMBER 2006

Playstation 3

Playstation 3

NOVEMBER 2006

XBOX ONE

XBOX ONE

NOVEMBER 2013

Playstation 4

Playstation 4

NOVEMBER 2013

XBOX ONE S

XBOX ONE S

AUGUST 2016

PS4 PRO

PS4 PRO

NOVEMBER 2016

2016 / 2017 – GamerGrade® 2K / 4K Custom Build

2016 / 2017 – GamerGrade® 2K / 4K Custom Build

Intel Core i7 4.6Ghz Devil's Canyon (Haswell Refresh), Corsair H100i Closed Loop, 16GB 2400Mhz MEM, 8GB nVIDIA GeForce GTX1080 (GigaByte G1 Gaming), 500GB Samsung EVO SSD, 2x 4TB SATAIII HDD's, Asus Maximus VII Ranger, Corsair Graphite 760T Arctic White, Rosewill 850W Semi-Modular PSU

Corsair AS SP140 High Static

Corsair AS SP140 High Static

CORSAIR H100i CLOSED WATER SYSTEM

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  1. What was your most memorable childhood gaming system and games you played? We’d love to hear from you! Please let us know in a comment below 🙂

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