Interesting topic, and perhaps goes along with why I am here.
Currently I'm 45 years old. In the late 70s and early 80s I had an Atari 2600 and enjoyed it. I wasn't a die hard gamer or arcade kid, but I did like gaming. Then WHAM! I neighbor kid showed him his C64 and a game called The Bard's Tale, Tales of the Unknown. I was hooked.
A few years ago I started toying with the idea of making retro themed video games for kids in my family... nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc... That is when I found Construct 2.
Over the past two years I have slowly been messing around with game making, usually over the winter months.
Games that inspire me are The Bard's Tale games, Commando, Beach Head 2, Legacy of Ancients, Realm of Impossibility, Mule, Lords of Conquest, Legend of Blacksilver, Wasteland, Save New York, Bruce Lee, Zorro, Auto Duel... I am sure you Commodore fans recognize those games.
A couple years ago I posted my first platformer to the arcade: Temple of the Lost. It works great off the CAPX, but I noticed the 'darts' don't shoot repeatedly as they should when playing it in the Arcade.
You can still check it out here: scirra.com/arcade/action-games/temple-of-the-lost-6287