I used to be a hardcore gamer a few years back. I mean, It wasn’t exactly 24/7, but I played games a lot. Being a teenage boy in this day and age, I feel that that’s natural. I have a faint memory of starting to play video games at the age of two,* and I’ve been gaming ever since.
Leap frog, although you were amazing, I won’t count you as part of the list, but you are an honorable mention. These are all the gaming systems that I had ever owned: Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance SP, Nintendo DS lite, PSP, Sega Genesis, Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, and Gamecube.** One of the first games I remember playing was Sonic Adventures 2 on Dreamcast. I’m not quite sure how old I was, but I remember vividly that the subtitles were on, and I was running down the street as sonic the hedgehog, grinding on rails and collecting gold rings. Actually, I was running downhill on the street, before having to turn right and then making another left and smashing a few crates and– I am going on and on. The point is, I remember very vividly playing that game. I also remember playing Donkey Kong one night as a young child on Sega Genesis. I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one, but I remember that I got really far that night. I made it to one of the underground railroad stages, and then my dad came in and told me I had to turn the game off. I was really disappointed because that was the furthest I had ever gotten, and there was no way I could save.
Since then, I’ve played a lot of games. Crash bandicoot, a classic in my opinion, Ty the something, rayman, tony hawk; I could go on and on, but just know I’ve played my fair share of games. First person shooters, Fighting, and RPG games tend to be my favorites though.
At the tender age of 11, however, I discovered online gaming. Now, I’ve been on the internet for a while now, and I found myself playing all those little flash games that my other friends would play, but it wasn’t until I saw one little advert that my life was changed.*** Mabinogi fantasy life. The music in my head is playing right now. That game, and I am serious when I say this, influenced my life greatly. It has had a lot of influence on my decisions, and thus, it has shifted my life majorly. In fact, I can 100% guarantee that my life would not be the same as it is right now if I hadn’t played that game. There were a bunch of lifelong friends I made who I still talk to today on there. I learned how to type from playing that game in the dark. I learned what it meant to finally have an escape from playing that game. That game changed my life. Not in the, I was going on one path or the other and this game switched it type of way. No, this game is a part of me. I’ve seen how it’s changed overtime, and although I do not like where it is now and how the atmosphere has changed, I can say that I will never forget that game ever.
I got a little passionate there for you guys. I’ll tell you the story of how and why that game is so important, and just how it’s influenced my life, but I think I am done writing for the night. I’ll see you all tomorrow.
P.S. Prom is so close! I am excited.
*I have a lot of memories that I’m not quite sure really happened or not, but I believe that a lot of the gaming ones were real because the things that I remember are too complex for me to have imagined at a young age.
**I know that was a lot and probably irrelevant, but I felt like I should list them all.
*** Side note: I played AQ Worlds and tried Runescape before this, and neither of them count to me.