I wanted to share a little story for my 55 Followers of how my love for video gaming came to be, because we all know, I didn’t just pick up a controller on my own, press the ‘on’ button on our SNES and start playing by myself . . .
When I was young, maybe 4 – 6, or maybe 7, years of age, I received Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island for Christmas. We had already owned the SNES, and often played Super Mario Kart as a family. I was ecstatic to receive my first ever video game, and still cherish it to this day. As I got older, my passion for video gaming grew, especially having an older brother there to boss you around and beg you endlessly to play Mario Bro. with him, or James Bond, or my favorite, Super Smash Bro. Melee for the Gamecube, a game that took up a majority of my childhood.
As video gaming evolved, I became more interested in the gaming world, especially now undergone unending pestering of my brother to play video games with him and his friends. I received my first gaming console when I had just turned 9 for Christmas, and with it, a game I never beat, Spongebob Squarepants, and yes, I am ashamed of that being the first game played on the Xbox, though the graphics now that I think about it, were pretty good. Nonetheless, an embarrassing point in my life as an awkward naive child.
My brother and I now had a broader variety of games to choose from with Xbox out and about. We soon found ourselves raving over Star Wars Battlefront and Republic Commando, The Sims, Call of Duty 3, The Lord of the Rings, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Midtown Madness, and Need for Speed. I was hooked, now addicted to games for life.
I asked about any new games to look forward to, not really knowing how to use the internet myself, and teamed up with my brother to get the latest video game for Christmas, among the many toys wanted at a young age.
After the Xbox, we got the Xbox 360 and it was a done deal by that time, being a young teenager. I had learned to use the computer and internet, and soon found myself looking up game reviews from time to time, and asking about games to be released for the 360. My brother and I soon found Call of Duty, Gears of War, Halo, and other various first person shooters to be the past time chosen, along with his friends. Not much longer after that, my brother went away to college and I was on my own with the gaming world and so I became an independent gamer, looking up games for the 360 on my own, games for the Wii which was released a year or so later after the 360.
I even found myself digging up old games technically owned by my brother and doing the single-person campaigns on my own. Addicted to The Elder Scrolls, Gears of War, Bad Company, Zelda, Mario Bro., Donkey Kong, and so, so much more! I couldn’t keep the controller down.
That my friends, is how it started with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island to ncdogg today.
Now it’s your turn! What’s your story? How did you come to be the gamer you are today, or maybe what led you to this blog post?
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