Sometimes you know when people have talent. When you find people with the talent and drive of these next two writers, you understand that you just can’t let them slip away. Here’s an introduction to our two newest talent, and how these gorgeous gamers got into gaming. Check out their stories below!
When it comes to my affinity towards gaming I have to give credit where credit is due. As much as it pains me to admit it, I probably wouldn’t be a gamer today if it wasn’t for my big brother. For as far back as I can remember he’s always begged our mom for the latest and greatest gaming console and being the brat that he is he’s always gotten it. But that worked out in both our favor. Thanks to his spoiled nature I was able to grow up with gaming. I got into many of the epic titles of today back when they were 90’s baby must haves.
My earliest gaming memory was running around as Wolverine playing X-Men on the Sega Genesis. Most of my youthful days of gaming involved sitting and watching my brother play hoping he’d run out of HP so I could claim my time with the controller.
But honestly even just watching him play (depending on the title) had its upsides too. Anyone who knows me knows I’m complete chicken shit when it comes to “scary games” and for me pretty much any zombie mode of a game qualifies as “scary.” But I was still able to enjoy titles like Silent Hill and Resident Evil by watching my brother play. I’ll never forget that scene in RE2 for the PlayStation when you’re in the interrogation room and that nasty dog monster thing burst through the two-way mirror. Oh my God the horror! I was screaming so loud even my brother got scared and started screaming (he usually laughed at me during scenes like that). Now that I think about it, he’s probably the reason I watch so much ‘Let’s Play’s on YouTube for games like Outlast.
For me gaming is a way of life. I can’t imagine how boring it would be to live life without video games. From casual mobile games like PokémonGo to the hardcore games that require hundreds of hours invested like Persona 5. Games offer me an escape, a new way to see the world, and a great way to spend my time. Honestly, I should thank my brother for connecting me to video games. I won’t though, wouldn’t want him getting big-headed, but he has been a great help in sparking my interest. Even to this day some of the titles I played as a child thanks to him are gaming franchises I continue to play.
How did I get into gaming? You can say I was introduced to gaming when I was two years old, trying to play Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and wanting to spend some time with my dad. My dad handed me the second controller… Except he didn’t plug the controller in… So, I was happily pressing the buttons while my dad was the one who was actually pressing the buttons and pretending I was controlling Mario.
But, if you really want to get specific as to when I first got into gaming, it would be when I begged my parents, I was seven years old, to get me a Nintendo Game Boy Color and Pokémon Red after a family reunion. My cousins had Pokémon and when I saw them playing it, I knew it could be the kind of game I might enjoy. So I asked one of my cousins if I could play their game for a bit while they guided me through the game. After about an hour or so of playing fifty questions, capturing a few Pokémon, and battling a few trainers on the way, I knew I was hooked. From being able to roam around a continent, capture these creatures called Pokémon, and actually save my progress. It was just so new and different than what I was exposed to growing up. Not only that, but there were different ways to make my team better and there’s a strategy besides either jumping on your enemies and shooting ducks?! This was so mind-blowing! All I knew before being exposed to Pokémon were Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and Aladdin, The Lion King, and Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
After begging, my parents gifted my younger brother and me with a Game Boy Color and Pokémon Red, for me, and Pokémon Blue, for my younger brother, for Christmas. It was downhill from there. I clocked in with about 90 hours from training my many Pokémon to multiple trips to beat the Elite Four to even trying to capture the mythical Mew before my cartridge died on me.
After my introduction to video games with Pokémon, I slowly started to branch out to multiple series such as Final Fantasy, Persona, Fire Emblem, Kingdom Hearts and The Legend of Zelda.