How Gaming Changed My Life
I grew up wanting to be something else, someone other than a gamer. I always wanted to fulfill my dreams as a doctor, but I knew it was too good to be true. As I grew up, I hung around my brothers most of my time, and they were multiplatform gamers. My first system was the PC, I had an emulator on there for Nintendo games, such as Conker Bad Fur Day, Donkey Kong, Mario Kart, Mario 64, and more. I never got into gaming as much as today, so I never knew the full extent to being a gamer, I just gamed for fun.
I always used to play story-mode games, and never thought lessons would occur then I realized Mario had to go through tough *** just to save his one true love, Lara Croft had to learn how to survive, and Ash Ketchum started out as a young boy who left home to be the best Pokemon trainer in the world! There are so many lessons to be learned that I’ve learned from them. There’s also learning from mistakes in both reality and video games. Sometimes you have to make sure you’re going in the right direction, letting bad emotions control your decision, can effect the way you play. I’ve learned from other people’s mistakes throughout my life as well, and avoided those life decisions, by gaming.
As I got older, I experienced online gaming. It was never my interest, and knew little about it, but my brothers wanted me to try it out. One of my first online games, was on Halo Reach. Want to know the crazy part? I never had friends at that point, and was extremely shy. Therefore, as I played an online match, I was the same way. It took time to get used to! Also if it wasn’t for video games. I wouldn’t have met my friends, and boyfriend. I would be lost, honestly, I wouldn’t respect myself as much as I respect myself now. I know it’s harsh to say that, but I have family in my life that doesn’t play video games, and do worldly things. Therefore they don’t understand what online dating is, most don’t believe in online friends. I met my boyfriend on a video game, and for three years, I’ve been happy. I can’t imagine myself without him. I was out of control, insecure, and more. He taught me about self respect, life, and hard times, along with my brothers teaching me about video games!
So how did gaming change my life? It changed the way I think, feel, and present myself. Yes, I know. People can criticize online, and that has helped me present myself in a respectful way, as said in my previous paragraph, my boyfriend has helped me too. Meeting online friends is the best thing I’ve ever did!
Now look at where I am, I’m doing what I love. Writing, reviewing, streaming, and making videos for WTFGamersOnly team! In a fun, safe way. Without being paranoid! I’m grateful I had the chance to start young with gaming and explore most things about being a gamer throughout my years.