Our third and final “how we got into gaming” segment has finally arrived. It’s been a great few weeks with some amazingly talented writers, and it’s my pleasure to present them and their inspiration for gaming today. I’m so proud of welcoming them into the WTFGamersOnly family, so please read and learn about our final batch of new writers for WTFGamersOnly.
What got me into gaming? Well to put it simply, I grew up in it. When I was young I remember my brothers and I, who are all close in age, used to lay around and watch our dad play games. I remember him playing a Resident Evil game and we’d lay there getting scared until we fell asleep. I remember him playing though Legend of Zelda games and reading what they say to us until we fell asleep, and when we’d wake up for a bit we tell him to start reading again then fall right back asleep. He taught us how to play Mechassault, Mortal Kombat, and would help us when we were stuck in a Legend of Zelda game.
I remember when we got a little older that we’d constantly play Mario Superstar Baseball and the loser passed the controller. Every Saturday growing up we’d watch Natuto so we got the Naruto fighting games and held game days with that too. We would play Phantasy Star together all night long. Some nights our uncles would come over and the 6 of us would play Def Jam Fight for NY.
I grew up with a love for gaming because I always played games with the people I love. It’s the little moments like that, that make gaming so beautiful. Video games may take you to another world that you can’t experience any other way but the best way to experience those worlds are with the people you love the most, whether it’s your parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, spouse, or children.
Even now after my brothers and I have grown up and gone our separate ways we still play video games together. From games like Castle Crashers, or League Of Legends where we are working together on the same team or games like Mortal Kombat, or Pokémon where we battle each other. We were raised into video games. They were what made us closer, tore us apart, they formed a never ending rivalry between us, they keep us connected as we live so far away from each other.
It was a nice summer’s day, the sun was shining, the birds in the trees were singing the happy songs of birds, taking a breath filled you with life as if you were one with the world; when my father (or Paw-pah as we all called him) arrived home after a long morning of having an affair with the nice neighbor lady. In his left hand he held a box, a box of contents which would end up being key pieces of evidence in the investigation of the massacre of ’92…
But in his other hand he had a Nintendo Entertainment System, or Nintendo as many people in the world came to know it by. I really don’t remember much at the time since I was very little, but I do remember my family gathered around the tv playing Mario (one, two, and three) and having fun together. That was how I first fell in love with gaming, and I actually have a very obsessive personality so I was instantly hooked.
Growing up with video games must assuredly kept me away from so much trouble, specially since the whole “cover up” thing caused my family to irrevocably change the way we look at life and ourselves.
It’s been really great having grown up with video games and all the nerdy things in my life and I wouldn’t change any of it.
Ever Since I can remember I’ve been playing games. No really, one of my earliest memories is sitting on my parents living room floor with a SNES controller in my hand. I can remember playing F-Zero so much that the Big Blue chiptune is still stuck in my head to this day. However, the game I remember playing the most is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. In fact if you asked me now, I’d still say it is one of my favorite video games. As a child I sat in front of the TV repeating the first few levels over and over so much that they are etched into my brain. Even more recently my best friend and I would go to his place after work and try to beat Turtles in Time without using any continues. Nights like those will always be remembered fondly.
As I grew older I discovered many new hobbies, but for some reason gaming always stuck with me. It was something that brought me and my friends together. I can recall staying up all night to play Twisted Metal 2 or playing 4 player Smash Bros. There was just something about being with friends and passing around controllers that always had me coming back for more.
A few years ago I had a renaissance in my gaming life when I discovered the Uncharted series. I played all three games back to back in under four days and ever since then I’ve consumed games one after another. To me a game is like a good book. I can lose myself in a world that someone else created, but unlike a book I can interact with it freely in a way that I desire. Its the ultimate form of immersion and I have always loved that about video games.
Sitting in a small room in southern California in the early 90’s, a boy was handed a controller. This controller belonged to a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and with it came The Legend Of Zelda. Early on in the game you are handed a weapon, The Master Sword, and told what is now a famous text across all of gaming, “It’s dangerous to go alone, take this”. Reading this was the first onset to much time spent in that game defeating foes, solving puzzles, and seeking to save Hyrule. This was the first time a video game viciously robbed me of all my spare time. It was the first game that I thought about when I was not playing it, pouring over little details that I could remember so that i could figure out the next way to go, the next temple to find. Beating this game, accomplishing that feat would be the first leap into a lifetime journey through gaming.
Like so many others, my love of gaming began with Game Freak’s piece de resistance – the Pokemon series. After finding my feet with the Red and Blue versions, I promptly began obsessing over Gold and Silver, clocking up several Lv100 monsters thanks to my youthful perseverance. This, along with the first iteration of the PlayStation, started a lifelong obsession with gaming that has stuck with me well into adulthood. Crash Bandicoot‘s hyper-rotational antics were tantamount to my preoccupation with video games, and the fact that he’ll be appearing on the current generation of PlayStation has me happier than our furry protagonist with a handful of Wumpa fruit.
Nowadays, I can be found frequenting all manner of titles on my PlayStation 4. CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3 is a masterpiece I will continue to return to, while Blizzard’s Overwatch and FIFA 17 are multiplayer titles I’ve clocked over a hundred hours on. All of these pale in comparison to the PlayStation’s hidden gem, however – The Binding of Isaac is easily my most played title thanks to its addictive nature and inherently random gameplay. Achieving a Platinum trophy on that game is definitely one for my gaming resume. I’d like to class myself as something of a completionist, but with only 13 Platinum trophies from the hundreds of games I’ve played, it’s safe to say I can work even harder to get the most out of the titles I play! Next up, I’ll be journeying to the crux of the robotic dinosaur problem in Horizon: Zero Dawn.
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