The earliest memory of playing a video game for me was when “Super Mario 64” came out on the Nintendo 64. I was 3 I guess since it was released in 1996 and I was born in 1993. I remember coming home from Wal-Mart because my brother went a got his first Nintendo 64 and it came with Super Mario 64. He was so excited to play, but he wanted someone to play with and it was night-time when we set it up. So he went a placed the controller on my lap while I was sitting beside him watching him play.

After that I’ve always played video games with my brother. I was around him all the time and he wanted to play video games all of the time, so I had no choice but to play with him. I’ve played games like 007, Beetle Racing, Super Mario, Contra, Castlevania, Lemmings, Battle Toads, Beauty and the Beast, The Simpsons, Zelda, Mega Man, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Power Rangers, Harvest Moon, Super Smash Brothers, Jet Force Gemini, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong Racing, Earth Worm Jim, Pokemon, E.T., and you get the point. I have such a collection of video games that my cousin and I were going to take pictures of each game and compile them into a video, but we realized after we tried to take count of everything we had that there were way too many to fit into one video. Then we thought about the games we misplaced and we gave up. With me, my brother, and my younger cousin combined together we have about every game you could name off and every console released in America.

My brother and I played video games so much when we were younger that we couldn’t play against each other in melee games because we had the same fighting style and were on the same level of difficulty. We would work really well in co-op story games though. He would plow through the enemies and I would look up how to do intricate attacks so that we could utilize every feature of the game while we tried to beat it. If my younger cousin and him wanted to play a game by themselves then they would always ask me how to do moves or ask me to beat a boss for them if they couldn’t beat him themselves.

I’ve played A LOT of video games in the span of my life so far, but the ones I enjoy the most are RPG’s (Role Playing Games) and puzzle games. One of my absolute favorite RPG’s is “Harvest Moon”. I have the version for the Nintendo 64 and for the Nintendo DS. I think that I like the repetition of living another life that’s way simpler than real life. I also really like the idea of finding Easter Eggs in games, especially in RPG games. One of my favorite puzzle games is “Pokemon Puzzle League”. It’s kind of like “Bejeweled” but with a Pokemon theme. It’s amazing to play against others that don’t really like video games in the first place because anyone can get hooked on this game so easily and you just want to keep getting better and better as each game and opponent passes. Now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure that I favor these types of games over the rest just because they are repetitive. I can become an expert at a repetitive game quicker than going through a story.

The type of game genre that I enjoy the least is shooters. Don’t get me wrong, I own a copy of “Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3” and I’ve played a ton of shooters in my life because of my brother (Halo for the win!), I just don’t enjoy shooters as much as other game types. Shooters get really competitive and when you’ve gone too far it drains the fun out of playing video games. My brother used to host “Halo Wars” in our gigantic warehouse back in grade school with about 15 of his friends in every room. There would even be as much as 3 tv’s in one room and they would all be connected. Of course growing up with  video games I would go to these Halo wars (I was the only girl, and I was always the youngest) and play against my brothers friends. Sometimes I would beat them too easily and make it to the top of the score page so they would try to get me out of the War… But being rebellious I would stay and keep competing against them. Soon enough they would get annoyed and hint at me to go away. So every time I play a shooter I’m reminded of those feelings and I just get bored with them faster than other games.

Playing video games runs in my family, but I’m pretty sure that it runs in an average American family as well. It started with my dad who played this tiny airplane and tank handheld game when he was growing up. The outside of the console was light blue and white and it was smaller than the palm of my hand. It was 8-bit and you were the plane whose mission was to bomb every tank that passed by. Then my brother was born and was like a magnet towards video games. The first console he played on was probably the “Atari” since we own one of those and he told me about each game one day. Then he got his first Nintendo 64. Then after years we got our Game Gears, then the Gameboy Color, then the rest of the consoles that were later released. My cousins and my brother and I still have every console that we have bought in the past too and I don’t think that they’ll be something that we’ll sell ever.

My younger cousin’s love for video games is so strong that he recently built his own gaming computer! It’s pretty sweet and I would tell you all the details about it, but he’s wanting to upgrade it so I’ll leave that for another post.

I don’t know what else to say about video games. They’ve been such a big part of my life that I can’t completely describe their meaning towards me. So I’m just gonna type out a list of some games that I remember playing that I didn’t previously list.

  • The Sims
  • Cooking Mama
  • Trauma Center
  • D
  • Trace Memory
  • Rhythm Heaven
  • Mario Kart
  • Jet Grind Radio
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Cell Damage
  • Animal Crossing
  • Tamagotchi
  • Time Crisis
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Saints Row
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Various Racing Games
  • Tony Hawk
  • Skate
  • Dr. Muto
  • Judge Dredd
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Wario World
  • Kinect Games
  • Pokemon Stadium
  • Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, and Platinum
  • Pokemon Snap
  • Hey you Pikachu!
  • Star Fox
  • Kirby 64
  • Kirby Racing
  • Super Smash Brothers (all of them)
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
  • Animaniacs
  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Superman 64
  • Spiderman
  • Street Fighter
  • Dead or Alive
  • Looney Toons
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Various Football, Soccer, and Basketball games
  • Dig-dug
  • Dead Island
  • Left 4 Dead (1 & 2)
  • Portal (1 & 2)
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Perfect Zero
  • Doom
  • Dead Space
  • Rugrats
  • Dungeon Master
  • Frogger
  • Salon Sally
  • Cake Mania
  • Minecraft
  • Jurassic Park
  • Paper Mario
  • Speedy Gonzales
  • Spongebob
  • The Pagemaster
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Sly Fox
  • Spyro the Dragon
  • Turok
  • Far Cry
  • Toy Story
  • Mario Party
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Buck Bumble
  • Bomberman
  • Duke Nukem
  • Amnesia
  • Excitebike
  • Lode Runner
  • Rayman
  • Babe
  • Scooby-Doo
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Powerpuff Girls
  • Tetris
  • Soul Calibur
  • Resident Evil
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Fur Fighters
  • Rampage
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Terraria
  • Guitar Hero
  • Rock Band
  • DJ Hero
  • Just Dance
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Battlefield
  • Bioshock
  • Borderlands
  • Burnout
  • Crysis
  • Devil May Cry
  • Dead rising
  • Dues Ex
  • Eragon
  • Fable
  • Runescape
  • Harry Potter
  • Hitman
  • Kameo
  • L.A. Noire
  • Mass Effect
  • Naruto
  • Prince of Persia
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Kingdom of Hearts
  • Space Chimps
  • Veautiful Joe
  • Oblivion
  • Skyrim
  • World of Warcraft
  • Nintendogs
  • Super Joystick

Those are all of the games that I can remember at 4:16am and my battery has 14% on it so I’m going to end this blog post. All of the games I listed aren’t even all of the games I’ve played! It’s crazy remembering all the times that I played these with my family…and it also makes me feel like I have no life.

Later Sweethearts,

7 thoughts on “Gamer

  1. I can’t stand it. All online games have a lot of terrible people in them, but for some reason they shine the brightest in mobas. Aside from the people the “meta” is has become super boring and every game is predictable at the loading screen now.. and people are abusive of flavor of the month garbage etc… I played too much.

      1. It’s just super boring to me.. and yeah I know what you mean, I don’t really care what lane I play but no one in the world wants to support so I was forced into doing it a lot. Though If I was forced to support and playing with a couple friends I’d do something stupid like darius or pantheon support. That was pretty fun.

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