Like pretty much all of you here, gaming has always been a huge part of my life. It has dictated the kind of people I socialize with, the clothes I wear, the way I act, the way I think. But I'm not going to talk about all that boring stuff, basically, I will be going over how gaming has changed throughout my life in terms of what game genres and gaming styles I have gone through as I have grown up.
As a child naturally I was gaming on the NES and SNES because well, that's what I had access to. Me and my brother would play single player games taking turns, or play multiplayer games together like Killer Instinct
(which he always mercilessly crushed me in). Video games were always a source of healthy competition between my Brother and I, even today we still find time occasionally to compete in video games.
Competition however was not originally what got me hooked into gaming, it was total immersion in a single player game. I would have to say the game that stands out in my memory most as one I have spent countless hours playing and have beaten numerous times is non other than Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars
I'd say this game is probably the deciding factor that made gaming the biggest outlet for entertainment in my life (I also have beaten it easily over 15 times throughout my life, as far as I'm concerned it's one of the best games ever made). While single player games were great the thrill of competition grabbed me with games like Mario Kart 64
where me, my brother, and a close group of friends would spend hours gawking at the dull glow of a television while trashing at our controllers and bitching about how Odd Job was a cheap character (but seriously it was retarded trying to shoot him when a reflexive shot wizzed right over his little bowler had adorned head!)
The N64 would dominate my gaming life until we obtained our first computer and a copy of Starcraft
Looking back Starcraft 1 wasn't very dynamic or balanced, but it kept us entertained until the extremely successful Brood War
expansion was released. This game dominated the lives of many including My brother and I. We would spend hours merely TALKING about the game when we weren't taking turns playing it late into the night. Because of Starcraft I
became of Multiplayer fiend.I played starcraft for a good 6-7 years on and off until setting it aside to play other multiplayer games which would further my addiction for competition in video games. I became thoroughly addicted to multiplayer games because nothing gave me more satisfaction than defeating someone else. The more I played, the more I won, the more I won, the more addicted I would become.
Competitive gaming was always appealing to me, especially in my adult life I would spend far too much time watching frag videos of others far more skilled than myself. The only game I ever obtained enough skill in to play competitively in was Team Fortress 2
, where I played primarily Sniper & Scout in primarily Pick-Up Games and Clan matches.
The nice delicious crisp ping of the head shot in TF2 yielded buckets of warm, gooey, self satisfaction.
The point of all this I suppose is to show not only how my gaming styles have changed but how gaming has changed me as a person. Without video games I would not be the person I am today (A pudgy nerd) Ironic this month's topic is about change, because If I could go back In time, I wouldn't change a damned thing....Thanks for reading :)
Unrelated: Gaming is also a great way to get recorded and make an ass out of yourself! Like in this wonderful Sparta remix of me read