I assume that the reason you are reading is this blog is because you are a gamer, and like many others, you have an interest in gaming that goes beyond gameplay. I share this interest with you, yet my ideas and thoughts on gaming have changed throughout the years.
I always dreamed of writing for magazines or sites such as Game Informer and IGN, getting to play games in advance and review them. I thought I knew what it took to score a game and let others know what makes this game great, or what makes it suck. Yet, now reviewing games is something I have no interest in. I have moved on to bigger and better things, my only interest now is to be a Real World Gamer. Someone who can share the insights, struggles, and joys of gaming in the real world.
For those of you who are thinking, “WTF does he mean a real world gamer?” You’re just going to have to hang around and see.
Spoiler alert…my gaming views will not be expressed in this entry. I am going to take this time and introduce myself. Give you a view of my journey through gaming so you have an idea on where my views come from. This way future blogs will make more sense and come together as something you can relate to.
Just so you know, I am not going to share every system and every game I have every owned. I am going to break my gaming life into 3 parts or sagas if you will. This is to save you the boredom…cause even I can admit this is going to be pretty boring. But, if you don’t know where I am coming from, you will never understand my future blogs.
So let’s begin.
The first saga of gaming for me was all about the adventure so I guess I’ll call it the Adventure Saga. (Very original I know) From my first whiff of gaming on the Super Nintendo all the way to saving Spira from Sin on my PS2. This part of my life was all the joy of completing an adventure and emerging myself in different worlds. I would spend hours upon hours lost to the real world completing quest and saving galaxies. And at that time there was nothing more enjoyable than finishing a game.
Then came Halo. More specifically Halo 2. This was the first FPS I ever played and the game that started the Competitive Saga of my gaming history. Halo 2, 3, Reach, 4, CoD Modern Warfare, MW2, MW3…these were the games that consumed me. Every free second I had was these games. And I played them cut throat. Yet, when I look back at it, this time wasted on constant gameplay to keep up with competition was all wasted. And it’s time that I can never get back. No will ever care I had a 2:1 KD, and quite frankly at this point in my life….neither do I.
Now for the final saga, the Real World Saga. To this day I still love gaming. But, I have had to lay my competitive side to rest and only bring it out for the rare LAN party I attend. The world has caught up to me and I no longer have the time, money, or drive to keep up with the competitive gaming community. I have prioritized my life the way it should be. I went to college, got a job, and more importantly found a woman who I love. So I have come full circle. Through the help of eBay, I have repurchased Super Nintendo, N64, GameCube, PS2 and traded my Xbox 360 for the adventure exclusives of the PS3. As for the next gens PS4 and Xbox One, well as I said I have priorities and spending $500 on a console is not one of them. I only play story driven games nowadays, such as “Uncharted” and “Last of Us”. This way, if I don’t find the time for gaming because real life calls, I won’t be the NOOB who went 5 and 12. Instead I will be able to pick up right where I left off in the story of Joel and Ellie or Nathan Drake. And by buying all the classic systems, I can relive the games of my childhood that I hold so close to my heart.
So there you have it. The gaming history of Jack the Ripper. It may have been boring to read and even more boring to write. But, believe me, when I give my insight in future blogs, they will make sense (and I promise much more interesting). And when I refer to myself as a “Real Life Gamer”, hopefully you will at least have a slight idea of what the hell I am talking about.
Till the next blog, keep it real everyone.