I don't blog very often (or at all) but I do tend to comment quite a bit. This all just started out as an epic comment on Excremento's "Why I'm a 'Weird Kid'"
post but it just kind of turned into the story of my life. It seems like people have been doing this a lot lately so here's mine:
I think video games are an escape for a lot of people. They're like books, ya know, from back in the olden days. And older people of today just don't understand that. They used to use those adventures of other people to escape from life but video games go a step above that. They actually make them your adventures. You're the one making the decisions. The fantasy world is put in your control, not the author's. Once the mainstream people realize that, I think that they'll be much more excepted.
I had two comings of video games in my life. The first was when I was very young. May dad was pretty young when I was born and I remember him playing Sega Genesis when I was about 5 or so. I started to pick up video games around that time. As I got a little bit older, I realized that video games were his way of escaping reality. I saw this as a way to connect with him. He was very disconnected with the world around him but if I could play a video game with him, it made me feel like I had a father and made him feel not so alone.
When I got little older, I got some stepbrothers to play video games with, but after a family separation, I was alone and with no one to play with and I dropped the controller for quite a few years.
I was always kind of the weird girl because I had pretty much been raised by guys my entire life. Girls didn't like you because you didn't act like them and no matter what, you could never be just like one of the guys. So sometime around junior high, I picked the controller back up and immersed myself back into the world of video games. They could take me away from all bullshit from school and away from my messed up family.
I got through most of junior high because of Lunar:SSSC, and maybe that's why I think it's such a great game, even though I'm sure it's probably not as great as I think it is (I even wrote a musical based off of it with a really weird friend of mine). Pokemon got me through several divorces and maybe that's why I can name all of the original 150 in numerical order.
Somewhere along the lines, I made two good friends that did nothing but play video games, but they were both guys and I never really felt like they ever got as close to me as they did with each other (parents wouldn't let me spend the night with them for some reason...).
I've blanked out a lot of my childhood because face it, it was pretty shitty and not really worth remembering, but all of the good things I remember usually involved video games in some way, whether it was playing with my dad or brothers, or just by myself or with friends. But at least I don't remember most of the bad.
Nowadays my dad still plays video games, but not so much as an escape. (Finally at age 40, he has left his parents basement and moved in with his girlfriend.) I attend college and play more video games than I probably should. Now, since I'm forced to live with other girls, many whom have played a "Nintendo thing" maybe once or twice in their life, it's a little lonely 'cause no one even knows what that black box under my TV does, or what it's called for that matter. At least I'm not so alone with my games, though. (And my hardcore gamer boyfriend.)
Well I'm sorry that my story was probably full of more suck than win but it is
my first real attempt at blogging. At least it was related. Coming soon: The Dumbest/Funniest Questions I Get Asked by College Girls While Playing Video Games. read