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eSports: On the Fence

Like a lot of gamers, I got my first taste of real competitive gaming as a freshman in college. Smash Bros., Halo, a little TimeSplitters...but the game I played was a little more hands on. I played one of the oldest electronic sports--and ...


About Colonel Gimone of us since 6:00 PM on 09.08.2009

My earliest memories involve my desire to play video games. While my parents were playing the original Mario Bros., I would run around a chair, jumping along with Mario. As soon as I was able to play NES games on my own, I played whatever I could get my hands on--Kung Fu Heroes, Castlevania, Tecmo Bowl, The Legend of Zelda, Bionic Commando and Clash at Demonhead are just a few games I obsessed over. Super Metroid, Demon's Crest, Secret of Mana and Secret of Evermore were a few of the games I enjoyed in the SNES era.

Earthbound was a life-changing experience for me, and I still play it once a year or so.

Was a Nintendo fankid until I was 14, when I had a dream I was enjoying playing a PS1. I'd gotten away with not owning any Sega stuff, but the fact the future was changing caught up with me. The emotion from the dream carried over to subsequent generations, where I played what I enjoyed. I think it's as simple as that.

I think the most fascinating thing about video games is they are made by people, not just companies. Every game has some interesting quality because there's that human element in it. Hell, I've had fun watching the RugRats board game for the N64 play itself (4 CPU characters). Somebody made it do that, and I'm sure they knew what they were doing.

These days, I'm a little more discriminating with my time, but I've fallen in with the timesink Atlus games, Suda 51's masterpieces (heh), and (dammit) Pokemon. But I like to write about the relation we share with games--video games are the premier second-person experience, and I think that's very fascinating.