Is it possible to be a veteran and a noob at the same time? Is it possible to be a veteran at being a noob? Or what about being a noob who's a veteran? I'm not really sure; but if it is, I am probably one and here's why.

I've been gaming since forever.

I can very distinctly remember gaming when I was 3. Even more so, I remember that first game being Doom on my dad's 32x Sega Genesis attachment (which I now own). How do I know that I was 3 years old when I started gaming? Because my mom and dad have the pictures to prove it, and in those pictures I have a pacifier, something I was forced to give up right before turning 4. And while that might not be a very long period of time for some people, when it comes to the chronology of my own life, it's practically forever! I got my start in gaming during the 4th console generation and have been consistently gaming up until now, the 8th generation. While that might not make me a seasoned gaming warrior like some, it still pretty much solidifies my place alongside the Veterans.

I think I might be a Noob....

Now that we've established my place in gaming categories, allow me to explain why I think I might be a noob. To sum it up, I'm just not that good. No really, I'm not that good at video games. I love playing video games but I've never exactly been amazing at them. Okay, you know what I take that back. At one point in my life, you couldn't beat me in boxing or basketball games. I used to be pretty incredible in Mortal Kombat. And when I did play GTA Online, I was often the last woman standing on one particular survival map. And I'm one hell of an asset in Resident Evil 5 couch co-op. Plus my TES: Skyrim character is so bad ass that she hasn't needed to wear armor or acquire new weapons in well over a year. However, on the flip side of things, I'm awful at Gears of War. My driving in racing games is as bad in games as it is in real life. My Achievement and Trophy hunting skills are about nonexistent (who wants to be wanted in all 9 holds of Skyrim anyway). And in RPGs I either get railroaded by my enemies or end up overpowering my character so much early on that the rest of the game is a cakewalk.

A lot of people would consider me a noob because of these things. Heck, I feel like a noob every time I play something online. However, I just don't have as much time to devout to honing my skills as I did when I was a kid. Gone are the sunup till sundown gaming sessions. No longer do I spend my Saturdays in my PJs with a controller in hand and a bottle of Coke and a bag of Peanut M&M's at my side. No, instead I usually spend my Saturday's alternating between various grocery stores in an attempt to find healthy foods that my 5 year old son will actually eat, amongst other drab activities. I have responsibilities, and sadly, in an attempt to fulfill all of my responsibilities, gaming sometimes comes in dead-last.

So I guess this makes me a Veteran Noob.

There's no denying my spot at the veterans table. I mean I was modifying my console and handheld hardware performance, recording my gameplay, and drooling over the pages of gaming magazines since before I even actually knew what those things were. But regardless of all of this, about two decades after my gaming journey began; I've come to the realization that I'm a noob. But it's not because I'm new to gaming, but because my lifestyle makes it hard for me to be anything else. I'm a housewife, a mother, a college student, an entrepreneur, and as of late, a GI blogger. I'm an adult, a very busy one; and as a result, I've become a Veteran Noob.

I'm not upset about it. I have no regrets or resentment. I realize that this is all just a part of my journey in life. One day my son will be off at college. My degree will be completed. My husband will be retired. Our business will be in full swing, and we'll have a herd of young guns working for us. And one day I'll be just like my dad - old, gray, and gaming away. However, until then, I'm going to enjoy life's journey, I'll be that Veteran Noob; gaming when time permits and allowing my skills to wax and wane as a result. Because at the end of the day, my responsibilities are more important; and I know that one day I'll be back in my PJs again, controller in hand, with a bottle of Coke and a bag of Peanut M&M's at my side.

So guys, thanks for reading! Also, as gaming has grown, so have we. And the reality is that a lot of us gamers are older now, which prompts me to ask; how many (if any) of you are also Veteran Noobs? Do you also find yourself sacrificing your play time and skills in an attempt to fulfill more pressing obligations? Are you often tasked with striking a balance between your work, family, and gaming? Or are you on the other side of the coin, free to game as you please? Either way, feel free to leave your comments below. As always, Happy Gaming!