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Booted Up: How I Became a Gamer

Games are, without question, one of my favorite ways to spend time. Despite this, I wasn’t brought into gaming as early as some of the people reading this. I was not brought up on the NES, N64 or even the Gamecube. Read on to find out how I finally broke into this impressive medium.

First off, you should know that my mother despises games. In my early childhood, I got to enjoy a few fleeting memories of some older games (most notably Super Smash Bros. Melee), which I played at my cousins’ and friends‘. However, I had no dedicated game console of my own. Despite my enthusiasm for the medium, it would be quite a few years before I would be able to fully enjoy what makes games so appealing.

When my parents split around 2007, I would later acquire my first game console, a Wii, from my dad.

 

The first game I got for it was LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which I had played at a friends’. I quickly grew to enjoy it, and I continued to play it long after I had found all the minikits. I also acquired Super Smash Bros. Brawl a year later, which was my first fighting game, (and the only fighter I have invested significant time in).

            

I was eager to experience Nintendo’s varied franchises, but my interests in them were generally fleeting, especially considering I acquired few, and did not start with the right games (I started Metroid with Metroid Prime 3).  More trouble was yet to come…

A little after playing SSBB, I started a now much-regretted “spasm” of fandom for one particular series that lasted about a year before losing steam. I will not disclose it here, for fear of upsetting some people, but I’m not proud of it and I have no desire to ever experience most of those games again.

Moving on, I acquired...

...an Xbox 360, which gave me access to several new series. I would not take advantage of this until late into the year I acquired it, though. I also bought an old PS2 solely to play Sony’s Shadow of the Colossus, a decision I still find worthwhile even after acquiring a PS3 and the HD remake of it and ICO.

But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Late into the year following my Xbox’s acquisition, I began to diversify my game collection. On my 360, I played Final Fantasy XIII (my first RPG), Halo Anniversary (one of my first shooters), and others.

                   

I also finally got into the Zelda series with Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword.

                         

Come Christmas, my gaming tastes would develop even more. I acquired a Nintendo 3DS, my first handheld...

...along with Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D land, and Mariokart 7.

       

Received that year as well were DK Country Returns and  Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, my first games in those series.

          

My 3DS would be put to good use in 2012, with Resident Evil: Revelations and Kid Icarus: Uprising (also series starters).

                            

I would take my Xbox online (and be forced to recoup some game progress in the process). 2012 was a great year, with Halo 4, Skyrim, Gears of War, and Dead Space to keep me busy.

              

But that wasn’t the half of it. The Christmas of that year, I would finally receive possibly an even better system...

...the PlayStation 3.

I would now be able to play Uncharted, God of War, Infamous, Ratchet and Clank, and Team ICO’s other title in their collections. I also received the Mass Effect Trilogy, Borderlands 2 and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.

               

     

               

          

2013 has been an excellent year as well. I have started playing the Devil May Cry, Metal Gear, Tomb Raider, and Fire Emblem games with their recent releases.

Things are going well.

Yet, my to-do list is still long. I have yet to play the Kingdom Hearts and Bioshock series, as well as experience Mass Effect and Metal Gear in greater depth. However, I am hopeful I will add them to my collection and give them the attention they so deserve.

Thanks for taking the time to read my first-ever blog! Tell me what you think!

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