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I remember coming home from a family reunion one Saturday night in 1982 to find that my dad had purchased us an Atari 2600. Although I wasn't immediately hooked, it planted the seeds of what was to come. Then, on Christmas day in 1986, my life changed forever. Santa had left me a Nintendo Entertainment System. From that point on, I was a gamer. I rented or bought every game I could get my hands on. I devoured every issue of Nintendo Power. I was hooked on gaming! All night gaming sessions with my friends playing Mario, Rad Racer, Zelda, Metroid and Top Gun were every weekend events.
I have continued my gaming adventure for over 30 years now. There was a brief period during the PS2 era that I strayed away from gaming. It wasn't really intentional. Life just got in the way, as it were. Then, after a rather nasty divorce I found myself crazed in a stupor of self hate and misery, I felt that I was at the end of my rope. It was a random drop in at a buddies house that changed my life forever, again. October 7th, 2007 is the day that Halo saved my life. I found something to invest my time and effort in that took me away from my demons. Since that day, my gaming passion has taken form.
I have finally found happiness and a wholesome family life. I was lucky enough to find a wife that doesn't mind that I spend my evenings after everyone is in bed buried deep in these digital worlds. Gaming is a common language that I can speak with my stepson, even when we aren't agreeing on something. Gaming is a lifestyle that, just like any other lifestyle, has worked itself into my daily family life.
On a side note, I'm one of the few that loves all games. I love Battlefield and Call of Duty. I love Playstation and Xbox. I really don't understand all the hate slung about between fanboys of systems/franchises. The way I see it, we all benefit. If you don't enjoy something, don't spend your time hating something. Spend your time enjoying the things you like and the people who share your interests. I hope to bring some positive thoughts to some of these horrible back and forths!