Video games, most of us, or maybe all of us have played them in our lives, from early childhood to teen years and now, don't deny that you aren't a gamer now, at some point in your life, you must have been in awe by a video game in some way, from the graphics, the music, the cast of characters, the art style, the story or just something simple as playing a puzzle game like Tetris! I started out as a gamer I believe at the ripe age of 4 or 5, my first system was of course the Nintendo Entertainment System(NES) First game was of course, Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt, I spent hours upon hours or a day playing that game besides the others we had on NES like DuckTales, Pro Wrestling, World Championship Wresting(WCW Wrestling), Metroid, Castlevania, or Bad Dudes, times well spent than going out and doing something stupid. I never had many friends that lived close to me or never left the house much due to not experimenting in life or talking much, I'd often find myself watching TV or playing with Lego Blocks/Duplo Lego blocks a lot, but whenever I went over to my aunt's house back then, the NES as a kid was waiting for me. Just simply putting in the NES cartridge into the system back then and turning the power on was enlightening and fun, sure I had to deal with the occasional "Glitch Gremlin" but that never stopped me from playing what I wanted to. I thank my brother Kelvin and my sister Casundra for playing games when I was younger and just sitting there being mesmerized by what I saw. Sure as I played them I never usually came close to beating them, but I had fun and developed a passion for gaming at that point.
**2nd song for the journal** youtu.be/tNMngwHWxHE
As time went by, I found a new love in the systems like Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, I don't know which I loved more the SNES or Genesis, I loved them both so I wasn't part of the war cause I loved both sides for the unique games they had on them, mind you the systems were either my sister's or my brother's, first game on the SNES I played was Super Mario World and amazingly, Ultraman: Towards the Future, first games on the Sega Genesis was Sonic The Hedgehog, Golden Axe, and if memory serves right Michael Jackson Moonwalker. I loved spending the night at my Aunt's house during the Weekend and playing on these systems, sadly I had no one to share the love with besides my bro and sister, but that didn't faze me, and as Mega Ran said in his Dream Master song from "Forever Famicom" it was a healthier addiction to Cigarettes or starting trouble in the streets, whenever I had a bad day or something, playing a video game was a stress reliever for me, sure there was the occasional "Video Games are a waste of time" or "Why don't you find something else to do" from my Mom or someone else, Eye Roll but with me, there was nothing else for me to do besides play with a Basketball which I cared not for since we had no basket's or I had anyone else to play with growing up except in school.No, I disagree! "So how did I escape the scene from outside, I sat in front of the screen and chased my dreams"
As I got older with the Genesis and SNES, beating a game meant something as a kid, "I love that feeling when I beat the game" one of the many first games I actually beat as a kid was Joe & Mac on SNES and that was with my sister Casundra, at first it didn't mean anything, just a simple smile and nod, then came Super Mario World, though my sister was the one who beat it sadly. Don't you get that feeling of accomplishment or feel good when you beat the final challenge of a game and you get to the ending and see the credits, that's how I felt when I finally beat Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Nowadays we don't seem to get that, which I find sad... GOD I remember reaching the final Castle back then when I was about 8 or 9, I made it all the way to Bowser, when I saw him emerge from the background as a giant version of himself and he was steadily walking to me in the distance, I knew I had to adapt to having to throw eggs into the background to hit Bowser and with each hit he got more angered and ran closer, then after the 3rd hit he took out more of the platform, forcing me to move fast and throw fast so he didn't rampage into the screen fully, landing that last blow back then made my childhood so GOLDEN cause I had done without any help, I beat the game all by myself and that made me jump up for joy screaming at the top of my lungs, "I did it, I did it, I beat the game, I beat the game, YES YES YES!!!" I rose my controller in the air as a sign for victory, then watched the ending. GOOD times.... Then when I finally beat I think it was Sonic 3 by myself after my sister beat it, feeling overjoyed, especially when Sonic jumped off the platform and turned into Super Sonic and gave the thumbs up, that made my childhood awesome, then when I beat Sonic 3 & Knuckles and made it to Doomsday Zone and beat the final Robotnik boss, at first I didn't have Hyper Sonic, but it was GOOD! :happy: Now that I'm older, that accomplishment of landing the final blow on a boss in a game makes me feel SO good it's amazing, I should know, when I finally beat Dragon Quest 8, I simply went, "YES! THANK YOU! YES! That's it!!!"yay *falls back into my chair* I'm passionate when it comes to games, that's why I play them so much I am a gamer, sure there are a lot of games and systems I missed out on, but that won't stop me from enjoying what I've played and what will come in the future of gaming. From the sights, sounds, art style, graphics, characters, everything all of these traits make a video game worth something and besides a form of entertainment, they are a form of art that is oh so lovely to look at and of course I've played my fair share of bad games that made me cringe, so you are not alone in that everyone.
Thankfully, I can tell when a game is bad or good half the time, that's why I make my video game collection videos on Youtube and talk about my memories of playing games and beating them when I can. From NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, N64, Playstation, PS2, and now, I'm a gamer until the day I die, but if the gaming industry should go into a rut from which there is no return, then I can say my days as a gamer would be over sadly, I just hope companies like Nintendo do not go the ways of Konami, cause if that happens, I'll quit gaming COLD TURKEY, though I pray that never happens.
**Ending Tune** www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFUGG6…
In fact, when I get a chance, I'm making a video about my top 20 games that make me a gaming big time! HEY, was there ever a moment in your childhood or now when you beat the final challenge or boss of a game and you felt so happy or accomplished you jumped up for joy? I'd like to know, leave a comment in the box below!
As always, this is Leon a.k.a. LeoHightower and as my pal says, "You don't stop playing cause you grow old, you grow because you stop playing! And as AlphaOmegaSin says, NERDS, NERDETTE'S and GAMERS, GAME THE FUCK ON!