Finally. I'm accomplishing a dream of some sort with this first blog. I am able to talk about video games and call it work at the same time. Achievement unlocked!
When I heard about the national blogs we are doing, and all the topics that would be covered, I noticed this glaring omission. Video games. When I asked our regional person if I could write about video games, I got the same look I've gotten almost everytime I meet someone as an adult when I tell them I play video games. Still?
As many people know, video games are for adults too now. They have been for a long time, it just didn't become mainstream until the Wii arrived. Well, I've been playing video games way before that happened.
It was 1991, I was in first grade and at my classmate's birthday party. I went to the basement, and a couple of people were playing Castlevania on the NES. When they got bored and stopped, I jumped at the controller to see what this magical device was. About an hour later, my friend's mom asked if I wanted to go outside and play with the other children. Oh yeah, I'm at a birthday party. I guess I should be social.
Less than a year later, my first communion came around. The best part about that was the party afterwards and all the money I got. Half went into the bank, the other half went to a NES which came boxed with Super Mario Bros. 3.
Twenty years later, I still have that NES. And Super Mario Bros. 3. And the box. Yes, I still have the box.
Yes, I'm that kind of gamer. I own nearly 400 games between an NES, N64, Gamecube, Playstation 2, Wii, Playstation 3, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, DS and 3DS. And let's not forget the PC I'm typing this on with its quad core processor and 10 gigs of ram.
I know what you're thinking. All those gamer stereotypes have popped in your head.