I was born without a game controller in my hand. Completely absent was my love of video games, board games, and really puzzles of any kind. However as time moved forward, this changed. There is no specific epiphany moment per say though some key moments seem to be memorable at my young age. It was age 4 that I first got my little fingers on a game controller. I enjoyed the Nintendo Entertainment System in the later years of its life, but where it was the end for the NES, it was the beginning of a lifelong passion.
Nintendo has certainly been a passion for me. My mother jokes how I’ve had a television in my bedroom since I was four years old. Those televisions have changed and grown as I have. I have fond memories of gaming throughout my years on this Earth. When things started I found myself drawing my own Super Mario Bros. levels on paper. There was the time I discovered my friend in History class had a copy of Pokemon Blue. There was the night at the turn of the millennium where I stayed up all night playing Smash Bros (N64) in the kitchen while wondering if the world’s computers were going to go nuts. I stayed up for the midnight release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker even though I didn’t plan to skip school the following day. I sat down to a random indie called Thomas Was Alone only to have it touch my soul in a way new to storytelling. I cared for Clementine like she was my own daughter, then shared our tales with co-workers the next morning. SteamWorld Dig was the first time I had beat a game and then beat it again immediately afterwards. Most recently, I learned how Bayonetta took my expectations and surprised me beyond my comprehension.
I appreciate video games (and games in general) for all the same reasons others do. They’re fun. They can be challenging. I enjoy the problem solving aspect. Some act as an escape. Most provide a sense of accomplishment. I look at a game and I try to take in what can be appreciated without being too critical of their faults. Games are made by humans and humans are fallible. Present company certainly included. In our short time on the planet though, we must do our best to enjoy ourselves, be good to each other, and find satisfaction in the ever-turbulent world we live in.
What I hope to get out of this blog is merely to share my thoughts with the universe. Lock them down on digital paper so that they can be retrieved upon at a moment’s whim. I hope I can look back and see how I felt about something. I can reference things I felt were unique, or interesting, or special within the gaming world. I can have my future children take a look at what dear old Dad felt about that ancient retro game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can maybe find something in all of this that strikes your fancy. That inspires your gaming experiences. That makes you think for even a moment about gaming.
My initial goal for this year is two-fold. I want to not only play and complete more games in this year than I have in the past five (which is how long I’ve been tracking it) but also write a review of a minimum of 1,000 words for each game that undergoes this condition. Perhaps 1,000 might be too much for the likes of smaller but great games like Kid Tripp, but then again I’ll still strive for that goal anyway… plus I beat Kid Tripp in late December so… no worries there. I’ll go greater into depth on my years of gaming in later posts, but I will put a bit of a capstone on this post by noting that this year alone I have beaten 13 games. March is only a few days away. Those 13 games represent 10% of the total games I have beaten in the last 5.167 years of gaming. I’m off to a great start, but severely behind in the reviews. Those shall come in time. The Nintendo Switch is my most popular platform so far this year and my most popular game genre is Adventure, which is quite a broad stroke anyway. I’m curious where these stats will be come Christmas time, or even my upcoming wedding. More on that later.
‘Thank you so much for-a reading my blog.’
P.S. Since WordPress has a quote in this default post anyway, I’ll quote that of the late Satoru Iwata, former President of Nintendo.
“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.” — Satoru Iwata