Wednesday, April 6, 2011
It Starts With One
For as far back as i can remember, I cannot recall a time in my life when I was not enamored with digital entertainment. I have vague memories of sitting with my dad and watching him play our old Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 computer and just being amazed at the pixels and sound being controlled on the screen by our own hands. I have a vague recollection of being at a friends house who had a Nintendo and holding my first game controller, I was too young to have any idea what I was doing or even care but I loved it. When I finally got my very own NES it was impossible to keep me away from it, any chance I got to pop in the Mario Bros./Duckhunt/Track Meet cartridge (you know the one I'm talking about *wink* ) and play I would take it. Birthdays and Christmas' every year I presented my family with a list of different long forgotten toys and belongings that I wanted but topping every list in big bold letter were the games I wanted, and had I got nothing else for those holidays but the games I would be happy. As life carried on into the High School teenage years and for many people the whole "video game thing" because a happy memory of childhood and were content to simply "grow out of it" my fire was fueled even more. The days of awkward adolescences were soothed by claiming my right as the champion of the digital world as I escaped into the land of the Final Fantasy series, my aggression and teenage angst being relieved by blasting demons back to hell playing Quake, and my growing mind being teased and strengthen by nerve wracking platformers like Super Mario 64. Upon entering the adult world of work, toil and sweat my passion for gaming instead of fizzling out grew and matured much like a college student who once choked down cheap malt liquor moving up to the taste of fine scotch whiskey, my taste for games became more refined and I discovered the MMORPG. What started innocently playing Diablo 2 online with friends grew into a 6 year love affair with World of Warcraft which I shared with many friends a long the way including my wife. Some of those friends play WoW to this day, others like myself have taken a much needed hiatus. Since pulling away from the World of Warcraft I've started to discover what I've missed in gaming over the years, when the tunnel vision of WoW clears up you see how much good stuff is out there that may have slipped through the cracks. As I start this newest chapter in my gaming life I have decided to share it with the world or at least anyone who cares to stumble onto my blog. To call me a seasoned gamer would be an understand, to say that I have played it all would be an even bigger untruth. So if you would be so kind to indulge me, I invite all-comers to follow me through my digital adventures on those days when gaming is truly greater than life.