How Games Influenced Me
One #GamerGate Supporter Comes Clean on The REAL Impact of Gaming
When i was Young, i wasnt like the other kids around me.
I Talked Far Too Much, and i thought far too much. The things i wasnt supposed to do, i did Far too often; and the things that were expected of me, i did Far too little of.
By the time i played my first vidya game, the idea of ‘sacrificing’ my social time to stay home and play wasn’t really a sacrifice at all, it was Sanctuary; Peace from the accusing looks and confused stares i so often garnered from my peer group.
I Played and i Played. LONG Hours of play;
I struggled, and i failed, Over and Over.
To Be Honest, if i’d had a lot of games to play, i probably would’ve quit and tried something else, However, that wasn’t how my induction to Gaming began — and honestly, i’m Grateful.
Because that limitation was the catalyst; Necessity is sometimes the Best motivator — It pushed me to succeed, To Prove to Myself :
I CAN Beat This Game; I’m Good Enough to Beat This.
They weren’t some impossible puzzle! — they were designed to challenge me — and i had a chance to overcome it. They were also Exciting, Extraordinary and Fantastical; these elements kept me motivated too. All those Challenges, Left me with something:
A Resolve to Win; One I Carry With Me To This Day.
There Are many Games i Conquered! -- I Beat Revenge of Shinobi. I Beat Megaman X. I Beat Illusion Of Gaia. I Beat Shadow of the Colossus. And you know.. I Learned Something else too;
You Can’t always Win, but You can Always Try.
Winning is a Destination. But its the Journey and HOW you get there, that Determines how much You Enjoy it. Some of my favorite Games are the ones i NEVER could quite Beat.
Zelda 1 OR 2 (i know). Secret of Mana. All the Megamans Before Megaman X. (heh) Chrono Trigger.
One Small Request
If you have a Niece or Nephew, a Son or Daughter, Please, Don’t let a PS4 or XBox Be the first (or ONLY) Vidya Experience they have. Let them enjoy the early classics, dust off that SNES or Atari 2600. Let them play Joust, or Super Mario World…
& Play The Game With Them Too.
Recount those stories you remember, from when you Played them with your Friends; Their Taste and Appreciation for Gaming will grow because of it. So Much of what made gaming great is getting lost as companies chase profit, but those old games and some current ones still teach these lessons:
Please dont keep these gems from the next Generation of Gamers.
Video Games Taught Me How to Try.
By Trying, I dont just mean banging your head against the wall. But Trying something NEW each time you attempt it. Figuring out where you are weak, and making yourself Stronger. You realize eventually, a Weakness can be a Strength; and a Strength can be a Weakness. It’s all in how you approach it.
Versus Titles like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat & Soul Calibur taught me the Fun of Competition. Single Player Games taught me how to escape, and they made me want to become a video game designer.
They Taught me that what’s Fun by yourself can be IMMENSELY More Fun with someone you enjoy playing with. The Lore and stories from the first God of War got me interested in learning about greek mythology.
These Stories Matter, Retelling these Old Stories in New Ways brings them to a new generation & Gets Players Excited About Them.
Lets Not Be Boring. Sparking the Imagination of Young People Matters.
And you can’t do that if you hide Life From them. We Wont be able to Express Ourselves if we’re afraid of offending everyone. We Must Be allowed to this Freedom, To attempt to stifle Freedom of Thought, Or of Expression under the guise of “Social Justice” is Laughable.
But Also Criminal imo. Its a slap in the face of each man, woman and child that has lost their life on Both Sides of Each War, Securing Those Freedoms. Please Remind them of this every time they pop Up With another half-truth.
One Last Thing
All those old games are Still There. Still Fun. Still Here for us to Enjoy, and for the next generation to Enjoy. So Let Them Play; And lets Make Sure the Next Generation of Games and of Gamers are free to Enjoy & Design the Artistic Creations the Future has in store for Us.