My Gaming History

Randell Mcmanus
Jul 3 · 2 min read

Gaming is a huge pastime of mine that I’ve upheld for over 20 years. In fact, I remember my very first video game and the console it came on way back when I was in grade school. My parents had gotten my brother and me a Nintendo 64 with Cruisin’ USA and Star Fox 64. It’s funny to me in retrospect, because I remember the person playing both games the most wasn’t my brother or me. Rather, it was my dad. And the irony in it all is that he doesn’t play video games anymore despite playing Nintendo games on the SNES and N64 when he was younger.

Still, I’ve played at least a handful of different video games each year since. I’m a longtime Nintendo fan and primarily play Nintendo games, though I’ve been known to hop on the PC for some League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and other PC games that aren’t nearly as known as those two.

Nowadays, I play a few mobile games and a few games on the Switch. More than me, though, my fiancee plays on the Switch, so I get to sit back and watch her play. It’s an awesome journey through gaming thus far. I caught most of the early gaming systems in the history of video games and have been along for the ride since.

What can sometimes be seen as sad, though, is putting up games in storage and never touching them again. I’ve got at least three or four different shipping boxes full of video games from the late 90s, 2000s, and early 2010s. Myself, I don’t look at it as a sad thing but rather my memories from childhood. And though I’ll never dig into those shipping boxes again to play games on older consoles, they’re there as a reminder of my past in the realm of gaming.

Luckily, if I ever want to play some of those games again, Nintendo has done a great job of offering virtual console games on the Switch that span the likes of NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, and even Wii games. Talk about a blast from the past.

As gaming moves forward, so do I. I’m not one to reminisce too much on older games but rather support the newer games that beloved series spit out. While I’m starting to see certain developers pump out games as a sort of cash cow, I honestly can’t help myself but to buy some of those newer games anyways. Thus is the nature of gaming.