Why Did You Start Playing Video Games?
Tis nostalgia harsh, but reminisce.
I've been playing more video games at the moment than I have the rest of the year. The holidays are springing up, work is winding down, the apocalypse is supposedly coming to screw us all hard, but that doesn't matter, I'm a gamer, and mashing buttons together with my fingers to make something happen on a screen is what I do. It's not my life, but gaming is a grand chunk of it, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
After playing some Marvel Vs Capcom 2 with some of my chums, and looking back at how the year just flew by like it was nothing, I wondered to myself how my life is passing so quick, and how little video games I've played in comparison to how many have been made and are being made. I was astounded by how badly I was unable to grasp time so well, and how much I had left to play, but still astounded nonetheless.
It's quite often when I reminisce about the days where I spent playing Nintendo 64, attempting to count to the rumored number 100, and watching Nickelodeon before it ever attempted to lure a female demographic properly. Time is just going faster and faster in my mind, and I'm quite confused as to whether I should be happy or sad about this. All the achievements and shame, equally just, they pass by.
But going back to the real subject matter here, I thought again why I play and continue to play video games is, and I've attempted to try harder to subconciously harken back to those days, but it remains the same really:
I was just a small kid who was blessed with a Nintendo 64. I got Diddy Kong Racing, A Bug's Life, and Super Mario 64 with it. What a joy it was to be pulled into another realm that is hard to comprehend for a small mind. It was even more fun and captiviating to play video games as a kid. And while it's still fun now, it's just way harder to enjoy entertainment now that my brain attempts to analyze every nook and cranny of it every time. I know nostalgia is what you'd call a "bitch", I had no nostalgia back then, so I essentially couldn't be wrapped into it.
I didn't care if the three-pronged controller made absolutely no sense, and the controller stick was a blister magnet for your thumb, it pulled me in. I later welcomed a Gamecube, an NES, a GBA, a Wii, A DS, an Xbox 360, a PSP, a 3DS, and a PC into my home. Each one of them had a certain magic to them, but had I been much younger when I finally got them, they would've been that much more special. And even if my pool of time just evaporates into thin air and confusion, I always try to search the time for gaming because it will always have a special place in my heart. All those times spent with those electronic realms and all those pseudo-tournaments with friends will always stick with me, and as I attempt to host game days on 360 and PS3 later on, I always will.
Thank you very much, kind internet.
The first time I met my step brother he had me play Mario Kart on the Snes with him. I fell in love with Nintendo right there. Though the real game that made me keep playing video games was Earthbound. The first time I actually sat down and was left alone for a good 12 hours I played that game the whole 12 hours and loved every minute of it.
Well, I was a little babbie when my sister had her NES. I just played Super Mario Bros on it and eventually evolved me into how I am today. Just a guy who likes to play them out of sheer enjoyment, to experience fictional events and basically be someone who we dream to be. Plus, it keeps me out of boredom! :D
When I was young I was in love with Pokemon the show. I learned how to read a clock just so I'd know what time the show would be on. I vaugely remember on my 3rd or 4th birthday, my dad took me to Toys R Us. We walked down the isle full of colorfull pictures and cards of video games, and he got a box. On that box was a picture of PIkachu on a machine, and thats how it started, with Hey you pikachu on that special edition n64. It all escalated from there :D
Haha, man you speak the TRUTH.
Dabbled in NES when I was a baby, got a SNES at about 3, it took me two years to beat Super Mario World, but that's the game that hooked me. Simple answer: Super Mario World got me into games. What keeps me playing? I love to see what innovations designers are coming up with, games are the ultimate medium for entertainment at the current time, and we're almost reaching the point where they will stem off into different sub-groups, such as interactive movies. Damn devs need to work on A.I. though, nothing's even come lose to Half Life 2 and FEAR since those games came out.
When I was like 5 years old my parents bought either Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy for me, I loved that game, i was always playing it all day ey'day. As soon as I finished my homework I would get right to it. When I lost it one time... In France, I swear I cried for days! From that day on I promised myself to find the game again... I didn't and just got addicted to a bunch of other games tho....
When i was three years old my mom brought me to her friends house, who also had kids but they were about 5 years older. They asked me if i wanted to play "shoot the ducks". Duck Hunt was probably the coolest thing i had ever seen, You get a gun that can shoot ducks on your TV. Iv been a video game adict ever since.
Well, why did i start playing, i guess because my siblings played them. My two first memories go back to when i was like 2 years old: Playing Bugs Bunny BIrthday Blowout and our first rabbit biting through the AC of the NES^^'
Why do i still play them? Guess because its a wonderful way to spend time, with friends and alone, also over the years my love for video games was always supported by my family and my friends, so i guess i never saw any reason to stop.
My Dad owned a generation I Sega Genesis with a couple of early EA titles and a little gem called Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
One day when I was three, I played and died. And died. And drowned. And got squashed.
My first system.
I continue to play games today because I'm a lonely shut in whose friends have moved away or have more successful or fulfilling lives. It's the only thing that keeps me sane while I work a part time job earning barely enough money to pay back student loans after getting a B.A. degree in a world where I can't get a decent playing job.
my mom video taped me at the age of one and half playing Super Bowling for the SNES while my dad and his friend were reading on how to play it i was like sitting there looking at the t.v i started crawling over picked it up and started playing my dad looked up at me like HOW HE DOING THIS! my mom started laughing soo hard and his friend look up and was like shocked as hell like like hey if he good at this have him play mario for the NES i sat down and i started playing i was almost 2 playing Mario!!. I had sega Genesis SNES and the NES growing up and to this day i still have them so after preschool i would beg my mom or dad to plug in NES and i would play mega man Contra or mario. My dad had to watch me play, and i beat Contra while i was in Preschool I'm not kidding he was sleeping i ran over to him and woke him up ,and first time the first time i heard the F word ever he like how in the hell did my son beat this game, and i stood there with a smile on my face. The only time i beat contra was 16 years ago, and i can't beat it again maybe im trying too hard idk but it like magical moment like that made me keep on playing video games and sharing them with my friends who collecting there own collection now.
My parents bought us a Sega Master System one Christmas. I remember the first game we had for it...Astro Warrior, a great top-down shooter that still plays well to this day. I didn't play until the next day, because-and remember, I was five at the time-I was scared of it. There was so much going on during gameplay, so many enemies to avoid, I was afraid that I wasn't going to be good at it. Took me to the next day to work up the nerve to try, and I haven't put down a control in 25 years. Now my son (also five) is playing with me, and while I let him win most of the time, he's beating almost every game's AI on the easy setting that he plays, and if I don't let him win a racing game (right now, his favorite is Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed for the Wii U), he is RARELY under third place. I love that I could pass this father-son tradition down to my kids...but also what else my father taught me, like how to throw a football and make friends. :)
Don't remember what the first game was that got me hooked but do remember being interested in gaming due to a cousin who had the NES when I was a kid. Always wanted to go over his house to play games and for a few years bugging my parents until they got me one for Christmas in 1992.
The first games I ever owned were SMB/Duck Hunt and the original Legend of Zelda. Of the two, loved LoZ more to the point of making it a tradition to replay that game at least once a year. Also the reason why I've been a bigger Zelda fan than Mario fan when it comes to games in both series.
the first game i ever played was SMB on the nes back then i was about 4 years old so i really don't have much recollection of playing it. and at the time i wasn't even interested in gaming probably because i was busy running outside turning rocks to kill some ants or something.
super mario world was the first game i actually put some effort into, eventually beating it.
but i still wasn't fully absorbed into gaming around SNES. main reason being that i didn't know how to read english yet and as such i missed out on great games like Earthbound, Link to the past, Secret Of Mana. it was much later when i played these games. (i played pokemon blue on gbc and was still able to progress somewhat far without english hah)
couple of years passed me by and i had completely passed on all games in PS1, N64 gen. Dreamcast i had played a bit (my bro had one) other than that my gaming was really limited to what i had played on my old pc. like Doom, Commander Keen. etc.
i now knew basic english. that's when i bought PS2. my first game was Scarface. oddly enough.
i eventually understood english on a fair level (school helped lol) now that i knew english i didn't have problems with games plots anymore.
it's about that time when i bought Metal Gear Solid. the game was like an interactive movie with great storyline (although a bit confusing at first hehe). i loved the game, and when the sequels were released i never did i look at gaming the same way again...
eventually i started playing RPG's which become my favorite genre i got old FF games after my sister said they were good. i really wasted ALOT of time playing FF V,VI,VII, VIII, and IX. and eventually X, XII.
at that time i started using the web to browse for games and at one point i played old games that i had missed out on ( seriously huge amounts of old games)
i have played so many games over the years now that i can't even count all of them from top of my head... it's pretty clear to me these days that i'll never stop gaming.
the reason why i keep gaming is for the experiences they create. to be immersed in another world to experience something out of this world...
if anyone would say that video games are not art then they have either played bad games or they are just lacking in brainfunctions. or both.
A short while after my mind and memory developed (when I was around 3), my uncle gave my family his old Famicom. That got me started with games like Super Mario Bros., Battle City, Duck Hunt, and Star Force. Those games kept me entertained at first, then it became my favorite hobby. I got a Dreamcast after that, then a PS2, then a Game Boy Advance SP, then a DS, and finally a Wii. Obviously the games are fun, but I used to have sleepovers with my friends, and we would play video games until about 2 in the morning. You could say it helped strengthen our bonds of friendship, even if we did argue and complain over some stuff.
My first game was Pokemon Sapphire on the GBA. That gives me so much nostalgia.
The first console my family ever owned was an NES, then a Genesis. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: the Manhattan Project was one of my favorite games on the NES and I would go solo most of the time trying to beat it. Of course there was Super Mario Bros, 3 which needs no introduction or description and as for the Genesis, Vectorman and the Sonic games.
What really got me into gaming though was the N64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I played through that game and the final boss countless times. After I beat the game, I would play through the last bosses every morning first thing when I woke up. OoT is great with its graphics, vast imagination, music and game-play. One thing I always wanted in a video game was a crossover, a game where Mario, Link, and Kirby alike would all be in the same game. My wish was finally granted when I got Super Smash Bros, which is my favorite game of all time for its genius crossover! Nowadays I mainly play Brawl (and future Smash titles), Zelda, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy, Transformers, other Nintendo games and RPGs.
Why do I keep gaming? Well why do people watch movies? Listen to music? Or Look at paintings? Mainly it's to be entertained or stimulated in some way or another however you look at it. Generally I think its safe to say most people consider Film, Music, and painting to be some kind of art.
Video Games are an art form. Obviously Pac-Man is not the same as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, but video games can spark the imagination and offer something that other art forms like literature, theater, animation, and music, are not necessarily capable of. But in the end, most importantly video games along with other art forms, are meant to be entertaining and fun. That is essentially why I think everyone plays video games. And to the cynical ignorant ones who claim that video games are not art...Shut up, just shut up.
"Saying what is art limits creativity." - All sorts of people
I was born in '94 so you would imagine that my first console would be a N64 but that wasn't the case. I unfortunately got into gaming really late and the first system I owned was a PS2. Although my first experience was playing mario party 2 at a friends house.
My first video games were Sonic 1-3, Toe-Jam&Earl, and Road Rash 2.
Though, I consider my true start of gaming with Mechwarrior 2. I got into that game, and from the first instant I was hooked. I loved customizing, reading all the story, and of course, blowing things up! I felt very immersed in what I could do in that game, and knew that I wanted to continue feeling like that throughout my life, so I decided to game on. And then that's when I started trying to get past the first few levels in Sonic 1-3.
The first videogame system I ever had was a N64. The only games we had on it that I liked (we had mostly sports games) though were mario kart 64 and diddy kong racing. But, what really got me in to gaming was the gameboy advance (my first portable system) and the gamecube. It came with super mario advance which alone was hours of fun for a little kid, but there was also mario kart super circuit and a frogger game that I loved playing. Oh but it was nothing compared to pokemon. Hours of playing firered on the gamecube was the game that really brought me into gaming. The gamecube was also amazing with doubledash and melee. (There were so many secerts for a kid who did not even what the word internet meant.) Thanks AlphaUnit for making me live my nostalgia again.
I don't remember exactly what age I was at, but I have a very feint memory of myself playing (what I think was) Super Mario World, although I'm not positive (All I remember is a yoshi and a castle, and I probably was just watching my sister play with a controller in my hand). Eventually I got my first console, a PS2 with Spongebob the game (which I completed, by the way). I remember playing the first three spatulas of Jellyfish Fields (the game was set up like SM64) over and over again because I didn't have a memory card. The next game I got was Tak and the power of juju, after renting it for for a month (also completed). After that was Jak and Daxter (completed). That was my start. The reason I kept playing was because, at the time, it was all I was good at. I was skinny, I zoned out during most things, and I was average in everything else. Eventually I was formed into the uber-badass I am now, but that's a different story!
I also think it's very sweet of you to ask, by the way.