Why I'm Eagerly Awaiting Batman: Arkham Knight Or How A Videogame Reignited My Passion For Games?

Even though we're less than 24 hours away from the release of Batman: Arkham Knight, allow me to take a moment to share why I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Rocksteady's final chapter in their Arkham trilogy. Of course in order to get a full understanding of my point of view, I need to provide you with a little bit of my backstory in order for it all to make sense.

I was fairly young when my Dad brought home our first gaming console, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). In all honesty I can't even remember when he brought it home, it just feels like it was always there. We may not have had much growing up, but I had my NES and I couldn't even begin to imagine how many hours of my childhood I dedicated to the original entries in the Super Mario Bros franchise. For most people videogames were/ are a means of entertainment, for me it was a means of escape. No matter how rough things got at home, I always had a means of leaving it all behind and losing myself in another world. If I didn't have this means of escapism available to me, at such a young age, I'd hate to think how different things would've been.

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joab7771243d ago

For me, I played the NES, Super NES, and some PS2, but nothing again until 2008 or 2009. I had this great love from the golden Zelda cartridge up through FF7, and shortly after the PS2 launch. But mostly I played sports games in college. I suffered through an addiction that almost cost me my life. In 2008, having been clean about a yr, I bought a PS3. I played a few games. Oblivion caught my eye for sure. I had fun w Resistance 1 & 2. But then came 3 games that changed everything for me.
Fallout 3, Bioshock and Dark Souls. Along w/ Valkyria Chronicles and Lost Odyssey, my favorite games last gen, and along with a few others, of all time.

I've been an avid gamer ever since. I have done well, have a great job now and have been clean for 8 yrs. But I still play and I'm looking forward to Fallout 4, Dark Souls 3, Persona 5, and TW3 has me enthralled. I too liked AA and AC very much. My only concern with AK (I know it will be amazing) is how similar it may be. Though, this ur is looking to be one of gaming's best, and AK will only add to that resume.

jb2271242d ago

Wow...had to let you know how eerily similar your story is to mine. I also quit gaming for years after a long childhood of it while I was in the throes of a pretty hefty addiction. Gaming had been my favorite pasttime, but music was my life, and once a counselor broke it down for me that I wasn't & hadn't been a true musician for years during my addiction, I stopped cold turkey & never turned back. Sure it's not easy & every day is a struggle, but gaming helped me to fill all of the free time & money I had on my hands after cutting out such a big negative aspect of my life, and it brought some of that childhood joy back while presenting itself as a totally brand new thing where I could also have emotional connections to the stories as I would a great song or film. Uncharted 2 was the game that got me back into gaming & I purchased a PS3 after that title was released, I believe in 2009. Gaming really helped me to fill that time & work towards being a normal person again.

Thanks a lot for sharing your story, it's great to hear other people who have went through similar situations. Good luck in your life & travels, I hope all is well for you from here on out.

AverageNobodys1240d ago

Thanks for sharing your story too, we definitely all have our reasons why we connect with gaming in the way we do... Good, bad, or ugly. Something else I've learned, the gaming community is great and we're always there for each other whether we realize it or not... Tea bagging aside, if course.