This is just a little reading for gamer enthusiasts to let people know how gaming impacted my life greatly. But first I want to talk about my parents. My dad has been gaming since the launch of the nintendo during the 80's and 90's whenever he was fairly young he bought a nes with a little hard work and an allowence. dozens and dozens of games have been bought by him, he spend hundreds and arguably thousands of hours into it. It was his passion and he loved it.
He was all about Final Fantasy and Mario along with wasting his weekends with zelda back then. He also told me about times he kept playing even when his hands were bleeding cause he was so into it. It was hard finding friends that gamed, he used to tell me, all his friends were all sports (not that he didn't like baseball) and television. Around the same time my mom was also a very avid gamer, there wasn't really any female gamers where she lived and she always told me storys about how guys were rude to her about her playing games. She preservered and shrugged them off. She was an all out retro gamer with an ample supply of games in her supply but she was all about sega. She bought every game console with the sega brand and wasn't afraid to admit she was a gamer. Its not that she didn't like nintendo its just she had it in for the collection of sega games and she coukdn't afford much else. She loved Rocketnight adventures and Phantasy Star. She played quite a few games ranging from the genesis to the CD and the Saturn. In fact, they married out of their love for gaming.
When they moved in they did nothing but game and work because they had so much fun together. But they still kept their social life intact (barely). A combination of a sega and a super nintendo was the best experience they told me. Once I was born, my parents turned me into gaming when I was 4, I understand that was a little young but I was a smart lad who loved the music and colors. The most engaging music to touch my young ears was from the first croc and added with crash bandicoot since they got me a playstation one a few years later. My mom taught me to play rocketknight adventures, sonic and golden axe in the mean time. I fell in love with it and never wanted to do anything else. I could barely read but when they got me Final Fantasy 7 they helped me with words and the gameplay that was more effective than anything else I tried. I loved my entire childhood. Mom and Dad always spent alot of times with me playing games.
I also loved legend of dragoon, my dad spent hours helping me there. It was good bonding. Around the same time I got a gameboy color I loved to take with me when they drove (except at night when I hath to wait for stop lights to make the screen visable). Then from 9-15 it was gamecube and dreamcast time.
I still vaguely remember being in elementary school and a group of kids would bash either n64 or the ps1. I had full access to both and was too young to understand the "features and graphics". I just loved the games.
Long story short, gaming influenced my life, taught me to read, made 2 people fall in love and made my childhood fun.