And I don’t mean what was the very first thing you ever played, I mean what was the first game you played that after you played that game, you knew you loved video games and you would be a gamer for the rest of your life.
It’s funny but sometimes your first is not really that good, for me, for example I first played on Atari 2600 and I was playing joust, that bird game, and it was a pretty cool game but I was so small, I really wasn’t hooked. I could careless if I got to play it again tomorrow.
It didn’t really move me and I wasn’t that into it. But the day I actually became a gamer was one Christmas I asked my mom if we could get a Nintendo Entertainment System.
And she looked at me like are you crazy, you know how much those things cost. It’s really expensive. I was so sad, I couldn’t even think for the next few days.
Then when Christmas came I looked under the tree and every box there was so small there was no way in hell we got one. By we I mean me and my two brothers. One of the gifts was clearly clothes because it was all soft and moved back and forth when I picked it up. I was as sad as any kid who just found out Christmas wasn’t actually as special as I had thought.
I mean what was the point in being good all year, just so Santa wouldn’t keep his promise on Christmas.
So that night when my mom called us to unwrap our gifts (gifts we had already knew what they were because we peaked by sticking little holes in the wrapping) I was as sad as you can be on Christmas without looking like a really disappointed little spoiled kid. I tried to save face and kissed my mom and thanked her for the presents, even though I was thinking wow, I can’t believe this right now, Santa did me dirty. What did I ever do to him.
(of course I didn’t understand money and how you had to actually work for it, there was no tree in our backyard, even though my mom would talk about it all the time, when she looked at the prices of things, she would say, “you seem to think there's a tree in the back yard that prints money)
And just then as I was going up the stairs because I told my mom I just want to go back to bed if that’s ok, she laughed because I looked so sad, and she said, “ok, that’s fine, but don’t you want to open this last gift before you go” - I said, “what last gift, we opened everything?”
My mom was the best, she already knew we would peaked so she hide this one at the top of the closet, and all I can tell you is if you ever have kids make sure you do this one.
She said, yeah Santa forgot to put names on this one but he said it’s ok because it’s for all of you. I looked at the box and it matched the dimensions of the one we saw at the store, and at that moment, I couldn’t even take it anymore if it wasn’t a Nintendo I was going to die right there in the living room from pure disappointment. So I let my brother take it from my mom, I was just in too much shock to move. But then excitement just took over me and I ran to the package and started ripping the wrapping with my brother.
Oh my god, my first Super Nintendo. I was too excited for words, it’s the moment I became a real gamer. We played Mario for hours, day after day after school, that was it for me, I was hooked.I became a true gamer, and every day after that day was amazing, I fell in-love with gaming and just couldn’t wait to play more games on my Nintendo. Over the years I went from a Nintendo Entertainment System to a SNES, to a Nintendo 64.
But what about you when did you become a gamer, and what game was it? Do you even remember?
-I love this video, makes me think back to when I was a kid (yes I was once that excited too) ..LoL-