Every single video gamer has all sorts of special moments in gaming and life in general, of course. From our first time playing video games to those special moments in certain games, just so many events to remember. I will not go into detail for everything here, but some moments for me would be playing the mulitplayer games like Combat (for the Atari 2600) with friends to having ten people over playing NBA Jam and Super Street Fighter 2 on the SNES. I could never forget my first online game Phantasy Star online on the Dreamcast to the greatest pvp mmorpg ever made, Dark Age of Camelot(which I played for 10+ years on my pc).
But most of my games have been solo games, as I like rpgs, srpgs, action adventures, and other single player games like the godly Elder Scrolls:Skyrim. I could go on and on and on about the Final Fantasy series too. But that is for another time.
Today I would like to talk about one of my early gaming experiences I had at a place called Dan Nicholas Park and with a game simply called Vanguard.
Dan Nicholas Park is a great place to visit in Salisbury, North Carolina. There is camping, fishing, trails for walking about, and much more. They have a great place to see all sorts of animals, a carousel and mini train for the kids, mini golf, fields for softball and horse shoes, and places for small or large gatherings. And this is just a small sample of what it has to offer. One place many people love are it's very pretty lake where you can ride paddle boats on. The small boats seat two and you just paddle all over the small lake with your partner. I haven't been there in a while so it may not be there now, but just about 50 yards from the lake was a small store that you could buy food or drink, paraphernalia or maybe stuff to feed the ducks. When you walked in the small store the first thing that you noticed was the cold air from the air conditioners. It was so good because here in North Carolina not only does it get hot, but it gets very humid too and that can suck at times. Really. To your left was a counter and all it had to offer. Keep walking to the back of the store and there was a small room that held 2 or 3 stand alone arcade machines. One of them was a game called Vanguard.
Vanguard was an awesome side scrolling shooter. Your goal was to travel through all the levels shooting everything you could to make it to the boss at the end to win. The screen moved from left to right and your ship could shoot from all 4 sides. It had cool levels and enemies to fight. Just a fantastic game.
As a 10 year old kid , I got tired of paddle boating. Sometimes I just wanted to jump in the lake and swim, which was not permitted. Walking around the park or trails got boring and you can only see the animals so much. We went there every month, in the summer, as a kid. During this time I had an Atari 2600 with a good amount of games. Loved playing it. To be honest I loved playing it more than I did going to the park at times. But the Atari could not hold up to the arcade unit's graphics. In fact no gaming system could back in those days.
Every time my family went to the lake, I always headed to the small store with the arcade games. And I always played Vanguard.
As the world did it's thing, I did mine and and played that game. I finally beat the boss one day and the world was good for me. Ha! But man, not too many played there because they were outside enjoying my mortal enemy, the sun. Grrrr. So I practically had the entire room to myself almost every time I went. With the cold air keeping me cool and the sounds of the arcade machines, I was just in another world that I seriously loved being in, even today.
I have many more memories from those days and many different experiences. Perhaps I will share them. Funny how well I can remember them. Some in exact detail. This one was one of those "My moments." that I experienced alone as a kid. But all gamers have had this same type of experience. If you wanna share a story please do!
Keep on gaming, gamers. Remember that life is the greatest of games and you only get one shot. Have fun.
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