Today is my Birthday. I just turned 25 (and can rent a car!) and was thinking of a piece to write that looks back and honors my history in gaming. I began by thinking why I love games so much, and it became quite clear as to what I wanted to write about. I wanted to go back to the beginning and reflect on the first two real moments and games that started me down a road I still walk today. These games are Super Mario World for SNES and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for N64.
Let's jump right in.
Super Mario World - SNES
Nintendo, as we all know, loves to re-release their old games and I have purchased this one every single time. I have lost count of how many times actually, and I really don't mind. When I start it up and see that title screen and jump back into the first level, I'm transported back to my childhood with my best friend and mother right by my side.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Now, I had been playing games for a while, but nothing too serious. It would be fun games I would play for a while but not get truly invested in. Then this game comes and hits me like a storm, after the first dungeon that is.
After that fiasco, I kept exploring the incredible world Nintendo had crafted and never wanted to leave. When I finished it for the first time, I knew that this was special and was only the beginning of many more experiences like this. It brought me into the world of video games and hasn't released its grip since.
I have no problem with this. I love games and I always will. They are an escape from reality and a friend that is always there. It gives you a chance to jump into any world and become anyone, it's simply amazing.
I have "grown-up". I have a job, a wonderful girlfriend and many other hobbies and interests, but gaming has never changed for me. It has always been a constant and source of enjoyment I can't get in many other places. I couldn't be more thankful for that.
So here's to 25 more years of gaming. Here's to all those people who work day and night to give us this masterpieces. Finally, here's to all of you, without which, none of this would be possible.
Now I want to turn it over to you all. What are your first gaming moments? What games or moments stick with you to this day and may have shaped the person you are today? I'd truly love to know!
Adam Bankhurst is one of the co-hosts of The Gamer's Advocate. Send him all your thoughts or questions to email@example.com. You can also follow him @adambankhurst