"Must be 35 year old, living in his parents basement, never had a girlfriend, or a job that doesn't involve a deep fryer". This may not be the way gamers are always described now-a-days but it wasn't always that way. Since the invention of Pong to Halo 5: Gardiuns, games are an extremely engaging and fun hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone, spanning almost every age group.
While games vary from mobile, to console and PC. Created by First party, AAA and Indy, one thing remains the same, they are created by talented people with a mind set for hard work and perfection.
"Full disclosure I am not, nor will I ever be a game developer. I have a 3 year old and Twins which are less than 6 months old, so that type of life is not really in my realm of possiblity but I digress".
I love games, however I am what you may consider a causal, or a weekend gamer. This isn't for the lack of wanting to play, just that I have to decide between sleeping or playing. But knowing that I will be up at 4:30am every morning makes that decision a little clearer.
My love of games spans from the generation of the PS One and the N64. Some of my earliest memories are of My uncle and aunt playing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Resident Evil 2 and Super Mario 64. (By the way this is a great foundation for this addiction). I have also owned -and still own- 3 NES' and have played the guts out of those things. Once again I digress. But I think the real reason I love video games so much goes back to my dad. He introduced me to one of, if not the best series in video games, Metal Gear Solid and from then on I was hooked!
If you will allow me to get a little personal I would like to take some time to explain. From the ages of 7-14 my dad wasn't in the picture as much as He, my Mom, or I would have wanted, but during that time when we did hang out of I would get to see him video games were something that we always seemed to come back to. I remember one of the first games I was "allowed" to play was a 3/4 side scroller named "Crazy 8" for the PS1 and I'm pretty sure it was horrible but I honestly don't remember. I knew that if it was just for a few hours or the summer, I knew when it was dad and me, video games were going to happen. Don't worry this story doesn't take a sad turn or anything like that my parents stayed together thanks to God for my dad becoming a Christian but that is another story all together. I am now 23 a father myself and dad and I have never been better or more I tune with each other. I am now playing Through Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (which to think about is kind of mind blowing knowing that when I was 7 I was playing MSG1 with my dad now I'm playing through MGSV with "my" 3 year old).
I guess I said all of that to say this, no matter why you play make it mean something. Whether it is to get better for some competition, something you do to spend time with friends, family game night, or some deep sappy nastolgic memories that drive this passion that you have as a gamer, just remember; have fun it's just a game and no matter what, we make this industry what we want it to be, and you decide what it becomes. So keep it pure keep it fun and for the love of God move out of your parents basement before you turn 35!
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