Well, it's been a year since my last post..
I've kinda faded from the GS scene, though I've still been browsing blogs and posts once in a while. I even find it kind of hard to write this blog I've been gone so long.
I've certainly been busy in the past year. I'm learning more about myself, what I'm passionate about and who I want to be. Its funny how much someone can change in a year (especially a teenager). My taste in games is definitely growing I'd say. Looking back at how I've grown with video games always a part of my short life brings the question to my mind; how has gaming shaped who i am today?
I think when many people think of "learning from games" they associate education with just facts and textbook knowledge. Many gamers know and feel the affect gaming has had on their life, but to many people, gaming remains a mindless hobby. Even though gaming is becoming more popular and part of our culture, it remains detrimental to society in the minds of many.
Until I was 10, playing video games was only experienced at a friend or relative's house. The idea of owning a console was not even talked about in my household. However, one day my mother came home with that purple box called the gamecube. From the gamecube i got that classic "just have fun experience" from games like SSB: Melee and Mario. Some of my fondest memories were bringing my gamecube to my best friends house to have a good melee.
Eventually, the gamecube became too juvenile for my brother and I. We decided to move to the big boy toy, the XBOX. This was a whole new world of games. No longer were we buying Mario, we were buying Brothers in Arms, Fable, and Call of Duty. This console showed my love for story and characters. Games like KOTOR and Fable taught me how to get into tales of adventure, betrayal, and even love.
When the XBOX became outdated, we naturally upgraded to the Xbox 360. The shiny graphics and clear sound blew me away. Playing The Elder Scrolls : Oblivion for hours upon hours was great. Delving deep into Tamriel showed me a world of fantasy, adventure, and freedom i had never seen before. Even still i was looking for that definitive experience that I had with KOTOR and Fable. I happened to find that in some weird space game my brother bought called Mass Effect. Mass Effect opened my ears to truly great story, music, and dialogue. The series still remains my favorite collection of games.
Now, sitting at my gaming rig I built using the money I earned from landscaping over the summer, I reflect on my love and passion for games. I feel gaming has helped me become an individual from my peers. It's not that I've become detached from society, rather that I'm bringing my experiences into society. Video games will continue to shape who I am for years to come, because gaming isn't something to grow up from anymore, it's something you grow with and something that grows with you.