Happy Thanksgiving GameSpot,
I must admit that though I have been a less active GS user over the past two years, I still visit this site almost every day. Growing up, my older brothers hit an age where they graduated with their college diploma, worked full time, and started families. In other words, they traded in their hours to play video games for time to spend changing diapers, work over time, and provide for the family. I myself have experienced a similar decline in gaming, as evident by my Xbox 360 being used for Netflix, or my PS3 for Blu Ray movies.
I must give all the glory to God since my last blog post, which was 2 years ago. I have truly been blessed to have met some amazing friends from all walks of life. After making the switch to change my major to accounting, I put a substantial amount of effort into shcool and developing relationships with people. Aside from being nominated president of one of my university's largest honor's fraternieites, getting job experience within the oil & gas industry and some of the world's best companies, earning my bachelor's degree, taking upper division and graduate level courses, and sitting for my CPA exam next year, God has smoothed out my insecurities. Through this process, I have learned to love others REGARDLESS of what walk of life they come from!
To say the least, I have grown since my last blog post (which was about video games I purchased on a monthly basis). Sadly, my friends and I had a conversation on how video games seem to lose their lasting effect the older a person gets! I quickly learned after having some games sit in their plastic wrapping for months at a time that gaming might have hit it's peak with me a few years ago. That being said, I find it amazing at how often I think about my favorite video games! As evident by my profile picture, "Final Fantasy 7" is my all time favorite video game, and back in the late 1990's, it completely changed the way I viewed entertainment. Til this day, my brothers and I will travel every year to see the "Distant Worlds" concerts, which is based solely on Nobuo Uemetsu's Final Fantasy compositions.
One might ask if I still play video games, and to that I respond with a big "YES". I'm not playing hours every day (or week for that matter), but every time I pick up a controller and play, I am always reminded of my gaming roots. Gaming had a great impact on my childhood! Today, though it seems that I purchase games on a semi-annual basis, I still savor the smell of a freshly wrapped game and beginning a campaign or multiplayer profile.
For all these reasons, I am thankful for being a part of an amazing video game generation. From my personal favorites of playing old school Japanese RPG's to current day shooters and adventure titles, I appreciate all the hard work that goes into these games. To my family, friends, game developers, game designers, and fellow GS users, I bid you all a happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for years of amazing memories! Until the next blog post (hopefully not in two years), have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!