Note: Every photo (except the one of the drawings) in this post was found on Google Images. I am not claiming they’re mine and they are just being used for visual purposes for my little blog post. 🙂
So I’ve never really discussed this in depth on here, only once or twice have I mentioned how much of a video game nerd I am. I love them; I always have since I was a little kid and we had the Atari. I would watch my Dad try to beat BurgerTime, and even as a little kid I’d play Pac Man and that Popeye game (that was similar to Donkey Kong but you had to collect hearts and try to save Olive from Bluto.. Anyone else remember that one?)
Speaking of BurgerTime, this is one of my Dad’s favorite video game stories… He got addicted to BurgerTime when I was really young and still learning new words. Apparently, the game sometimes upset him (as he ran around trying to drop those layers of ingredients to complete the burgers, while throwing pepper on the damn hot dogs, and literally yelling PEPPER! PEPPER!), and he would utter a “fuck” or “dammit!, not really thinking much of it.
No big deal… until we were in the car, on our way to a family friend’s house, and strapped in my car seat, I started saying it. “Fuck… fuck!” in my little voice. Both of my parents were appalled. How did I learn such terrible words? How were they going to get me to stop saying it before we showed up at our friends house?! Pretty sure I ended up keeping quiet, and both my parents initially thought my older brother Eric taught me the words. That is, until my Dad was playing BurgerTime again a few days later, dropped the good ol’ F bomb, and as he looked at me watching him play, soon realized it was him. He had taught me the F word. I think at that point he finally stopped playing, and so ended Daddio’s days of video games.
That was just the start of my love though, really. We had the Nintendo, though most of that time I spent watching Eric play Excitebike or Mike Tyson’s Punchout. There were a few times I played Super Mario 3 at my friend Liz’s house, always making sure to use the whistle found in World 1 to warp to a new land… I also remember getting the SNES for Christmas one year, and watching Eric play through Super Mario World. I was totally fascinated by little Mario running around on Yoshi, flying with his cape, and how amazing it was when Eric transformed the whole world into different colors and the Koopa Troopas turned into Mario bobbleheads after beating all of the “Special” levels (and goddammit, Tubular was always the most difficult level, with ballooned Asian Mario flying through the whole thing!). I was hooked. I started playing on my own more often, determined to get to Eric’s skills after he’d moved onto Mortal Kombat. Mario Kart was no different. Playing as Koopa Troopa, I destroyed any and all opponents, even on the hardest of hard levels, Rainbow Road.
Things kind of took off from there. We got the Sega Genesis at my Dad’s house, allowing us to play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (I was obsessed with the Casino levels as I’d just sit and try to get lots of rings from the slot machines), and even NCAA College Football and basketball. I think that’s where my love for sports games came into action.
It only continued from there. We got the N64, where I obsessively made sure to get every star in Super Mario 64. I also got hooked to Mario Party 64, often playing it at my friend Leah’s house on Friday nights in high school, mashing the buttons and giving ourselves blisters, haha… I think it brought out the perfectionist in me; I needed to make sure I completed every possible achievement in the games. I’m still like this, to a certain extent.
College was a lot of Game Cube and Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. That was my main system at that time. I think I’ve always had a pretty serious allegiance to Nintendo, though I’ve expanded to other systems now. Matt’s just as big of (and even bigger) a video game fan as I am, so of course we own a PS3, Wii and um, 2 360s. It think somewhere in our garage we even have the Nintendo Virtual Boy which is actually still in working condition. I’ve played a few online games, mainly World of Warcraft… but I realized after multiple times of playing and then quitting, any game that requires you to be online for hours upon hours and becomes almost like a second job isn’t really a game. Last time I gave it a shot, I played for a few months and quit again, as it was no longer much fun.
Anyway, work had made me stressed out as of late, and when I got home after my work outs, I wanted nothing more than to just play a video game. Have some fun, escape into a fantasy world… So that’s why I’ve been MIA for the past week. I’ve been spending my free time playing mindless games (or well, more specifically, playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood online, which includes stalking other Renaissance-type characters and killing them with swords and little knives and all sorts of stuff), and you know what? I’ve enjoyed the hell out of it. So while I apologize for a lack of updates, I’ve just been having too much fun with games and it’s been just what I need.
I’ve also been in a super video game and board game type of mood as of late because PAX Prime is in 8 days! PAX is a huge video game and board game convention held in Seattle every year, where around 70,000 people attend and get to try out new video games that are going to be released, try out new board games, listen to panels, meet new people, and all around have a good time. Matt and I went for the first time last year, in the homestretch of wedding planning, and it was a blast. It was so much fun to get away from thinking about the wedding for a few days, to not have to stress about anything and just go have fun. We even were able to meet some Disney artists (who were there for Epic Mickey), and had custom drawings made for us. They now hang in our upstairs hallway.
I’m really excited to go again this year, as I’ve found that not only is it super fun, but it just allows you to be yourself, to meet some good people, and not worry for a few days about anything. Sure, there are a few people there who choose not to be hygienic, and a few who are welp, jerks, but I’d say 95% of the people are pretty awesome. So yes, expect a big update with photos of all the things we get to see or we able to do while at PAX.
Long story short; I’m a video game nerd, I have been since I was little, and I’m proud of it.