By Kookro 53 Comments
Well today I turn 20 and I want Blur for my birthday! That's great... Right? The problem isn't that I'm getting older, it's that, in the eyes of everyone I know, I'm not growing up.
You see, I loved playing video games since the day my grandmother bought me my very own Super Nintendo! I loved playing it and my parents were glad that I was because I was a child playing a game. For many years my parents would refer to my video games simply as 'games'. To them, video games were o the same level as hide and seek and it was apparent that as I got older, one of them started to worry. I will now take you through a brief timeline with my history of video games and my parents reaction to them.
As you know, this is when I received my wonderful Super Nintendo! Complete with a copy of Super Mario World. I played it for hours and my parents didn't complain because it kept me inside the house, nice and safe.
Parents: I was a kid... They liked that I was playing games.
Age 8(this is a big year):
Just a year after I got my Super Nintendo i discovered something wonderful. What did I find you ask? Well you see, one day I went over to my cousins house and saw him playing a game, but it wasn't a Super Nintendo game, it was something amazing. For the first time in my life, I witnessed the PlayStation and its 3d games! I can still imagine my face as I saw my cousin playing a Brash Bandicoot game where he was running down the great wall of china collecting peaches... I was stunned. These were no longer sprites moving in 2d, these games had depth and it felt like something wonderful, another world... One that I could escape to. Naturally, I whined and begged my parents to buy me a PlayStation. About a month later my dad came home with a Toys R Us bag, he said "Here, open it.", and so I did. My eyes glistened with joy as I looked at the beauty that was the PlayStation box... My life changed that day... Until my sister broke my PlayStation that same year.
Parents: They still thought I was just a kid playing games.
Over two years since my PlayStation broke and I had gone back to playing my Super Nintendo. Something happened this year... Something odd... My older sister was already in the sixth grade and she was complaining about not being able to use a computer. So naturally my parents bought one... But the computer they bought was special. You see, nobody in my family knew anything about computers back then, so when we all went to buy one all my parents asked for was the "best computer available". That best computer? I didn't know how good it could be... Until I saw a sticker on it. It said "Now you can play all the newest games with Nvidia!". I was confused, I never heard of Nvidia and the only games I played were Roller Coaster Tycoon and The Oregon Trail on school computers, so I thought that it just made games like those look nicer. I was wrong.
Parents: "Silly child, computers aren't for games."
It's my 11th birthday and my cousin bought me something special, a handful of games. Not just any games, PC games. I installed the first game thinking it would look like the school computer games... Needless to say that I was blown away by a quaint little game called "Half Life", you may have heard of it. So there I was, spending hours playing games like Half Life, Driver, and Diablo 2.
Parents: They were getting concerned, computers are for typing up essays, not for playing games!
My dad bough me a PS2 for Christmas... It was awesome. I don't need to say much more. I spent years playing it, discovering new games and admiring the graphics of a new console.
Parents: You're going to ruin your eyes if you keep playing games the whole day!
My computer was pretty old so i stuck to playing my PS2 at this point. I was pretty knowledgeable about games now, I read reviews and heard about all the newest consoles the day they were announced. naturally after hearing about the Xbox 360, I wanted one... But there was a problem, I was 16 and I still didn't have a job. I fought for months trying to get a job only to get shot down over and over again. Just as I thought all hope was lost my father came in my room with a Toys R Us bag... I've seen this before, twice in fact. When I opened up that bag and saw the Xbox 360 box my head exploded with excitement! I knew that i would be able to play new games and make more friends! I definitely made more friends, about a hundred. You see, I never knew consoles could have online let alone a full online program with voice chat. I spent every match of every game just chatting with people, talking about games, cars, life... It was awesome.
Parents: My dad was cool with my gaming habit but my mom wouldn't stop giving me the "You're to old to play with toys!" lecture.
Present day (age 20):
So here I am, 20 years old and working on getting my associates degree in visual communications. My parent's asked what I wanted for my birthday this year, I said I was broke so a new copy of Blur would be nice. The next 20 minutes of the conversation consisted of my mother trying to convince me that I was too old for games, she told me clothes were more important. It's odd, it seems as if the only people who really grew up were me and my father, we both saw games evolve as a medium and we both understood that they're no longer "just games". Every other person was still in the past, stuck with the notion that video games are still for children, unable to evolve their views about them. In their eyes, however, I am still a child... A child for loving something they never took the time to understand.