Like many of you, I've been gaming since I was a kid. My first console was an NES, and a PC that had Windows 3.1. I remember my first games being Ski-Free, Wolfenstein 3-D (The first, awesome, shareware stage with Hitler in the Mecha-Suit), Super Mario Bros, and Mega Man 3 (Snake Man's stage was my favourite).
Growing up, I played a LOT of videogames. I remember having my world absolutely ROCKED by Super Mario World, and I remember getting Super Mario Kart for Christmas one year. Fuck me that was a good year.
However, growing up, my parents were a little skeptical about videogames. I was allowed 30 minutes of screen time a night, and this was back in the 90s! I would usually do a few levels of World, or the excellent "Chaos Engine", which, one night, I spent the ENTIRE thirty minutes of gametime randomly putting in passwords to see if I got one to work (By the way, if you want a world 3 start, with a fully upgraded Scientist, I suggest putting all T's in. I found that one night when I was pumping in passwords :D). I remember one night, I was told I was allowed 30 minutes of Super Nintendo or Gameboy. I tried to fool my folks. I went round to my next door neighbours, where we played Sonic 2's exquisite battle mode for 45 minutes. When I came home, I said to my mum, "I'm gonna have my Mario Kart time now" and she slammed me with "I KNOW YOU WERE PLAYING SEGA WITH DARREN" and I got banned for 3 days.
I guess what I'm getting at is this: How has your time with games changed since you were growing up?
I failed my first year of university 'cause I was playing too much World of Warcraft. I never told my parents, but I think they knew!
Nowadays, I guess things are a little different. I find it really hard to commit to playing games, ya know? I kinda only play at weekends now, as by the time I've finished work, I'm frequently too tired to sit down and game. And I know how daft that sounds! But, I work with kids, right. And I have such an absolute BLAST hanging out with them every day, and teaching them, and helping them to become the best future leaders they can be. I'm up at 7:30 for a shower, then I usually work till 4, then home at 5, cause I have to walk (I don't own a car!)
And by that time, I'm usually just BEAT. I plop myself in front of Twitch/Youtube/Giantbomb and just watch absolute shite until I'm ready for bed. Then I put twitch on in bed, and fall asleep to that.
Don't get me wrong, when the weekends come around, I game like an absolute fiend. We're talking up at 9, gaming through till 12 the next morning. But my sessions are sporadic as shit. I might play 30 minutes of Pillars of Eternity, then break for an hour. Then I'll pick up Cadence of Hyrule, do 3/4 screens, then realise I've had enough. I suppose what I'm saying is...I miss being a kid. I would have such enthusiasm for games, ya know?
Nowadays, if my sessions last for over an hour, I'm surprised. I just can't commit anymore, cause I feel like...when I'm gaming, I'm letting life slip by me, and I wish I could use that time more effectively.
I've rambled. How have you changed your gaming habits growing up friends?