I’ll never forget when I was five years old and my dad bought a Nintendo. I was the oldest and a girl – I don’t delude myself into thinking that my dad truly felt like my childhood would be deprived without being able to play Duck Hunt. He clearly bought it for himself to play, but little did he know it would unlock a new world for both of us…and make me the talk of the dorm my freshman year in college.
Super Mario was the first Nintendo game I ever obsessed over. While my dad only allowed me to play Duck Hunt at first, when he was at work I totally popped in Super Mario and went to town. You can imagine his surprise when he sat down to play one weekend and his young daughter start shouting out what he needs to be doing. After that moment, my dad fully supported my video game habit.
There was one night I had a fever of 103 and was home from school for two days. During the moments I was lucid, I was hard at work trying to beat Tiny Toon Adventures on Sega Genesis. The night I beat it, a school night, my parents were in a huge fight over whether or not I should be in bed sleeping. In fairness to my mom it was 11:30 p.m. But to my dad’s credit, he fully understood that Max Million needed to be stopped ASAP. It was one of the rare fights my dad actually won, and the good Lord was on his side too because my fever finally broke while I was playing the final boss. Ron Sr. made sure I was able to stay home from school an extra day as a reward. It was glorious.
From there, I graduated to Playstation, N64, Game Cube, PS2 and the list goes on. My favorite game growing up had to be a tie between Mario Kart and GoldenEye 007 on N64. I had those two games down to an art that had me whooping guys’ butts! I was the only girl in my dorm to bring a game system and it brought me immense pleasure hearing guys moaning and groaning over the ass kickings I served them. My biggest regret in college was that I gave up gaming mid-freshman year because I had let a guy bully me into being more like a girl, which included joining a sorority.
After that, I kinda wondered aimlessly and put way too much energy into things that didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. I won’t bore you with those details.
Eventually I met John who reunited me with gaming. At first I tried to impress him by trying to beat him at Mario Kart and GoldenEye 007. But it was useless. I was totally out of practice, and humbled completely. Admittedly, he’s better than I am and there have been numerous times I’ve thrown the console controller at him while playing. In my defense, he yells the most ridiculous advice out at the worst times and totally deserves it.
This is all my way of saying that you’ll see video game reviews from me a lot more on this blog. It’s also my way of setting you up for a feature with those posts – “Times Control was Thrown at John – ##.” Looking forward to sharing those with you! 🙂