Something I’ve never understood is the absolute shock I receive when somebody finds out I like to play video games. What, you thought girls don’t game? Sorry to burst your bubble, but I know one girl for sure who games a LOT: me!
Naturally, I started off quite young playing the Magic School Bus and Treasure Seekers on my computer. Come to think of it, Where In Time is Carmen Sandiago was a favourite of mine as well. And of course we can’t leave out Oregon Trail and Amazon Trail from the school computers – hunting and fishing, baby, that’s what I did in those games. I’m sure many of you can relate.
Then, the beautiful GameBoy Color came out, and I got the special Pokemon yellow Pikachu edition. Oh the glory! Somehow even today I find that few games can compete with Pokemon. That game provided me with endless hours of entertainment. And if I could find it (I lost it somehow, presumably in the hurricane that blew through my room) it would provide me with even more. That game never gets old!
It was the first game that really let me have my own adventure – I got to choose where I went, and what Pokemon I had. I had power, and freedom! Oh! It was glorious.
Seriously, it’s really bugging me that I can’t find it.
Later I moved on to the Sims and the Sims 2. (Regrettably, my parents refused to allow us to have gaming platforms other than GameBoy and computer, so a great deal of my gaming potential was lost in the abyss). There is nothing quite like making ridiculous people and putting them in huge houses because you cheat. That sense of satisfaction that you have unlimited money to do whatever you want – because honestly, who likes waiting for them to be done work? – is unbeatable. Did anyone else find extreme entertainment in making them WooHoo?
Then, miracle of all miracles, my parents got us a Wii. I know, I know, lamest platform ever. But it was better than nothing. I’m super good at Harvest Moon, I’ll have you know! Also love Spyro, GoldenEye, Sonic the Hedgehog (because who doesn’t love Sonic?), and a multitude of other Wii games.
Naturally, I yearn for an Xbox or PS3 or SOMETHING more adult than the Wii, but as of now I’m far too broke to afford it, so that kind of gaming will have to be postponed until further notice.
However, it remains that what I loved as a child I love now as an adult – Computer games. Guild Wars got me through high school (Who’s excited for GW2? I AM!) Computer RPG’s are glorious fun (and once again, once I have more money I’ll be playing a whole lot more of them). Sorry, I never got into WoW, but I can see where the draw to it is. Currently I enjoy Star Wars: The Old Republic – Sith all the way baby! Although I do find that my Jedi is rather fun to play when I’m feeling like being a good person instead of killing children.
But right now, my favourite of all, and one that has occupied many hours of my time (especially recently) is StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. OH MY ZEUS! What an awesome game. Plotline, yes. Engaging characters, yes. Entertaining style of gaming, ABSOLUTELY. And Heart of the Swarm is coming out soon: I could die from excitement! I could write an entire post on SCII alone. Actually, I could probably have an entire BLOG dedicated to that game, I love it so much. That doesn’t mean that I’m good at it though. Before you get all excited I’ll have you know that I still have A LOT of work to do. What can I say, I love gaming, but it’s not my life.
But now that it’s summer, I have all the time in the world to get better!