Board games, card games, video games. I love games of all types. So this week’s Truth Thursday is all about just that!
✖ MY FIRST VIDEO GAME SYSTEM WAS A SEGA GENESIS
My mother and step-father bought it for the family one Christmas. It was our “big” present for that year. For the longest time we only had one game for it, Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I think I was maybe nine at the time, my brother was four. We played that game into the ground. To this day when I hear the theme music I am filled with warm fuzzy feelings and fond memories of trying to beat my brother. Even though he was 4 1/2 years younger than me, and only four years old, he was better at the game than me. And now, at almost 21, he is still better at video games than me, even though I know work in the industry.
✖ I BOUGHT MY COMPUTER FOR COLLEGE SPECIFICALLY SO I COULD PLAY VIDEO GAMES
Though I loved video games when I was younger, primarily console games, I didn’t really play them throughout high school as I was focused on my academics and athletics. However, during my first year of college I discovered PC games, thanks to my boyfriend suggesting I check out The Sims. I was instantly hooked. After that first year, I decided my computer wasn’t quite good enough so I bought a new one that would be powerful enough to play all the games I wanted and gave my old one to my father. I actually had that computer for the rest of college and a year after I graduated. I upgraded the video card once or twice, but it was a good little computer that fed my hobby quite well.
✖ MY FAVORITE BOARD GAME IS MONOPOLY
It is not just video games that I love, but board games as well. Growing up I loved to play Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Clue, Risk, and, of course, Monopoly. I actually got so competitive with Monopoly that most would refuse to play with me. Nowadays when asked to play, I warn them that they probably will not enjoy it. The majority of people end up choosing another game instead because of that. In the past five years or so I have enjoyed board games such as Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, Apples to Apples, Munchkin, and Trivial Pursuit (which I play with my family every Christmas). I will give any board game, or even card game, a try at least once.
✖ I PLAY MAGIC THE GATHERING
I admit it, I do. And you know what, I am actually pretty good at it too. I was first introduced to the game by some cousins when I was 11 or 12. I played a little in middle school and even high school (though I didn’t tell anybody I did), but it wasn’t until I graduated college that I got really into it. After a couple years of actively playing and collecting cards, it just got too expensive (especially if you wanted to be competitive), and real life, such as work, became too important. I will go to a pre-release event every so often, but for now, this hobby is on the back-burner.
✖ MANY OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS I INITIALLY MET AS A RESULT OF VIDEO GAMES
I know a lot of people say that video games can be destructive, but for me, they are the exact opposite. Through various games and their fandoms I have met some absolutely fantastic people who are now some of my best friends. They are all over the world, and though we don’t get to hang out every weekend (tickets to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are quite expensive), they mean the absolute world to me. Additionally, some of my friends that I did have growing up in high school and college are now avid video game players, giving us another thing to do and talk about.