Having been out of commission for the last couple days with some family issues to take care, I can come out and say I’m feeling a bit better enough to post at least one article. So here I am.
I don’t just have ONE BIG GAME IMPACT. Coming from a kid who grew up playing Ms. Pac Man, Mr. Do, and Circus Charlie, I can say many games have made an impact on my gaming career, you could say.
Let’s go back a few years to when Frogger, Donkey Kong, and Elevator Action stood on the floors of our local arcades. Pole Position was one of the first racing-related games I can remember playing.
During this time frame when those games where pretty popular, one game stood out for me: Tron. It was visually appealing and the game kept you interested. It wasn’t a boring game at all. It is based on the Disney movie with the same title.
Another few games that had a huge impact on me was Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat II. Where else could you talk your smack and battle it out at the same time. Sometimes even some of you guys would battle it outside of the arcade after the game was done because you were just that darn angry.
Hmmm… Oh! And that little game we can barely remember: Killer Instinct. With its oh-so-multi-talented multi-mega combos and combo breakers, this game left kids on the floor either tired to death because they lost a losing battle (but tried their hardest — you know who you are), out of breath because they did a combo breaker on you, or they left you angry because all of the above happened plus a whole bunch of smack talking.
I think the reason these games had such a huge impact on me is because I not only played and learned off my friends who were also regular players, I was able to meet people from around the area from other arcades who were friendly enough to want to battle and to take on challenges.
I know that video games, especially nowadays with the consoles, it provides us with a much bigger opportunity to spread our gaming skills, to battle others with whom we many never ever get a chance to, and even still, be able to make friends along the way.
Gaming for the most part I think promotes some creative thinking, the ability to make friends, frenemies, and enemies AND still be able to game hard, and it provides the necessary tools to analyze situations. A lot of smart and intelligent people play games, don’t forget.
If I have left anything out, please feel free to add on.