How The Gaming Industry Has Changed Over The Years

I’ve been gaming since I was little and I hadn’t realized how “easy” I had it with gaming and being a nerd, compared to earlier years, until recently.

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THE FAT NERD INSIDE OF ME

I was going to bore you with a topic on politics and how much I hate the planet we live on (let’s go to another planet already, k?), but then I read a post about playing video games with your children and thought about my husband (and everyone says, “AWE!”).

Except we don’t have kids, so that isn’t the kind of post you get today. Sorry, pal.

I know I have mentioned my childhood a teeny tiny bit but I haven’t gone into the fullness of my nerdom.

I am the youngest of six children (you can read about that on my about page) with three older brothers and two older sisters. My sisters are not nerds or geeks or anything of the sort. Well, my oldest sister is a bit of a book nerd but she has four children soooo (and she is a wicked artist). But they’re not the type of nerd I am talking about today.

I am a video game nerd.

I will admit that I do not play as often or for as long as I did when I was in my teens but I have my moments.

When I was in High School I played the shit out of Halo 3… I was good too. Better than the middle-aged dudes who came home after work every day, drank beer, and played Halo. I really played only after I finished my homework and on the weekends (before I got a job).

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My teens were not when my nerdom began though. No, no, no my brothers convinced my parents (somehow) to let them get a Super Nintendo. I have no idea how old I was but I remember playing it. The tiny controller was just fine because it fit in my tiny child hands, though sometimes I couldn’t get to the buttons fast enough.

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My husband wrote about finding his long lost love of Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader the other day after thinking he was going to have to buy it for almost $100 on Amazon.

I remember playing games like Super Mario World (Yoshi will forever be one of my fav characters in a game), Paper Boy, Star Wars games (Return of the Jedi was pretty epic), and Mortal Kombat. Wow talk about a blast from the past. One of my brothers was super obsessed with Mortal Kombat. Remember the cheat code books you could buy? Well if he couldn’t find those he would spend hours finding out the codes on his own and filled notebooks with cheats. Of course, I never used them because he wouldn’t let us touch those notebooks. What a meany.

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Alas, I digress.

So the Super Nintendo was like WHOA, I mean you could play little animated dudes with a controller and ten inch TV (not kidding). It was a different kind of world.

Then a few years or so later we got the Nintendo 64. Say, what??? I was looking at the games I used to play on that console and was getting all kinds of excited as I took a walk down memory lane. There were some seriously epic games on the 64.

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My absolute fave games from that console were Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing (I need this in my life), Perfect Dark (the new version on the 360 was a disappointment), and Mario Kart 64. Now I am not trying to say that since the 64 that games haven’t had the same effect as OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT ABOUT THAT, it is just that I am older now and it has been¬†far longer since the Super Nintendo and 64 were around in my life.

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There have been plenty of games since then that have caught my attention and that I will forever go back to. Halo: Combat Evolved, Mass Effect, Oblivion, Skyrim, Witcher, KOTOR, and Republic Commando. Those rank pretty high on the list.

Much like my reading my nerdiness for video games is a love for fiction and science fiction. I love space games far too much and I love fantasy. The fantasy has to be done right though. It has to be an RPG. I have strayed away from multiplayer games. My social bar has become slim to nothing, especially after working nine hours a day around people and having someone in my ear talking the entire time… Seriously, I get too worn out by customers. True story.

So playing an RPG is like playing my favorite book on the screen with a controller in my hand. The only thing better is watching a movie but they have to be really good if they’re going to match up to the book. I wonder how well I could create book characters in Dungeons and Dragons… Food for thought.

So if you were wondering why I called this post The Fat Nerd Inside of Me, well I feel like you guys only get to see the book nerd side of me and not what is really lying dormant underneath all of this black and white text.

I am planning on writing about my favorite bands, music, and the songs that really tap into my creativity. Beside booze, music gets me writing faster than anything else.

I hope you have enjoyed this little trip down memory lane! Thank you for reading!

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Xbox or PlayStation?

I deactivated my Facebook last week after I had a not so friendly conversation with a little boy about the world of Xbox and PlayStation. He informed me that I am clearly unaware of the business aspects of either company (I neglected to mention my own stint of running a business. Oops). At the very end of every day can you guess what any company really cares about?

Money. Profit. Growth.

Duh.

My amazing husband did a blog about why he prefers Xbox to PlayStation. You can read it here. I share his opinions.

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With all of that being said, allow me to continue.

I have not experienced gaming on every console ever made. Sorry. However, I did start my gaming life at a very young age. I cannot tell you how old I was because I have been gaming the entirety of my memory. That should tell you something.

I have five older siblings. Let’s get this out of the way first. My oldest brother (we will call Tom) is ten years older than me, the next one (Hank) is seven years older than me, and the last one (Phil) is two years and give a few months older than me. (I also have two sisters but they don’t game).

So you can imagine where I got my love for rock music and video games from, right?

Anyhoozers.

Tom and Hank convinced our parents (with their magical powers) to let them get a Super Nintendo… If you don’t know what that is then please turn in your “nerd” card.
After so many years of playing that (again no idea how old I was) they got a Nintendo 64. I remember Mario in its finest. I remember Donkey and Diddy Kong. I remember Golden Eye. I remember Mortal Kombat. I remember trying SO hard to be better than my brothers. Yeah, cuz that was gonna happen.

What I am trying to get at is that gaming has been my life for my WHOLE life. I am not one of those girls who is a “gamer gurl.” Not me. Actually I am the kind that does a REALLY good job of hiding that side of me. I mean, if you completely neglect the N7 jacket I wear.

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The point of this post is not to inform you of my serious nerdiness, but to allow you to understand the depth of that nerdiness.

Which brings me to my next point.

I. Am. An. Xbox. Fan.

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Plain and simple. There is LITERALLY (correct usage of the word here people. Pay attention.) nothing you or anyone else (husband included) that could ever convince me to become a PlayStation fan. Not happening.

Allow me to tell you why.

First, my memories of PlayStation (one and two) are of Spyro (love that guy), the new weird Mortal Kombats, any sports game you can think of, and Final Fantasy. That is it.

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When I think of Xbox I think of Mass Effect, Halo, Knights of the Old Republic,  and Deus Ex: Invisible War. Just to name the ones that come to mind. Now I realize that these games are also accessible on the PC and some (Mass Effect) are now on the PlayStation but not the point, okay? These games scream Xbox to me.

Second, the controller dude, the controller. I cannot STAND the PlayStation controller. And don’t come at me with, “Oh but you’re just an Xbox fan so blah blah blah.” I have played both. I spent a lot of time on the first two PlayStations. Shut your cake hole (Supernatural anyone?).

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Third, the dashboard and interface of the Xbox is more readily accessible and easily understandable. I have watched the husband mess around on his PS4 (yes, yes it lives in my house) and I get SO beyond lost. The Xbox allows you to customize the interface just a bit more than the PlayStation. By a bit more I mean that you can’t do shit on the PlayStation to make it your own. I am pointing this out because I am first a woman and second a ten year old child.

I am not trying to say that people should not play PlayStation (play play?). I am trying to point out why I love Xbox versus PlayStation. I will point out that it seems like more young people buy PlayStation and parents buy PlayStation for their children. Or so it seems to me. My husband says that Xbox janked up their release. I can agree with that since I continued to play Skyrim long after the Xbox One was released.

Anyway, I hope that you guys have enjoyed this little semi-rant!