You guys know the drill by now. Inspired by this Daily Inkling. Thank you Matt. Blah blah blah. Eventually I’ll have motivation and inspiration to write a post that isn’t based off an Inkling. But until then, this is what we’re all gonna get.
I’ve been apart of two gaming collaborations thus far in my blogging career – The Games that Define Us, which I totally credit for literally success I’ve achieved thus far, and Tracking Shells which is coming this Thursday. However, there is a reason why you hardly see me speak about games other than the Pokemon post, a first impression of a Nintendo game like Smash, and a lot of Sims.
But other than that, you see nothing. Sure, I get excited about other games that come out for other consoles – i.e KINGDOM HEARTS – but I try to stay out of it because I don’t like to consider myself a gamer.
The thing I always like to mention is that growing up with two brothers sometimes the only thing for me to do was to play on our Gamecube with them. Whether it was Smash, Mario Kart, Mario Party (was that even on that console? I don’t remember.), etc.
But other than that, I was more girly than anything with dolls and babies. I watched Disney Channel religiously and knew High School Musical way to well, all the while my brothers were playing Smash and whatever else they played at the time all day long. I had a Nintendo DS and a Gameboy Advance SP (mine was silver and had a sticker with my name on it) but often times I would go to play my games and they wouldn’t be there cause my older brother would steal them when I did better than him.
Naturally he tried to say he didn’t but no one in my family is a moron. Even years later when I was 16 I found my SP and Pokemon Ruby Red and started playing it, he found out, next day I came home from school and it was gone. I didn’t even bother trying to fight for it back at that point.
Anyways, going backwards a few more years. We got a Wii and I played on that as well, though I can’t specifically remember what we played. I know that at some point I had a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 game that I got almost halfway through and then gave up on.
When my younger brother got his XBox, I took one or two tries trying to play Call of Duty and gave up. In my mind if that was what games were going to be like now I wanted no part of them, so instead of playing video games I occupied my time with writing, teaching myself Photoshop and video editing (Sony Vegas, anyone?) and completely just stopped giving a shit about gaming.
And then I got the Sims. Not gonna rehash that story, go over here and read it from the Games that Define Us if you wish. Even just playing the Sims makes me not want to call myself a gamer, cause there are a lot of people who wouldn’t consider the Sims a video game as it’s more simulation. I didn’t call myself a gamer when I just played Sims because I didn’t want to deal with people complaining that I wasn’t really a gamer.
And while I was playing Sims, I begged my mom to help me get a Nintendo 3DS (that I still have by the way, hardly play it, but to my own fault cause I lost the digital download of the game I was going to play when I moved) and I have only two games for it: Pokemon and LEGO Hobbit. It was a very rare day when I actually played my 3DS and I forgot about it again and stopped gaming, minus Sims.
And then in August of 2018, after having watched my best friend play her Switch all god damn summer, I caved and bought a Switch. And I feel like that childhood joy of button smashing is back in my life. I will always not play it nearly as much as I like because adult life takes over, and I like to play on a TV screen and I am currently TV-less (I hope to not be sooner rather than later) so I can’t play the way I prefer to. I have another computer game I play, Stardew Valley, and I will put that under the category of the Sims.
So now we near the end of the backstory part of this post. And in all honesty, I’m a little nervous to keep going, because in my brain, me saying that I don’t consider myself a gamer could just put people off of me. In my brain, it could make people think “She doesn’t want the stigma” when that is totally and completely not at ALL the case.
I just don’t consider myself a gamer because I’m not as dedicated as other people are and I can’t get myself to like some consoles. I will probably never end up liking the XBox. It will probably never be my console of choice, and that’s okay because my console of choice is Nintendo gaming. As for the PS4, I don’t know. I’d like to one day give it a shot just so I can play Spiderman and Kingdom Hearts.
So in conclusion, while I love video games and I like the little niche of games that I play, I don’t like to consider myself a gamer. There are loads of more people out there who are more dedicated to trying new games, who play more, who have a bigger passion than I.
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