Why I Love…Video Games

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Why I Love… is a feature where I talk about the things I love – some bookish, some not – and why I love them. Today I’m talking about why I love video games.

I’ve posted a few video game reviews on this site in the past (New Super Mario Bros. U, Portal 2, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D Land), but today I’d like to talk about my overall love of video games.

Part of my love of video games is based on nostalgia. I grew up playing Nintendo – the NES, to be specific. My two sisters and I would spend hours trying to beat Super Mario Bros. 3 on our NES, fighting over who got to play next. We grew up with video games, and the three of us still play them today.

Sometimes after a long day at work or a busy weekend, I want nothing more than to relax with a good book and escape into the world in between its pages. Other times, I want nothing more than to escape into the world of a game and focus on the game’s objective.

Finishing a game – or even just beating a really tricky level – gives me a major sense of accomplishment. I don’t consider myself to be a great video game player, but when I love a game, I will be incredibly persistent, trying again and again until I succeed.

I love more than merely playing games. There are some games that I don’t play, but that I love to watch. My husband and I play very different kinds of video games, and sometimes I watch while he plays a game like Red Dead Redemption. As games become more and more story-oriented, I find that I enjoy watching the way some games unfold.

Additionally, I am interested in learning about the video game industry. I love watching television shows (Reviews on the Run, Electric Playground), listening to podcasts (Vic’s Basement, Nintendo World Report’s Radio Free Nintendo), and reading books (fiction and non-fiction, like Ready Player One and Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter) about games and the industry. I’m fascinated by the possibilities for the future of gaming.

I have strong opinions about things like mobile gaming, so-called free-to-play games, and various consoles, but I am definitely biased in favour of Nintendo. I have always loved Nintendo: its systems and games were a huge part of my childhood, and I continue to play many of those games today. I’ve had the original NES console, the SNES, the Nintendo 64, the Wii, and now the Wii U. As far as handheld systems, I’ve had the Gameboy Colour, DSi, and now the 3DS.

My favourite games include:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)

Portal 2 (PS3 version. This might be the coolest game I’ve ever played)

Pokemon games (I have soooo much love for Pokemon)

So many Mario games: Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES); Super Mario World (SNES); New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Mario 3D World (Wii U); and Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)

Tell me – are you a gamer too? What games do you love? Did you grow up playing video games like I did?

4 Responses to Why I Love…Video Games

  1. Lorie says:

    What? No love for ‘Duck Hunt’? Hashtag ‘where it all began’?!

  2. Kelsey says:

    I love video games too! I grew up with the SNES and only a few games for it, but I spent most of my childhood playing Pokemon, and I still play it now. I wish I had the new one though, but I can’t afford a 3DS at the moment. I’m also on the Xbox and trying to play a wider range of games all the time, but the Final Fantasy series will always be one of my favourites 🙂

    • Pingwing says:

      I love the older FF games – although I don’t think I’ve played anything since their SNES days (other than the Four Heroes of Light game on my DS).

      I love my 3DS! I play way too much Pokemon on it! 🙂

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