posted on Oct, 2 2013 @ 07:03 PM
Super Mario Brothers.
I was in a children's shelter in '86 and being a child who always clung to his mommy, I was all alone for 6 months, scared and afraid of everything,
having no idea where my mother was or why I was in a children's shelter. One day our care take came home early and under his arm was a brand new
NES. I was so perplexed by the 8-bit machine that all my fears disappeared and instantly I was hooked, it took 3 days, but I finally beat the first
level, LOL. To this day, Gaming is my prime passion. When I think back about those days, I figured that at that age and absolute fear of being
alone, coupled with the fact that my mother may not come back, I some how became attached to this one game, it challenged me, nurtured me with
entertainment and ultimately it was what kept me busy and my mind off the fact that mother wasn't there.
Sonic 2 and 3 for Sega Genesis.
I would spend hours on Sonic 3, after you entered that cheat code, you could add coins and then turn into Super Sonic, I loved every bit of it, I
would fight the final boss with that cheat, producing lifts and coins and various others things, the cheat allowed you too add anything to the game,
kind of like forge in Halo 3 and 4.
My parents would go to Mexico for cheap medicine and I was old enough finally to stay home, with 20 bucks for a pizza and soda, I would have the best
time at home alone, playing Sega Genesis all day.
Final Fantasy 7.
This was a time in my life with my parents up and decided to move to another school district as I was a sophomore in HS, I was totally out of my
element, with no friends, a racist inspired school and just plain unmotivated to want to start making new friends. My brother made some friends and
one day came home with a Playstation, one of his friends loaned it too use and the game that came with it was FF7.
Playing FF7 for the first time immediately hooked me, I was sucked into 3D environment and huge levels of the game, the pain an loss and depth of the
story and huge customize base. Everyday I came home from school and every weekend, I would play every single ounce of the levels, I would leave no
stone unturned. Needless to say, my parents eventually packed up 6 months later and I ended back at my home district. I still played the hell out of
Halo: Combat Evolved.
Interesting since the game came out while I was still in HS, but graduated 6 months later in '02, I still remember after walking across the stage, I
thought nothing of it, but as the ceremony winded down and we walked to the car and started driving off, I looked at the parking lot of the various
cars of my fellow HS classmates, it suddenly hit my like a brick wall, I had known most of these people since Elementary school, although we were not
best friends or anything, we all knew who we were, from elementary, Middle to HS, these people were part of my life on a daily basis and now all of a
sudden I was never going to see the majority of them again, it was kind of depressing when you really think about it.
Later that night while eating out for my graduation dinner, I decided to walk next door to a "EB games" and picked up a copy of Halo, I scoffed at
it at first, but bought it seeing that it was a used copy for only 20 bucks.
I got home, put the game in and 12 hours later, unmoved, no sleep, I was addicted. My whole life literally changed with that game, I almost got fired
from work because I came in late.
Halo had my in its claws and ever since I played every single aspect of the game, every level was explored, every glitch exploited, every challenger
destroyed, the story played over and over again.
Eventually it lead to Halo 2, standing in long lines at midnight release, the same with Halo 3 and every other Halo game that came out.
12 years later, I have played every single Halo game there is, I have read every single Halo novel, short story and fan inspired stories. I have
participated in Halo tournaments, squashed every challenger and won cash and prizes, ranked the top 25 players in the world at one point. I can say
with absolute arrogance that nobody on ATS has the skill to take me on. I have explored every single niche involved with Halo.
I am a Halo fanatic, obsessed and addicted.
Great thread OP, star and flag!