Growing Up With Video Games

Growing Up With Video Games

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Video games played a huge part in my upbringing
While many believe they are a waste of time
I give video games credit for helping build my character
and who I am today
some of the consoles and games
I mention here are probably older than half of you watching
my very first console was the (Filipino accent) “Nintendo Family Computer”
AKA the “Famicom” {uu}
if you are unfamiliar with this, you might recognize the
American counterpart: The Nintendo Entertainment System-
The N.E.S
they’re generally known to be the same console
with a few differences
honestly, you put red on anything and that’s my bias
this console blew my mind as a kid
I had a humble selection of game cartridges
-yes they weren’t even CD’s yet-
and half of which were niche and foreign
if I turned on my Famicom without a game inserted it would boot up a menu
which had over 100 games.
Tetris, Small Bee(?), Billiards, some tank game
was anyone else’s like that??
was mine modded??
I dunno. but it was awesome! (wow Dom)
and it blew my friends’ minds too when I showed it to them
not long after, I then got. The “Game Boy” (oh my god YES)
YES, that brick of a handheld console where I first discovered Pokémon
and all it’s glory~
I still remember that one time as a kid
I was chillin’ after swimming lessons
sitting on a bench playing my Game Boy
waiting for my parents to pick me up
another kid in my class was passing by and noticed I was playing Pokémon Red
having the game himself, we naturally talked about how fun it is
then he started talking about game cheats (N O)
and that’s when he opened my eyes to:
“You possess forbidden knowledge!”
basically at a certain part of the game, if you met the specific requirements
you were able to duplicate the items in your inventory (OHMYGULAY)
to a virtually infinite amount
this meant endless Masterballs
allowing you to catch any Pokémon effortlessly
endless elixirs, allowing your Pokémon to fight f o r e v e r
and endless Rare Candies, allowing you to level up your Pokémon without having to fight at all
and consequentially it was also when I discovered that
although cheats did add a fun aspect of being overpowered
and being able to OBLITERATE the Elite Four
and my rival “Ta-e(?so sorry if i got that wrong)”
using a single move,
I felt a sense of emptiness and lack of achievement because
my victories weren’t earned through genuine effort,
but through dishonest methods
the destination was the journey, and the hardships I overcame along the way
is what made the end that much more satisfying
the cheats kill the game and it’s purpose
there was no more journey
and that lesson rippled throughout my childhood,
and paved my way into adulthood
well! good thing that was already like my FOURTH playthrough of red
so I didn’t feel guilty too long
and continued to become a Pokémon Master
by cheating (DOM NO)
OH wassup Abra? You gon’ try to teleport outta here again?
*small lip smack* nuh-uh, not this time!
you gon’ join me today…
I have enough masterballs to catch you
aand ya bruthers and sistuhs
right now and in the next thousand lifetimes..
so go ahead, try and teleport.
I’ll come back
DUring that time!
I also had the super Nintendo! Known to contain many legendary
games that still hold a place in people’s hearts today
Turtles in Time, Super Mario RPG and Super Mario World, Mega Man X2, Donkey Kong Country,
Earthbound, Super Metroid, and The Link to the Past
But you know what game I probably played the MOST?
THAT’S RIGHT freakin Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Fighting Edition
look, as cool as it was to watch people in tights save to city from
monsters via martial arts,
the megaswords have always been my favorite part about the shows
and this game allows you to play AS them
and beat the crap out of OTHER megaswords AND monsters!
and to 7-year-old me?
dat was da bomb diggity
I looked it up recently and apparently it was pretty doodoo
and didn’t do that well
but I still remember having lots of fun with it
things don’t need to be the best of it’s kind for you to enjoy them
just because Captain Falcon’s mid-tier doesn’t mean I can’t have fun kneeing people in the face
and then going “Yeeahh. YEAAHH, ya like that??”
(some guy) “Ye-ye-yah actually. I-I thought that was pretty cool…
Good job, man!”
(kawaii Dom) “hehe, thanks!”
my NEXT console was the N64.
Of which I was I was introduced to the franchise that is still my favorite game series to this day
and yeah you probably guessed it from that last reference:
YES! *epic music plays in background* It’s Super Smash Brothers, Sisters, Mothers, and Fathers!
If you considered all the time I put into all of these games
*weird Dom noise* EXCEPT BRAWL
I’m pretty sure I’ve copped in well over a thousand hours (GODDAMN DOM)
Smash has such a simple concept that can appeal to all types of people
you try to beat each other up and knock your opponent(s) off the stage
so that they fall into oblivion and literally explode (basically)
s i m p l e !
but despite that it can be complex when taken competitively
due to the numerous mechanics that aren’t so obvious at face value
“Complexity delivered in Simplicity”
in a way that’s what I strive for my work to be like
I then went through most of the Nintendo consoles that followed.
I went through Sony’s PlayStations 1-4
I kinda skipped the Microsoft line except for that used Xbox 360 I got off Kajiji a couple years ago
so I could play Just Dance and try to impress Claire
But nothing really beats the bonding I’ve done and the friends I’ve made more than through PC gaming
Especially those online.
I like to think the circle of friends I’m in now have lasted this long because of the times we struggled together
As well as against each other in video games
Playing games together with strangers has taught me patience when working with an unfamiliar team
Something you might find yourself doing often in real life
It’s taught me that people I’ve never met before can enjoy the same things I do
Despite having different backgrounds and cultures
It’s opened my eyes to the actual size of the world
and it’s population
Large and diverse in a sense that games can be universal-
that there are gamers everywhere
but seems small enough that people who are hundreds or thousands of miles apart can create long lasting relationships
because of a simple common interest
Here’s a few more shout outs to video games that have made great impacts in my life
The Zelda franchise. For immersing me in such believable worlds full of lore and fantasy
Minecraft. For giving me for my design cravings and applying them to a simulated open world reality
that virtually had limitless possiblities
League of Legends. For teaching me that having skins doesn’t nessecarily make me a better player
and also for allowing me to befriend people I know today
because we all learned to hate ourselves together
*twinkles* S O L I D A R I T Y
OH! And MapleStory for teaching me that people online are really lonely and..
VIDeo games are just- awesome, man!
and I believe we’re in the biggest gaming generation! (ain’t that right..)
anyone can find a game that suits their tastes
do you like beating the crap out of other people with cool combos and special skills?
fighting games.
are you looking for something that focuses on character growth and storytelling?
roleplaying games.
do you have a good sense of tempo and coordination?
rhythm games!
are you looking for something with less commitment and immediate reward?
mobile games!
-unless it’s a gacha game..then…it’s the exact opposite
commit HOURS grinding those gems just so you can roll a four star salamander for the sixth time
*sharp nose inhale* Damn you Puzzles and Dragons
*more inhales* MM damn youuu
and now we’ve got Virtual Reality taking big leaps in development
who knows what kind of video games we’ll be playing in ten years?
what if..
…we’re in a game…
..right now..?
(some dude) “staaahhhpp”
with the continuous advances in technology the communities that revolved around video games are no longer niche nor underappreciated
game design is so much more accessible now and indie games have proven to be some of my favorite titles
however, disregarding the game developers themselves,
many people’s careers today revolve around the video games themselves, and the culture around it
you think that was a self-sustaining lifestyle 15 or 20 years ago?
people literally play games for a living now
honestly, if I didn’t take the animation route, I probably would’ve become a gaming channel
(another random guy where are y’all coming from??) “
“wait. w-what are you thinking?”
(Innocent Dom mode) Nothing.
*nervous dom breathing*
(woah who dat)
many people today may still think video games are a waste of time
and I guess if you lack self-control and prioritize them over your responsibilities
then yeah, that may be true
but the culture of video games is a great influence as to why I am who I am today
and has brought me together with people I would’ve never expected to meet otherwise
and I’m sure a lot of you share the same belief
video games have helped me keep my sanity during the lows in my life, and have made the highs even more enjoyable
the video game culture is always growing. and I’m never worried about a shortage of entertainment
BHUT what I DO have a shortage of is time. And unfortunately haven’t been able to game as much as I used to
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70 thoughts on “Growing Up With Video Games”

  1. I have an n64 and my favourite series is the rush series even though i hve only the second game and i have all the games in an emulator because i think my n64 doesnt work anymore ;-;

  2. For me it was SNES that started my interest and passion for gaming! Man, its been great seeing how they have evolved over the years.

  3. For me it was SNES that started my interest and passion for gaming! Man, its been great seeing how they have evolved over the years.

  4. Domics: minecraft!
    Me: same, eversince i was 6 years old. 8 years later, here i am. Standing above your level……

    Edit: mentions undertale
    Me: i wish i can marry domics, even if we’re the same gender. XD

  5. "Videogames have helped me keep my sanity in life" – Dom

    Your videos have helped me keep my sanity in my high school career/part of my life.

    XD Who's with me?

  6. Domics If You are reading this please make a serious video on Global warming… People must know the consequences… You work is beautiful and inspiring… Thank You ❤️

  7. LMAO you named your rival TAH-EH! i will name mine that on sword and shield if i get it! (means poo in tagalog for those wondering)

  8. My PS3 was moded and when I knew that I just had the FBI open up in my head it had all PS3 games because one call of duty 1 game

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