Defined My Childhood: Console Video Games

#tbt: Console games that defined my childhood

So, apparently I have yet to master the art of scheduling a post to auto-publish at a predetermined time & date!  What was supposed to be Thursday’s post is now Friday’s!
Cie la vie!

I have been thinking a lot about video games lately, & I decided I would go back down memory lane to consider which games I love, potentially which games I disliked/hated, & ultimately, what gaming has meant to me.  My childhood was filled with enriching video game experiences.  I already started by looking at my favorite multiplayer arcade video games in a previous post, but this post will start a series consisting of the consoles games that defined my childhood.

Generations of kids have shared experiences, and therefore connection, because of video games: shared frustrations with a boss, the NES cartridge troubleshoot, or taking the “secret” shortcut.  It united us, albeit in some ways superficially. But, this bit of shared escapism was no different than the shared reading experiences of generations before.  It created communities through the simple connection of that shared experience.  A lot of criticism is levied towards the video game community for creating isolated or anti-social individuals that do not go “outside & play” with other kids.  But, I have found that gamers will find each other in a crowd & can become instant friends.  It is not rare to instantly decide you like/dislike someone based on what was/is that person’s favorite game.

“Do you like Zelda? … I do, too!  Well, I already know I am going to like you & we are going to be fast friends!”

For me, video games have greatly honed my eye-hand coordination & helped me learn to cope with my dyslexia in a fun way.  They taught me to plan, but be flexible & make necessary adjustments on the fly.

So, I invite you to also think about your most memorable childhood console video games.  Have you too bonded with a stranger over your mutual love or dislike of a video game?  What did gaming mean to you then & how has that affected you today?

 

4 thoughts on “#tbt: Console games that defined my childhood

  1. Amanda B.

    It is not rare to instantly decide you like/dislike someone based on what was/is that person’s favorite game.

    “Do you like Zelda? … I do, too! Well, I already know I am going to like you & we are going to be fast friends!”

    I’m pretty sure we had that exact interaction during the Con-At-Home Hangout 🙂 Love the post!

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    1. Izzy Post author

      I was absolutely thinking of our interaction during the Con-At-Home Hangout! I’ll definitely let you know once I discuss Zelda in depth!

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