I enjoy gaming, and by this I mean playing games on the laptop or a console. While I haven’t owned a console since the 8 bit console mom bought me, I have played quite a few games on the computer. When I was younger and didn’t have a console of my own, vacations would start with getting together to play cricket and then video games at a friend’s place. Oh the fun we had playing Super Mario Brothers, Contra and Dragon Ball Z. Hours would go on before a parent of one of us friends would call us for lunch.
Mom got me a console when I was in the 9th standard (by when the Playstation was out, but I didn’t interest myself with it). Since I had my own console now, I would try out many more games and Aladdin, Exit Bike and Islander were my new favorites. I even got mom to play with me and she would enjoy Circus Charlie and Duck Hunt. Post-dinner plays on holidays were common with the two of us. A year later, mother got me a computer. The computer my gaming habits a shot in the arm. The amount of time I spent gaming (on it, since the console now lay packed in the storage) was significantly higher.
While I started with First Person Shooter games like Medal of Honor, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Quake 3 Arena, I later dabbled my hand at racing games like Need for Speed. Worms deserves a special mention as it brought quite a few friends together at my place to play that. A friend introduced me to the Playstation 2. Since neither of us has had it, we would save up from our pocket money and play on it at the gaming stations. I don’t know how much time we spent playing WWE (wrestling) and teaming up against the other players who would come there.
All this increased gaming also meant lesser time studying, and it had to be put on the backburner when I had board exams up. The initial years of college saw very little gaming except for the occasional Counter Strike with friends on LAN. It was only when I got a laptop towards the end of the third year that I got back in to gaming, for it to go slow again one I started to work.
In the recent times my favorites have been Batman: Arkham Asylum, Portal, Portal 2, and Batman: Arkham City and the lot of Assassin’s Creed (which I have played till Assassin’s Creed 3). One of my memorable moments has been while I was playing Batman: Arkham City when a character says “We have positive ID on Batman. He is kicking all kinds of ass down there” while I was in the middle of fight. It was wonderful.
If I think about it, one of the reasons why I do enjoy gaming so much is the escapism it offers. I get so engrossed in the challenges of the game, that I forget everything around me. Now that I have given my laptop to mom, I don’t play that much. I want a new gaming device (console or laptop, but a new laptop mostly) so that I can get back to gaming.
Written for Day 3 of Write Tribe: Festival of words