Video games have always been a part of my life. Whether I was playing games at my friend’s house as kids, or even attending gaming events like Pax East as a young adult, there was always something about them that would catch my interest.
Even though I admire video games for their design and stories, I was never really good at them. There was even to a point when I put down my controller and didn’t play any games for several years. It wasn’t until recently that my fiancé helped me get back into gaming.
Like most kids I loved playing video games as a child. I remember saving all my first communion money so I could by a GameBoy Color. My mom drove me to Toys ‘R’ Us and we walked directly to the electronic game systems. I ended up buying a purple GameBoy Color and a Pokémon and a Rugrats game. I still remember the sense of accomplishment handing over the money and getting my new gaming system.
Unfortunately, not all of my gaming memories are that happy as a child. I have an older brother who also liked playing video games. Since he was older, he was better at video games than I was. Whenever we played our Dreamcast together, he would never go easy on me. He, as big brother fashion, would tease me for being “bad at video games.”
Consuming Let’s Play
Even though I stopped playing games as I teen I started watching let’s play. I watched for hours upon hours of let’s play content from YouTubers. I would watch games from single plays to groups of friends playing Mario Kart. In a way watching let’s play videos was a way I could feel like I was playing the game without touching a controller.
One of the important parts of watching let's play videos is that even though some people were not the best at a type of game they would still play it because it brought them joy. I was envious of those types of players.
This article was written by contributing writer Jessica Sayers
Jessica is a graduate from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Creative Writing. She has also written for other publications such as Gamers Decide.
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