Why I Game: Jessi

Gaming has always been a part of my life. When I was little, my parents would have a family game night at least once a week. At my grandma’s house my brother, cousins, and I would play the Game of Life and Hungry, Hungry Hippo as we waited for the grown-ups to get done talking. The only video games I was exposed for a good portion of my childhood where the educational ones. And though I had a blast with them, they didn’t compare to what my friends were playing. They would share their discoveries with me at recess on how to capture Pokemon, or how to get a bow in Zelda, or some other video...

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Why I Game: Madison

I never considered myself a gamer. To me, gamers were boys that spent their lives behind first person shooters, who devoted their time to the perfect car heist, or went on adventures with Link and Zelda. I didn’t fit the criteria that made a gamer and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be: I loved to read books, geek out over movies, I wore dresses, and it took me a year to learn what people meant when they were “playing COD”. But really, I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I became a gamer girl without even realizing it when I turned seven because of two discoveries: Kingdom...

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Why I Game: Kates

I wasn’t an avid gamer growing up, but the first–and possibly only–truly “in” thing I ever got was an original Nintendo back in 1987. I didn’t have tons of games, and I was terrible at pretty much all of them (except Paperboy; to this day, I still don’t know anyone else who completed the entire week. And no, you don’t get anything special for it.). But I loved it. I rarely played video games with friends, but I always enjoyed the challenge. As I got older, I discovered that the dexterity I displayed in playing the piano didn’t translate to video...

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Why I Game: Jocelyn

I need to clarify something; I’m not a big gamer. I never played N64 with my dad at a young age, and I’ve never spent hours lost in World of Warcraft. But I do enjoy games, and especially, perhaps even more nerdy, I like watching people play games. When Skyrim came out I was at university, and my housemate would play for hours and I would watch and occasionally instruct. Games are awesome, and although I may not be a pro, I do like them a lot. The problem is, I’ve never really been a console gamer. When I was a child I was addicted to SSX3 on PlayStation 2, but that was about the only game I...

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Why I Game: Dani

I am a gamer for many reasons… My dad and brother got me into gaming as a kid (Atari, Nintendo, Sega), and then my husband help develop my inner nerd (FPS/MMO/ARPG) . I love being able to immerse myself in a world that is different then what I live in. I deal with a lot of chronic pain and just feel awful most of the time, gaming is how I escape it a bit. It’s my way to relax and have a good time. Not to mention some challenge me in a thrilling way! Plus I get to enjoy dressing toons up in a way I would NEVER dress out in the real world, teehee. I have also met some of the most...

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Why I Game: Emily Lawry

I was relatively old before I started gaming, mainly because my mother had decided there was something vaguely unhealthy about it. My sister and I were more wooden abacus and jigsaw children. However I can’t remember a time as a girl when I didn’t deeply covet my friends’ Gameboys and neat rows of PC games. As a young girl I was an extremely quiet and shy being – finding friends was a terrifying impossibility for me. When a close school friend introduced me to Neopets, a magical 2D world of my own that I could explore without fear, I was completely hooked. It didn’t matter that our computer...

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Why I Game: Jupiter Hadley

I game because I used to dabble in game development. When I was younger, I used to play online multiplayers like Minecraft to meet friends and escape the everyday drama. There, I met an indie game developer, who created games he wanted to play. I knew games were made by people, but I never thought about a single person making a game. I then threw myself into game development for a while. You see, making a game is hard. There are so many things that can go wrong and loads to remember. A misplaced semicolon can break your game. I made a couple of simple, arcade styled games, but it really was...

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Why I Game: Michelle

I don’t think I ever really identified myself as a gamer. In that regard I must admit to having fallen for the stereotype of society. The unkind kind of stereotype of a guy living in his parents basement, glued to his computer screen. Not me, a girl with long blonde hair with a fondness for vintage dresses and country music. I suppose even I who am always preaching to my younger siblings about not falling for generalised stereotypes, fall for them at times. The truth is that I grew up on computer games. My dad has always worked in the IT industry and been passionate about them. So my sister...

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Why I Game: Kat

I game because it is fun! I like to be the hero and save the day in games.  It is a great feeling I get when challenging my hand/eye coordination and succeeding at a game. Gaming has been a wonderful part of my life.  It is stress reducing and relaxing.  Gaming gives me a feeling of control when I feel things are a little out of control. I’ve made a lot of good friends both male and female through gaming.  In a lot of cases it was a social lubricant for me to interact with people I otherwise would have been too nervous to talk to.  Games are a conversation starter and a great excuse to...

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Why I Game: Victoria

I game because it takes me into another world where I can forget about the stresses of real life for a while. Gaming is a way I spend quality time with my husband. Whether it be him cheering me on through GTA V or Bioshock Infinite, or us playing completely different games on separate PCs, we often “game” together. I game because it has become a part of my identity. I have yet to “beat” Skyrim in the 4 years I have been playing because I honestly enjoy the world too much to ever leave. I do every possible side quest, and mini adventure, and often end up creating new characters to explore the...

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