Why I Game: Alexandra

Last Christmas my father told my siblings and I that he had a present for us. He took out his iPad and connected to the TV. I thought it was going to be a slideshow of pictures or an old family movie, but it wasn’t. Instead what came on screen was Spy Fox. And not just Spy Fox, but Freddie Fish, Pajama Sam, and Putt-Putt, too. All these great games we used to play as kids were now available to play again, so we did. We were sitting there together yelling at whoever was holding the iPad and telling them what they should do. This is similar to a lot of my early memories of playing games as a...

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Why I Game: James

The first video game I played was Game and Watch for the Gameboy. It started a lifelong love of gaming. It was a family thing, with my dad and sister and I all playing the same games, comparing high scores, and discovering secrets together. It didn’t matter if it was Mario, Zelda, or a long game of Civilization, discovering something new and sharing it was a key part of my childhood. I played games for a family experience, even when we were playing single-player games. In my teen years I started playing different games to my family and it became more of a solo experience. There were a few...

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Why I Game: Michelle

Gaming for me started as a kid, playing board games with my family. It was how we bonded and spent time together, and grew into a passion of mine as I got older. But video gaming was very distant and not something I spent my time doing until I was in college and started actively watching video game YouTubers and Twitch streams. From then gaming turned into stress relief, anxiety management, and after I got concussions, a source of mental recovery through strategy games like XCOM 2 and Armello. Gaming overall is still a bonding activity, but it has become very personal for me as I’ve...

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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...

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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...

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Why I Game: Kates

I wasn’t an avid gamer growing up, but the first‚Äìand possibly only‚Äìtruly “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...

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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...

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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...

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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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