When I was about 12 I got my first gaming console (back then they weren’t called that though). It was a hand me down Birthday gift from my cousins – a SEGA genesis. I wasn’t that psyched about the gift, since video games didn’t attract me that much. Besides my loving relatives had also decided to give me password books along with the present. And you know how big of a mood killer those are!
But being a SEGA owner put me in a better social light. I had a better gaming console than most of my friends or kids I went to school with, who still had Dendy (or whatever that thing was called).
When Sam came to visit me in Russia, he made me take it out the second day he was there. (It was put away in a box, at the very bottom of my closet, covered with a whole bunch of other junk ) Needless to say, the first game he wanted to play was Sonic 2. Unfortunately the console was so old, the 2nd controller refused to work, and we couldn’t play the 2-player game.
Well, imagine my surprise when a week and a half ago there was a huge Sega game sale on Steam. And they had all of the fun and very long role play games that my mother used to play! Yes, my mother. She got into the whole Sega thing more than I did, but she still needed me to sit there with her and translate what was going on in the game, because unlike computer games these days, none of the Sega games were in Russian.
I was hoping she would pick up some English that way, but ALAS!
After spending about $5 on all of the games both Sam and I wanted, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Shining Force.
You see, Shining Force was the first RPG I got into, even though my mom was the one playing it, I enjoyed watching (that’s also why you will sometimes hear my husband brag about me watching him play video games – it’s almost like a habit for me). The story is the following – The evil guy is trying to release The Dark Dragon and you gotta stop him. The game is fun, interesting, but a bit slow in the beginning, especially when it comes to battles, because the characters aren’t experienced yet. But it gets pretty exciting towards the end. And the game is split into Chapters, like a story book!
When I was in college one of my professors said that playing video games somehow relaxes your brain. Now, I am not defending 24/7 gamers, or people who play WOW – I think they need to get a life. But playing some game, that brings back good memories from your past, a couple times a week is fun and relaxing, though sometimes I know I could be doing a lot of other useful stuff.
Love you all,