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Geeked In #1: From Fanboy to Gamer

by on August 31, 2015
 

 

Greetings and Salutations! Welcome to Geeked In! A weekly Sunday blog where I talk about everything and anything gaming.  As long as I find it interesting! But really, I will write about what ever strikes my fancy.  For this first one however, I feel I need to give a bit of a introduction, so sit back, grab some grub, and enjoy the read.

My name is David, and I am a Fanboy.  For the majority of my gaming career I have felt that one system ruled over all.  I could not understand the PC Master Race argument, because I did not know enough about it, and really did not care to learn it.  I thought the other system was a joke, as the games looked more like movies, and the online community was lacking immensely in my opinion.

I owned an original PlayStation for the entire lifecycle of it, then moved onto a PlayStation 2.  A few friends of mine had the Nintendo 64, but I had a system, and did not need another in those days.  My now admitted addiction did not start until I began hanging out with one of my now, very close friends, that I experienced anything other than a PlayStation 2.  He told me a game call Halo, and it very much so changed my life.

After a few games of Halo on good old, now almost extinct couch co-op split screen, I knew I had to have it.  The very next Christmas I received a limited edition, see through, green, Halo Microsoft Xbox.  This my friends, is where it all started.   Back in those days, Xbox Live was brand new, and was nowhere near the capabilities it is today.  So I had other games, notably Psy-Ops, and Knights of the Old Republic (Also the Sith Lords), which are quite possibly two of my favorite all time games, among others, and we all were happy. Then one game came out, one simple disc that would change so many things.  That game, was called Halo 2, and this is where my fanboy story starts.

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November 9, 2004, a young 14 year old boy sits on the couch waiting for his father to get home.  As he walks through the door, the boy runs to him to to claim his prize.  The father reaches into his bag, and pulls out a box.  But, it is not any regular box, it is a game box.  More specifically, the Steel Book version of Halo 2.  I must have played Halo 2 exclusively, for years, only switching when another game, such as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (One and Two) caught my attention.  This Halo 2 tunnel vision lasted well into my teens, until Halo 3 came out, and I grew up.  Then the tunnel vision dissipated a small amount and I ventured off into other games.

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I am however leaving out quite a big portion of my Halo fandom, which was Major League Gaming.  Needless to say, I have many events under my belt and have had so many experiences at these events that I would have never been able to get otherwise. These MLG events have given me opportunities and have allowed me to meet people from all over the world.  They have given me so many great memories that I cannot simply add them here.

As the years moved along, many friends started picking up various systems, and the internet was full of console supremacists.  I have to admit I was one for the Xbox system, never even giving a thought into another system. With the one exception of the Pokémon Machines called Gameboy’s.  To which I grew up with and still play to this day.  I never really understood the PC Master Race argument for the longest time, and only fully when I got into college.  Sure I put hours of time in on various games such as Age of Empires, Doom, Decent, Star Wars Battlefield, and of course years of World of Warcraft.  But to me it was just gaming, there was no reason it was better than my 360.

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But with the coming of the next generation systems, something changed.  For some reason, I do not know if it is age, or experience or something in between.  But to me, there is no longer a console war.  Sure there are the trolls of the internet, but there is no rallying cry for the purge of all gamers on system X, or that system Y is better than system X.  To me, it seems that I am no longer a fanboy.  That I have become a gamer, and am happy for the success of any system. That the PC is amazing for gaming now, but the systems are equally as impressive.  Along with no longer disliking the other consoles, I now no longer really dislike any game genre.  I never was a fan of sports games (See what I did there?), HATED racing game (Still do a bit) and never really played any RPG’s.  But now NHL is one of my favorite games, I dislike many FPS’s that are out currently, and am a huge fan of RPG’s.  I guess the moral of the story is that people really do change given enough time.

Sitting as it is now, I have an Xbox One, a Playstation 4, a decent computer that I can game on, and a Pokémon machine.   I believe that I have finally shaken my Fanboyism and can finally just call myself a gamer.