Since this is my first article I’ve decided to do a bit of an introduction to my gaming history!

The Gaming Journey Begins

My first gaming experience was with the Atari made puzzle game Tetris when I was about five. Tetris was one of those games that used to come pre-installed when you bought a computer. I remember everyday after coming home from school I would hop on and play for hours, it was super addictive. Tetris may be the reason I love games like Bejeweled and any match three game to this day. After moving in 2001, my two brothers and I got a Nintendo Entertainment System or as most people refer to it, NES.

We only had Battletoads, which I never really got to play much due to them hogging it all the time. That’s how my obsessions with California Speed on Nintendo 64 began. While I did find Battletoads very fun to play, I put much more time into racing games due to the fact I was the only one out of the three of us that actually liked them. I remember back in 2002 on Halloween night I visited some of my friends to go to a haunted house, but I chickened out so we just stayed home to play Conker’s Bad Fur Day on Nintendo 64. Even though my friends were a bit upset, it didn’t stop all of us from having fun. I was a hardcore fan of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro which I would binge play at their house.

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Free at Last

I eventually got a PlayStation 2, but were not allowed to play due to getting bad grades in school. After my brothers grew older and got out on their own. All of the games became mine and mine alone, which meant I could play games as much as I wanted. Now this is where my KIngdom Hearts adventure began. I was twelve years old, so I was a bit behind in terms of my RPG experience. I remember going to Walmart and buying Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Recoded.

The Heart of the Kingdom

Next I went on to buy the original Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2 and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep for PlayStation 2. I was so excited, I didn’t even play them in chronological order, plus I wasn’t sure what the order was until I looked it up; thank you, Google. Eventually I did play the Kingdom Hearts series in the “correct” order. The only game I didn’t play was Dream Drop Distance for Nintendo 3DS. I had heard too many bad things about it, and did not want to put my time into it. After selling all of my games to pay for school I put playing gaming on hold for nearly two years.

A New Beginning

I eventually got back into video games with the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and started playing way more games. I was then introduced to fighting game staples like Street Fighter and Tekken as well as Dead or Alive and more niche Anime fighting games like Guilty Gear, Blazblue and Nitroplus Blasterz. In the past year I’ve played Horizon Zero Dawn, a bit of Wolfenstein II:The New Colossus, and Friday the 13th The Game which terrified me.

Six months ago I was introduced to the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV and played it for over 100 hours. I ended up giving FFXIV a break after beating the main storyline. Sometimes I miss my little Lalafell and Miqo’te and all of the acquaintances I made over that time. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes grinding, Final Fantasy and Moogles; kupo! Recently I got the collection of all of the Kingdom Hearts games and I’ve been playing through each of them. I’m still bummed out that 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep are just cut scenes rather than the full games.

Looking to the Future

Games I’m looking forward to in the near future, I loved Spyro as a kid, so I can’t wait to get my hands on Spyro in remastered in HD. I love Pokémon and have already pre-ordered Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee!. I’m intrigued by the Call of Cthulhu game, of only because I just really want to see if Cthulhu makes an appearance. I obviously can’t wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 in January. Games that I want to play in the next year or so are Elder Scrolls, and Dead or Alive 6.

Well, that’s my game history, and I can’t wait to keep adding to the memories!

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