Christian's Story - My Adventure with Gaming
By Christian Jackson - DaBR Journalist
To start this article off I would like to say that gaming has always been a part of my life for as long as I remember. From being a small child on the Playstation with games such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, to the Nintendo GameCube with classics like Super Smash Brothers: Melee, I’ve had a plethora of great memories. Now, that being said, I’ve owned many consoles over my twenty years of living - the Playstation, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Sega Dreamcast, and the Nintendo Wii.
A lot of my fondest memories would be when I was younger, around 12-15, and playing on my 360. Call of Duty was all the rage back then, mostly Black Ops One and Two, but also Modern Warfare Two and Three, respectively. I was in a lot of “clans”, which were basically a group of people who usually had a YouTube channel, where we’d post our trick shooting montages. It’s a bit cringy to look back on it all, but it was a blast at the time, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. A lot of that time was also spent playing multiplayer and zombie modes on Black Ops One and Two, where I made a lot of internet friends which I talked to daily. I also remember at this point in time I wasn’t allowed to talk to people I met online, for my mother’s fear of me meeting creeps and weirdos. Not saying you should disobey your parents, but I did meet a lot of amazing people doing so.
Video games have always been, and always will be, an escape mechanism for me. I deal with various mental illnesses. From being a small child, playing Harvest Moon and Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland to avoid the fighting at my father’s house, to even now, streaming on Twitch daily to keep my mind off certain subjects. Even though it is an escape mechanism, I believe it is one of the healthiest that can be used. There a lot of stories to be learned from gaming, even a lot of life lessons, and not to mention the bounty of friends that come along for the ride.
In conclusion, gaming has changed my life. It has provided a lot of friendships over the years, as well as a way to cope with the stress and anxiety known as life. I will always, always cherish the days of playing Kingdom Hearts with my cousins, hopping on Overwatch with my buddies, playing Grand Theft Auto Five with my uncle and all of his friends, or playing horror games while cuddling my girlfriend. I guess all I can really say is thank you. Thank you to all the amazing developers and creators out there that let me experience these memories. I look forward to playing more incredible games, developing more life-lasting bonds, and creating more beautiful memories. From one gamer to the next, keep playing.