Video Games in my life were more than entertainment for me, it’s part of my lifestyle(?). Like board games, I love the game mechanics, adventure and puzzle solving aspect to it. Also the camaraderie with family and friends that comes with it. It’s kinda like tv for a lot of baby boomers but I don’t let it control my time now.
It was also a form of escapism from a lot of difficult issues growing up but eventually aided in giving me a form of direction in life (thank you Sims 2).
I don’t play much now because priorities have changed. However when a series I really enjoy comes out, I will make the time to play it when I can.
Growing, my siblings and I played a lot of Nintendo and Sega games for entertainment and it was a a great bonding experience - Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda, Sonic 1-3 + Knuckles, Mortal Kombat, etc… Going to Blockbusters was like going to the candy store to sample all the new games out. I also got into PC Games like Solitaire, Rollercoaster tycoon, Sims city, Duke Nukem, whatever game package my mom got at the department stores.
Never owned PlayStation so I missed out on the games they had. I rarely play hand held consoles until Nintendo DS came out but I can’t play it on commute due to dizzy spells.
Post- high school - I’ve mainly played PC games for long periods of time, one being an MMORPG because I have had difficult issues happened in my life and I just escape into them. Eventually it got boring, and after playing them for too long, it made me realize I was being unproductive and wasting away.
Now I mainly play games for entertainment and bonding time. My current partner and I enjoy a handful of games on our downtime. Some retro games, co-op, competitive or we take turns playing a game that doesn’t have coop. I’m happy I got him into the Zelda franchise 😜 and it gives me great joy watching him play games I grew up playing.
When I have friends coming over, we are always down for a good party game like Mario Party, Smash bros (I’m terrible at it), Rabbid Rabbits on the Wii. The Switch console has great group selections too esp Overcook if you wanna figure out who your friends really are 😂😁 and how well they handle team work.