My daughter Katie is a 4th generation video game player. I doubt many can say that. I've grown up playing video games, and the coolest part is that the whole time I've shared the hobby with my mom, my grandma, and many other family members. Yes, my grandma plays video games, and has for over 20 years! As you can see, my kids have both been into video games since they were tiny...
We played it for hours. We stopped for soda and candy, maybe dinner. Since I was a kid at the time, I really only remember the candy and the gaming. In the end we fought our way through World 8 and took on King Bowser himself. And yes, we rescued the princess. It was a glorious moment, a shared victory that we were both really proud of. I looked high and low and can't find the picture of our triumph to share right now, but we have an awesome shot somewhere of us both posed in front of the TV with "The End" up on the screen. It was an amazing gaming memory, and one I will never forget.
Onwards and Upwards
Since then I have shared many other great video gaming memories with the family. My mom and I had an ongoing Super Mario Kart rivalry in which we constantly tried to knock out all of each other's best times. Tetris and Dr. Mario were such phenomenons in our family that my grandpa even got in on it, and they ended up being games my grandma and grandpa played together daily for years. My little cousin Conner grew up falling asleep for his nap every day watching grandma play Mario 64. Wii Sports was a huge hit with the whole family, inspiring Wii purchases for almost everyone. Playing New Super Mario Brothers Wii last year with my mom, grandma, and daugther was no surprise. Two weeks ago at Katie's 5th birthday I found all four of us together again standing in a video arcade at her party screaming at a "Deal or No Deal" game as grandma won more prize tickets for the birthday girl.
|Mom, Grandma, Katie, and Aunt Diane|
Yes, we really are a family of gamers. I've loved every minute of it, and those moments in which we are all together playing, laughing, screaming at the TV, and talking about games has been a strong force in keeping me playing for all these years.
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