Becoming a Gamer: How it All Began

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Computer gaming has now become acknowledged in the competitive scene due to the high popularity it has gained through the years. Starting with the simple Atari sport game “PONG”, computer gaming has evolved to what people now know as MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) and MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). These game genres are really popular among gamers because of the added elements such as rich storylines and character improvements that adds spice to the already stagnant core of gaming that just waits to be played by objectives.

How I got hooked to gaming is a rather unusual experience. As I was growing up, people around me can be seen holding books more frequent than other things. I myself knew that even though this were the case in my environment, reading books is just not my calling. I’d rather sleep than spend my whole day reading books so I would just have two routes of going about my day: sleeping or running and playing outside. Never really had much friends due to my family’s “intellectual preference” so my younger years has been mostly spent on the former.

Luckily, my family has noticed this trend and decided to put down the books and take action. First up was my father who introduced me to the family computer. Side scrolling and puzzle games first got my attention. I never knew that this would actually take away all the sleep I have collected through the years. Thus, my computer gaming adventures began. Starting from Super Mario and Tetris of the family computer down to Street Fighter and Tekken of the Playstation. That was until my aunt decided to join in on the fun and introduced me to another gaming platform, the personal computer.

I remember the first game I got my hands on, a First Person Shooter (FPS) game that goes by the name “Counter Strike”. Through the years I honed my skills and grew tired of just shooting other people in the head and winning so I started looking for other games that may satisfy my hunger for action and yet enticing enough to keep me hooked.

My love for action and puzzles lead me exactly where I need to be. MMORPGs and MOBA game. Spending hundreds and hundreds of hours, up to date, to keep my character and skills just to stay ahead of others. Keeping track of stories that I may unlock, costumes that make my character shine, and items that make me one of the best and strongest in the game.

I acknowledge that this thing that caught my attention at first is now something that I got so hooked in to be called an addict but this addiction is not something I can just take into rehab. Gaming has been my life. Where everyone were facing books, I had to face reality. When people had something to turn to, I had nothing. I found my place, where I belong, where I can shine and be the best I can. No more sleeping around to kill time for I found my calling. This time I get to stand up for my own. What once started as games now became my life, my friend. No wonder it got the attention of many and made it to the competitive scene.

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