How I became a video game nerd

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My cousin and I were in the basement of my grandparents’ home waiting for the school bus. Hooked up to the TV was a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis both of which saw plenty of use when we weren’t rollerblading on the spacious, but unfinished, concrete floor. We shared turns either speeding through levels as Sonic the Hedgehog or strategically jumping through obstacles as Mario and Luigi. Until the inevitable call that the bus was coming. I had no idea at the time, but the seed was planted.

My love for video games evolved from there. Soon, my friend and I had a Nintendo 64 in our bedrooms so one of us would pack up a controller and head to the other’s house to play Goldeneye, Madden, Mario Kart 64, Banjo Kazooie, and just about any other game you can imagine on the console.

My gaming habit evolved along with each new generation of console. As the game systems got more powerful so did my craving for video games. Then along came World of Warcraft. I, along with my friends from school and new friends I met through the game, met up almost every night to progress through the game, defeat bosses, and obtain the best loot. This is where my hobby turned into what some might consider an obsession. We spent YEARS inside this world and each time we left we eventually ended up jumping back in be it a month or a two year long break.

Now, after the majority of my life has been spent playing video games I hope to make a career out of it by writing about the industry news, reviewing the latest and greatest games, and even streaming content on Twitch. Video games have become main stream, and I hope to cash in on it if I can.

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