Growing up gaming – “it’s dangerous to go alone”
I was pretty young when I was introduced to video games and thinking back to my early years as a gamer still gives me chills.
Nothing was more satisfying than waking up on Saturday morning and turning on my NES – this console may as well have been a best friend or sibling considering how much time we spent together.
I remember blowing the dust out of my cherished Super Mario 3 cartridge in anticipation of the few hours my favourite characters and I were about to spend together. The graphics, gameplay and hidden secrets consumed me – and I was content in my own little world.
By no means was I a loner – I remember countless weekends trying to beat Zelda with my friends, getting rowdy with Smash Brothers and even arguing about who was cheating in Mario Party. The latter could mean going from the best of friends to enemies in a matter of seconds.
Keeping all of this in mind, I can firmly say that video games impacted my life. My moral compass, work ethic and my interpersonal skills can all stem back to my childhood as a gamer in one way or another and I wanted to commemorate that. So I did, in two very permanent ways.
On June 20th 2015 I married the love of my life.
Thinking back to all of the relationships I built over the years, surrounded by video games, I wanted to honour the most important relationship in my life. Inscribed within my wedding band you can find these simple yet potent words.
It’s dangerous to go alone” – unnamed old man, the Legend of Zelda
Matched with a Legend of Zelda Triforce on the exterior, my wedding band has become a strong reminder to me how much stronger I am with my other half near-by.
Taking my love of video games one step further I recently had my left arm covered in a half-sleeve tattoo inspired by all of my favourite childhood video game characters. I wanted to remind myself of all the things that video games contributed to my personality.
- Work hard and you get the princess.
- If you drop all your rings just pick yourself up and go again.
- Things will get harder, but if you level up, you’ll be fine.
As I grow older I know that video games will continue to be a part of my life and I’m looking to pass that on.
Hopefully, one day I’ll wake up on a Saturday morning with kids of my own and share their experience as they grow up gaming.