From their cult status origin to modern times, video games have grown into one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world. My first experience was on the NES before I was old enough to enroll in primary schooling. Gaming quickly seeded itself as my favorite form of entertainment. I would spend days, and entire weekends playing games, most notably Super Mario Bros. 3 and Minecraft (along with the best mc alt shop). The pixelated sprites, flashing lights, and 8-bit sounds were unlike anything else I had ever seen. It was as if someone had merge books, movies, and music into one big interactive experience nothing else could stack up to.
Super Mario Bros. 3 saw its release around the time I received my first taste of the gaming experience. It rapidly developed into one of my favorite titles of the generation. The gameplay borrowed heavily from the original Super Mario Bros. (Super Mario Bros., not the arcade game known as Mario Bros.) game while maintaining a unique experience that could have easily defined itself as an original title. Each enemy had something new to offer and would switch up gameplay in unexpected ways. Every world was drastically different from the previous and demanded dedicated attention from the player. When combined, the enemies and obstacles in Super Mario Bros. 3 created one of the most exhilarating and challenging experiences the NES had to offer. It was a massive success from the start and to this day remains one of the best and fastest-selling titles in the world. Over twenty years later and the game still holds strong in a way that can’t be chalked up to mere nostalgia.
At the beginning of my gaming endeavors, I always strived to reach a further point each time I played a game, with no afterthought of ever actually completing them. The fun came from the core gameplay rather than other factors such as storyline and character development, which could easily be seen as unimportant nonsense. I was terrible at them, however. Simple things such as timing jump right or killing grunts [common enemies] would often end in disaster. The fun of gaming was never tainted by this fact, however. Falling down the same pit for the two hundredth time and starting the game over was no less entertaining than passing some extremely difficult area and moving on to sections I had never seen before. Although there was always a lingering feeling of awe whenever I did manage to make it to new areas of a game.
Over the years my gaming habits have remained relatively the same, but my interests have evolved to encompass titles from every genre in the industry. I find many new releases and older games I never had a chance to play as a kid extremely entertaining. Even replaying older games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, is a blast. There are days where I will sit down for hours just to enjoy one or several great games. For me, gaming is more than a venue for passing time; it is one of the greatest sources of entertainment I could ever hope for.