Old School: Tetris Is A Great Game For The Waiting Room

A long time ago, I posted an article where I had described how Earthworm Jim helped me cope with my house having been robbed. It provided for me an escape for a difficult situation. A lot of people play video games because they provide an escape from the real world. Video games provide a more interesting fake world to get immersed in. I don’t play video games for this reason, but there have been moments when I have. So I thought I’d share another instance where this has happened.

When I was young, my mother had to have surgery. She was at risk of contracting Ovarian cancer and decided to have her uterus removed. I had never had something that serious happen in my life up to that point. No one in my family or among my friends had to have a serious operation or procedure done to them where the risk of death or serious life changing complications were possible. I was very concerned through the whole process and when she finally was at the hospital, I was a nervous wreck.

After they took her to the operating room, my other mother and I just sat in the waiting room. I didn’t know what to do. The anticipation, the uncertainty, the helplessness from just doing nothing but waiting. I guess I must have looked pretty stressed because a lady there asked if I wanted to play a game. I accepted and she handed me a Game Boy. The game inside was Tetris.

I don’t recall if I had played Tetris before or not, but it’s the most prominent memory I have because I would not stop playing it. It succeeded with flying colors in distracting me from my worries. I must’ve played that game for well over an hour, until they finally called us and told us the surgery was successful. I went and saw my mother and cried when I saw my mother weak and attached to several cords. She would recover of course but I still remember playing Tetris and how that helped me get through that.

Ever since then, I still get addicted to Tetris whenever I play it. I can’t just play a round or two; I have to play several times. Even though I’m not particularly great at the game, I still love playing it, and the main reason is how it helped me. Tetris is a very special game to me and it’s one of my favorite games ever. What video games are special to you because they helped you during a trying time? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading. Peace and Love, gamers and players! Colorwind out.

Countdown: My New Years Resolutions 2017

2016 was a terrible year for many, myself included thanks to having something of a mental breakdown, resulting in me essentially sitting out most of the year. I’m fairly positive that I didn’t adhere to any of my resolutions from last year so this year is going to be an especially fresh start. I’ve got 12 resolutions this year (yeah, that’s a lot) but I’ve got a whole year to do them! These are my New Years Resolutions for 2017!

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Countdown: My New Years Resolutions 2016

A new year, a new chance to hit a metaphorical reset button and change yourself for the better. For the most part, 2015 for me was fairly uneventful but better than 2014. I managed to keep most of my New Year Resolutions from last year and now I have a relatively fresh new list of resolutions for this year. Here are my five New Years Resolutions for 2016.

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Old School: The Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System is 30 years old. My, my, my, am I getting old. In honor of the console’s 30th anniversary, I thought I would talk about my memories with the NES.

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The Sega Dreamcast Buyer’s Guide

Are you psyched for Shenmue 3? Did you contribute to the kickstarter? Do you desperately want to look for some sailors? Then you must have played the original Shenmue back in the day, right? RIGHT!? No? YOU FAKER! YOU LIAR! YOU…are not alone. Shenmue was a Sega Dreamcast exclusive and not many people got a Dreamcast back in the day. Most people waited for the PlayStation 2, leaving the poor Dreamcast out in the cold. But NO MORE! We need to right a wrong that’s been left unchanged for too long! YOU, my friend, NEED TO BUY A DREAMCAST! And I’m going to help you. So pull up a seat, maybe something to drink and eat (maybe…tacos), and take notes as I let you know everything you need to know before you buy a Sega Dreamcast.

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Countdown: Top Five Tony Hawk Games

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is now available, after over five years without a new entry in the once widely successful Tony Hawk franchise of games. Reviews aren’t quite out for the game yet but um…

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Yeah. So I thought I would reminisce about the Tony Hawk games that didn’t do, well, whatever the hell is happening above this paragraph. The games that I spent hours on as I tried to land the perfect trick, collect all of the SKATE letters, and reach hidden areas, usually with a two minute time limit. So here is my list of the five best Tony Hawk games. As always, this is my personal opinion and it’s based on aggregate scores or other opinions. This is based on what I’ve played and what I enjoyed more.

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Old School: Almost Leaving Video Games

On a recent episode of the Kinda Funny Gamescast, a question for the cast was if they ever walked away from video games, if any of them had ever stopped playing video games for an extended period of time. I thought I’d give my answer to this question because there was a time when I almost left video games entirely.

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Game Pitch: Primal Rage: New Urth

This is an idea that I’ve been sitting on for some time now. I’ve always wondered what a new Primal Rage would look like and after thinking about this for what feels like a year, I’ve come up with a relatively simple idea, mostly due to one factor: the game needs to be a reimagining of the first game.

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Consumer Counselor: Fighting Games

Hey! Chet Hypeman here! Have you heard about the new hotness? The latest big fighting game Mortal Kombat X is out and it’s just the bee’s knees! You better get your ass to the nearest Electronics Boutique and pick yourself up a copy before you get left in the dust by all your friends! Wait, what’s that? You don’t know how to play fighting games? You stupid bastard! How can you not know how to play fighting games? Thank goodness Colorwind, the Consumer Counselor, is here to help you get started! Now sit down, shut your ugly face, and have a lollipop. Here are a few games that will help teach you how to play fighting games.

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Countdown: Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2015

Countdown Top 5 Anticipated Games

2015 is off to a pretty decent start. I haven’t been able to play every major new release but I’ve played a few smaller games here and there. One of my more anticipated games has actually already come out, Ori and The Blind Forest. Check out the next Gaming Landscape for my final thoughts on that game. However, with the first quarter of the year now behind us and a better idea of what the rest of the year is going to entail, I thought I’d give my top five anticipated games of 2015. These are my own picks, of course, so if you’re most anticipated game isn’t on this list, that’s probably because you aren’t me. With that said, lets talk about some (hopefully) cool games!

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