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.

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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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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Old School: My PS3 Memories


The PS3’s moment in the sun is finally coming to an end, as it’ll no longer be the newest console on the market. While there are still games coming to the PS3, no more is it the focus of video game sites or even its parent company Sony. Therefore, it’s time to share some of my memories of the console. This is interesting because I’ve had three PS3 over the course of its lifetime, none for very long.

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Old School: My First PS2 Memory

The PlayStation 2 turned 13 this past Saturday and I thought I would share my first memory of the console. My first memory of the console was actually from my older cousin. At the time, I was living with my grandparents and my cousin was living there too as he had got a job near where our grandparents were and was staying there until he got his own place. While he was gone during the day at work, I would sneak into his room and play his consoles.

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Old School: Mickey Jump, Mickey Fall, Mickey Rises Again

The recent announcements about Epic Mickey 2 and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion has gotten me reminiscing about when Disney had good games being released. Oddly enough, this reminded me of something else from my childhood that I rarely think of. When I was little, for some reason, I was always being babysat. I wasn’t a latch key child per se but since both my mothers worked, after school, I was picked up by a babysitter and I stayed at their house until one of my mother’s came to take me home. There were various caretakers throughout my childhood but one of them I remember because she had like twenty some games that I had never heard of.

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Old School: The PlayStation JRPG Factor

Two days ago, I listened to the latest edition of Retronauts and the topic was a discussion of B-list or second rate JRPGs. If you haven’t heard it, check it out. It’s a great if long (2 hours) listen and it’s extremely informative and entertaining. This had me thinking back about when I finally was introduced to RPGs by my friend, Don.

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Old School: The Nintendo 64 is 15 Years Old

Today, as I write this on September 29, 2011, is the 15th anniversary of the Nintendo 64 console being released in the United States.

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Old School: My 16-Bit Childhood

I have many memories during my childhood involving video games. These aren’t specific situations but rather reoccurring instances of things I used to do. Video games aren’t cheap. Kids across the country must figure out ways to get their hands on the games of their choice regardless of price or family restrictions. If I may be so bold, I’d like to share my idiosyncrasies with you. A child of the nineties, I grew up in Whittier, CA in various homes across the city.

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Old School: Earthworm Jim Distracts Crime

Has there every been a time when video games have come in to save the day? Something tragic or traumatic happened to you and video games helped you get through it? When I was around ten years old, my mother and I lived for the second time in a collection of army bunkers turned into duplexes in Los Angeles. One day, after school and work, we came home and found our place completely torn apart. Someone had broken in through the bathroom window (which is one of those small ass horizontal ones) and rummaged through everything. They stole a lot of my mother’s jewelry and the living room TV. They probably stole more but that’s all I recall. My mother called the police and they went through the house, asking questions, investigating and searching for clues, I suppose. I was surprised that this had actually happened and I was constantly checking my room over and over again, looking for something missing. They didn’t take my TV or any of my clothes. My book shelf seemed untouched but I was still uneasy. Most people feel this way after having their house broken into. You feel vulnerable, violated. The home is supposed to be sacred. Nothing you don’t want gets in and nothing you want to be kept secret goes out. I asked the cops to check my room to see something and check the placement of my stuff, claiming that they had been moved. I was basically paranoid.

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