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Video Game Calendar

I’ve recently been playing some old Gamecube games on my Wii, which all started because I got a GameStop gift card and found some old used favorites. While playing these games I had some fond memories of wasting hours upon hours with video games in college. Then I started thinking that I could actually define my entire college experience by the most popular game from each year. As the video game market grew, each year brought a new popular video game. In addition, dorm life was an excellent way to gauge the most recent gaming trends.

So, it’s only fitting that I create a calendar of those care-free four years of my life based purely on video games.
Freshman year: Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64 was easily one of the most popular games ever for the console.  I had started playing it at the end of high school, but it carried over into freshman year.  I remember my across-the-hall neighbors were always playing Goldeneye, and I often joined in the fun.  Bond was soon a distant memory, however, when Grand Theft Auto 3 hit for the Playstation 2.  Everyone up and down the hallway was playing or watching someone play this game.

Everyone wanted the golden gun

Sophomore year: The end of freshman year and all of sophomore year saw the advent of the Gamecube and the Xbox.  My cousin and I roomed together and bought a Gamecube.  Our room quickly became the room to be in.  One reason:  Super Smash Brothers Melee.  I can’t even tell you how many countless hours I spent playing Smash Bros.  Even though this game is under the freshman/sophomore section, Smash Bros. is easily the defining game of my entire college career.  We had our own rules, language, and preferred characters and any deviation might associate you forever with your heinous Smash Bros. conduct.  To sum up, my life would not be the same without Smash Bros.

Junior year:  No self-respecting college junior in 2003 would admit that he never played Halo.  The brand new Xbox console stormed into the gaming world with one of the best first-person shooter/multiplayer games ever.  Everyone who had an Xbox had Halo and everyone who didn’t still knew how to play better than anyone else.  The fun increased even more when you went off campus to someone’s house and hooked up four Xbox’s on four TV’s and played 16-player Capture the Flag matches.  Once again, hours of time spent shooting each other in the face and trying not to be a camper (for the uninitiated, a camper is someone who hides somewhere high up and snipes people).

Senior year:  Senior year was a dark time in my life, devoid of any real video game meaning.  Halo was still popular and continually expanding as sequels started coming out, but when I transferred to a new school and did not find any video game buddies, I had a hard time establishing a video game identity.  I no longer had the Gamecube so I couldn’t play Smash Bros., although I’m sure I dreamed of Hyrule Castle and Falco’s powerful deflector shield.

Just like the Ice Climbers, I was being swallowed in a black hole of video game nothingness

Needless to say, video games are a fond memory of my college years, and they continue to be a fun way to pass the time, although nothing will quite match the experience of “four on the couch” for a a good match of Smash Bros.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Video games | 2 Comments