Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Beginning of Something

I've been meaning to start this for quite some time now, but I just couldn't find the time, the inspiration or the motivation to do it. Or, at least that's what I told myself. Today however, something clicked. That something is a cumulation of... events, let's call them. The first one is a friend's blog which she started about a year and a half ago. The blog's description or motto, so to speak, is "It's never too late to develop a passion" and it's what first sparked in me the idea of making this blog about my passion for gaming and entertainment in general.

Fast-forward to about a month ago and that's when my motivation's second wind starts. I had a long(-ish) discussion about game genres with one of my friends to which more and more people seemed to want to buzz in. It was of course nothing too eloquent but it reminded me of how much I like talking about subjects like these. It also reminded me that I genuinely like and want to share my opinions on gaming matters. Naturally, this was another step towards writing this post. Because, what better way to express my opinions is there?
The third and final click happened a couple of days back while I was waiting for my bus to arrive. Sitting in the bus station I saw an ad on the side of the station about the "new" GTA V. What was intriguing about it was the fact that it didn't seem to be an old ad, yet it was advertising the release to consoles (which happened quite a while back). This got me thinking about the state of the video game industry in my sweet country called Romania. A state about which I want to talk a little in this first post of mine.

I've been playing video games ever since I can remember (that basically means since I was about 4 or 5 years old) which means that my first contact with gaming happened at the end of the 90's. However, I can still remember clearly the first few games that I played (non-stop if I could) were Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt among a few others. Nothing strange up until now. These were the first games of many people. I remind you however that I was playing these games somewhere between 1999-2000 which is (if my math doesn't fail me) around 15 years after the games were launched in North America and Europe. In my honest opinion the difference is huge and it sadly holds true today. We are still a few years back in terms of gaming and even though we are not lagging behind by such a drastic difference, the difference still exists which is unfortunate considering the potential this industry brings. Of course, you can also argue that platforms such as Steam and Origin (but mostly Steam 'cause who cares about Origin really?) made games a lot more available for everyone even in Romania, but although games are much more available now than they ever were, they are still not affordable enough for the general public (but this is a subject for another time).

What I'm really getting to is not that this country is behind in game availability necessarily, but rather that it's behind in mentality which is more unfortunate than anything. People still see video games as pointless, noneducational or even malicious especially in the eyes of the more elderly people, whereas western countries have a huge gamer base of people over the age of 30. It saddens me a little to see this downplay of gaming in general, but I have hope that my generation will eventually catch up to the rest (or at least the most) of the world.

Thank you for baring with me on my first post. I will try to post as often as I can so, if you liked this, expect more. Please feel free to criticize everything. I love constructive criticism. Also, don't be afraid to comment, we're all brothers and sisters in nerdiness here.

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