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Column: Schoolwork and football come before gaming, but I’m a gamer for life

 

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Myles Hartsfield
Oxford Stories
mdhartsf@go.olemiss.edu

One of the most popular things to do as a child is play video games, and many games come out annually. Some adults say kids are too into gaming and need to go outside more. But I think if your child has an equal amount of gaming and playing outside, they will be fine.

I have been playing videogames since I was about 8. I started playing games with my dad. My first game console was Game Cube, and I only had two games. I wasn’t really into the whole gaming world at that age. I was just playing because that’s what kids in my town did for fun.

After Game Cube, I got into PlayStation, and this is where it all started for me. Instead of toys, I began asking my parents for videogames.

The game I remember playing most at that age was WWE SmackDown. It was probably the only game I played longer than four months at that time. Instead of putting the games back in the case, I threw them on top of the PlayStation. My mother came in my room and yelled at me because I was basically wasting $60.

To this day, Call of Duty is my all-time favorite game. I have been buying each new Call of Duty game since I was in sixth grade. The first one I got, Call of Duty: World at War, came during Christmas. During that holiday break, I didn’t leave my room for more than five minutes. The game consumed all my attention. The game was my life.

My friends and I were so addicted to this game we had clan wars with other clans around the state of New Jersey. In computer and video gaming, a clan, community, guild or faction is a group of players who regularly play together. We were so good, we became ranked in the top 100 in the country. Our clan name was “I Am.” We were legendary in the state of New Jersey and maybe even the country.

Fast forward to college – with schoolwork and football, it has been hard to find time to play videogames. I try to play on the weekends, after practice, and sometimes between classes throughout the day.

I have also met a lot of other people who play videogames like me. They are not big gamers like my friends and I were back home, but they definitely help me keep my gamer competition level up.

Because I am such an intense gamer, I got a GameStop membership when I was 12. With this membership, I have many incentives. I receive free magazines every month, emails about upcoming game releases, and discounts on pre-owned games. My favorite incentive is the discount on pre-owned games, because that means less money that I have to spend.

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These games are not cheap. When I was younger, I was spoiled, so I begged and got anything I wanted. The game console was expensive too, and I always got the newest one.

Over the years, I acquired almost every console that came out. Today, I only have a PlayStation 4, and it is one of best investments I have ever made. I have had it for three years. I paid almost $400 for the system, but luckily, I had the Xbox 360, which I turned in to receive a great discount for the PS4.

Since buying the PS4, I estimate that I have bought close to 20 games for the console. Every time there is a new release, I rush to be the first in line, so I can go home and play immediately.

To save money, I also resell older games I do not play anymore, so I do not have to spend as much on the new games coming out. In total, I have probably only owned five or less games at a time, because I try to save as much money as possible.

Being a gamer for the majority of my life has taught me a few things. The number one thing I have learned from gaming is time management. As a member of the Ole Miss Rebels Football Team, I have to always remember that school and football come before gaming.

Sometimes, it is hard to do my homework before turning on the game, but I know I have to. If I did it the other way around, I would never get any homework done.

Some people may think gaming is bad and unproductive, but gaming has helped me through many unmanageable times, and I will forever be a gamer.

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