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Paper Mario: Sticker Star review coming at noon today! While you wait to check that out, have a read of this End of Day thought. My Mom becomes more of a gamer every day, and I'm more proud than ever of that! See you in a few, short hours.
Here in NJ, we're still fighting off the impact of Hurricane Sandy. We're slowly getting back on our feet. Many homes across NJ are playing host to multiple family/friends. That's what's still going on at GoNintendo HQ. We have a few people come by and stay here due to lack of power. Since the day after the hurricane, my parents have been here. For my Mom, this is been a wonderful excuse to game more than usual.
I've played video games with my Mom for years and years. She may not have started off as a gamer, but we both grew up alongside the games I enjoyed. She would play the titles that I really latched onto. This is how she became a fan of Legend of Zelda, Mario, Castlevania, Tetris and many more.
That's how things were while I grew up. She wouldn't purchase her own games/systems, but instead, would just play what I picked up. The more she played, the more she got into gaming. That's why she was so sad to see me move out a few years back. Sure, she would miss me, but she was also going to miss out on her gaming fix!
Since I moved out, I picked up a DS, 3DS and PS3 for my Mom. With the DS, she mostly borrowed what I had and downloaded/purchased games at my suggestion. With the PS3 she was doing the same. When it comes to the 3DS, I can truly see that my Mom is becoming her own gamer. She's still checking out what I like and asking what I'm into, but she's also venturing into her own games. The 3DS eShop has opened her eyes to a bunch of new experiences that I haven't even played.
That growth as a gamer really hit a new level today. During a discussion about games, my Mom blurted out that she is getting a Wii U. She never told me this before. She never said she wanted one or had plans to purchase. I can't even tell you how happy I was to hear this! She's already decided that she wants to get a Wii U. She isn't getting one at launch, but plans to get one soon thereafter.
I love sharing gaming experiences with my Mom, but this is a completely new experience for me. She's going to venture off into gaming on her own. We'll still trade games and share ideas on what to play, but she'll be looking into things more on her own than ever before. I feel like she's really growing up as a gamer! If there were a word to combine the feelings of pride and excitement, that's what I'm feeling right now!
Have you ever gotten a friend/family member interested in gaming over the years? Any converts among your ranks? Someone that didn't play games, but now enjoys them, thanks to your influence? Leave a comment and let us know.