Video Games

Ali - Katy, Texas
Entered on December 3, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in the power of video games. There is something about the controller and the feeling of being in the game that makes all of my worries disappear.

When I was 10 years old I moved from my home town in Maryland to Texas. The whole moving and saying goodbye to all of my friends that I knew since pre-K was really hard for me to go through. To make things worse, the environment which I was used to was completely changed. I have never seen so many cars and roads in my life, and the traffic looked like a whole bunch of ants trying to get to a location at the same time. The worst thing was going to a completely new school where I did not recognize anyone.

Whenever I got home from school I always seemed unhappy and always thinking about how things are going to work out at school. The only way for me to get away from my thoughts was to play my favorite video games. When I play my games it takes me away from the real world just enough for me to relax and actually enjoy the rest of my day. All of my worries go away when I start playing and its not really because the game is fun its because the video games are the only thing left from Maryland that I am still familiar with which gives me comfort when I am alone. When I play my games I don’t feel like an outsider anymore, actually I feel wanted and I started to make friends because of the same interests we had towards the games that I played.

If it weren’t for video games I would not have had hope for a better tomorrow, my current friends, and the sense of being wanted and not rejected in life. I have had tough days in my life but it seemed to go away whenever I popped in the game cartridge and start clicking away on the controller of my Nintendo 64, and life seemed like it couldn’t get any better for those few valuable moments in my life.