I wasn't an excessive gamer but it's where I spent most of my free time.
As you can see by this site times have changed. No more waiting in midnight launch lines, no more hearing crap being talked by an 11 year old while gaming online.
Today all my money is allocated in the passion for travel. I'm constantly thinking about destinations to see, places I would enjoy with my daughter, and what random adventure I can find.
It's funny how this all happened. At the moment I began to transition from gamer to traveler wasn't so clear cut.
The year was 2011, I was about to embark on some crazy adventures and embark on a whole new passion for sharing, writing, and traveling.
However my PlayStation 3 still had a nice little cozy spot on my entertainment center. The more and more I traveled, the less and less I used it.
A typical afternoon my daughter, our cat, and myself.
We were all just hanging out in my apartment when I went go to use the bathroom. My daughter wanted to turn on the PlayStation to play with the PlayStation Move we had. She turns it on while I was in the bathroom and says
"Daddy the little light is blinking red"
I yelled "NO, TURN IT OFF !! "
I ran to confirm what my daughter had seen and then my heart sank. I tried to troubleshoot the problem to no avail. I looked at all the ways this could have happened, then I saw it.
Other than gaming I used my PlayStation to watch movies on my external hard drive, it was always attached when we went to bed.
For weeks our cat had been chewing away at the power cable to the USB hubs fixated on the system. When I found out I got PISSED! I knew what it would cost to fix it and planned on doing so.
I set the device to the side for a later day and then forgot about it.
Goodbye old Friend
As more time passed and it went unfixed I began to notice that I didn't really miss it. This machine was once everything to me, and now it resided without life in a little dark corner ,and I honestly could care less.
It was a big realization.
See in the months following the death of the PlayStation I kept adventuring and traveling. I began to write on the first iteration of this blog and started to design again. The time I had once used carelessly with gaming, was now being used much more productively with things I felt passionate about.
At that point I knew that things had changed. This was an evolution of a prior life finding it's end and a new one coming to be.
I have been playing video games since the original Nintendo. I grew up with them, and loved all the memories with them. But that time where they were once a great pleasure now became a mundane hobby, with little to no passion.
So it ran its course at a great crossroads of my life.
Don't get me wrong I still enjoy gaming ( even though I still haven't fixed my lifeless PS3 ). There are some crazy talented, innovative designers and story tellers behind the gaming industry. And in my humble opinion playing a really great game, is like reading a really great book or watching a great film, except with gaming you get to interact with the story!
I'm not sure if I will ever fix my machine or invest in a new one. Even today there are some titles that I would really like to play.
But at this moment in my life travel is the number one priority and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
It was cool to share the interactive fun of games with my daughter
Let's be honest a boat ride on the beautiful Lago de Atitlán is a more fulfilling experience !