My interest in videogames started early. As a kid, I saved my lunch money and convinced my dad to pitch in half for a Game Boy Color. He agreed. Thus, I was supposed to save half the money, because well, I had to learn about the value of saving and money and all those proper parenting lessons. I thought that was the only life lesson this Game Boy was going to give me. Little did I know I was in for a ride. Have you learned a valuable life lesson from gaming yourself?
A fine line between sharing and being a jerk
I was around 12; I believe when this all happened. I was invited to a cousin’s birthday party; most of my family was there. When it comes to family gatherings in Latin America, you start meeting relatives; you had no idea you had. There’s like 50 people and 20 kids and all of them are somewhat related to you. At that point, I already had my flammant Light Purple Game Boy Color. I don’t know if this is a trait of every pre-teen or kid when they got new stuff, or if it was just that I was a bit of a jerk. But I felt like showing off my Game Boy and how cool it was to every one of my 20 to 30 cousins that I barely knew.
I was so proud about my gaming gear, my loyal Game Boy, and I won’t deny it made me feel special. I was not the most popular kid at school, and I was definitely not the soul of the party. But, that Game Boy had every one of my cousins mesmerized at how otherworldly and fantastic Pokémon Crystal was. The attention felt tremendous, and being under the spotlight was a new experience for me, especially at social gatherings.
That day I learned there’s a fine line between having a good time and sharing and being cocky. I started not just sharing, but I was being a, well, you know what I was being. Then, karma took its course almost instantly.
In the words of Kendrick Lamar, Hol’ up lil’ b****, be humble
When I said, in a very pretentious tone, to one of my cousins: “Hey dude, have you seen how cool Pokémon Crystal looks in a Game Boy Color?” (I thought that was the hottest stuff in gaming at the moment). He replied, “yeah, but, have you seen how cool Pokémon Ruby looks in a Game Boy Advance SP?”. Everyone immediately turned to see me, and I felt ashamed for how cocky I was being. When the word spread, and trust me, words spread like hot butter in a toast at a Latino family gathering, the center of attention was my cousin and his backlit SP.
I am 27 years old now, and every time I feel like I want to show off about something I think of that moment and the lesson gaming left behind. Let´s be real; we all sometimes want to be cocky and feel accomplished for something great we did or that we were able to obtain. Still, as you grow up, you know better and understand concepts such as humbleness and how vanity can be ugly.
Gaming has been an essential role in my life. I dedicate entirely to gaming content creation, and to this day, I still believe for many gamers, gaming is a lifestyle. This story is just one of the many life lessons and amazing experiences I have been able to live thanks to gaming. As I talk with friends and meet new friends through this business, I discover that they have similar experiences. Gaming inadvertently left lessons along the way. That kind of lessons that have effects in who they are in very positive ways sometimes.
Has a game every lead to an epiphany for you? Learned some moral lesson you remember constantly? Share your life lessons from gaming in the comments below!
Since we’re already sharing, we wrote an article about our favorite Pokémons and why do we love them, check it out here!