The moment I became a Gamer…

Hello to all. My name is Ramel Hill, and this is the first post ever from the Gamer who digs art! Look for more post to come in the near future! Thank you again for checking it out!

I think anyone who calls themselves a GAMER can remember back to the day in which what particular video game elevated their status from casual fan of video games to GAMER. By GAMER I mean, you just take it more serious. You understand how certain things work, or you can move your character better than the casual gamer. You can follow the stories a bit better, and your willingness to succeed becomes that much higher. You look at the medium of video games a little different from others…you almost become like THE ONE from the matrix.

Certain games bring this out of a person. It becomes to a point where that game speaks to them, and memories of that game bring you back to the time and place where you accomplished your goals of beating that game. For me, that game would have to be Chrono Trigger.

This game hit the States around August 1995, and I was the ripe old age of 14 years old. Now don’t get me wrong I have been playing games long before this one. I played many games on the original NES, Sega master system, and Sega Genesis. I was pretty good at them too. I beat a lot games in my video game life time leading up to this one. Mind you this was my first attempt at an RPG so I had no idea what I was getting into.

The game itself was pretty expensive for an SNES game. I remember paying around $60 bucks for it. Playing 30 minutes into it I was hooked…I went to a carnival meet up with a princess and had to travel back in time to save her… battled an evil wizard then time traveled back to the present and all of a sudden I was criminal. The game had registered things I thought were trivial, like picking up an item from a table. Or not paying when entering the carnival. When I traveled back to the present these events were presented in front of a court of law, and yes I did these things..so I went to jail…This is only a snippet of the cool events in this wonderful game.

I won’t get into the details of retelling other events or naming characters, because you can all look them up, however these character where ones that you felt for. The writing was amazing, and for the first time in a game I was playing, I felt emotions for the characters that accompanied me on the journey. My actions had an affect not only on me, but on the world around me. What I did in the past (with a time machine past was like 65,000,000 B.C.) affected my present and future. Then there was the relationships you built with all the characters. In a true classic story format, you faced a terrible villain, only to unite with him to tackle an even greater foe!

Characters designed by Akira Toriyama

 

At the time of the release this game had the top of the line graphics backing it. The in game music was terrific and the game had 13 different endings, all based on when and where to faced the final boss.

Screen shot of actual game play…pretty lame by today’s standards…but awesome back in the day!

The “Epoch” in action time roaring to the past..err or future err whenever you wanted to go really!

Final battle

Last battle (one of the them at least) with LAVOS…he was pretty tough

All in all this game took me roughly 45 hours to complete. That is a long time to spend with characters from a game. You start to feel like they are part of your team and the quest was something you the gamer shared part in. This is the game the elevated me to garner the term Gamer for myself. What game or games changed you into a Gamer?

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14 Responses to “The moment I became a Gamer…”


  1. 1 greenbeanbaby May 27, 2008 at 8:55 am

    wow!!!! awesome post!!!!! i remember games always frustrating me…. duck hunt was spent shooting ON the tv screen instead of away from a distance… frogger left me splattered… pitfall made me go backwards to avoid the ropeless pits…. kung fu [sega master system] left me stuck at stage 2… q-bert was pretty addicting but often i shriveled up and fell off the stage…. FORGET PACMAN!!! THAT GAME WAS NOT FUN!! while you were enjoying this game at 14, i was JUST getting into atari 2600 and the master system and battling the frogger and ORIGINAL donkey kong… it wasnt until my college years that i discovered how many levels there were in kungfu… 🙂

    most games i play now, i need help… i’m not a lone gamer… the only game that leaves me ready for vengeance is marvel alliance and halo… mario kart and smashbrothers is pretty decent… i like those “any button is a beat down button” combos…. somehow, i am still addicting even though i am so new to the history of it all [unless i snag a game informer]…. ah the wonders of gaming 🙂

  2. 3 Nina May 28, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Hi Ramel,This is fantastic!!!! I am so glad you decided to start your own blog and expanding your vision, which now will be more expose for other to see.
    As you know by now I am NOT a gamer,I would lose in the most simplest game hahahaha
    Great success to you:)

  3. 4 Ester May 28, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Hi Ramel!
    Welcome to the blog’s world!
    I came here from a link of greenbeanbaby!
    I like your art and I’m going to stop here more times!
    Wish you success! 🙂

  4. 5 gamersdigart May 29, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Thank you Ester and Nina, it means alot!!!

  5. 6 Kalel06 June 2, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Great Post. Me becoming a gamer by what you have described came late for me. The game was Half Life. Still to this day one of my top 5 all time favs. That’s when I went from “I love games” to, “holy cow this is now my life”. Everything was top-notch for 1997 standards. Damn…I just realized that was 10yrs ago. Damn! Damn :(.

    Anyway…you have suceeded in making me feel old! lol.Thanks.

    Will be check back soon.

  6. 7 endrit selimaj July 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I loved chrono trigger. I remember a couple of years ago, a fan made project was in production which had such a huge potential. I need to find you the link so you could have seen in game footage. It looked amazing. Unfortunately Square found out about it and decided to take legal action if the project were to continue. Well getting back to the topic. My first true passion for video games came when i first played Sonic. Ever since then, i’ve owned a ludicrous amount of consoles, except for the Virtual Boy, Jaguar, Neo-Geo and 3-DO. Truth be told though, the dreamcast is still my favorite system.

  7. 8 gamersdigart July 20, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Yeah those old systems had one thing the 360 can’t touch… no red ring of death!

  8. 9 kalel06 July 21, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Had to comment again after seeing endrit’s post.
    At the risk of sounding like a fanboy, Dreamcast ruled.
    Shenmue, Soul Calibur, Zombie’s Revenge, PowerStone, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Phantasy Star Online, Virtua Tennis, NFL2K1, Space Channel 5, Res Evil: Code Veronica, Crazy Taxi, Jet Grind Radio….yea, there were some classics on that system. Sure I love my 360, but just like Ramel pointed out, no RRoD. My Dreamcast still works, and still fun once in a while.

  9. 10 Gamersdigart July 21, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    same here on the dreamcast…still running good!

  10. 11 endrit selimaj July 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    the dreamcast will always rule. You know i dont want to jinx myself here but, i still have no problems with my first generation 360. No rrod no crazy noises. The only thing missing from this baby is an hdmi output =(.

  11. 12 Gamersdigart July 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Aww memories…the start of it all…

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