My Love Letter to Video Games-Sincerely A Girl Gamer

My Love Letter to Video Games-Sincerely A Girl Gamer

Yes we too love video games

Okay so I know what your thinking, I like video games? And the answer is yes, yes I do. In fact I love them. I love them so much that it's not uncommon for me to buy at least one new video game with every pay check I get. Wether it's PC, console, or handheld they are probably by far my favorite pastime. Now the bigger question is but why do I love video games? Well there's a couple reasons for that.

One of the reasons is because I grew up with 3 brothers. Wait! Hold the sexist and feminist ranting! I don't mean that I like them because I had 3 brothers and that's all they loved to do so I had to join them. No, what I mean by that is my favorite memories with my brothers are spending entire weekends playing video games playing them. After school every Friday we would run to our playstation and start playing whatever we had on hand. We would would have pizza and watch a movie with our parents at night but after that it was non stop playing until bedtime Sunday night. Recently I got the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy on PS4. I can not even describe the nostalgia this game series brought back to to me. As soon as my brothers saw it they were screaming for joy remembering all the fun times we had playing the original series on PS2.

Speaking of PS2 (Playstation 2) another reason I love playing video games is because I grew up with every console. Now my family has almost always strictly been playstation. My older brother had a PS1, we later updated to a PS2, got a PS3 for Christmas a few years ago, and then right before college I bought a PS4. So I have played on every available Playstation console. To me this reason is similar when people have found memories of Sesame Street, bicycles, and The Magic Tree House series. Because people grew up with all these things and cherished them as kids and still have found memories of them. People go "Oh I remember doing that," and their faces instantly light up. Video Games can have that much of a impact.

Now let's talk education. If people say "Well video games just rot your brain, you don't learn anything!" I would say "Wrong sir!" The reason why I know so many history facts is because of the Assassin's Creed series. This is a gamer series where each game takes place during a very historical and important time period such as the Renaissance, American Revolution, Ancient Egypt, French Revolution,the Industrialist age and the Golden age of pirates. And while yes the plot of the games are fictional in the games you meet real life people such as Benjamin Franklin and Cleopatra. You have access to a database archive that tells you real life facts about everyplace you go, the events, and the people you meet. So yes the reason I know all the ins outs of the French monocracy is not just Les Miserables but also Assassins Creed. Not only do video games teach you history but Matthew Patrick owner and creator of the Youtube channel Game Theory with over 10 million subscribes uses science, math, and even psychology to explain, explore, and analyze video games due for his love for them. So the next time someone yells at you for playing too many video games you can explain the true criminal secret of Cupheads (popular 2017 1930's animated video game release)!

Another reason I love video games is because I am currently study Animation at my university, particularly digital and 3D animation. So when playing video games I know how the artist animated Ezio's crazy parkour skills or how someone textured the rock wall Laura Croft is about to fall off of. Because of this my appreciation of video games has grown so much because I know how much effort, time, and skill it takes to make a video game, especially a great one. That's why I hope to someday help create a video game, so I can pour my love for them into a truly amazing creation that others will one day play!

Now to conclude this love letter I want to clear the air. I'm not saying that all guys have a problem with girls playing games, in fact a good chunk don't care as long as you play the game and have fun. But a noticeable percentage do and I just want to say this. While I am a very mastered player because I have played for so long it shouldn't matter whether I can make sniper head shots in Fortnite Battle Royal, get 100% completion in Assassin's Creed, or wipe the floor with you while playing Injustice (I can do all 3 and more). Because as long as I'm enjoying myself and being a good sport no one guy or girl should care about my stats or the number of achievements I've unlocked. From gender to mastery of skills it shouldn't matter as long as your enjoying yourself.

So video games thank you for all you've done for me. From letting me get vent after a jam packed day at school to fond memories with my family I applaud you for always being there for me. It's been a very long journey and I hope to continue our story one game at a time.

Sincerely, A Girl Gamer

Author's Note- I hope you all enjoyed this article and please let me know your story with video games and which one's are your favorites! God Bless!!!

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When God Gives A Girl A Brother

He gives her a best friend.

My brother is only 18 months younger than I am, but he's also at least a foot taller than me. Growing up with someone so close to my age has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Yes, there was a time when I thought every single little thing he did was annoying and his feelings towards me were mutual. Yes, we still get into arguments and disagreements. But for the most part, we enjoy each others company. When God gives a girl a brother, He gives her...

1. A listener

I always have someone to talk to. No matter what, when, or where. Some of my favorite moments are spent chatting my brother's ears off while he absent-mindedly nods and continues to play x-box. Sometimes he just listens and doesn't say anything. Sometimes he gives me long replies. He always knows just how to react to what I am saying to him, which is why I tell him almost everything.

2. A protector

When I think about the man that my brother has become, it seriously brings tears to my eyes. He's so big!! How did this happen? I can remember when I was little and could boss him around and he would actually do whatever I said. Now I'm scared that if he hugs me too hard, I might break in half. My brother cares about me, and lets me know it. I'm so thankful to know that he is there for me no matter what and would do anything to keep me from harm.

3. A dance partner

Another favorite memory is dancing to Juju on that beat in the kitchen while mom is cooking dinner (or dancing with us). Or any other time any other song is on... in any other place... LOL. My brother and I are different in a lot of ways, but we both have no problem busting a move together.

4. A Sonic date

"Hey, wanna go get a sonic drink?" "Yeah, if you're buying!" This is a typical conversation for us, and he actually really does usually buy my food! (With mom's credit card sometimes, does that still count?)

5. An example

Being the older sister, I sometimes feel like I have let my brother down in a lot of ways in that he is probably an example to me more than I am to him. He is incredibly smart, talented, and hard working. Kids FLOCK to this guy, and he has the most creative mind ever. Seriously, I'm so nervous that my future kids are going to like their funny uncle more than me. He's way cooler than I am, and I want to be just like him when I grow up.

6. Comic relief

If you've never heard a "Lane Prevett story," pull up a chair. I will be glad to make you cry from laughing so hard. There's no way you can spend time with him and not laugh. And that, to me, is the best kind of person to be.

7. A best friend

My brother is a lot of things, but my favorite thing about him is that he is my best friend. Yes, we aggravate each other. Sometimes he plays his music too loud, and sometimes I take up all the internet so that he can't play video games. But I know that he would do anything for me, and he knows the same goes for him.

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Sorry, Bella Thorne, But Whoopi Goldberg Has A Point

Nude photos leaked, a scandal on the rise


It all started with nude photos. Bella Thorne decided to release photos of herself naked after revealing that someone had hacked her things and was threatening to post them. She took it upon herself and said "It's MY DECISION NOW U DON'T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better, knowing that I took my power back."

Let me make this clear from the very beginning. Bella has taken private, nude photos of herself for a reason we don't know (Probably to send to her boyfriend). She then gets hacked and threatened but decides to show photos anyway of herself naked to show that she has control over the hacker. Phew, I'm already not understand this choice.

Many celebrities and other women have praised her decision to do so, but I'm not one of them, and neither is Whoopi Goldberg from The View. While talking about the situation on the show, she was quoted saying, "Listen, if you're famous, I don't care how old you are, you don't take nude pictures of yourself. When they're hacking you, they're hacking all of your stuff. So, whether it's one picture or a million pictures, once you take that picture, it goes into the cloud, and it's available to any hacker who wants it. If you don't know that in 2019, that this is an issue ... you don't get to do that."

Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't she making a valid point? Technology now has the ability to do whatever it wants, and hackers can get a hold of anything and everything. Whatever photos you take and send through text or even Snapchat can and will be saved to phones or shared among other people. How many celebrities getting texts, photos, or even calls leaked to the media?

In response to Whoopi, Bella is stating that she should be ashamed of her views, that she is putting the blame on girls for taking photos and is sick and disgusting. Can I make this clear again, she is not shaming you! She is simply saying that people (Not just girls, guys as well) should be smarter with what photos they take, who they send them to and know where they could possibly end up. It's not shaming; it's not a lie; it is the exact truth.

In one of her quotes, Bella says, "So what a girl can't send her boyfriend that she misses photos of her that are sexy? Things he's already seen?". I'm sorry, but I find this sentence very problematic. No one is saying that you can't be sexy for your boyfriend, just be smart about it. Sure, he's seen you naked, sure you've had sex, but the rest of the world hasn't. Just because one person gets the right to see it doesn't mean everyone else does as well. Hackers are out there, they are real, and they are real for celebrities and Hollywood.

Now yet again, Bella is twisting this story into something that it isn't. Now in videos that she has made explaining her view, she suggests that Whoopi is victim-blaming and would say the same thing to someone who survived sexual assault. On Instagram, she said, "So, if I go out to a party drinking and I wanna dance on the dance floor, do I deserve to be raped too?". Now I'm sorry yet again, don't start going on a parade by throwing this into the mix.

You got hacked and someone was going to leak naked photos of you. You decide to leak them yourself because you are not letting a man control your life. Then you compared it to drinking at a party, wanting to dance and asking if you deserved to be raped by doing that? Okay, how are these two even being compared? I'm not going to get too into this but think about it. Taking private photos are risky now with hackers, anyone can get into it without a problem. It's 2019, this has been going on for years. You say a man can't control your life so you release them anyway. A woman being raped at a party where she has no control is different. You chose to take pictures with the risk of them being leaked. A woman does not chose to be raped just because she is dancing at a party. Sorry, there's a difference.

Sorry Bella Thorne, but Whoopi Goldberg is not shaming you, she is not victim blaming. She is simply saying the truth.

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