Video Games- A True Friend

by | Jun 1, 2021 | Gaming

I have always loved video games, it’s my most consistent, longest-running hobby. It’s gotten me through tough times and made them good because that’s what good entertainment does. So let’s look back at one of those hard times that gaming got me through.


In early 2012 I moved from Seattle Washington to a small town in Ohio so I could live closer to my then-girlfriend who was in college. This was largely a good decision, but moving to a town where I knew nobody meant I was constantly alone. So what should I do to pass the time?

Video games, of course!! When I moved I only had a Wii, but the games I had on it were great ones. I had Super Smash Bros Brawl, No More Heroes, Mad World, Ray Man’s Raving Rabbids, Super Mario Bros Brawl, The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition (this was a GameCube game with Zelda 1, 2, Ocarina of Time, & Majora’s Mask) and many more.

The Roommate

My roommate also loved to play video games. We would play Smash bros together and whatever else we felt like, really. Now, he had an Xbox, and I’ve never really played an Xbox much before. So one day he goes to his shelf and brings out Bioshock and says I Have to play it. So I did, whit my roommate watching me, joining me for this crazy journey where I legitimately peed my pants! After that, I played Bioshock 2. At this point, there weren’t any other Bioshock games, so now what we were going to do?

One day, my roommate comes home from class and says “Do you really want to be scared?” and I’m no pansy, so I took him up on it. He introduced me to Dead Space. And yeah, I was scared. But I had a blast with that game. He and I were our closest when we played games together, and it was perfect.

Trading Up

I wanted more of these serious, intense gaming experiences, so I sold my Wii and all the games to buy my very own PS3. With my PS3, I got Fat Princess, Infamous, Infamous 2, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Ray Man Origins, and Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe. And let me tell you, I played the heck out of all of these!

I spent a crazy amount of time on the Infamous games and immediately moved over to the Spider-Man titles. I legitimately spent the majority of my time alone with my video games.

The Library

On a trip to the local library, I discovered that they carried video games. I took advantage of that to the fullest. Putting anything that seemed remotely interesting on hold. I played great games like Spider-Man: Edge of Time, and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. I also played games that I didn’t think were good, like Sonic Unleashed, and Thor: God of Thunder.

For this entire year, I met a lot of interesting people and furthered my relationship with my then-girlfriend (now wife) but one of the most memorable things of the time I spent in Ohio was all the games I played and the stories I experienced.

Was there a time you played games more than anything else in your life?

Play on, Pals.

By: Benny Uhlich,