Hello, gamers, this is Concernedalien11780. My history with gaming goes back to about age nine. Until that point, my hand-eye coordination was too poor to properly play anything resembling a video game. When I was nine, I received my first Game Boy Advance SP and mainly played games like Namco Museum Advance, Sonic Advance 3, and Pokemon FireRed on it. In the case of FireRed, I didn't so much play it so much as I did bumble through it afraid to do anything that seemed too hard for my awful team of Venusaur, Beedrill, Pidgey, Gyarados, and Pikachu. My sister had an old Nintendo DS that she passed onto me in 2007 after committing the carnal sin of believing you have outgrown video games. Around that time, we received an old PlayStation 2 from family friends. The only games I ever got for it were Lego Star Wars, Sonic Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, and the 2007 Transformers movie tie-in video game, and we moved it to our condo at the beach after getting a Wii that Christmas. The Game Boy and DS eventually became old and damaged, prompting me to get a 3DS for Christmas 2011. I got a PlayStation 3 for Christmas 2013 so that i could play South Park: The Stick of Truth three months later, and will most likely get a PlayStation 4 in the near future so that I can play South Park: The Fractured But Whole. The Wii was moved to our other beach condo, and due to plans of my parents to sell the condos, I will most likely sell all of my things relating to the PS2, Wii, old DS, and PS3 pretty soon. While I am not skilled in video games besides turn-based RPGs and some real-time strategy games, and I don't own many games due to my family trying to be frugal with our money, I know a lot about video games because of my constant research of "geeky" things and my enjoyment of YouTube Let's Player Chuggaaconroy and his Let's Player friends. In the past forty years, video games have gone from a fun electronic pasttime to, when done right, a highly effective storytelling medium. While the push to get games regarded as a genuine art form has caused a few things I will not mention in this blog, it has also improved many people's lives. As long as we remeber that, by definition, video games aren't meant to be taken too seriously, video game culture has nowhere to go but up. Thank you for reading, and never stop gaming. 

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