Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Girl of Gaming Past

Remember when Donkey Kong Country was still new? That's right, I'm taking us back to 1994. Super Nintendo, the introduction of Diddy Kong and a tag-team, gaming experience regardless if you were solo or co-op. 

I absolutely loved this game. My brother and I were obsessed with it. 

This was by no means my first gaming experience but it was my first look into gaming as a career. I remember they released "Donkey Kong Country Exposed", a making of video which they used to promote the game. It talked about game testing, level creation, character design--and my brother and I were hooked.

We spent endless hours talking way past bed time about growing up to be testers and then game designers... It was, as most childhood dreaming is, over glorified and fantastical and on some levels completely unrealistic. 

But now that I'm a professional in the gaming industry--now that I've been here for about 3 years, I look back at those two dumb kids and really wish I could tell them what's coming. 

They'd never believe me, mind you but that's not really the point.

We're just a few hours away from the anticipated #XboxReveal and I can feel goosebumps on my skin. It's like Christmas Eve all over again. Anticipation, inability to sleep...

I hope I never lose that feeling. I hope I'm always, in some way, that wide-eyed little girl dreaming up impossible things with her brother late at night. 

Days like today I feel like he's still here. Talking about things we'll create. Excited for what comes next.

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