Happy Turkey Day, fools!
One of the most interesting things about holidays is the traditions that we and our families adopt, and the memories that form with them. For me, every Thanksgiving is a get-together with the family, along with some board games such as Risk or Apples to Apples. We also throw the football around a little. We’ve been repeating this for quite some time, and I enjoy it for the most part, especially the way we’ve all grown and changed over time. It really makes for some fond memories.
While gorging myself on food today, kind of wishing I was home finishing Dragon Age: Origins or jumping in on the second season of 1 Vs 100, it made me think about some of my favorite memories and traditions from my gaming background.
I think one of my favorite gaming holiday memories was Mario 64 on Christmas morning. I remember the Nintendo 64 was one of the hardest things to get for Christmas that year, and my mom managed to get one for us. I put in Mario 64 at like 6 AM before we left for my grandmother’s house, and I had to be torn away from it. All day long I kept itching to get home and explore the castle, get more stars and put on the flying hat.
Another memory from Thanksgiving a few years back was playing Halo 2 with some of my friends over LAN just a few weeks after it had come out. It was a group of us from high school (including Daniel and Nick and Jeff, I believe), and we hung out together and tried the game out. I’m almost certain that doing so is what made Nick go buy it when he got back to school, and then we started playing over XBox Live together.
In addition, two years ago I received Call of Duty 4 on Christmas day. While I had never really been into the CoD games before that, I had heard good things and couldn’t wait to try it out. After some of the festivities, I busted that thing in and experienced one of the best games of this generation.
So what about you guys? What are some of your favorite holiday gaming traditions/memories? Go!