When I was growing up, my little brother and I would get into the worst fights. It was the stuff of mothers nightmares. To paint a better picture, I once ran a sewing machine needle through his right index finger and the needle tip broke off into his finger. He broke my nose which healed crooked and to this day I have one large nostril and one tiny one that I can't breathe out of.
It gets better I promise…
But one Christmas when I was 12 (My brother was 10) my parents bought us a video game system and the violence stopped. The time spent knocking each others teeth out was replaced with game time and talking smack about each others video game skills. We were hooked; we worked together to buy all the games and systems we could get our hands on. Between the two of us we had close to 400 hundred games and over 13 different systems. We started doing everything together like, going to the library and the park after school, we even went over to each others friends houses to do what else but play video games. We were inseparable.
I have to chuckle every time I hear or read a story from the news saying that video game violence causes children to be violent. In our case, it may have very well saved one of our lives; no joke, it was that bad.
When I left home for college my brother not only grew taller than me (I’m 6’ even, he’s almost 7’ tall) we grew apart. When I came home from school he was often nowhere to be found. Then he started college and I didn’t see him for a few years. He sold off all his video games then he dropped out of school and went walking across the country. In that time I moved out, married and had two children, and sold my games because I didn’t really have anyone to play them with; however I kept the PS2 and later bought two PS3s. My brother eventually got bored, moved back to my parents house and decided to continue his college career at a school just outside my neighborhood.
This last weekend, my brother needed some time away from my parents and wanted to spend the weekend with my family. At first, he just played with my son (Age 2) and daughter (Age 3) for a few hours. After awhile my kids got bored and we fired up the PS3. He quickly became addicted to Burnout Paradise City, I couldn’t get him to put the controller down. My son walked in and sat on the floor listening to the music. He started to get tired and climbed into my brothers arms and fell asleep. His sister soon fell asleep as well. After we put them to bed for a nap, we went back into the living room and I told him “you have to try this game Uncharted 3”. He asked “Does it have multiplayer? I mean can we both play together?” I said “yes and we can play together online.” He went “Oooo.” Then it was as if we picked up where we left off 8 years ago. He started talking smack how skilled he was and how old age is making me slower. Every time our grouped wiped out in a match, I told him it was his fault. Which it was.
The PS3 provided me with some time well spent with my brother doing something we used to both love, playing games together. For one weekend we were young brothers again. After this spring semester, he will be moving south to Tennessee. Who knows when I will see him again? I may buy him a PS3 this Christmas so we can play online.
How touching. It's great hearing about how gaming can actually successfully vent anger and frustration instead of aggravate it, unlike most of what you hear about how games create aggression in children. I agree with you 100%, and great story dude, good luck in the competition!!!
It makes me wish that there was better connectivity between Sony products. It would be nice to keep in touch with my brother from a PS3, Vita or A Sony Ericsson Phone through Video chat. That way he could see his niece and nephew. Cell phones and PCs are not kid friendly and it is so much easer to gather the family around the TV instead of a computer.
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