We:30 Share & Tell: Daniel Brings His Video Game Collection

Every Wednesday at 3:30 we get together to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. Our Share & Tell edition invites an employee to share something that inspires them and has a unique story. This week Daniel, our Junior Systems Administrator, brings his collection of video games!

I have been chosen to share something with you all that I really value. It took me a while to decide what to focus on, but every time I ended up brainstorming, I kept coming back to the same thing… my love of video games. Some of you may not know, but I have a huge obsession with collecting and playing video games, whether it’s the original “The Legend of Zelda,” or the brand new “Madden 15.” I have had a special interest in video games for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I remember beating my first game on the Sega Genesis as Mickey Mouse in “World of Illusion,” before completing the first grade! It was a huge accomplishment at the time, because I can recall competing with all of my cousins to see who could beat the game first, and I was able to get through the whole story before them. I remind you, these systems could not save, and in most cases wouldn’t allow you to continue after losing, so it was a challenge! This was definitely one of the experiences that made me so fascinated with video games, even at a very young age.

I distinctly remember getting my PlayStation One when they were first released, which required me to camp out for hours with my mother, but it was worth it. We were highly amazed by the high-tech graphics, Sony’s introduction of the disc usage with systems, along with the concept of a “memory card.” This system and the Sega Saturn were the first systems to use normal-sized discs, which seemed to raise the bar in the gaming industry and also contributed to my current love of technology. Although PlayStation had a great system, Nintendo 64 was another console that was a main competitor to the disc systems. Nintendo used cartridges and had its own variety of great gaming titles that were not going to be released on the other systems, including 007 Golden Eye, Banjo Kazooie, Mario Kart, and a lot of other awesome games! With the release of the different systems and games, my collection begun.

I currently have a Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, NES, Nintendo GameCube, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Sony PSP, and a Sega Dreamcast, which is stored away somewhere at the moment. This collection is consistently growing with my weekly trips to swap meets and retro gaming stores around the county. I wanted to share something with you all that helped to make me who I am today and something that is very important to me. Video games have been there for me, which may sound cheesy, but it is definitely true. Whether it’s relieving some frustration by quick scoping some noobs in C.O.D., or deciding who is better at FIFA within my group of friends (I am of course!), video games have been a valuable part of my life. So, if anyone wants to get beat in some Nintendo 64 greats, stop by and share a game with me!



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