Gaming: A Bond Remembered

In this article I reflect on the life of my sister and the love of games that defined our relationship. From Donkey Kong to Spyro to Call of Duty,...
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    Video Games. To some, just pixels on a screen. To others, a fun hobby and a way to pass the time. For us, it was a lifelong bond that I'll cherish until my last day on Earth. Our love of video games helped shape both of our lives, and brought us together in a way that I don't think anything else could have.

    It's a blisteringly cold winter day. School was just canceled. I wake up to the pitter-patter of little feet coming up the stairs. "Wake up bubba! No school means we can finally beat Ripto," my little sister exclaims from outside my door. I grin to myself, thinking of the countless times I've beaten that short little dinosaur, it's a secret she would be devastated to hear. "Alright, alright, I'm getting up," I reply, and down the stairs she goes, squealing with delight the entire way. It's an almost daily ritual for us, playing games. Each day after school we spend at least half an hour going after the next big boss.

    As the years progress, our free time diminishes, yet our love for games never falters. Even after a long week of cheerleading, gymnastics, football, work and whatever else consumed our lives throughout the years, we always had the time to sit down in the living room and shoot a few bad guys. I distinctly remember one weekend you brought a group of friends over to hang out, your outgoing personality a polar opposite to my shy introversion. Instead of shutting the living room down and watching a movie like most teen girls your age, you decided to come upstairs and invite me to play Rock Band with you. I accepted, and we formed the Chili Cheese Balls, a band of such epic proportions that tales of its antics will be sung throughout the halls of rock for ages to come. This will forever be one of my most fond memories of you, because on that day you chose to include me and our love for games instead of ditching them for a group of friends.

    Things changed when I went off to college. I was rarely home and you always worked. Gaming sessions became less and less frequent, but it was understood that any time we could play, we would. This led to some of the best times we ever had playing games together, simply because of how unusual and spontaneous each time was. I would come home from a long week of classes, ready to crash, and you'd be sitting in the living room playing Minecraft and I couldn't help but show you the right way to setup your farm. During a time when most siblings drift apart, we became even closer because of video games, and our love of playing.

    Unfortunately, all things must come to an end. In life we don't get save points, although we all wish we did. I wish with all my heart I could go back to the time before your accident and grab the controller like I used to when you just couldn't beat a level. I'd trade all the blue shells in the world for you to have made it through, instead of losing your race. But this time there are no second chances, and so I must continue on without my favorite 2nd Player. Just know that every achievement I make from here on out is for you.

    Fly high, baby sister, and tell me if you find Aeris.

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    Night
    I'm just an aspiring English Major with a love of all things geeky.

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  1. BondJamesBond
    I miss playing spyro so much, that was the illest game back in the day.
  2. x The Dealer x
    Very touching story. I've dealt with loss and it's good to have something that you can remember them fondly by
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  3. TheTeddyBears
    Damn what a deep and touching article. Beautiful though, I'm sure she will be looking down on you smiling. I can only imagine what your going through, it takes a strong person to be so open and true about such a thing. Keep your head up bro, my thoughts are with you. Rest in peace
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  4. Streamah
    Deep, sorry for your loss. RIP
  5. K _
    Man can we please have this pinned forever to the homepage or something. A post like this doesn't deserve to go pushed further down.
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    1. Night
      While I appreciate the kind words, it's definitely not something I'm going to want to see every day from here on out, I'm sure you understand.
    2. K _
      Yeah that's true. Sorry to bring this back up.
    3. Night
      It's fine dude, I chose to write it and publish it, I knew people would be commenting on it.
  6. 3xTiNcT
    Wow, that's deep, sorry to have to read such a great saddening article Night .
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  7. 64G
    Man I Shed A Tear Reading This. Hope Your Doing Okay And She's Beating All The Boss's Up There. Keep Your Head Up Man.
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  8. Harkon
    chili cheese balls, that's a great rock band group, lol. in all seriousness though, a very touching story. u know its weird how things happen in life. sometimes u get everything u have ever wanted and then sometimes tragedies happen and it is tragic that your little sister`s life was cut short at such a young age. I cant imagine how that made u feel when u heard that she had passed away, but just know that she is looking down over her older brother with a smile and she will always be by your side
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  9. Qualify
    Very sad post and very sad to hear. This was touching.
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  10. K _
    Man, this made me really sad. Night, I know you have a bright future, and I know you can stay strong. I wish I could say I know how you feel, but I can't. I don't know how you feel, but I just want you to know we are here for you. If you ever want someone to talk to, I'm here for you, and so is everyone else. This really touched my heart in ways I didn't know possible. I have a twin sister, she doesn't game, but I do. We used to play with our legos together when we were little. We'd make up stories, go on adventures, it was a fun time. And now, just like you had, we don't have as many moments like that. I do miss those moments, this post really taught me something. Live your life to the fullest, and take all the opportunities you can with family, because you never know when it will be your last time. Night, I can't do much to help, but just know you'll be in my prayers, and I hope with everything in my heart that you'll be okay.
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