Game Girl

Eventually, we’ll outgrow a lot of things–video games and my love for Pit of Kid Icarus being some of ‘em. But that doesn’t mean you’re not game anymore. It’s your game world and you just gotta tell yourself “Game, girl.”

Game Girl Intro

A few days ago, this was me. I don’t recall when I held my console last but I do remember feeling so kick-ass as a child when I did. Fight back to 2017, I wiped Rustboro and Dewford Gyms ez and was on my way to Mauville City when I saw that I only had 4% left on my battery. With the warning of the blinking red light, I knew my phone had to chill, but me? I still have some HP. (Even without lunch!)
“Do you want to save the game?” “A” “Is it ok to overwrite it?” “A”
The same day that I started a new game in Pokemon (that was the only ROM file on my phone that was left but gotta admit, Pokemon’s a classic), I got home excited and rummaged through my stuff like a dog released from its leash. And I found it: my trusty old Nintendo! My best friend.

Relatives would give my younger brother video games for Christmas. I got the typical pink shirts and lotion gift sets and sighed loudly, hoping they get the sign. Yes, I was an ungrateful little bitch. But lucky for me, my brother was the opposite. He grew up to be a kind not-so-little munchkin, who was okay with us sharing stuff. (Or I just get to use his stuff–I doubt he’ll ever want my pink shirts.)

I spent so much of my childhood in pixelated places–with love from bulky translucent consoles to flip ones to dual screens and even levelling up to playstations and motion sensor goodies! I’ve got to be thankful for science for bestowing such blessings to digital-life-invested beings like me.

In between the 1s and 0s, I am an infinite of things. (Maybe even a peanut sized Donkey Kong, SWDBS reference anyone?) In real life though, I am just me. Or me with a phone that obvs has a battery that sucks. But that’s what I loved most about video games. As I lived the lives of Link, Mario, Ash Ketchum, and even as chibi farmer me in Harvest Moon, I can choose to save the game and shut the console down–knowing very well that I can power it up again anytime and pick it up exactly where I left things off. In between, I can rest. I can figure things out. I can even Google me some cheats when I’m desperate! (Don’t take 80% of my advice, this included. Don’t cheat!)

On the other hand–real life isn’t as convenient. There’s no save option. I can’t just power off when I’m tired. Reality goes on and on even when you happen to do something outrageously stupid. (Not accidentally send myself flying off a cliff stupid–but close.)

These are things I picked up through time. (And space when you go as Spyro!) And you eventually just learn to accept it. Life, I figured, isn’t as simple as a 10-minute brawl; though you do need a few tactics up your sleeve for both. My game girl skills can only go as far as beating the asses off online people I’ve never met–enjoying my triumph and smiling awkwardly as GummyMinMin35 grabs a slot on the leaderboard.
*CG voice with horns in the background: “Victory!”*

With the XP points your character gains, real you experiences puberty (did I really?), fight petty fights, take tests that aren’t as exciting as “Find the key and solve the puzzle”, like a real breathing person, and learn some things off the screen that are, for most, worth keeping.

I’m playing again today. I don’t feel as kick-ass as I would before when I press that Ready Player One button. (Maybe just a glow of the hipster slash cool kid on the block vibe?) Because there really comes a time when we outgrow a lot of things–my love for Pit of Kid Icarus being one of ‘em. I know though that As and Bs and my thumb on the joystick will always ignite the little kid inside–remind nerdy old anti-social freak me that in some way, I do know how to kick ass. So go do it. It’s your game world and you just gotta tell yourself “Game, girl.”

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Louise Ramos

In a constant state of latte high: searching for new places to wander, and new things to wonder----follow as she tries to make things happen.

  • I play video games and I admit how I get lost in the moment. I spend hours and hours trying to move forward in the storyline. When I was a child, I received a sega playstation. Played it often until I received my gameboy, then ps2, then psp. Now ps3, sometimes PC (sims 4 & casual games) and 3ds 🙂

  • I love games! I carry my DS with me everywhere and I’m excited for the new 2DS. I’m a huge fan of the clamshell style but never use the 3D option on my current 3DS. I never had a gameboy, but I grew playing video games. Starting with a Sega G, N64, PS1…PS2, to an Xbox360, Wii and the WiiU. And I even if I don’t play as often, I’ll watch gameplays on YT since I don’t have any of the newer consoles. But I love, love, love my DS! So I’m excited for the new 2DS since I haven’t upgraded my DS since the first 3D ones came out. I’m hoping the Switch doesn’t kill it just yet. Here’s hoping. 🙂

    • That’s a lot of game consoles! I was thinking of getting the 2DS too!! Because same, the 3D option is almost always off when I use it since it just makes me dizzy, lol. And I’d love to have the XL one this time.

  • I have never been much of a gamer, to be honest – but I had that exact transparent gameboy advance when I was little. So much nostalgia!

    • That exactly was my gameboy too! Haha. My brother got the purple one. It just brings back so much memories!

  • growing up with video games and as a gamer, i don’t think i can ever outgrow it. when i was a kid, i remember wasting time playing PS1 and my gameboy. my parents bought them for me. as i age, they decided that video game is a guy’s thing and tried so hard to strip me off this hobby. they never succeed though. while i’m no longer a console gamer now (because 1). they’re expensive af and 2). graphics quality on console < graphics quality on pc where you can tweak em and stuff), i still play video games on my pc. in fact, i actually built a gaming pc just for it. i think i can never stop this "disease", you know. it just annoys me whenever people say "you're a girl, you shouldn't be playing video games too much!" and it offends me. it's also funny how guys think girls who play games are only doing it for attention, that we play solely for the sake to stream on twitch butt naked and with lots of cleavage showing smh

    anyway, woop i got sidetracked. back to the real issue, whenever i game now, i still feel that major excitement of me being a badass especially when it comes to games i excel at. it's probably childish to some but really, that triumphant feeling of joy and excitement will never cease. just like how i love reading books, i don't think i can eliminate gaming out of my life. in fact, i don't think i'd go out with my current bf if he's not a gamer (good thing he is lol)

    if only life has its own pause and save function, i think a lot of us would be able to make the right choices or re-do the decision making process. oh well, that's the beauty of games aka the beauty life will never get because life is unfair and not beautiful :))

  • Lou

    Ahh, I totally can relate to this. I remember being obsessed with my games too, plus with family added as if we were all away from being busy. I wanna go back sa mga days na yun huhu.

    Lou | http://wander-soul.net/

    • True!! Sobrang escape ng games that you don’t even realize it and just think you’re playing then bec it’s fun. Stress free days hay~

  • I love this post of yours! ~feels~ lol I remember being so addicted to Harvest Moon before! Love that game lol if only we can pause life or restart back to our saved game whenever we make a mistake ‘no? But, that’s reality!

    Anyway, really love your artworks and your posts! And that’s why I nominated you for Liebster Award 🙂 You can check out my post about it here. I’m excited to read your answers and discover the blogs you love reading too! 🙂

  • Oh life would be so nice if we could hit a pause button on it every once in awhile! I love how easy it is to fall into the joy of gaming and share that joy with the people you play with 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Would love the pause button! Even for just a few seconds. Very helpful for times like when I’m talking to somebody I admire and I’m all: think something witty, funny, smart. Fast! LOL.

  • Hi Louise! Oh I love this post and the few references you’ve made. 😉 I’m browsing your blog and I must say, you make such amazing art! I’ve always wanted to learn how to do those! Ang galing! 🙂

    • Thanks Yaniee!! ❤ I just play around with Photoshop, it calms me a lot. Started with Picmonkey, now we here, lol. I was reading through your entries the other night and super love ko rin yung collages mo for the featured photos for your posts!