Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's all downhill from here...

Yesterday marked the 25th Birthday of The Legend Of Zelda game franchise.  To say this made me feel super old is an understatement.

I mean, I didn't actively play video games until years later, but they were a huge part of my childhood.  I'm only 25, so the extent of my gaming began with the Super Nintendo.  I peaked with the Nintendo 64 and ever since then, I feel indescribably mentally challenged every time I pick up a controller and randomly mash buttons like a retarded monkey on a typewriter.

My friend has a Wii, an X-Box 360, and a PlayStation 3 and he continually reminds me that 12 year olds can and do play these games better than me anytime I try to 'play' Halo or Mario Galaxy of whatever.  For some reason, the sour combination of my mental capabilities and hand-eye coordination does not allow me to do much on this new generation of gaming consoles but feel seriously outdated with a splash of short bus.

Speaking of my recent 'Damn! I feel old' moments, I was watching Easy A.  This is a hilarious comedy that if you haven't yet, you need to watch immediately after reading this.  Seriously.  Any way, it is a high school comedy that has a flash back to these kids in middle school playing Seven Minutes In Heaven.  The song in the background, "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls.  I remember dancing like a schizophrenic mental patient who is actively weaseling his way out of straight jacket to this song in college...


Then while watching Glee, Rachel has a moment where she is trying to find her birth mother and does some research and says she was born in 1994.  I realized I was well into my childhood at this point in Rachel's life... And realized that the show that I have devoted many a Tuesday night and iTunes gift card to, might not exactly be age appropriate... Then again, my adoration for Taylor Swift and affinity for my niece's American Girl dolls probably means that ship has definitely sailed!

So, is this my turning point?  My work out partner is constantly telling me that you peak at 25 and in front of me are days full of much harsher hangovers, more time in the gym, less time eating Taco Cabana at 3 AM, and all sorts of other horrible things that come with adulthood.

My friend even reminded me that everything that happened in the 90s (the peak of my childhood) was over 20 years ago.  20 YEARS!  It took me about 15 minutes to process/verify the math of this statement, and then I logged onto the Google to find the nearest Furr's Family Dining location as it was nearing 4:28 and I was getting hungry...


SIDE NOTE: I may paint the picture that I grew up in abject poverty, and in order to save money, my parents definitely lied about we could or could not 'technically' afford.  By some unbelievable Christmas miracle, my brother and I got a Nintendo 64 while it was still relevant!  Beating The Legend Of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time was probably the most important day of my young adult life.  Take that, first kiss and puberty!!!

3 comments:

Edgardo said...

It is incredible how time just flies by right in front of us. It is with a lot of nostalgia that I look back at those early years of “carefree video game playing days” that you are referring to. I remember the huge fights that my cousins and I got into, trying to figure out who will play first and second player.
I feel even older when I think of the following: As a child born in the early 80’s, I was also exposed to the video console called Atari! I remember very vividly, those early days when I was playing with a single control joystick. Today, my short attention span has severely disabled me from even attempting to play all those new video game consoles currently in the market. I have grown uninterested and disconnected with all this kind of entertainment.

Daylen said...

You all want to make me vomit...do you realize that TV was black and white when I was a child and Atari didn't come along until my very "middle" childhood?? Born in the 80's?? Really?? I was in COLLEGE by the late 80's!!

Today's blog is definitely a reason you need to come to my Bday party to play the old Ms. PacMan and Galaga games...and so you can feel young standing next to me...hopefully my poligrip will hold tight the whole evening...

John said...

I'm not saying my mid 20s is OLD, but it is the first time(s) in my life where I was starting to FEEL old.

@Daylen - I mean, I grew up with a black and white TV too, but it was due to being poor not old, so don't feel too special! But I will see you at your party!

@Edgardo - If this is the 'Edgardo' I am VERY impressed with your English. I'm sure it took you very a long time and I appreciate it!