Common Sense MediaBy Rachael Ward, Common Sense Media intern
Growing up, I remember watching my older brother play Super Mario and Legend of Zelda. It was before I got the courage to pick up a controller myself; I used to think I didn't have enough skill to play -- at least not as much as my brother, who was good at everything.
Yet through practice and determination, I learned the ins and out of many tough games. And I learned that I loved the games not just for the action, but for their storylines. The problem was, whenever I wanted to talk to my parents about these stories, it was really hard to get them to take me seriously.
To my parents, games like Pong and Super Mario Brothers were just entertainment. In fact, they thought most games had no real value and were just an escape from reality. They thought I needed to learn to face "real life." In a sense, they were right. Games absolutely provided an escape from my life, which could be painful at times. (More on that later.)
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