The year was 1998 when my life changed for the better.
We were never allowed to own a video game console in my first 10 years of life. My Mom was afraid of the effects it would have on our schoolwork and chores and that we would end up a drain on society. My siblings and I had to play Nintendo at our neighbor’s house and question why Santa loved our friends more than us.
Then the day came where my parents finally broke down—courtesy of my brother and me. We had convinced them to buy us a PlayStation in exchange for extra chores and good behavior.
I remember my Dad taking us to Gamestop to pick out our first game. My brother and I decided on NHL 99, a game franchise we still play to this day. The seeds were planted that day that blossomed two of the biggest…
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