THE VIDEO GAME EXCITATION by Larissa Ione

New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione talks about her vampires’ favorite hobbies—yes, vampires, they’re just like us!—in CHAINED BY NIGHT, the latest installment in her MoonBound Clan Vampires series, out 9/30 from Pocket Books! Be sure to enter the contest below to win a signed copy of Larissa’s newest book!

I remember very clearly my introduction to video games. Not arcade games, which are awesome, but the ones that brought the magic and fun into the home.

The device that brought that magic and fun into my home was the Atari game console. The games that kept me plopped in front of our old TV (you know, the 500-pound behemoths that only had four working channels and a manual dial for changing them,) were the super-simple Donkey Kong, Haunted House, Adventure, Missile Command, Asteroids, Pac-Man, Frogger, and a gazillion more.

Eventually, Nintendo brought us my ultimate, all-time favorite video game, Super Mario Bros. I still play that one now and then, and even now, the catchy, super-recognizable, doot-doot-doot, doo-doo-doo-doo, music is bopping around inside my head.

Gradually, games got more sophisticated, and I was introduced to computer gaming, which opened up an awesome world of Dungeons & Dragons and various fantasy role-playing games that would keep me sitting in front of a computer screen for days. Days. Not kidding. To this day, I can only start a fantasy RPG if I know I have a break in deadlines and a week straight of no commitments. If you watch The Big Bang Theory, you’ll recognize me in an episode where Penny can’t stop playing a Conan The Barbarian game…dressed in sweats, food piled up everywhere, Cheetos in her hair. (I have no pride when playing a game.) *shakes fist* Curse you, Dungeon Siege! Curse you!

Now, my love of video games isn’t limited to those available only on consoles or computers…the invention of apps for cell phones and tablets has drawn me into a brand new way to waste time. I’m currently enamored by Candy Crush and Star Trek: Trexels.

I might be a little addicted.

Which is why Hunter, the hero of my newest MoonBound Clan Vampires book, Chained By Night, can also often be found kicking back with a game controller in his hands. For him, though, it’s not as much of an addiction as it is a way to relax. To clear his head. To let off some steam. (He really likes the games that are vampire vs. human, and coincidentally, he’s also a big fan of Super Mario Bros.)

So what about you, dear reader? Do you like video games? What is your all-time favorite? Pac-Man? Fallout? Baldur’s Gate? Tetris? Inquiring minds want to know!

Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 22nd and ends at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30th. Sorry, contest open to U.S. residents only. Please click here for complete contest rules. 

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Chained by Night

Chained by Night

Larissa Ione

Hunter, leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction--including break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests.

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  1. I don’t play video games much but when my son had the system it was Mario Bros… 🙂 the music was additive hahaha

  2. jovialvampyre

    The only video game I could play was Duck Hunt :). I just plain stunk at them to the point my boys would just roll their eyes and ask me to leave ;).

  3. BoilingGirl

    I play World of Warcraft on pc and Call of Duty on Ps3 😛 gave up Candy crush not long ago

  4. Shade Shadows

    I used to be a big game player. When I was a kid I always loved playing Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog games with my brothers. Now that I’m older I don’t have as much time to play, but when I do I still enjoy the original Mario Bros, as well as Super Mario and Super Mario 64. 🙂 Go Nintendo!

    As for mobile games, I don’t have very many (I mostly use my iPod Touch for music and photos), but I do have two favorites: Papa’s Burgeria (where you’re a new chef at a burger joint and have to make x-amount of burgers following the customer’s preferences; those picky people!) and Bubble Bash (that game where you have to get at least 3 of each colored balloon/bubble in a group so they’ll explode, and you have to clear the stage to win). 🙂

  5. I loved Ms. Pac Man. Best game of ALL time!!!

  6. No video games for me…reading or scrapbooking when I’m not doing Mom or Grandma stuff…I do remember Pong though. LOL

  7. redheadedjen

    When I was a kid, we had Colleco (I am dating myself) and I loved Ladybug.

    Now, I just play words with friends.

  8. I absolutely love the Zelda games. I played on the N64. My favorite was the Ocarina of Time. I spent days and days playing that game. I may have slammed my controller down in frustration sometimes. I also had to take a walk when I couldn’t finish a level haha.

  9. I started on a commodore 64 lets talk about old school geek. I swear I was so happy when they started getting better with their programming skills. I swear when I got sick and had to stay home for a week from school my biggest thing when I returned was I beat Mario by myself!!! Now as a mom I still get my game on and I love to challenge myself every now and then but I still own my old Mario games and I still kick my kids butts every chance I get. I know the secrets glitches they will never understand….LOL

  10. sunshinehdfan

    I loved space invaders!!

  11. I must confess, Pacman was it for me. Nothing like adding to your own frustration levels by playing any video game! I’d much rather read about a hot hero playing the video games though, I must admit! I’d hand over my “control” to him any time (ha!)

  12. Terri Shortell

    I used to play video games all the time. I also started with Atari. Pong ring any bells? Lol. I got really hooked on Mario and Tetris. Even saw the Tetris shapes in my sleep. I’m currently hooked on Angry Birds: Star Wars. Very addictive.

  13. I’m not a video game player at all but back in the day I loved Atari’s Space invaders & I think it was called Breakout? I know I am aging myself!! lol

  14. I loved Space Invaders – however, I preferred pinball games when I was a kid. Now, it’s Candy Crush (why is that so addictive?).

  15. my game was Atira journet excape

  16. I don’t play video games but I remember watching others play Mario Brothers and Pac Man

  17. I don’t play video games that much but I am partial to Mortal Kombat and Smash Brothers on the Nintendo 64!!

  18. I’ve never really gotten the hang of video games, though I’ve watched people play them, occasionally.

  19. I am addicted to Super Mario Brothers for DS. Play every time I get a chance. On my Droid phone I play Temple Run 2, Deer Hunter, and Words With Friends.

  20. Back in the day I loved centipede!! Then Grand Theft Auto now I usually just play jelly mania and farm heros saga.

  21. patyisawesome

    I’m not much into video games but Luxor on my iPhone is what keeps me entertained for hours. Shooter games can be fun with company over.

  22. kimberlybreid

    My favorite was Tetris, thanks!

  23. I’ve always been a reader not a gamer but remember yelling at my teenage son in the middle of the night to get off the computer game and go to bed. Got so bad had to password lock the computer for several months. I did have a short affair with pinball until the bowling alley in our small town burned down.:-(

  24. I am not that fond of video games, but my all time favorite was PacMan and I was totally in love with that game!

  25. Still like video games, but my all time favorite was Centipede and later Jazz Jackrabbit!

  26. I used to play online video games. My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time got me hooked on EverQuest 2, then we ended up playing AION, but now that we have a little guy our video gaming days are currently over. Who knows we might get back into it once he grows up.

  27. I remember playing PacMan and Space Invaders at the local pizza joint back when I was a kid. My now-ex-husband was a casual gamer so I let him beat me regularly at Mortal Kombat. Currently the only games I play are phone apps like Words With Friends.

  28. Trinitee Mitchell-Dunn

    Ms Packman

  29. I don’t play video games

  30. It seems like I’ve been playing them forever. It started with my brother who is 10yrs younger then me, next up was my daughter, then my niece & nephew and now I’m playing with my youngest niece when she comes over. Many years of good times.

  31. I love the active games like Rock Band and Dance Dance Revolution.

  32. evolvhealth4u

    I don’t play now. But when video games first came out ( 🙁 age ) It was Pac Man and Donkey Kong
    I am so looking forward to reading Larissa Ione new book!! Always great!!!

  33. I play very few video games.

  34. Back in the 90s I played something,–I just called it Nintendo and I remember the sound effects/music vividly. It involved a lot of jumping and mushrooms. When I got better than my husband he sold it because he was worried I was obsessing. (Also we needed the money to move.) Now I’d love to buy an Addams Family pinball game.

  35. momof3harts

    I use to LOVE playing Legend of Mana, and all the Spyro games on Playstation one and/or two.

  36. I play some games online as well as on my Kindle Fire. I enjoy the games that are logic games. I used to enjoy old Nintendo games like Mario Brothers and Pac Man and try and play with young nieces and nephews.

  37. My kids did all the video games …they let me win at Mario Cart, I am more into puzzles and search and find. I especially love the Professor Lawton games it combines puzzles and mystery.

  38. I liked centipede and Tetris, then Mario Brother, Oh then Zelda yeah I watched as other half played yet I am the one who gets the puzzles lol. Now I read more than play any games

  39. I am such a gamer. First person shooters keep me up at night. Hey I gotta keep up with the boys (sons and husband!)

  40. I also started out on the Atari. I was addicted to the game King of the Mountain.

  41. My kids and I played every version of Mario Bothers. Of those, I was most addicted to Dr. Mario. Burger time entertained me for hours on end. Legends of Zelda and similar RPGs could lose me until pried away!

    Sims. I had to fore swear ever touching again. I would forget EVERYTHING! And since I’m diabetic, that was a Very Bad Thing. Now I watch my granddaughter get lost into the Sims virtual world on her Wii. (She will be 8 in a few days, and like her Nana, LOVES books!)

    I will join the family in Diablo from time to time. We have 4 controllers and the little one, her Mom, Dad and Nana can all be caught yelling “kill them” at the tv while desperately working the controllers! I’m sure we frighten the neighbors, lol!

    I could go on, but I’ve already said too much! Hee hee!

  42. I love playing Tetris and my all time favorite game to play is Galaga.

  43. redfox45224

    I would have to say it is a tie between Sonic and Spyro. But who does not love Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong.

  44. I have been playing video games since I was a little kid. I’m only 25, so I grew up with playing any type with my friends. I’m still a gamer but not as much as I used to as a kid.

  45. My favorite video game is double dare , but now I play candy crush

  46. Oh yes, dear Larissa, I love to play video games!

    I have been a lover of them since the days as a kid when I received my first Commodor 64 and my friends and I sat around learning to hack and program.

    Since those long-ago days, I have been through literally every system that has come on the market, finally settling on an XBox One as my favorite.

    Between writing, reading and reviewing, I don’t get as much time these days to play as I would like, but I still have my system sitting there, looking sad and lonely, waiting for me.

    My favorite game? Hmmm. That’s a tricky one. I would have to say that the Dead Space trilogy is my favorite. While I am not a horror-fan per se, I find that I love these games! Creeping through an area, as the music reaches a crescendo and, suddenly, something horrible jumps out at you and attempts to eat you! Aaaahhh!

    I can’t count the number of times that I’ve screamed out loud while playing the Dead Space games – my husband always knows – yelling from the other room, “Playing Dead Space again?” LOL

    As always, *big hugs*! I am so, so excited for Chained! I can’t wait to get my greedy little paws on this baby – and gloat about it on my blog!

    Hugs,
    Shelbie =)

  47. I do enjoy video games once in a while but I tend to play the war games more. 🙂

  48. amartinez87

    I love video games I have had a chance to play in a while with the new baby but I still enjoy it. My all time favorite is of course Super Mario. All the Mario games are awesome! Devil May Cry and Darksiders are also great games. For the computer I enjoy games like Rift and WOW.

  49. Bookworm2005

    I’m old enough that the very first video games I played were PacMan ans Miss Pack Man.

  50. My all time favorite arcade game is Dig Dug…nobody could beat my score. My favorite video game is Dr Mario.

  51. I enjoy video games. When my mom used to work for my uncle, who owned a video store at the time and sold it luckily just before video stores started going under, in the 90s my sister and I would spend days at the store with my mom. We played Nintendo, playstation, and so much more. I would have to say my favorite game when I was younger was a tomb raider game. My sister and I only played the intro part where she was at her mansion and you would learn how to play the game and her butler followed her around. We would lock the butler in the mansion and laugh all the time at him because he constantly farted. But honestly farting and fart jokes are hilarious to seven and eight year olds.

  52. I used to play Tetris a lot, and I tend to get addicted to other games for a very short time, like a couple of weeks to a month or so. Therefore, I try to stay away from most games.

  53. Countrysunrise

    I used to have an Atari set as well, and one of my favorite games was Q-Bert. I also liked Kaboom and Frogger. There were others I remember playing, but can’t recall the names, but was quite the addict there for a while, due to an illness. I even got my Mom addicted, so I had a partner for the 2-player games when my Husband was at work, and she would stop over to see how I was feeling after my injury. Your posting brought back some happy memories, since my Mother has now passed away!!

  54. I loved playing Dr. Mario. It was a weird version of Tetris. I played it for hours,

  55. CarrieObrien

    Cookin’ Mama!

  56. duncansmomma

    I LOVE video games! I love the concept of systems like the wii that are more active and interactive, but I have to go back to Super Mario Brothers as my favorite..

  57. I loved Q*bert! All it needed was to jump around on a pyramid of cubes, it it sure was addicting!

  58. I don’t have the opportunity to play often, but Super Mario Bros. would have to be my favorite.

  59. When I do play video games, I like racing games Gotham Racing being a favorite. If I’m playing on my phone or Kindle, I’m all about solitaire! I loved the first MoonBound book!

  60. I loved Atari, too. Guess my favorite would be Asteroids. Or Centipede.

  61. I have only a few video game obsessions. Skyrim and the Sid Meyer’s Civilization games for the PC. And I love love LOVE the Fire Emblem games that span across the various Nintendo platforms. I always told myself I’d never waste my money on a 3DS, I thought the idea of it was dumb adn a money waster. Then, they released the newest FE game for 3DS and not only did I buy a 3DS but I bought the special Gamestop bundle with the specially printed 3DS. Fire Emblem will be my downfall every single time 😀

  62. I got hooked on video games back in the 80’s at my local arcade, but I was always too broke to spend much time their. My favorite game would have to be centipede

  63. Ooh yeah, I forgot about Asteroids! I loved that game!

  64. Space Invaders. Now I love Simpson’s Tapped Out on my phone.

  65. I really liked Myst, it was spooky and fun to try to find items.

  66. Donkey Kong was one of my favorite, along with Frogger

  67. I am fascinated with video games. The last novel that I read that tied video games with action was REAMDE

  68. Hehe, when I saw that Big Bang episode I had flashbacks to my WoW binge session, lol. I’ve been addicted to gaming since Atari as well. Still remember spending hours playing Frogger. Then came my Super Mario and Zelda addictions and now it’s MMORPGs, Dragon Age and The Last of Us. Favorite though is still the Zelda series, love Link.
    Love the series, it’s right up their with the Demonica series for all time favorites.

  69. danigirl1977

    I used to play Mario Bros on the Commodore 64. I also used to play my mom’s adult game on the computer. It was called Sex Games. In the late ’90’s I got hooked on Lara Croft Tomb Raider. The wolves scared the crap out of me. I don’t play video games anymore, or very rarely.

  70. I loved playing Ms. Pacman as a teen! I’ll never forget my excitement waking up to an Atari game player for Christmas long ago. There was a video game I played on it –connected to the band Journey. I don’t remember the exact title, but I loved playing that game over and over when I was in high school.

  71. I remember those games. Matter of fact I got a super Nintendo for me and hubby’s first anniversary. lol. We played them a lot. Hated Duck Hunt but loved Super Mario Brothers. Also I love to pay card games now.

  72. I love those old school arcade games. Tempest was my favorite…must be a geometry thing.
    My kids have every game system that came out since the mid 1990’s. My favorite to play with them was “Chainsaw Lollipop” it’s a cheerleader killing zombies that take over her school using a you guessed it a chainsaw!

  73. I love playing mahjong on my PC.

  74. I have always been in love with vampires. I have to read these books. It would be nice to win one of them.

  75. My favorite video game is super Mario ….I love yoshi….but all time favorite would have to be ms pac man! And I am also hooked on candy crush!

  76. Does Pogo games count? Cause I’m addicted to them. In the olden days, I loved PacMan for a quarter at the bar.

  77. I love RPGs!

  78. Wow! Not too into video games, but I have to admit that my hubby & I became players again once we discovered the god of war games. 😉

  79. Haven’t played too many video games — they really came into ‘being’ when I was too old to have the time to play! I do remember playing Pong…does that really date me? My kids got me a Wii a few years ago, but I haven’t had the time to play lately But I do play games on my PC when I need a break: Mah Jongg, Spliterature, crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

  80. I enjoy a good game of Tetris every now and then. My husband and daughter are much more involved with the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and XBox One.

  81. I am loving the Moonbound Clan!

    We had so much fun with Atari…I loved Frogger.
    Wii bowling was introduced to me when I worked with senior citizens. They loved kicking our butts! They took it very serious and even played in leagues against other senior groups!

  82. knbauntdudu

    I love zombie ggames like resident evil, the walking dead game and, left for dead. I also love the sims because I can bring my favorite book characters to live( or at least computerized lol)

  83. Doom and Doom II were my favorites, along with the King’s Quest games from Sierra.

  84. like video games

  85. queeniecondie

    My favorites are classic Zelda and the new Destiny game.

  86. My favorite game is HUNTER: The Reckoning – Redeemer. I love this game that my overactive imagination had me spook.

  87. Oh def. Pac Man and Mrs. Pac Man would be my favorite games.

  88. I ADORE video games! That’s actually how my husband and I met – we both worked at GameStop for a time 😉

    My favorite game…would be between:
    -The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64
    -Mass Effect for the XBOX360
    -Jak 2 for PS2
    -Kingdom Hearts for PS2

    Though I would probably go with The Legend of Zelda, as it started my whole addiction! I love video games for the same reason I love books – the story, the adventure! And a little love/romance never hurts anyone either 😉

  89. I loved Mario when I was younger but am now addicted to Bubble Witch and Candy Crush. How did I ever live without a cell phone growing up?!

  90. I love playing video games! My all time favs are Ms Pac Man and Defender….dating myself, I know. I also love playing Mario Cart with the kids!

  91. xray_chick19

    I grew up on games. I love, love, loooooove Zelda!

  92. Leeleemarie

    When i was younger i loved playing video games. My favorite Atari game was Pitfall. Then Nintendo came out and i found Mario Bros. I would play that game for hours. My all time favorite video game is Mario bros….

  93. I can’t even imagine how many months (years?) I could get back if I got all my video game time back. I started with Pong and then add games for every console made since. My all-time favorite game was Star Wars Galaxies and I curse Sony daily for shutting it down. Right now I’m playing World of Warcraft (still!) and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I also dabble in console games a bit. Yeah…and Candy Crush. I hate/love that game.

  94. I am not a big gamer. Sadly it has been a while since I’ve played wii or anything hand held. But I am a big BIG fan of Chuzzle online. I can’t seem to stop playing for two seconds to get work done. I just LOVE blowing up those little fuzz balls.

  95. Its been a ling time since I played Tetris. It and Frogger were my favorites. When we got the 1st gen Xbox, my favorite was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With the WII, my favorite was WII Fit. I haven’t played a game in about 4 yrs. You reminded me that I need to start again.

  96. My favorite has always been Tetris and Ms. Pacman. Those were so much fun to play on our Atari. Seems silly to say that now. Thank you for this contest.

  97. RomBookFiend13

    I love video games!! I used to watch my older brother play all of the Super Mario games. Then when I stared to play I only knew about games similar to Super Mario (ie. Spyro) and fighting games. Then I found my new favorite type RPGs!!!! I was borrowing my friend game Grandia and that was the beginning of my experience with Rpgs. Now my ultimate FAVORITE games to play are ANY of the Tales series!! They have really good story lines and they are just a really fun game to play. Now I just need a PS4 so I can get the 2 newest titles!!

  98. I don’t play anymore but there was a period of time where I was addicted to Zelda! My youngest was a newborn and had her days and nights mixed up. I would sit and play Zelda The Ocarina of Time all night long while she cooed and looked around. Good times.

  99. ha! Was I the only one that would blow into the Nintendo games when they were acting up? Like that would resolve the problem LOL My favorite games way back when was Zelda, Duck Hunt, and Tetris. I remember after hrs of playing Tetris I’d close my eyes and would still see the figures falling into place and making random lines in my head!! yeah, I was a little obsessed with that one =D

  100. I don’t play many (any) video games now. I’ve never been that great at them; I tend to get far too excited and kill myself. I’m much safer watching others play.

  101. This just shows you how old I am. My fav video game used to be Space Invaders. I really don’t play them anymore. I leave all of that to my son now. I’d rather read a good book **LOL**!

  102. Pac man was an all time favorite..

  103. I only ever played Pac-man when I was younger. Now I am addicted to candy crush.

  104. mhillenbrand

    Well, I used to play Tetris years ago, but now I play Star Mania, Spider Solitaire, & Solitaire. I also love to do puzzles on my iPad.

  105. I had one of the very first Nintendo games the game had only five games break out 1 hoop and 3 hoop basketball and pong but I have to say my favorite video game of all was Legend of Zelda.

  106. tdkcarpenoctem

    I loved playing Pac Man and Centipede! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

  107. I’ve been playing the Final Fantasy series for 23 years. I also love Zelda and Mario.

  108. I play XBOX. I am hooked on the ‘Borderlands’ series and ‘Assassin’s Creed’. Especially the pirate AC. I would love to win Larissa’s newest book!!!! Thanks.

  109. Our only game at home was Pong (Atari) and the Intruder Alert game (at least that was what I called it. In college, I was Queen of Tempest – my name was all over that leader board. Now, I belong to the gaming site Pogo and I can play Poppit! for hours and hours…..

  110. I don’t play video games because they just don’t make them the same anymore. Someone please bring back Nintendo! My siblings and I used to be seriously competitive when it came to playing Mario Kart and 007 🙂

  111. My fondest memory of video games is Final Fantasy XII. My young son and I played through it together. On my own, I’m partial to the Souls games–Dark & Demon. Or college football.

  112. I used to play Super Mario Brothers but I did not get past the fifth or sixth level. I was killer at asteroids, I used to play a lot. I have asteroids on my computer now but it isn’t the same playing without the right controller. I am 69 now and reactions aren’t as sharp for game playing and that doesn’t help either, although I can still ride my motorcycle. I read a lot and still love jigsaw puzzles. I do miss the older games, the newer ones just aren’t the game play I was used to.

  113. I really thought that I would be the only one who said Dr. Mario! I can’t believe there are several Dr. Mario enthusiasts here. I used to drive my brothers crazy because it was the only game I ever wanted to play. I even have it downloaded on my Wii.

  114. Diane Sallans

    I never got into video games, other than a bit of Mah Jongg.

  115. I love Baldur’s Gate and Skyrim….but I’m a long-time computer gamer…..I remember playing Ultima VI and World of Xeen (Might and Magic IV and V) ’til 6am…then getting ready to be at work by 9am!

  116. justinsgirlcw

    My favorite video game is Galaga. I used to play it for hours.

  117. susanbeamon

    I started out with my Atari. Played lots with that. Tried Nintendo, but wasn’t into story games. I like puzzle games, Match 3 and Mosaic.

  118. I am a huge gamer, always have been. I love rpg games, hack and slash games like Baldur’s Gate and Champions of Norrath. I also love Sims, FF games, and casual games, like Animal Crossing and Little big planet. There are tons of games I enjoy playing!

  119. It has been years since I played video games. As a teenager I was addicted to Centipede. I own a Sega Genesis and several really cool games, some of which I never opened and I also own a Wii but I rarely use it for more than connecting to Netflix.

  120. careysabala

    I started with Resident Evil when I was a kid but now I love Facebook games like Yoworld and Casa Casino.

  121. Yes I like games, but if it is not an RPG or logic kind of game, I’m not very good. I’m really bad at first person shooter games and games like Mario brothers. My favorite games are turn based where I might have a chance to out smart my nemesis 😉

    Before joining the Air Force, I had never played games like Magic the Gathering or DnD. I had fun learning how to play and hanging out with my friends, but I have not played either since then about 14 years ago.

    My son always wants me to play with him, but he gets mad that I’m not a super gamer…lol

  122. I’m a pretty picky gamer, and tend to only play a few games at any given time in my life. My current obsession, and has been since the games first game out, is The Sims. I purchase each new game as they are released, and sometimes even fall into the expansion pack trap! Absolutely love The Sims. I am also a fan of Animal Crossing, but not nearly as addicted as The Sims.

  123. I’ve been playing video games since I was 12, starting with Quake 2. My new obsession is the Borderlands series. I even had Claptrap shoes made!

  124. I love video games. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to play them like I used to. It’s hard to pick a single favorite so my favorite group of games is the Final Fantasy games.

  125. I wish I had more time for video games! I’ve been playing since I was a wee one. My all-time favorite has to be the Final Fantasy series. It’s easy to lose track of time…

  126. I don’t play video games anymore–not since I was a kid, but I loved them then! I grew up in the Atari age, and very much enjoyed playing these games with y sisters and friends.

  127. I don’t usually play video games, but once in a while my siblings and I would gather to play Mario Party on the Nitendo Wii system! I would always choose the character Wario, but would also always lose. My family gets really into the game and would usually make a big rivalry competition out of it.

  128. I am very much a gamerchick. I am currently playing a lot of World of Warcraft in my free time when I’m not reading but my heart belongs to Link and Princess Zelda lol I love the original Mario games and fondly remember an obsession with King’s Quest IV on PC as that was the first game I ever thought of as exclusively mine : ) My first shooter was Wolfenstein 3D. lol That spacebar was like magic I graduated to the Socom, then Call of Duty. I don’t dismiss puzzle and strategy like my Zuma. I’d like to think of myself as pretty well rounded. hah

  129. I love Mario Kart though it’s been years since I’ve played it. Oh and Yoshi’s Island!

  130. When I found myself staying up until 4AM playing video games the night before a job interview, I vowed never to have a console in my home again. Of course, now I play games on the computer and my iPad.

  131. I used to play video games when I was younger. Now my kids play them and I sit back and wonder. Did I used to play that much. I think I might have. Mario, donkey kong, PAC man and miss PAC man.

  132. Katiecarpenter

    I remember the first gaming console that we had in my house. I was right and my sister borrowed the Game Cube and a ton of games from her boyfriend. We would sit in her room and play for hours, sometimes our hands going numb because we had the controllers that vibrated like mad. It was out time to bond and virtually beat the snot out of one another f

  133. I love video games. I love age of empires and paper mario and mario kart!

  134. I used to love Pac-man! Now I play Super Mario Bros with my kids, but they are better than me! 😉

  135. I loved to play “Jungle Hunt” back when I was 16,also Pac man,Tempest,Dig Dug,Frogger. Now I love playing on my Nintendo Wii.

  136. Doom2 – lots of fond memories of playing that one with my kids.

  137. I never really played video games much. I do remember putting a quarter or two into the original Pong game while waiting for my table at the local restaurant.

  138. nicoleslack

    I love old school Mario Kart and Tetris.

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