SideQuest Adventures


Introduction to my gaming column

By TJ Caudill - tcaudill@civitasmedia.com



Since this is my first time writing a column for The Hazard Herald, I suppose you might want to get to know me and why I chose to write a column covering side-quests in video games.

If you don’t play or enjoy video games, this column might not be for you.

It’s simple really, I love video games. You can probably say I’m addicted to them. It’s the first thing I do when I come home from a long day of work.

By the way, I’m one of the reporters here at The Hazard Herald. A job that I really enjoy.

With news writing, a good journalist does not display any opinion during their coverage. We want to inform the public, not tell them how to think.

I’ve never really felt confident in my writings outside of my news reports, because I have always felt like I never compared to other great writers who are a wizard with words.

I’m not exactly sure when I first started playing video games, I remember the SNES being one of the first consoles I had the pleasure of playing Mario on.

I remember moving on from SNES to the Sega Genesis to the Nintendo 64 during my childhood. I wish I had kept most of games I owned during this time. Live and learn, right?

One of my favorite memories that I have from my childhood is of me and my friends staying up all night playing WWF No Mercy.

I used to a professional wrestling fan, as was my childhood friends. WWF No Mercy would let us have our dreams of being pro wrestlers ourselves.

We would create our own superstars, come with a pro wrestling name and then fight each other or join forces as a tag team.

I hold those memories close to my heart.

As you grow older, often times you lose contact with childhood friends. Most of the time this nothing more than becoming adults and having responsibilities.

I can remember playing Final Fantasy 7 on the Playstation 1 for the first time and becoming emotionally attached to characters in the game. FF7 would help me fall in love with the RPG genre.

My love of video games would continue into my teenage and adult years. I even took my Xbox 360 with me when I went to college.

College is weird time for everyone, but being socially awkward makes it worse. I’m an introvert. I enjoy being alone most of the time. People can be exhausting to be around.

I tend to become close with video game characters, especially if the story and characters are well written. Mass Effect comes to mind when I think of characters that I have become emotionally invested in.

Video games have been one of the constant variables in my life. I currently own a Playstation 4, NES and SNES, and an original Xbox. I bought the original Xbox just so I could play Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and KOTR 2.

I wanted this to be an introduction to my potential column and I would love to hear your feedback.

I’ll either be covering one or two side-quests from Fallout 4 next week, depending on the length of each.

Thanks for taking time out and sharing my love of video games.

TJ Caudill is an avid gamer and a reporter for The Hazard Herald.

Introduction to my gaming column

By TJ Caudill

tcaudill@civitasmedia.com

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