I stopped playing PC games when I left school, I had to be an adult at the time, right?
That’s until my boyfriend at the time (proud to say he’s my husband now) decided to get an Xbox. We used to play Xbox and as for myself, I am ashamed to admit it, but I played Wii as well.
Both were satisfying and fun, except for that one time I pulled a muscle playing one of the Kinect Sports games. Not my finest moment.
Then the moment arrived where it all changed. The husband upgraded and gave me the potato.
It was EPIC.
I started off playing Rust with him and his friends (now they’re mine too), and in the process even made new ones. They then decided to introduce me into the world of Counter-Strike, it was scary and yet exhilarating, and at the same time, it was intimidating and very aggravating. I was surrounded by friends at all times, never played a game alone until I got my first rank (MG…what a mistake).
My first solo game was the moment the veil was lifted, I was a female (clearly boosted) playing this online game with the rudest of rude male players. Skip two years and over 2 000 hours in CS alone, I sometimes look back on my journey.
I am now the owner of an ever-growing MGO (or clan as you old folks say) surrounded by supportive, salty and loud friends who I will not exchange for anything in the world. Through these online computer games meant for children, I have met lifelong friends. The kind of friends I miss to see IRL, the kind of friends I can see myself growing old with. The kind of people that can show up at my house unannounced, with a bottle of wine, and I greet them with open arms.
Now I’m not saying every 16-year-old should go out and meet the people they play online games with. I’m just saying that before we restarted this whole PC gaming thing, we were not social, we had friends we barely saw and our lives were dull and filled with weekends spent at home.
My life right now is so colourful, every night I live a different life, some nights I handle MGO business. Most of the time my nights are spent with friends, no not the random I met in a comp last night, but people I have been playing with for years. We chat about how the game and players and our own lives and what we get up to daily. My weekends are booked months in advance with events, braai’s and just a movie night with these friends.
I have found my place in this world, surrounded by people I love and now I know who I am.