About 20 years ago, I was 5 years old in Gulf Shores celebrating Christmas with my mom and grandma. I awoke to a big box in the middle of our beach rental home’s living room. After opening my Pokemon cards with a sweet note from Santa, I finally asked about the big box. My mom was really excited for me to tear into it, and I was just excited over how big it seemed. At the bottom of the giant box was a PlayStation with two controllers and two video games: Spyro the Dragon and Frogger.
Absolutely beside myself with joy, my mom and grandma set up the PlayStation and gathered around while I put in Spyro. I had played a little bit of Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis, but watching the screen fill with that purple dragon and all his glory was something I couldn’t forget. My mom and grandma took turns playing and my little heart was so full and amazed.
Later that day, we took turns playing against each other in Frogger. The top down game was different than anything I had played before, but it didn’t compare to the world of Spyro the Dragon. I played and played Spyro until my thumbs hurt. I played and played until I finally beat it. What a bittersweet feeling it was to beat the game that opened my eyes to gaming and becoming a gamer.
Spyro logo recreated by FreezingIceKirby.
Years later, I sat down to play Spyro again, this time on my PlayStation 3. I played and played and played… until I beat it again. This time at 100% completion. The same bittersweet feeling came over me, but also a sense of accomplishment. I had beaten my first childhood game at 100%.
Spyro will forever hold a special place in my heart. It made me into a gamer; it made me want to go into gaming as a career. It took me to another world when I needed to get away; it challenged me in ways I didn’t expect. Here’s to you Spyro. May we see you again soon!
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