Here at Lords of Gaming, we are dedicated writers who spend hours of their lives doing more than just writing about the environment. But also play from the old days and especially today.
Every year, gamers should look back and remember why they got into gaming in the first place. Since some may accidentally play for several hours a day. Or play every hardcore game to sample the giant buffet that the gaming landscape offers today. Others even become famous streamers, YouTubers, and even esports athletes.
But why look back from time to time? To remember what you really loved then and what you still find attractive in the general environment today. Just as some accidentally picked up their first controller or needed an escape at some point in their lives, some gamers use video games to connect with the people they know and love today. Below are some stories about games for which we are grateful to our writers and editors.
Suikoden Series by Senior Staff Writer Chris Jones
A game and series that I’m very grateful for and I’m sure everyone who knows me can guess Suikoden 2 and Suikoden Series. As a child, I always played games from baseball on the Sega Game Gear to Exitebike, Marioand others on NES and newer. I would say that I never truly appreciated games and games until the first time I saw Suikoden the game my biological mother played Suikoden 2. I once played a part that she struggled with and replayed that I was interested in it. Suikoden 2 really grabbed me and made me understand the work and be thankful for having gone into a video game.
From music that helps me understand the importance of situations even as a child, to the amazing cast of characters in each game with unique stories they tell to help the hero. Countless hours even now have gone into the series so I can get lost in the world and relax. Especially during the holidays and outside of school or work, when I have always loved sharing the memories of these games with friends and family. Without Suikoden 2 and Suikoden series, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with the games and wouldn’t be who I am today. So I’m grateful for Suikoden 2.
The Unsung Heroes of the Open Source Community by Senior Staff Writer Eugene Schaffmeier
Today I am grateful to the Open-Source community. This summer, before my Steam Deck even arrived, the whole team had already migrated and documented the open source Linux tools I use. No mega-corporations, no names, no faces, no money, for free these people took days out of their lives to make everyone else better. A thankless effort that has been consistent in the gaming industry since the dawn of the internet. Thanks to the whole community of unknowns for keeping retro games alive.
The community effort didn’t stop with the Steam Deck. This month, a group called Mark of distinction brought Xbox Live back to the original Xbox for the 20th anniversary of Xbox Live. They did it just for fun. Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 The community supports over 4,000 mods this year. Many of these mods aim to improve the game with small tweaks.
By this I say thank you to the ungrateful.
The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, Raphael Oppenheimer
Sometimes people lose touch with games, either because free time is shrinking as the vagaries of adulthood consume more and more of the limited hours of the day, or because they have outgrown this activity. Personally, I ran into the first one as I spent less and less time playing video games, until one day I stopped playing altogether. It wasn’t an abrupt end, but suddenly a decade went by and I didn’t buy a new console or play anything other than community events at all.
That is why I am very grateful for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 2019 has been a challenging year for me professionally and personally. I had difficulty with the normal 60-hour work week I had to maintain and wondered if I could afford to stay in my apartment when I lost my roommate. On a whim, in March of that year, I bought a Nintendo Switch and one game, Breath of the Wild. The Legend of Zelda has been a mainstay since childhood and I used to always look forward to playing the newest version. But at the time, I hadn’t played any games in the series since Twilight Princess and didn’t know what to expect.
Although it’s not a perfect game, Breath of the Wild brought me back to the childhood wonder I had with video games and helped me contextualize the stress in my life. Since then, I have rediscovered this hobby and have had great experiences with the games I had missed over the previous decade. But it’s thanks to the rekindled spark I got from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing by Editor-in-Chief Mahmoud Ghaffar
Fast forward to 2016 when Fate was at an all-time low before Rise of Iron. My friend Logan was fed up with my complaints and led me to a game that I play every day and now even write about. Warframe. It wasn’t just free stealth action. Or an endless variety of weapons and warframes. Or even an amazing story and soundtrack. It was a near-perfect blend of all of these elements that made me realize that I didn’t have to be endlessly toxic about a live service game during its downtime, but just enjoy other games. Crazy, right?
I will always be grateful to George and Logan for being there and guiding me to happier places. And also be filled with excitement for the new Fable. And also Duviri’s Paradox for Warframe. But, if not for Lords of Gaming and an amazing team of endlessly talented writers. I wouldn’t even share this story with them.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and we apologize to our Canadian readers for not having an article like this during your celebrations. Thanks for your continued support!