Who doesn't remember their first time delving into the world that are the Bioshock games?

When the first Bioshock came out, I wasn't much of a gamer. I played World of Warcraft on a casual basis and that was about it. I was going through a rough time in my life, at this point (I'll save you the sob story because really, who wants to read that?!). And video games were my way escaping.

I'd always had a love for things that were a little on the darker side. Movies and books, mostly. And then imagine my suprise when my roommate comes busting into my room at one in the morning, holding up a copy of Bioshock. "You gotta play this." was all he said before throwing it at me and leaving. My roommate had excellent tastes in video games and he knew me well enough to know what I'd enjoy. So, I figured I'd give it a shot (after the fact, I found out he'd only given me the game because he didn't think I'd make it past the first Big Daddy because apparently girls are bad at games...right).

It took me all of about 5 minutes to decide that I loved the game. After watching the opening cinematic of the plane and water on fire, looking like something out of a dream, I was all, "Dude!..!!!" and I made it through almost the entire game before I could even think of sleeping. And the next day, I finished it up. I was completely in awe of the story of Jack and what took place in Rapture. And I couldn't get over how creepy the Little Sisters were (even though I've refused to harvest in any play though which by now, has been several).

This was the first time I was in awe of a video game. I'd never seen that side of a video game, that can be fully emersive and have you wondering what will happen next and never knowing what is waiting around the corner. And from then on, I was hooked. I was a gamer. (And funnily enough, "Would you kindly" has become somewhat of my saying and it will make other Bioshock fans stop in their tracks, every time! It's like a gamer mating call or something).

Bioshock became the first series that I was eagerly await a sequel for. I'd never done that with a video game but from the time I heard of Bioshock 2, I was already over-the-moon excited for it. In my tiny little town, there wasn't much to do and the community of "gamers" was small but the local video game story had a midnight release (another first for me and how amazing that was is an entirely different story!). I couldn't wait to get home to try it out and with a case of Redbulls, I couldn't stop playing. It was all I'd hoped it would be.

And now, some 3 years later, another installment is here! A lot of things have changed since then, including me losing my job that I had for 5 years. Long story short, no midnight release party for me. No chance to wait in line with others that have been waiting on this game for years. And as much as it saddens me that I won't get that experience, it makes me even more sad that I don't know when I'll get the chance to get my hands on what will be such a phenomenal game.

And even if I don't get this game, everyone better enjoy the hell of out it. Don't be afraid to lose yourself in the magic that is Bioshock.

Would you kindly?

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/24/2013 at 11:35pm

Thanks for entering, you are in the contest but we are going to take the post off the main page!

Thanks again.

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/26/2013 at 01:22am

If you ate Chinese food tonight, your fortune cookie would totally say "Good news is coming your way."


Sparklepop   Post Author wrote on 03/26/2013 at 01:33am


Nick_Donahoo wrote on 03/26/2013 at 08:02pm

A hearty congrats to you, and a world of gratitude that they had two winners. I fear you may have beaten me in a straight write-off.

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/26/2013 at 08:34pm

You were quite close. I won't name names, but one of us was about 2% more in favor of Nick, and one was about 2% in favor of Sparkle. Thus why we decided to flip a coin, but then decided not to let either of you miss out.

Nick_Donahoo wrote on 03/26/2013 at 08:45pm

And for that, I shall be writing in a lot more often, to repay this awesome site for their abundant generosity.

Sparklepop   Post Author wrote on 03/26/2013 at 08:54pm

Oh, Nick, as soon as I read yours I didn't think I'd have won! Yours was wonderfully written and congrats on winning yourself!

I stayed up until 6am, waiting on it to finish downloading so I could have a taste. And now I'm back at it. I can't explain the giddiness to have that awe-struck feeling back again.

Nick_Donahoo wrote on 03/26/2013 at 08:56pm

Well, then, shall we agree that there was badassedness abound?

Sparklepop   Post Author wrote on 03/26/2013 at 10:00pm

Yes! That, I can most definitely agree on!

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