This morning, I was checking on a couple of notifications on Facebook when I noticed a topic had been posted in the RDU Extra-Life Guild:
…What is your favorite gaming memory that brings a smile to your face?…
I answered with the following:
TL:DR > I dominated owner of video game after 30 seconds of play and gained a fan during gameplay.
Some years ago, I was at a church function and they had a PS2 and a projection TV that was bought from one of the member’s homes. In the system, they had a college basketball game from a not-EA developer in the system. I grew up playing EA Sports games, mostly NBA Live (when it was actually good), so I wasn’t used to controls of other titles.
I volunteered to play the new game confessing that I didn’t understand the controls but figured I’d have a good chance to win until it was revealed that I was going to be playing against the owner of the game who had probably been playing the game for so long.
I had learned the basic controls within about 30 seconds of playing. The first half went by with me just trying to stay afloat. I was losing, but not by much, and I knew it wasn’t going to end well for me in the end.
However, one thing changed all that. Another church member, had to be about 6 or 7 years old at the time, sat beside me and was watching in amazement. Around that time, I had finally learned how to dunk the basketball and it made the little guy excited. He turned to me and asked if I could do it again.
After dunking a couple of more times, he started cheering me on full-time. This gave me the confidence to step up my game and turn it around for me.
Needless to say, I won the game by a considerable margin, my team running circles around my opponent’s as if I had been playing the game for years.
When the game was over, several people, including my opponent were stunned and I think they still may believe I’m a liar when I told them I never played the game before.