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Brotherly Love and 16-Bit RPGs - Editorial

InstaTrentInstaTrent OpinionatorRPGamer Staff
edited January 2013 in Latest Updates
Some people spend their entire childhood in sibling feuds, while others spend it in perfect harmony. Trent didn't have the luxury of really knowing his brother until a 16-bit RPG brought them together.

Editorial!
"To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."

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  • KingHadesKingHades New Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    I bonded with my little brother over several RPG's and strategy games when we were growing up together. I was always pleased that we shared interests, but had different tastes. We both still have very fond memories of watching each other play the same game in very different ways. Good times!
  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited January 2013
    My younger sister and I are only about three years apart in age, but our personalities are fairly different. To put it broadly, she's an extrovert and I've always leaned towards introverted. She's also usually been into more "mainsteam stuff," but thanks to me, she got into video games, especially RPGs.

    We still play RPGs together, partially out of habit, but also because it's more fun to experience a game with someone else as you play it. Sure, there's the Internet and Skype and such, but its not the same as being in the same room while watching an impressive or moving cutscene or fighting a tough boss. We still enjoy these game and we enjoy each other's company, so why not keep playing console games together?
    Reincarnation, realization
  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2013
    One of the few times my sister and I (also three years apart!) didn't fight like cats and dogs was when we'd play computer games together. Often it was RPGs that we shared, but adventure games were a big favourite since we could help each other solve the puzzles. We'd sneak out to the kitchen late at night and play Leisure Suit Larry when our parents were asleep. Another time my mom came in the room to find us laughing our ***** off about a Frogger clone that replaced the frogs with babies... as an infant/toddler education specialist she was not amused and that game was promptly banned from the house.

    Even though we live on opposite sides of the continent now, we manage to play MMORPGs together from time to time. Sis has a larger-than-life personality, and it's always fun to see how she manages to become infamous on our server.

    Great writing work on the story, Trent. :)
    Becky Cunningham, Staff-at-Large
    Twitter: BeckyCFreelance
  • TaikaTaika Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    Great article! I can certainly relate to everyone's stories. :) My brother is 6 years older, and we have a lot in common because of the games we played together. The age gap seemed irrelevant to us. We'll often laugh about jokes no one else would understand. We played all kinds of things, but I specifically remember playing the original Warcraft for around 16 hours, trading places every hour or so.... and long sessions of X-COM, Wing Commander and Master of Magic around the holidays. He didn't really get into JRPGs as much, but kept a casual eye on FFVII and I sort of made him play FFVIII (which he appreciated in the end, lol.) We also raised heck together in a few MMOs.... ahh, so many good memories.^^
  • InstaTrentInstaTrent Opinionator RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2013
    Ocelot said:
    One of the few times my sister and I (also three years apart!) didn't fight like cats and dogs was when we'd play computer games together. Often it was RPGs that we shared, but adventure games were a big favourite since we could help each other solve the puzzles. We'd sneak out to the kitchen late at night and play Leisure Suit Larry when our parents were asleep. Another time my mom came in the room to find us laughing our ***** off about a Frogger clone that replaced the frogs with babies... as an infant/toddler education specialist she was not amused and that game was promptly banned from the house.

    Even though we live on opposite sides of the continent now, we manage to play MMORPGs together from time to time. Sis has a larger-than-life personality, and it's always fun to see how she manages to become infamous on our server.

    Great writing work on the story, Trent. :)
    Thanks Oce :)

    So, Leisure Suit Larry...isn't that game basically porn? You and your sister seem like the mischievousness type now.
    "To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."
  • InstaTrentInstaTrent Opinionator RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2013
    How many of you still play video games with your siblings? I know many of us don't live with our siblings any more, but I'm curious as to how many are like me and use it as a way to keep in touch.
    "To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited January 2013
    My little sister is 14 months younger than me. We always shared a common interest in games, but they were usually "my" games and I was the one who was forming the opinions. I even went so far as to "rent" out save slots on my NES games, in exchange for her allowance money. I probably made $100 off her just for Dragon Warrior 4.

    Years later in college, I used to buy her DS games I liked cause I knew she would too. We never really got along much, and that got much worse as we developed very different views of real-life. The rift has grown so large that I just haven't spoken to her in several years. I had long gotten past being a child and holding grudges and was trying to build a relationship with her after I left home, but she can't seem to forgive me for normal sibling antics. I miss my sister :-/

    I have two adopted siblings as well, but they were adopted long after I was already in college, and I've never really been around them much. Its hard to have a relationship with them being 20 years older and not around much.
  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2013
    InstaTrent said:
    Thanks Oce :)

    So, Leisure Suit Larry...isn't that game basically porn? You and your sister seem like the mischievousness type now.
    The original Leisure Suit Larry was less risque than your average teen-oriented TV show these days. About the only thing we learned from it was what a "rubber" is. My parents also had a strip poker game (in all its glorious blocky pixellated wonder) that they thought we didn't know about, but we never played that one, because ew.
    Becky Cunningham, Staff-at-Large
    Twitter: BeckyCFreelance
  • freykinfreykin Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    My sister and I bonded growing up over several games, but the first that really got us was Earthbound. We both were home sick with chicken pox, so had a week or two of feeling like crap and nothing to do. From then on we played games together, until Everquest came along.

    She got so into it that she fell a year behind in school, and had to quit gaming completely. To this day she won't let herself play, in case she gets sucked back in that hard. I understand completely, but I miss my sister as a gaming companion. Thankfully we stay in touch and spend time together in other ways, so it's not like the bond is gone, just the shared interest that formed it.
  • TG BarighmTG Barighm Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    Gaming with my sister was a waste, but I had a lot of fun, and still do, gaming with my sister-in-law. If that counts.
  • ChickenGodChickenGod Overdosing Heavenly Bliss Moderators
    edited January 2013
    Always nice to see that gaming has helped family members bond. Lots of you guys seem to have real brothers or sisters, but I'm an only child. There are my step-cousins, whom I consider all to be my brothers at heart. The three of us have close relationships that grew thanks in part to gaming.

    My oldest step-cousin, who is still younger than I am, was the one I shared the most in common with at first. He used to come over to my Dad's house when I was visiting over the summer and watch me play Lunar SSS or Star Ocean 2 when we were really young. This made him interested in RPGs enough to try Suikoden 2 and Xenogears, but even those gems didn't seem to hold his interest. Instead, he gravitated towards the RTS genre, where we had a great deal of fun playing Command and Conquer: Generals and explored our competitive nature together. To this day we still compare many real life scenarios to things that only a Generals player would know about.

    Of course, I also played lots of video games with my youngest cousin as well. Unfortunately, he was very young at the time, and around 17 years old right now. Due to that, he struggled in competitive video games with me and his brothers, but we always said he was being groomed at a young age to become a great player in the future. Luckily he is one of those types of people who rarely get frustrated at anything, so he would always join us in any multiplayer game available, whether it was Halo or Mario Party. Together we played Perfect Dark Zero the most, which coupled with Halo really made him a fan of FPS games. We also played Borderlands 2 for countless hours last year, and I'm so happy to be able to continue playing with him. He likes RPGs most out of the 3, and one of his absolute favorites is Fallout 3.

    Finally there is the middle child of their family. He's the strangest case for sure, because he really disliked his older brother and didn't want to do anything with us. They treated each other poorly, and I still remember a time where I convinced him to play Soul Calibur 2, where his Heihachi was able to defeat his brother by chance. They both got mad at each other, of course. Now that he's in college, he's a much calmer person and matured quite a bit. Over the past few years we've had the pleasure of playing WoW, Diablo 3, and Phantasy Star Online 2 together. While none of those gaming experiences were particularly remarkable, we discovered by talking together that we share tons of traits in common. For sure I wouldn't have the close relationship with him that I do without that catalyst of video games for us to make time and talk to one another.
    "Looks like Teach just got tenure!" - Teach
  • InstaTrentInstaTrent Opinionator RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2013
    TG Barighm said:
    Gaming with my sister was a waste, but I had a lot of fun, and still do, gaming with my sister-in-law. If that counts.
    Of course that counts. I love playing games with my brother-in-law whenever I see him.
    "To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."
  • riulynriulyn Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    I looked up to my brother a lot so he got me into a lot of things including gaming, and I pretty quickly gravitated towards turn-based RPGs. Secret of Mana, Secret of Mana 2 (via emulator) and Legend of Mana were played many, many times in our house and on vacation because they were multiplayer. Later on I played some of the Tales games with my sister as the second player. Otherwise I usually play my single-player, non-MMO JRPGs. I can still talk about some single-player RPGs with my brother, but he does more PC gaming and I'm more consoles/handhelds. My sister never got into gaming quite like my brother and I did, but during vacations she may pick one up. When she visited me last summer she played Growlanser while I was working.
  • TG BarighmTG Barighm Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    Of course that counts. I love playing games with my brother-in-law whenever I see him.
    Well, in that case, I got my step-sister hooked on RPGs with FF6. I don't quite remember why she played FF6, but when I picked up Chrono Trigger I asked her to play it once in a while to keep the battery from dying. By this time, she had already rocked Super Mario World and was falling in love with Super Metroid, and she has always been a die-hard Street Fighter 2 fan due to arcade machines. She felt RPGs were boring, based on what she saw, but somewhere along the way she completely changed her mind. Since we're currently talking about restoring her old SNES collection (if anyone can help her out, let me know; she's serious. She wants SNES cartridges, not digital re-releases even though I'm encouraging her to do that), she actually attributed her love of RPGs to Breath of Fire (a game I didn't play with her, so I have no idea when she played it). From there, she got hooked on Super Bomberman and Donkey Kong Country...well, pretty much the very best games of that generation.

    She also built up a respectable PS1 and PS2 library, but her heart never really left the SNES generation. She still played those games right up to the point she had to sell them to pay rent. I can't get her to play any new games, although she does have experience with the Wii and the PS3. In the meantime, she has been playing games like Worms and Bomberman. Pretty much just Xbox LIVE titles ('cause I gave her my malfunctioning 360; disc drive is toast, but nothing wrong with the 20gig hard drive).


    As for my biological sister...she got incredibly addicted to games like Hexic, Bubble Bobble, and the like for a while, but oddly she didn't appreciate it one bit when I gave her a collection of those games on one disc.
  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited January 2013
    It's true, multi-player RPGs bring siblings together. :)
    Oh, and Bubble Bobble, Gunstar Heroes, and some of the TMNT games had their time too.
  • Private PrinnyPrivate Prinny Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    InstaTrent said:
    How many of you still play video games with your siblings? I know many of us don't live with our siblings any more, but I'm curious as to how many are like me and use it as a way to keep in touch.
    I am 5 years younger than my Cousin. When I was 7 he gave me his Commodore 16 because he got a brand spanking new Commodore 64 back then....I was still playing with playmobil and lego back then...and didn't know him very well because he lived at the other side of the country.
    C 16 was basicaly a PC but the games were pretty much Atari-esque Quality back then....getting my to translate english manuals so that I could play the games...that I cannot remember how I got them into doing that....I didn't behave well back then, or did I?

    He later handed down his C64 when he got his Amiga. My first own thing was the Super Nintendo.

    Even now well in our thirties we play games together....when we have the time...internet helps a lot with this. And as I respected him very much I also have developed similar tastes....but I overtook in some categories....where he liked TBS Games I obsessed over them. From Our RPG/ TBS gaming sessions back then heralds my love for TRPGS and SRPGS....even now we play Guild Wars 1, Diablo 3, Borderlands 1 and other games roughly every other thursday over the internet for a couple of hours.

    My brother is actually 5 years younger than me....after we finally left the siblings quarrel crap behind when he hit 20 we developed a gaming relationship. He is not THAT obsessed with games but our gaming interests meet here and there and so we sometimes played Borderlands, Diablo 2, Armored Core and sometimes fighting games in MP. Also he often comes over at the weekend when he hs nothing better to do and plays WH 40k Space Marine, Secret of Mana, World of Tanks or Mechwarrior Online at my place, or we play different games (one on the console the other at the pc) and smacktalk about how the other one could improve his crappy skills with this or that game because he sucks and the other knows it all better :-P
    .... good times. Games helped to develop our relationship...otherwise I would habe never done much with either one of them..
  • CidolfasCidolfas Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    My older brother generally just made fun of me for playing video games. Still does, even though I'm now 32 and he's 35. 8-(
  • InstaTrentInstaTrent Opinionator RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2013
    TG Barighm said:
    She felt RPGs were boring, based on what she saw, but somewhere along the way she completely changed her mind. Since we're currently talking about restoring her old SNES collection (if anyone can help her out, let me know; she's serious. She wants SNES cartridges, not digital re-releases even though I'm encouraging her to do that), she actually attributed her love of RPGs to Breath of Fire (a game I didn't play with her, so I have no idea when she played it).
    Interestingly enough, I didn't really have much love at all for games (RPG or otherwise) until Troy brought me into the loop. I'm still trying to build out my SuperNES collection today.
    "To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit with my super-cool attitude. I guess I have to accept this about myself."
  • KingHadesKingHades New Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    watcher said:
    It's true, multi-player RPGs bring siblings together. :)
    Oh, and Bubble Bobble, Gunstar Heroes, and some of the TMNT games had their time too.
    Holy crap, yes! I forgot about my brother and I playing Bubble Bobble and TMNT together until you mentioned them. That is old school fun!
  • ScarScar Member Full Members
    edited January 2013
    Me and my little brother used to play Secret of Mana for hours and hours. It was a shame that Mana 2 and SoE either didn't come stateside and/or were not multiplayer compatible. Those games seemed like such a gold mind, yet they were never duplicated.
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