My name is Sarah Brannan, I’m 26 years and I live in St. Louis, MO. I live with my husband, Rob, and our 4 year old Pomeranian, Trigger. I spend most of my time playing games, reading, writing or hanging out at home. I’ve only recently started writing for P*N and love it. Two of my favorite hobbies put together! It’s an interesting story of how I got into video games, so if you’re up for it, here it is!
It was only because of sheer boredom that I started getting into gaming. Yes, I had played Mario Kart, Biker Mice From Mars (hey… I had a little brother), Jurassic Park and Zelda as a kid, but it had never been more than just a short fix for a very lively child.
Sitting at my friends apartment with nothing to do, I was 19 and very restless. Beck was at classes for the day, I had nothing to read at her place, the computer had gotten boring and I was an hour away from home with no clue about what was in the area. After a while I noticed she had a PlayStation 2 and a few games next to it. I grabbed the games and started sorting through them trying to pick one that looked interesting. I’ve always been a huge scaredy cat when it comes to freaky movies or video games where things jumped out at you, so the darker looking games I set off to the side. The most colorful one was Final Fantasy X, so I popped it open and started it up.
I’d never played an RPG before. I skipped quickly through the explanation on the Sphere Grid, not knowing that was one of the most important parts of the game. I started to get into the game and by the time Beck got back I was so into it that I just continued to keep playing while she studied and hung out on the computer. We spent the rest of the weekend like normal, hanging out, shopping, parties, but I always ended back up on the PS2.
After getting quite a few hours into the game, I had gotten them to The Moonflow and we were crossing by Shoopuff to the other side. The main female character, Yuna, falls into The Moonflow and the main male character, Tidus, and another have to jump in and save her. Quite a few attempts later, I just couldn’t beat the monster that had taken her. Getting aggrivated I jumped on the computer and looked it up. I was missing a component that I would have gotten had I read the tutorial on the Sphere Grid. Now, it was too late.
Livid, I was determined to figure out what I had done wrong. FFX was extremely interesting and I wanted to know how the rest of the story was going to go. I found that I could buy a strategy guide at GameStop. I made my first stop to get the guide and a memory card (borrowing the game from my friend) and headed back out to my parents. My little brother had a PS2 in our downstairs recreation room and he was in school for the week, so I had it all to myself.
Sixteen hours later, my mom thought I had lost my mind. I had gotten up from the couch a few times to go to the bathroom and get something to eat, but other than that, I hadn’t left that spot. I had finally figured out what I was doing.
Not giving away any spoilers, I went through the entire game and completely became attached to the characters and what they went through. That will always be my favorite game and means a lot to me in quite a few different ways. The symbol that Tidus wears in FFX (and the one Yuna wears in FFX-2) I now have tattooed on my upper back. Soon, I will add my favorite quote from the game, “This is my story. It will go the way I want, or I’ll end it here.” – Tidus.
After that, I played any game I could get my hands on. I moved to Final Fantasy X-2, Kingdom Hearts, and then started at the beginning with the first Final Fantasy. Every time I could be playing I was. The next few years went by with lots of drama, but I always had a game I was working on, and by the time I was 24, I had played FFX at least 5 times.
Now, my husband and I own quite a few different gaming systems, and lots of games. We differ in that he plays his and then sells them, I keep all of mine. I have a wish list (a few actually) full of pages of games that I am wanting, but I have a few to get through before I get some more! We recently hooked up the internet at the house, so the PlayStation Network is now our favorite place to find demo’s so that we can decide what we would like to purchase. Our next system on our list is the Xbox360 (I’m really wanting to try out Halo 3!), but for now I’ll patiently sit back and continue checking games off my list.
If your next system is going to be a 360 Sarah, I think your wish list will grow quite a bit, but until then have fun and don’t look me up on Halo 3 because that’s all I’ll need is being owned by another person. Thanks for the bio!