It’s day two of the Creative Christmas collaboration, where a group of bloggers are joining forces to tackle 12 video-game-related questions all based around a loose festive storyline. Following on from yesterday’s entry about a gift for someone special, the next we’re facing is:
You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?
A lot of Later Levels visitors will know how much the Monkey Island series means to me. I’ve written about the reasons for this on several occasions: I first played The Secret of Monkey Island after receiving an Amiga 500 for Christmas as a nine-year old back in the very early 1990s, and have loved adventure games (and had a crush on Guybrush Threepwood) ever since.
This isn’t the festive memory I’d like to write about today though. The one I have in mind to share is a lot more recent and is something that happened around a year after meeting my stepson for the first time. This boy has taught me a lot over the past four years, including the fact that perhaps the theme tune to The LEGO Movie Videogame holds more wisdom than it first seems.
For Christmas in 2015, I decided to surprise the Pete and Ethan with a PlayStation 4. I’d been doing my best to put them off for months beforehand so my plan wasn’t spoiled but the lads were making things tough: for example, while out shopping one weekend, my other-half pointed out an advert outside a shop showing Minecraft on the console. It was an incredibly sneaky move and one which sent my stepson into ‘if we had a PlayStation’ overdrive.
Fortunately, I managed to keep the gift a secret until the big day and couldn’t wait to see their reactions. Ethan dived into his stocking with eight-year-old enthusiasm and eventually reached a thin, rectangular present. He discovered LittleBigPlanet 3 upon opening it and was a little confused: “I’ve always wanted to play this game! But it says it’s for PlayStation and we don’t have one…”
The look on his face when he realised what was going on was priceless; I wish I’d taken a photograph. We spent the majority of the holidays playing video games, with friends and family popping up on Twitch while my stepson was streaming so they could say hello. It’s usually the NES or PlayStation 2 that people name when asked what their favourite console is but I think mine would now have to be the PS4.
I’m guessing we’ll get a similar reaction this year when Ethan finds out that members of our families have clubbed together to get him a PlayStation VR (shhh). But this time, I’ll be ready with the camera.
🎁 Thero159 from A Reluctant Hero
👪 Joey from AlunaRL
🎅 Athena from AmbiGaming
🦌 Morgan from Fistful of Glitter
🎄 Luna from GamersUnitedGG Blog
🦃 Nathan from Hurricane thought process
🎮 LightningEllen from LightningEllen’s Release
👗 Log 1932
🤞 NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog
🎉 Dan and Jon from nowisgames.com
🎁 Chris from OverThinker Y
👪 Austin from Reaper Interactive
🎅 Retro Redress
❤ Brandon from That Green Dude
🦌 The Dragon’s Tea Party
🎄 The Gaming Diaries
🦃 Kevin from The Mental Attic
🎮 The Optimistic Gamer
👗 The Shameful Narcissist Speaks
🤞 Daniel from True Video Games
The Creative Christmas collaboration is open to everyone and further details can be found in this post if you’d like to join in! Tomorrow’s question: You receive a call from Santa, as the elves desperately need a hand in the workshop getting all the toys ready. Which video game character would you recruit to help out?