As we approach Christmas, I can’t help but look back on some fond memories relating to video games. Growing up, new consoles and games were something we got on special occasions. Christmas was of course such an occasion.
But perhaps my favorite Christmas-related video game story is the year we got a Nintendo Wii. If you remember back in its heyday, the Wii was almost impossible to get, especially around the holiday season. That didn’t stop my brother and me. By the end of that holiday season, I’m fairly certain all the GameStop managers knew us by face, if not by name.
It didn’t matter what we were in the middle of; if we were close to a GameStop, we’d ask to stop and go in and see if they had a Wii. That’s all we wanted for Christmas that year.
For weeks on weeks, we diligently searched for a Wii. In our minds, we were doing Mom a favor by doing the hard work, all she’d have to do was buy it once we found one. But as Christmas approached, it started to seem as if a Wii would not be under our Christmas tree. That Christmas Eve, we went to bed I’m sure with dreams of sugarplums (honestly more like dreams of Nintendo Wiis) dancing through our heads.
And then Christmas morning came. Santa had come.
Sitting there in our living room was a Nintendo Wii of our very own. Unbeknownst to us, Mom had already gotten a Wii. She later told us that she didn’t know what she’d do if there had happened to be one in stock.
To say my brother and I were thrilled is an understatement. For us, it was truly a Christmas miracle.
For years, games have been a go to gift for me to get family and friends. Steam certainly makes it hard to resist with their Winter Sale too. But none of those times will ever match the magic of finding that Wii sitting there that Christmas morning. Sometimes, when I need help finding the magic of Christmas, I use that morning to help guide me back.
Merry Christmas from all of us here at Boss Rush Network. We hope your day is filled with fun, family, food, and the games on your list.
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