<< The good side of violent video games

By Harry Chin, 14, Culver City HS
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The first time I played Resident Evil it was very hard. I was wandering around in a mysterious mansion inhabited by mutated monsters with deadly viruses. The controls were very difficult and different, nothing like I’ve ever seen before. I had no idea how to complete this game. I couldn’t even walk down the hall straight. The first or second zombie would always chomp me up.

After about three days, I finally got the hang of it. It was easier for me to outrun bosses, turn corners, use the weapons and kill zombies.
By the time I was 13, I earned the highest ranking that the game had. I had beaten the game again and again. Surprisingly, after playing for many weeks and completing it many times, I find myself getting bored. It was too easy. I needed more of a challenge.

As soon as Resident Evil 2 came out, I couldn’t stop playing. I had to play it every day—it was too fun. Sometimes I didn’t even bother beating the game, I’d just go in to kill a couple monsters and waste a bunch of ammo. After Resident Evil 2, came my favorite, Resident Evil 3.

The more I got into Resident Evil, the more I began to wonder if I might have a future in the video game industry. I noticed that whenever I would go to friends’ houses, they always had video games. I thought video game designers must make a lot of money—maybe I could be one. I started studying computers and learning about web design. I started playing other video games—I figured I needed ideas if I was going to start my own video game company.

Surprisingly, the more time I spend playing video games, the better my grades. The games made me more motivated. As I did better in school, I found out I enjoyed learning about stuff. I want to study business at UCLA or another good university. That’s what I’m striving for now. I’m even thinking about running for class president this year. Resident Evil has been one of the best things that ever happened to me.