Player Narrative

Growing up in the early 2000s allowed me to experience the rise of modern gaming, as we currently know it. This unique opportunity builds upon the fact that at a young age, my only options from the toy store were board games, Legos, or action figures. Naturally, a child can only build many lego kits and imagine with so many figurines before they want to explore new trains of thought. This new outlet was playing against my parents in board games.

Board games were a quintessential part of my young life and early cognitive development. The earliest I can remember is with a classic for most children in my generation, which is Candyland. This sugar-coated game involved little strategy but a great number of counting skills. For me, it allowed for a great amount of fun when I could skip half of the game with the luck of the draw. Also, it balanced me out because whenever I landed on a licorice man square, I would be penalized for RNG sake.

Then I grew out of these “baby” games and played more advanced games that require strategy. My personal favorites, when I was younger, were Chess with my Dad and Scrabble with my Grandma. Both of these higher-skilled games boosted my abilities to be able to optimize choices to benefit me. This optimization came at a cost because these games allowed for a younger me to use copious amounts of time and energy because every move was a give it my all strategy. This led to a young me feeling drained after an hour-long Chess game or having to maximize points every turn in a game of Scrabble. Eventually, after years of practice, I moved to where I am currently.

Now, as an adult, I choose to favor games that are strictly played online. This is due to my friends and I attending schools that are so far away, but also due to their popularity in the gaming scene. Out of all of the online multiplayer games that are played on a global scale, my personal favorites have to be Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Rocket League. These games were built with an Esport in mind meaning that they are complex in two ways. They have a mechanical side along with game sense. These mechanics that I am referring to are the way that you move in a game. For Rocket League, you have to move your car on the ground as well as through the air. The game is designed for you to use a combination of buttons to lift and move how you need to. This combination and timing for button-pushing are difficult to achieve, and only a few out of the player base have mastered this skill. The other skill that I refer to is game sense. This is the intellectual basis for how to play the game. In Rocket League, the knowledge required to perform has mostly to do with how a player rotates through the field because, at its core, this is just soccer. As someone who has never played or watched actual soccer, learning this was a private dedication that allowed me to enjoy myself in a cut-throat online environment. Now, most games I play are here for me to relax from my real life. I can still learn from these games, but it is not as applicable as they once were to my younger self.

This is one of my favorite pro players Rizzo’s 3’s rotation video. I drew the possibilities that a player has to consider when looking at a still of this game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JapoPLWrBYI

Player Narrative

Growing up in the early 2000s allowed me to experience the rise of modern gaming, as we currently know it. This unique opportunity builds upon the fact that at a young age, my only options from the toy store were board games, Legos, or action figures. Naturally, a child can only build many lego kits and imagine with so many figurines before they want to explore new trains of thought. This new outlet was playing against my parents in board games.

Board games were a quintessential part of my young life and early cognitive development. The earliest I can remember is with a classic for most children in my generation, which is Candyland. This sugar-coated game involved little strategy but a great number of counting skills. For me, it allowed for a great amount of fun when I could skip half of the game with the luck of the draw. Also, it balanced me out because whenever I landed on a licorice man square, I would be penalized for RNG sake.

Then I grew out of these “baby” games and played more advanced games that require strategy. My personal favorites, when I was younger, were Chess with my Dad and Scrabble with my Grandma. Both of these higher-skilled games boosted my abilities to be able to optimize choices to benefit me. This optimization came at a cost because these games allowed for a younger me to use copious amounts of time and energy because every move was a give it my all strategy. This led to a young me feeling drained after an hour-long Chess game or having to maximize points every turn in a game of Scrabble. Eventually, after years of practice, I moved to where I am currently.

Now, as an adult, I choose to favor games that are strictly played online. This is due to my friends and I attending schools that are so far away, but also due to their popularity in the gaming scene. Out of all of the online multiplayer games that are played on a global scale, my personal favorites have to be Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Rocket League. These games were built with an Esport in mind meaning that they are complex in two ways. They have a mechanical side along with game sense. These mechanics that I am referring to are the way that you move in a game. For Rocket League, you have to move your car on the ground as well as through the air. The game is designed for you to use a combination of buttons to lift and move how you need to. This combination and timing for button-pushing are difficult to achieve, and only a few out of the player base have mastered this skill. The other skill that I refer to is game sense. This is the intellectual basis for how to play the game. In Rocket League, the knowledge required to perform has mostly to do with how a player rotates through the field because, at its core, this is just soccer. As someone who has never played or watched actual soccer, learning this was a private dedication that allowed me to enjoy myself in a cut-throat online environment. Now, most games I play are here for me to relax from my real life. I can still learn from these games, but it is not as applicable as they once were to my younger self.

This is one of my favorite pro players Rizzo’s 3’s rotation video. I drew the possibilities that a player has to consider when looking at a still of this game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JapoPLWrBYI

Reflecting on my Path of Reading and Writing

Initially, from events outside my control, I despised the constraints and limits pushed on me when I read and wrote, thus leading me to not enjoy the subjects nearly as much as my other academics. However, additional events outside my control guided me towards a new path of writing and reading. I have learned that not all restrictions are forced, and finding your way of individualizing the experience makes the process far more enjoyable. For example, writing my literacy narrative involves me profoundly thinking about my journey through the reading and writing subjects that I got lost in my creative process. From this essay, I learned I have a lot of love for creating an exciting and thought-provoking piece of literature that I think my one of the topic sentences will be considered probably the most exciting sentence of my entire narrative.

Check out my literacy narrative here: https://wordpress.com/block-editor/page/dangerdolan801811591.wordpress.com/40

Literacy Narrative Process

Writing the literacy narrative was really fun as I hadn’t had that much practice on writing papers or essays in the past few months as my school was over and I did not want to study at all. I even know that slowly once this semester progresses I have to write a lot of papers and not just for my English Class. So, not only did it help me with my studies, but also helped me relive one of my favorite moments in the fast few years as I would not be where I am right now, if it hadn’t been for books. So, the link to my Literacy Narrative is https://modiin101.wordpress.com/literacy-narrative/(opens in a new tab)

Narrative Reflection

Link to the Narrative

The pre-writing exercise really helped me while constructing ideas together. Following the steps on the pre-writing, I found that writing could be easy. These steps saved lots of time for me while writing the essay too. I did not feel strange about doing the pre-writing exercise first. Back to high school, my English teachers always suggested the class to do the pre-write first as well as you.

Before heading to the pre-write exercise, I read the prompt first. While reading the prompt, “the key experiences that shaped the way you read and write”, I have already had an idea. “Writing was one of my biggest fears.” This sentence perfectly summarizes my history reaction to writing. With a conversation between me and a little boy, I want to start my essay in an amusing and compelling way. By the end of writing this narrative, I surprisingly found that I was not taking that much of time, realizing writing was not my biggest fear anymore.

For me, the most interesting sentence from my essay would be, “There is no right or wrong.” This sentence means a lot to me; in order to show that, it has repeated three times in the essay. It was the turning point for me to realize that there was nothing I should be afraid of. Confidence is the key, with the confident mindset and eliminating my dependence on erasers, writing has no correct answer.

Literacy Narrative

Science can be tough for every child growing up. We learn about these different topics and theories that seem to come from nowhere. This culmination of ideas are given to children to help them gain a more diverse sense of knowledge about the current world and how things and life function between one another. These different properties are a bore to most, but to some it is a new way to express ideas. The most common expression in the science/education community of these ideas is by having students research topics and ideas on their own and present them at a place we all know as the science fair.

For many, expressing their ideas and findings in a neat poster may be simple and come as second nature, but for second grade me it was cruel. I spent countless hours planning and researching ideas that might appeal to me, and when I found one. I decided that it would work and I carried out the experiment and recorded the results. Now for the tricky part which was spending the next couple of days typing out pages of reflection about my process and how I came to my final conclusion. Transcribing so many thoughts took a lot of time and energy out of me, but I had to keep going, regardless. From this I was able to build upon my mental endurance as a writer, in retrospect the longest I had written up until this point in my life was an elementary five paragraph hamburger style essay. 

Honestly another point in my life that helped me finally reach where I am currently in my english career was writing my college application. I was not your normal student who did the 650 words of common app, but instead I applied through Questbridge (an organization that helps lower socioeconomic, high achieving students attend college.) Their application consisted of sx essays that all dealt with personal life issues and questions that allowed applicants to share their individual story, something I was not used to from my traditional writing courses in high school. This allowed me to develop personal matters that I didn’t know were such a big issue when defining myself. I had a sense of purpose in life, but not so much a reason for where my beginnings had come from. This hindrance blocked me for many years with writing personal narratives. 

These two skills allowed me to become a stronger and more confident writer. My science fair project allowed me to develop a passion for scientific research and build up my writing skills. My college application although short in space allowed me to flourish my emotional side of writing. This expansion of skill that was gained from my getting in touch with emotions now feels stronger compared to the endurance that I learned at a young age. However, my emotions and ideas can not be expressed without having just one or another. Learning how to utilize both skill sets has allowed me to become a stronger writer by being able to express myself in a way that allows for full coverage in many forms of writing, not just lab reports. 

Literacy Narrative Reflection

I am not very fond of writing. At High School, I used to write with the motive to get good grades. If I put it in the right way, it was never from the heart, and always under a time constraint. This was until I wrote my college application essays. It was as if I was writing, in the real sense, for the first time. It was a feeling of accomplishment since it was my passion that drove me to write.

Today, while writing this essay https://muditajainn.wordpress.com/conclusions/ , it was that same feeling but with doubled ecstasy. I wrote my heart out. This phase of putting my thoughts on paper made me have a deeper understanding of myself. I cannot wait to express my original self throughout this semester. By the end of it, writing might just become one of my passions.

Literacy Narrative Reflection

My literacy narrative is about how my experiences moving between countries shaped how I read and write today. Navigate to the page here. While only several sentences/points went into my narrative from the free writing exercise, it helped me remember and confirm how I felt in certain points of the past. I wouldn’t say I learned anything new about myself through this narrative, but it gave me a chance to look back and think about my incentives for reading and writing the way I do today.

Literary Narrative Reflection

I have never thought that I can reimagine my English learning career. It is very interesting for me to extrapolate all of my experiences and combine them together. The free writing helped with bring back all of my memories and some details like the looks of my middle school English teacher. When I look back at it, it was an interesting experience with struggle. There wasn’t any elements surprising or new, yet the combination made me realized how did my English skills improve. I think other people would be interested with the Quichotte book since it is published last year.