Columbia Heights, Minnesota
By Gabe Hewitt, iLander Student Editor
Teens love their video games. After they close the books on homework for the evening, they often hit up their favorite entertainment on consoles such as the Wii or Xbox 360, or on their Macs, PCs and phones.
If there is one person who loves video games, it's CHHS junior Cullen Briley. His passion for the world of gaming is known by many of his close friends. He even aspires to turn this passion into a career someday.
The first video game Briley ever played was Street Fighter on the Sega Genesis, when he was five years old. His childhood was not all about gaming, though.
"As a kid, I was always playing outside," he said. "When my friends and I stopped playing outside, I started to buy more games."
Growing up, Briley's favorite video game was Pokémon Crystal. He continued to play other versions of Pokémon, but says that Crystal was the best version. He's not exactly sure why, but he said he just knows that something sets it apart from the others. The first game console he owned was a special edition Nintendo 64 he got for Christmas when he was young. It had a specific Pikachu design. He still has it today.
Briley's favorite game of all-time is Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which is the second installment in one of the most critically acclaimed video game series of all time and was developed by Naughty Dog. He says it's unlike any other game he's played before.
"It has the best character development of anything I've ever seen before,” Briley said. “The environments, humor and music perfectly catch the way life should be."
Among his favorite types of video games are the fighting variety. He says they have the best replay value of any other kind of game. Some of his classics include Street Fighter II, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Soul Caliber and Mortal Kombat (2011).
One of his dreams in life is to someday work for Naughty Dog. He doesn't necessarily want to help design games for them, but possibly be a spokesperson or make music for their games. If that dream doesn't pan out, he wants to make music and write scripts for productions.
One idea that Briley has for a video game is one that involves the faces of various cereal brands in a racing game that's set up like Mario Kart.
“I think about ideas for video games all the time,” he said. “I think of a game ideas that haven’t been used before.”
Gaming is not Briley's favorite hobby, but it's something he really enjoys doing. Whether he has a future in gaming or not, he will continue to play video games until he can't hold a controller anymore.
(Photo: After finishing his homework, Briley likes to play video games. He even hopes to get involved in video games as a career. Photo by Gabe Hewitt.)