#21 – Done

Posted by Katie on March 24, 2009
101 in 1001

#21 – Learn how to play a video game.

My sister, Amy, uses Twitter to share moments of her life with the world.  Last night, after a very casual and exceptionally friendly game of Mario Kart Wii with a good group of friends online that included Amy and her husband, this is the “tweet” that I found…

“I don’t know how my sister Katie got so good at Mario Kart so quickly, but I don’t like it one bit!”

I think this comment marks the point at which I reached my goal of learning how to play a video game.  There are still levels for me to master in Mario Kart and things to unlock, but my goal was not to completely win a game, it was just to learn how to play.

You may ask, “Why, Katie, are your goals in life so high?”

The reason that I originally put this goal on my 101 in 1001 list was, believe it or not, not to frustrate my sister, but to share a hobby with Dave.

The few times that I played video games as a kid all resulted in crushing humiliation at friends’ houses because I could never ever get poor little Mario past the very first level of that stupid original Super Mario Brothers game.  Shameful.  Anyhow, as an adult, I simply never had an interest in playing.  My husband, however, finds video games to be a great source of “entertainment and stress relief”.  His “preferred method of both” he would tell you.  I was willing to give it a shot.

Mario Kart Wii was a fairly easy game to get involved in.  You turn a steering wheel the same way you do in real life, pushing a few buttons for gas and brakes.  You race against cartoon characters.  And slap-stick merciless brutality with cartoon weapons is the only true way to victory.   It turns out that it is a lot of fun to play.

While I will not be winning video game championships anytime soon, Dave and I can now share time playing Mario Kart together.  Being able to beat my family online is just an added benefit.

Rematch Amy?

4 Comments to #21 – Done

  • Shawn and I love playing MarioKart! And since you have the Wii…did you know that you can download the original Super Mario Brothers and play it on there? Just in case you decide you’d like to return to your childhood. 🙂

  • I feel the same way about Mario brothers. Maybe I was just too old — it came out when I was babysitter age, so all the spoiled kids I sat for (even the 3-year-old) had a distinct advantage over me in that they knew how to play, but didn’t know how to explain HOW to play. So I was left to figure it out for myself while they creamed me. As a result I’ve always harbored a deep resentment for Mario Bros. Mario Kart, however, IS fun. It brings back fond memories of playing monster game marathons with the Harolds the summer we drove across the country (’93? ’92?).

  • has introduced me to some super yummy new repices. We were introduced by one of my favorite brides Katiea0sometime before September. a0Thanks Katie! a0Since then, my obsessiona0love for baking and the

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