My Life in Games: Mary Helen Josephine

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My dad had left his computer screen on while he went to grab something to drink after hours of playing some new game he had purchased at Fry’s. I climbed up onto his desk chair and began wiggling the mouse around, shocked that as I moved the mouse or pressed the keys, the character on screen would react. I found I could control the character with each press of a button, and there I was; nothing more than a wee child in complete awe at an interactive moving image.

Since that moment, my free time has almost revolved entirely around what new video games I could afford and get my virtual hands on.

Here are a few that have shaped my gaming history thus far.


Barbie Secret Agent (2001)- PC

Alright, you can laugh. But this was the first game that my dad ever purchased for me and I was obsessed with it. I think I  got more playtime out of this single plot line game than I’ve gotten use out of pairs of socks. I mean, who doesn’t want to fly in a jumbo spy jet to a ball in Paris to help your designer friend track down her stolen fashion designs? Just me? Yeah right, okay.
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One of my best memories from childhood actually comes from the “Easter egg” that my sister and I discovered within the game. It happened whilst taking Barbie through the streets of Tokyo and trying to avoid security guards working for the evil Camille Sasoon (whose alias is Chamelion- how cool is that?). Suddenly, Barbie’s bright pink floral shirt was partially covered by a black rectangular box. After smashing all the keys on the keyboard, we found that Barbie was randomly gifted a jet pack and could fly. After 4 hours on the same map, Barbie accidentally flew into a doorway which led to the next stage of the game. This, consequently, erased all evidence that Barbie had ever used a jet pack at all. I feel a sense of loss just thinking about it.

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