Originally posted on RocketNews24:
You wouldn’t know it from the current state of the industry, but the biggest grudge match in video games wasn’t always PS4 versus Xbox One or Skyrim versus Dark Souls. For the bulk of console gaming’s most formative years, the bitterest rivalry was Nintendo versus Sega.
Back before Sega threw in the towel on making its own hardware, the two companies hated each other, and their fans did, too. “Nintendo makes games for little kids.” “Sega’s marketing is obnoxious and juvenile.” “The Super NES processor sucks.” “The Genesis sound chip sounds like a muffled fart.” “Mario is fat.” “Sonic only has one eyeball.”
Here is article two of two articles I wrote for the school paper. I was 14 years old and in Middle School. It’s incredible how far we come throughout the years. Look at the music that was popular in 1999!
“B.M.S and MTV differ
By Orquidia Matos
“According to the results of the random music video survey taken at B.M.S., seventh and eighth grade students don’t let MTV influence their music choices. The top 20 video choices at B.M.S. are different from the top 20 choices at MTV. The results can be found below. “
Here is one of two articles I wrote for the school paper. I was 14 years old and in Middle School. It’s incredible how far we come throughout the years.
“B.M.S. students join anti-drug campaign
By Orquidia Matos
Belleville Middle School with ribbons and banners provided by the B.M.S Home and School Association, participated in the national anti-drug campaign. On October 25th, B.M.S. students pinned on red ribbons pledging their commitment to the anti-drug campaign. In addition, many seventh and eighth grade students dedicated themselves to this campaign by signing large banners hung on the bulletin boards across from the main office.
On October 27 both the seventh and eighth graders participated in assemblies centered on ‘The American Drug and Alcohol Survey’. My. Lynch, a local pharmacist, and Mrs. Guardino, Substance Abuse Counselor went over the survey with the students as they answered the questioned. The first sixteen questions dealt with alcohol, the next five questions were about marijuana, two asked about sniffing and huffing, and the last thirty questions focused on other drugs. These questions also asked about the relationships between friends, family and drug and alcohol. Although some of the students were not comfortable with the survey, teachers were able to help. Students needed to have some words explained and to be assured that they didn’t give their names. Once the students completed the survey, Mrs. Guardino and Mr. Lynch allowed the students to ask question. Mr. Lynch, who is involved with writing drug abuse material for teachers and students, had a lot of information on the topic. Both Mrs. Guardino and Mr. Lynch were able to answer students’ questions about things such as fumes from glue, whiteout and markers. They also let students know that it is important to let a responsible adult know about a friend’s drug or alcohol abuse. Students left the assembly thinking about what more important, losing someone’s friendship or losing a friend forever.”
Everyday since the day I had the ability to communicate verbally, there has always existed a person who told me I could do something.
“You can walk, come on, you can do it,” “You can play sports,” “You can play an instrument,” “You can graduate High School,” “You can be part of the few, the proud,” “You can graduate college.” And now I hear, “You are a great mother,” “You are an amazing daughter,” “You are a hard and dedicated worker,” “You are a great person.”
We all live our lives with someone telling us we can or cannot do something, sure we survive and we get through it on our own but with that voice we can do things better and with unbelievable strength. I think about my daughter and everyday I tell her how proud I am of her accomplishments in the past 7 years of her life, and when she tells me about something new she has to get through, I tell her that not only can she do it, she can do it better then anything she imagined. She is my life and who I want to inspire in the future to achieve better things then I ever have. Inspiration is passed on by those around us, and by us.
Here it is January 4th, 2014 and I still don’t know what to do with myself. After a crazy and aweful 2013, all I want to do is crawl into a hole and hybernate until the winter is gone and all the yuck in my body! However life must go on and so will I. I am blessed to have the things I have and much, much more. These gifts and privilages are not to be taken for granted.
It’s hard to get out of the funk of a life changes but doing nothing will only add more stress and problems to my life… who needs that?
So forward I go and harder I work to make things happier and better for me and those around me. Have a great day! and 2014!