“I Can Beat My Dad at This”

Welcome to the very first post in the Gamer Stories series! Each post in this series will feature a story, anecdote, tale, yarn, etc., from a gamer about his or her experiences with games. If you’d like to tell your story, please get in touch.


Super Mario Bros. was special for so many reasons. It was the first video game I owned, the first I beat, and it came on the same cartridge as the premier shooting sim of its day: Duck Hunt. But, the real reason it sticks out for me is that it was the first time I can remember thinking, “I can beat my dad at this.” Which was, just… huge. Obviously, my sofa cushion forts had been better and more livable than his for years, but Super Mario Bros. was something we both played, and that I won.

Brendan Hurt
San Francisco, CA:

Hi, my name is Brendan and I’m a gamer. They say admitting it is the hardest step.

3 responses to “I Can Beat My Dad at This”

  1. Super Mario Bros, Excite Bike, Castlevania & Punch Out is what kept my family together during some rough years. Me and my brother spent hours trying to beat them…..usually to end with “Time for Bed..You Have School Tomorrow”….not because we ran out of lives. You know it meant something when you can spout this off of the top of your head: 003-373-5963!


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