Return of the Gamer.
Felix Quiñonez Jr.
One of the first things I noticed when I began studying at Hunter College was how diverse the student population was. There were students of all backgrounds, and as a brown person, I never felt like an outsider. There were so many people that no matter what you were into, you could find a group of people who shared the same interests.
A friend of mine took me to a comic book store, and I fell in love with comics again. I started drawing again, and I minored in studio art. I even began making comic books. I would print them out in the student resource center and hand them out to friends. A few of us started a humor magazine. I went to parties. I dated, I wrote, I made art. But more importantly, I felt comfortable in my skin. Now and then, I thought about playing video games, but as a broke college student, I simply didn’t have the money to invest in video games. But it wasn’t like I lacked things to do.
Since graduating, I’ve pursued my writing and artwork experiencing varying degrees of what could generously be called success. I’ve been published online and in print. I’ve covered pop culture, the fashion world, art, global news, and local politics. I’ve written and illustrated a graphic novel. I made a lot of comics by myself and in collaboration with others. I began a comic book anthology with a friend. We’ve completed nine issues so far. It has featured the work of many other talented creators from all around the country. My graphic novel and comics have been sold in stores around NYC and online.
But like most people trying to do creative things, I’ve had to balance my passion with day jobs, and I’ve had my share. That made it challenging to find time to get back into playing video games. And like anyone who’s lived in NYC knows, it’s not cheap. That’s the main reason I didn’t get a new video game console. But honestly, I was never captivated enough. I was no longer actively reading about video games, but I heard about some new games through social media. Some games were so big that I couldn’t help but seeing headlines about them. There just wasn’t anything that captivated me enough to get back into it. That is until the Switch.