How Loot Gaming made me think about my Legacy
Today's post starts all the way back at PAX South. While I spent most of my time on the show floor and out of the theaters, one announcement was buzzed about all weekend, the new box from Loot Crate. Having a chance to be part of an interview with Bob Holden, VP of Subscriptions Products, (you can read it here), I knew this new crate was for me. Loot Gaming added a new flavor of monthly crate to the already great line up from Loot Crate, including the classic, Anime and Pet crates. Loot Gaming took me to my roots, though with talks of the first crate having items from games like Halo, Blizzard games, and Nintendo. The theme of the first crate was Legacy, paying homage to gamers overall. And after opening my crate, all I can say is that they nailed it.
But today's post isn't about how good the Legacy Loot Gaming box was, how great the items inside were, but rather about the theme itself, Legacy. It's funny, where inspiration and deep thought come from, what inspires us to look within. As the crate has been sitting in my office, and my daughter plays with the Halo scarf hoodie, the idea of Legacy has been stewing all week. Legacy is not something to be taken lightly, and yet it's something I'm just now resonating with, as my daughter has just recently turned two and my son will be here in less than 3 months.
Legacy, as defined by Merriam-Webster...
- A gift be will especially of money or other personal property : bequest
- Something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor of from the past
In other words, something left behind by one person for the benefit of another. Sounds an awful lot like something a parent should be thinking about. Now, if Legacy is something that you've been working on, thinking about, and making sure to take care of, feel free to move on, I don't know that any of this will apply to you. But, if you're like me, just trying to keep up, trying not to fall so far behind that you can't breathe, and trying to figure out what it means to be even a halfway decent parent, then maybe we can work together and figure something out.
As I looked through all of the goods in the Legacy Loot Gaming crate, I felt nostalgia kick in. Even for items that came from games I didn't really play like Street Fighter, I knew their importance and understood them as it related to the gaming community. Legacy, as defined by this crate, was something important to the way games were played or made. Mario, Halo, Street Fighter, Skyrim, Heroes of the Storm(although this is more important because of the parent company, Blizzard, and what they have meant to the gaming community as a whole), even the pin that resembles the coins used in the arcades, these all carry a legacy of their own, young or old, in the gaming community.
How am I going to leave a Legacy with my children? With my wife? With my family and friends? What kind will it be? Will it be the legacy of Mario, one that's looked on with admiration, endearment, and joy, bringing back memories of good times and fun? Or, will it be something forgotten, not worth mentioning, because I was so average, there was nothing worth mentioning? These are the things that I'm finally starting to consider. These are the questions that sit in the back of my head and stew. These are the questions I plan to ask of others, to both learn what they think and feel but to also help share what I've learned.
As I set here, contemplating this idea of what it means to leave a Legacy, there are a few things that come to mind. The first of those things is that I sure hope I don't screw it up, since I only get one shot at this, unlike all of the games highlighted in the Loot Gaming Crate. The second is a constant question of "What do I want my Legacy to be?" I don't know the full answer to that. Do you ever know the full answer to that? I know that I want my children to be compassionate, having a servant heart, but I don't do that right now myself. I want my children to be healthy, and aspire to always be healthy so that they can be active in the lives of their children, but I've got 100 pounds to lose. I want to leave my children a financial legacy, so that they can then take it and grow it and leave an even greater legacy for their children, but have to get my finances in order before I can even think about it. I want my children to embrace their quirks and passions, but I still sometimes have trouble owning mine.
Leaving a Legacy isn't just for whoever we leave it for, but it's for us as parents too. Leaving a Legacy for our children affords us the ability to grow, leveling up and being better parents, spouses, friends. Knowing what quests to accept, and which to skip, just like in any MMORPG like World of Warcraft, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic or Guild Wars 2, will become crucial, as in life there is no such thing as being able to be a completionist. Honestly, at this point I think I'm talking to myself more than anyone else.
As I wrap up, I just want to know one simple thing: What does your Legacy look like? As of today, mine is far from anything worth writing home about, but now that I'm thinking about it, and working on it, I have a shot at it being something for the ages, and so do you. I'd love to hear from you, be it the socials or email. Thank you for reading, I hope to hear from you what you think Legacy is.