Hello everyone, my name is Nicholas Robert Priest, but everyone just calls me Nick. I am 17 years old, and I am junior at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware. Although I live in Delaware, I was born in South Bend, Indiana to two Notre Dame graduates, and two of the most influential people in my life were from Wisconsin (my mom and grandma), which has all resulted in me being a huge fan of the Packers, Bucks, Brewers, and Fighting Irish. Sorry, Eagles fans!
My family is big--I’ve got my mom, my step-dad John, my younger brother Matthew, my two step-sisters Emily and Sami, our dog (a puggle named Hank who eats any and everything imaginable), and our cats, Kisses and Miracle. It gets a little crazy (especially during our family Wii sports games), but I love it.
To keep active, I play football and basketball, and one of the things I enjoy doing most is playing video games. I love Madden, 2K, and even will dabble in Minecraft sometimes. I also enjoy playing many of the retro old-school Nintendo and Atari games. And, as I mentioned, we dug out our old Wii and love playing that as a family.
My love of video games is probably genetic
My dad was a video-game addict from the time he was a toddler, but my mom (who was kind of a straight-A, student council, cheerleader type) was secretly also a little bit of a gamer too. On one of my parents’ first dates in college, someone brought out an old Nintendo (complete with controllers that actually plugged in to the console, which sounds horrible), and as my dad told it, my mom casually picked up a controller, acted like she had played once or twice as a kid, and beat Mario 1 in one life, and without fireballs. He said he knew then that she was the one for him.
My dad introduced me to video games before I could barely walk, letting me hold a controller while he actually played. I officially played once I was about three on our brand new Wii, playing such games as Mario Galaxy and all of the Wii Lego games. Now, my friends and I all play, and gaming continues to be a big part of my life.
My Inspiration: My Dad
Joseph Romeo Priest, known as Joe to most people (and Judas to his college friends), was born on May 15, 1978. He grew up with his parents and his two younger brothers in south Jersey. He was a huge Notre Dame fan, loved the Eagles and all Philly sports, and Bruce Springsteen. Every summer, he went with his family to the Jersey shore, and one of his favorite things to do was play video games on the Boardwalk.
My mom-mom and pop-pop would take him to Duffer’s, which had arcade games. He was about three, so he would stand on a milk crate and play PacMan. My pop-pop said little by little, teenagers would start to come around, just mesmerized by how my dad could clear board after board, until there would be an actual crowd watching him.
His love of playing games continued through his life (my mom-mom said she would actually have to make sure he would go outside to play sometimes). He was the kind of person who before playing a game would sit down and read all the instructions, because it was important for him to fully understand things before diving in. Although his gaming was usually just recreational, he did enter and win a Nintendo competition once that took place while the famous Eagles-Bears Fog Bowl of 1988 was on TV.