These video games from our childhood made us who we are today

An ode to the young at heart, and who we are now



We were all kids once, and we all found our own little ways to be happy. Some of us were fortunate enough to have as many toys as possible while some just wanted to enjoy time with the family, especially with older siblings. Others had a whole new world that mixed both quality time with siblings and toys — console gaming.

In the spirit of remembering the past, members of the GadgetMatch team wanted to share each one’s first taste of gaming as kids. More importantly, we want to show how these experiences shaped who we are today.

The games we played

One console we all had back in the day was the PlayStation 1. I remember having my PlayStation 1 at the age of three. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Ape Escape were the first cartoon-like platforming titles I experienced. Crash Team Racing was the game that introduced me to the world of kart-racing, in a time when Mario Kart was the most popular title in the 90s.

For others, their introduction to gaming came in the era of RPGs for the PS1. Rodneil dabbled with RPGs back in the day, specifically with the Final Fantasy series. In Marvin’s case, what really got him to play with his PS1 was far from a JRPG in Monster Rancher 2. “While my friends were into Pokémon and Digimon, I was hunting down certain CDs to obtain rare creatures in the game.” 

“The Final Fantasy franchise brought and immersed me in worlds I can only dream of.” — Rodneil

Even with a plethora of RPG titles for the PS1, there were those who found their first experience elsewhere. Dan, for one, had his first gaming experience with simulation and survival games like Resident Evil 2, Harvest Moon: Back to Nature, and Sim Theme Park. Kevin, on the other hand, ventured into the world of Dance Dance Revolution, with his family “even buying a dance mat so the experience was complete.”

Then, there were others who didn’t just stick to one console and widened their horizons early on. MJ had a ton of consoles at his disposal, which meant the games he played were just as much. “Back then, I had my own PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and PSP.” He was exposed to titles we know and love, like Pokémon, Tekken, and Grand Theft Auto — among others.

What we learned from them

Perhaps one aspect of video games that a lot of people tend to overlook is what we really picked up from them. We get it: They’re just video games, right? But more than the gameplay, lovable characters, and storylines, our childhood video games etched a mark on who we would end up becoming.

With my experience in platforming games, it’s important to know where you’re going at all times. It’s the kind of mindfulness and attention to detail that allowed me to solve most of the challenging stages. This is also fairly true for games like Resident Evil 2 wherein, according to Dan, he would “stay up late just to solve the puzzles and make sure we got all the items we could collect.”

Dance Dance Revolution is the reason why I can still bust out some moves and surprise new friends during random trips to the arcade.” — Kevin

A lot of the games we played also required strategies to get through; strategies that enable our creativity in finishing the game. I remember how, on the first level of Spyro 2, you can instantly finish the level at 100 percent without any cheat codes. Other strategies often include understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your character, and using it to your advantage. Games like Pokémon and Monster Rancher hinge on your understanding of the opponent and executing your moves properly.

Often times, games are about muscle memory and planning ahead given the information you have. Kevin pointed this out when he first started playing Dance Dance Revolution, he was “awkwardly timing [his] steps at first.” Eventually, he picked up on the steps of certain tracks and memorized them. In the case of Harvest Moon, Dan noted how he needed to plan out the next harvest on top of all the other tasks he had on his plate. But even in planning ahead, there are risks to it.

How did it trickle down to today?

As a whole, playing video games at an early age contributed to our upbringing as human beings. While we don’t give a lot of credit to them, we recognize that much of our lives wouldn’t be the same without them.

Video games turned me into a competitive and creative completionist. Throughout my life, I’ve always set goals and stuck with just one way to reach a hundred percent. But by playing Spyro 2 and CTR over and over again, I discovered just how many other times I could achieve the same result.

For both Rodneil and Dan, video games helped them appreciate the world more and its complications. Dan, in particular, noted how playing Harvest Moon taught him how to be a more responsible adult and understand the consequences of his actions. Rodneil could only dream of a better world thanks to Final Fantasy!

“I guess my fondness of simulation games allowed me to understand the consequences of my actions.” — Dan

For both Kevin and MJ, video games helped them discover who they are and what they’re truly capable of. It’s because of Dance Dance Revolution that Kevin, to this day, can bust out a move or two, especially in the arcade! MJ, on the other hand, recognized his own strength from within despite being physically frail.

But all in all, no matter how bad the world may be, video games are our source of joy. We find the strength and the capacity to be happy despite all the stress at work or school. At the end of the day, as Marvin would put it: We may not have learned much, but video games are “fun AF.”

“Who would’ve known that video games have an effect like this?” — MJ


The secrets behind iPhone 13’s Cinematic Mode

Together with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing as well as their Human Interface Designer



For the first time ever, we had a three-way interview with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance as well as one of their leading Human Interface Designers, Johnnie Manzari. If you’re not starstruck enough, both of them appeared in Apple’s September 2021 Keynote event!

Other than new camera sensors, newer camera features are also found on the new iPhone 13 Series. One of those is the new Cinematic Mode.

If you’ve watched some of our latest iPhone videos including the Sierra Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max unboxing, we’ve let you take a sneak peek on that new video mode.

We’re not gonna lie, it’s one amazing camera feature Apple has managed to deliver.

But what are the secrets behind it? And are you curious how technicalities work?

Watch our 16-minute interview with the Apple executives explaining why Cinematic Mode is the next big thing in mobile videography.


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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?



After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback



Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.


Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.


Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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