I started garnering an interest in EarthBound during my awkward high school years. The MOTHER series had this distinct charm that kept me drawn to the games. It wasn't until I saw a video on YouTube titled "Bring Lucas To America" that I saw how dedicated the fans were to the series. Then I finally started playing EarthBound (not counting the one time when I was 5 or 6 at my godparents' place) and it was magical. The game was amazing. The characters were great, the gameplay didn't become boring, and the soundtrack was phenomenal! It was an experience that left an impact on me. Then came my time to play through EarthBound Beginnings and it was tough, but such a fun experience. As I was finishing high school I took the time to play through the fan translation of MOTHER 3 and it quickly became my favourite game. It changed how I see things. I'm a young adult now, a few years after graduating high school and fresh out of college, and the MOTHER series has shaped my life since high school. I became best friends really quick with someone in college due to our mutual enjoyment of the MOTHER series and I even helped another friend play through EarthBound. Not only that, but during a tough time in my life I listened to a fan project by the name of "Fobbies are Borange". It showed EarthBound in a whole new light and it gave me an even bigger appreciation for the fans of the MOTHER series. FaB is also how I found my favourite musical artist whose music has helped me through times of depression and have empowered me with a sense of wonder and appreciation for everything.
So while EarthBound may be a video game, it has become a huge part of my life, as well as an entire community of people with talents of all kinds. EarthBound has helped me through tough times and has influenced me more than I ever could've imagined. The impact that EarthBound and the MOTHER series have left on me is one that I will never forget. The MOTHER series is something I want everyone to experience for themselves. It created, and continues to create, a worldwide community, it inspires people, it makes lasting memories, and it forms lifelong friendships. It's all thanks to EarthBound.