73-year-old Chika plays video games every day and dreams of winning an Xbox

The Villa Jays resident has more than 50 games at home and a donated video game that is his greatest companion.

Every day, Chika shows the TV on which she plays. (Photo: Paul Francis)

For 20 years, Francisca Borges Ribeiro’s only pastime was video games. He doesn’t give up on cell phones or the Internet. At home, he really likes the “machine gun,” he says, referring to Playstation shooters, but he really dreams of having an Xbox because the old one broke and he never got it fixed.

Villa Jayce resident Francisca, known as Chica, says she plays every day. There are times when he gets up early in front of the TV. “I start at 8 p.m. and go until 4 a.m., but occasionally.”

Francisca, who likes to be called Chica, plays video games every day at home.  (Photo: Paul Francis)
Francisca, who likes to be called Chica, plays video games every day at home. (Photo: Paul Francis)

A passion for video games – His taste for video games started 20 years ago when he first won the mini-game Tetris, then more modern video games came and he started devoting some time of the day to games.

He can’t read most of the games in English, but said he follows his intuition. “I press the button and play. That’s how I learned.”

For Chica, video games are more than entertainment. “It’s good for the mind,” he says. Games have also become a companion of everyday life. “I live with a little person and I don’t feel alone with video games,” he adds.

A shelf where you keep all your games.  (Photo: Paul Francis)
A shelf where you keep all your games. (Photo: Paul Francis)

He gets a few games from friends and family. The discs sit on a shelf that shares space with the TV and sewing machine. Showing examples, he says that he likes shooting the most, but sometimes he has fun with Super Mario.

Chika is currently playing on Playstation 2. He had an Xbox that a friend gave him, but the device broke and he says it’s beyond repair.

Control that never leaves your hands remains intact. Chica is careful with all things related to video games, putting them in plastic bags to prevent them from spoiling.

Chika next to her best friend, Abadia, who offered to tell Chika's story with her daughters.  (Photo: Paul Francis)
Chika next to her best friend, Abadia, who offered to tell Chika’s story with her daughters. (Photo: Paul Francis)

The same whim sees a house full of old things and plants. Chika is the one who takes care of everything and says she has learned from life.

Without detailing how he came to Campo Grande, he summarizes that he was born in Floriano, Piaui, and arrived here as a child. He was widowed at the age of 38 and has two children. Her hobbies are taking care of the house and playing games, of course.

Some friends even try to convince her on social networks, but she says she doesn’t like it. “I don’t like these weird jobs and faces that people make,” he says, referring to TikTok. “My business is video games,” he concludes.

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