When I was back home last week, I cleaned out an old cupboard and came across this – my old Gameboy. I got a tad emotional (why do I always get like this?!) and thought about how much I had begged to have this console, and how proud of myself I’d be if I had known that I would end up working for Nintendo some day.
I started off with a Commodore 64 at the age of 4 or 5. It was with this that I learnt to do simple maths, spell and other skills. My mum liked me having educational games, and so when I was 9 or 10 and begged for a Sega Master System, it took a long long time before I was allowed to have one. Finally my begging and pleading paid off but I was only allowed to play for 30 minutes a day – quite some restriction for a console with no save function! My best friend had one with Alex Kid built in, but mind had Sonic. I feel that I was more mainstream, but less cool to have Sonic and not Alex Kid. Don’t you miss built in games though? I feel so nostalgic when I think about them. Despite mum not being keen on my toy, she got me a load of games and I had everything from The Lion King to Dick Tracey but Dynamite Dux was by far my favourite. I don’t even know what was so appealing about it – I think it was just that it was quite ridiculous and the graphics were pretty funny.
I had the Master System for a few years before it was replaced with a SNES that I bought from a carboot sale. Although I liked the SNES, I never really had many games for it – 3, in fact. I don’t know why I know I only had three for it, even though I can only remember one of them. I had Taz-Mania, a sort of Mario Paint one with a built in music maker, and a third one that I can’t remember for the life of me.
When Playstations became popular, I told my SNES and saved up all my pocket money to buy one. By this time my interest in gaming was pretty low, but then I came across the greatest game ever made. Of course, I am talking about the masterpiece that is Bust A Groove. Looking at the Wiki for it now, it has a list of cultural changes the game went through before it was released in the west – this is particularly interesting to me now. I had no idea of half of these things!
The best thing about the Playstation was the Playstation Magazine, which for 5 pounds also included a demo disk. This would include demos and previews of new games as well as occasionally home made games by small develop teams. This was such an awesome thing – I miss it so much! I bought loads of games after being hooked to the demos! It’s such a shame we don’t have this culture any more.
Out of all my consoles, I think my Gameboy was probably the one I used the most. Holding it in my hands today, it struck me how very big it is compared to modern hand-held consoles. The Gameboy Camera and Pokemon were my two favourite things to play with on there, and there are so many holiday memories that I have of myself and my brother sat in the back of the car playing Pokemon while our parents are shouting at us to appreciate the scenery and the holiday and get our noses out of our consoles!
I went off of gaming for a long time and didn’t pick it up again until I bought a Wii in Japan, the same Wii that is with me today. I still love dance and rhythm games the best, though I dislike puzzle games like Zelda. I am fairly easy going with games at work, though I do get game rage sometimes – especially during Skyward Sword!
I think mainly I’m just happy to be able to play games for more than 30 minutes these days!! I hope to become a better gamer as I get more and more projects under my belt. Though I suck so much at games I do wonder how on earth I got here sometimes…
What’s your favourite old school game?