An Era In A Gamers Life

An Era In A Gamers Life

My uncle was Nintendo 64 all the way. The only things I remember was playing Mario 64 and pulling out a tooth that was loose at the age of 8 and getting 1.2 euros the next morning as i was in Holland. Honestly that is all I remember. I have grown up with a step-dad most of my life, however, my best memories of gaming are with my step-dad and my brothers. My first gaming experience was with my real dad and it all started with SNES.

An Era In A Gamers Life

It was a 3 bed 1 bath house. We used to make robot wars figures out of K’nex, we loved it, so much fun. We ended up on Mini-clip (you know, that website where you can play online) playing the same game as we used to build. It was so bloody good and really helped me feel like we bonded as a family, even though the family was split in half. Yep a split couple and a cast-off son, not the only one and being high-function autism, was hard.

Soon, we had a house move from Wythenshawe to Cadishead, where I live now. A big upheaval, but my older brother and myself used to play SNES on an old wooden TV, back in the days before these fancy television remote’s, offering each other inspiration. A memory I hold dear to my heart. It was around that time my half-brother was the first person to ever complete Super Mario World. Damn, I think all the guys in our house were pretty jealous that day.

Pretty soon after that, my brother got the Gameboy Colour and PS1, unfortunately, his temper got the better of him and the GBC was promptly launched at his bed and ended up with a line down the centre of the screen. Idiot boy. No idea what it hit, weird.

Then came Cabela’s Bass Fishing. OMG Cabela used to make the best games for that side of the coin (mainly for Canada only releases). Another bonding exercise with an older brother (editor’s note: I have downloaded every single Cabela fishing & hunting game ever made even the Canadian only releases, one of them took me 6 months on UTorrent).

Do you remember the days where Johnny Bravo, Courage the cowardly dog, Dexter’s laboratory and Cow and Chicken were the main cartoons? well for me they were the best days of all in gaming and no, I never watched power-puff girls honest your honour.

An Era In A Gamers Life

Little Blondie To The Right Shhhh!

Those were the days where PS1 was the go-to console.Oh how I miss, spending every school night playing Rayman or Crash Bandicoot, learning the cheat codes to skip levels and the stupid noise the Tiki guy did. I don’t think modern games will ever hold the same nostalgia as carefully prising a cardboard box open to keep it intact. Hell, even back in the 360 era, (RIP on last week’s announcement) cases would bounce off the walls unscathed from 2006.

Those were the days you had to take care of the games and take care of each other. Something has been lost. We likely can’t put our finger on what it actually is, other than attention. It was more than that, a sense of belonging to some crazy ride, like the staff at Atari had. Just something.

So if you are reading this blog, do yourself and your family a favour. Drag out an old console you loved or even buy one, if you no longer have your favourite… and spend some time to nip round your brother or sister’s and say ‘hey kidda look what I’ve got’.

You’ll make some more precious memories and that is an era in a gamers life.

 

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