The Gaming Memories of You: The Early Years
So earlier today, in honour of our very own Paul sharing his early years of gaming, we asked you, our beautiful readers for your early memories. It seemed only right that these be preserved for future generations. Something struck me while copy and pasting them all onto the site as TheGameJar’s Ryan was playing Minecraft in the background… Should we be around in 10 years time and ask this question again, names like Minecraft, Portal 2, Halo Reach are going to be the answers that we get. It’s a weird mix of emotions – makes me feel old to think like that, but pleased that I grew up blowing dust out of cartridges… and I wasn’t even around at the start like some of our readers. You guys are the lucky ones, you were there when it started. Here’s to the good old days and thanks for taking part.
“Mortal Kombat 2 with the weird bloke who popped up saying ‘Toastie’ and trying to do the cheat to unlock smoke”
- Toby937, Twitter
“Sega Mega Drive – My Dad got one in a special bundle box with Altered Beast. Me and my brother promptly claimed that and the television as our own with Sonic becoming the game of choice for years to come after.”
- Lee off of TheGameJar.com
“My brother being 15 years older then me giving me a slap because his 4 year old sister ran off with his gameboy to play tetris. Later on getting a slap for running off with his gamegear and for taking over the tv with the snes and zombies ate my neighbours. My brother is a bully. Lol.”
- Sarah, Facebook
“Mine was the Amstrad that we used to own. My Dad and I could spend literally hours playing Harrier Attack on it. I remember the keyboard being black with really bright green and red buttons and a tape player as well. It used to take 9minutes to load one of the games though I can’t remember which one.”
- Claire, Facebook
“What a lovely article, I’ve gone all nostalgic, i remember getting lost in games in such a big way even though the graphics were awful by today’s standards. Thinking I was an actual F1 driver playing Chequered Flag on my old 48k. haha!”
- Bobbeh, Comment on Paul’s Article
- Michael, Facebook
“Street Fighter on the snes. Nearly always completed it when I had to switch it off!”
- darrenswancott, Twitter
“My parents being to scared to put different games in my James Bond edition Amiga…obviously it would only play James bond games :\ OH oh oh speaking of arcades, playing the old Punisher arcade game after swimming practice. SHIT WAS TIGHT YO”
- Ryan of off TheGameJar.com
“Not earliest,but fondest…I would sneak a few quarters from my parents change jars when I could and go to the movie/game store downtown and would get 15min of play for a quarter and always play Destruction Derby until the ‘sleep’ mode on the tv kicked in and went black.”
- Chris, Facebook
Spending hours with my sister trying to complete Day of the Tentacle – what a game!
- Ed of off TheGameJar.com
Swapping my crisps at school for a go on a friend’s Gameboy. I didn’t own a console myself until the PS2 :(
- Jenn of off TheGameJar.com
Being blown away by Shadow of the Beast on an Amiga 500. Gameplay, mood, gfx and especially the soundtrack.
- peculiar games, Twitter
- Patrick, Facebook
Playing on a PS1 for the first time and being blown away by crash bandicoot. The joy only lasted 10 minutes though as i slowly found out the boulders squash again, again and AGAIN!
- Adam, Facebook
getting to gargamels kitchen on smurfs on Atari 2600. That was when I knew games were the hobby of choice.
- MRFFAMAN, Twitter
I was got a Donkey-Kong hand held flip machine for Xmas one year,’Double Dragon’cabinet at our local shop.The rest is history:)
- GBJoey71, Twitter
When you’re a kid, sometimes games are all that matter,it doesn’t matter that your tea is ready, that you have to go to school, that your grandparents who you barely see enough of as it is have come for a visit, there are lots of other things in life more important than video games when you’re 12 years old but regardless, games take priority. So much so that is somebody walked in front of the TV screen while you were playing, you lost your shit like nicolas cage, flip out and nearly kill somebody, BECAUSE THEY PARTIALLY OBSTRUCTED YOUR LINE OF SIGHT.
- Adam, Facebook