I am an avid retro gamer juggling a full time job, family, and this hobby. I started writing this blog as an outlet for what I have learned over the years, to and to chronicle my endeavors in the hobby.
The first console that I played was the Atari 2600. I vividly remember playing Chopper Command, Combat, and Pac-Man in my friend's basement. Years later, I played the NES for the first time, the game was Super Mario Bros. I was blown away at the quantum leap in graphics and gameplay: the vibrant colors, the scrolling screen, the melodic music, and the defined sprites all made for a brand new experience in gaming. The NES was my first console, for my 10th birthday that year. The economics of the mid-1980's meant that game buying was a serious investment, and so just a handful of games is what most kids owned. The very idea of having hundreds of games was ludicrous.
When the Sega Genesis was released, it was another revolution in gaming. The bar was raised, and I took a job to earn enough money to buy one. The timing was right, as the version I bought came with Altered Beast AND a mail-in coupon good for a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog.
During high school my interests in gaming waned as I pursued other interests. I still played Madden 92, 93, and 94, with friends, but other than that, I wan't really following the hobby. I went off to college, and occasionally played the original Playstation and N64, but not very regularly. After graduating from college and getting a job, I now had a source of income. Metal Gear Solid is what convinced me to get a Playstation. I had a handful of games, and eventually graduated to PS2.
Eventually we bought a home in the suburbs, and I walked into the Gamestop down the street. There was a clearance bin of NES and Genesis games for a buck or two each. You know how you walk into a Gamestop today and see the racks of budget PS3 and Xbox 360 games? That's what it was like back then, except these were 8 and 16 bit games. Needless to say, this is where I pickup up collecting games again, primarily retro games.
While not taking sides between Sega and Nintendo, there may be subtle hints throughout these posts as to my preference. My hope is that a reader can find something throughout my posts that can be helpful and or enlightening.
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