Being incredibly bored, and still brainstorming about the next chapters in the two fics for today (I got back early! YAY!), I decided to make a thread about the history of the systems you’ve had. I’ll start first:
System 1: Atari 2600
Actually, my parents bought this, since it had games they actually liked (Centipede, Pac-Man, ET-wait, erase that one!). When I was about four, I started playing with it, and got hooked.
I still remember that joystick, simple yet functional, unlike today’s monstrosities. The games were very addicting, ESPECIALY Centipede (it’s still among my favorites). I didn’t play Pac-Man as much then, although I jammed out with it later on in the arcades.
Sadly, this ends on a bad note. One day, I played the system for so long that the circutry fried, destroying it. I cried and cried for days. The 2600 ended up in the trash, but not before I got my next system for Christmas…
System 2: NES
When I was five, I got this baby. I had Dad hook it up, put in Mario Bros., and turned it on. My life hasn’t been the same since.
The NES was a godsend, plain and simple. I only got four games for it (Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Micky Mousecapade, Super Mario Bros. 3, and some Sesame Street game that really belonged to my brother), but I wore the living hell out of them. I especially loved Super Mario Bros. 3, despite the fact that I NEVER beat it (I came close once, but my cat walked up and pushed her head against the reset button).
I skipped the 16-bit era, since my parents refused to get me a SNES or Genesis. However, I did get my first handheld a few years later…
System 3: Game Gear
The Game Gear drew me in through color graphics. I’m not ashamed to say that, as I still say the Game Gear beat the Game Boy on several levels. Not only were the graphics better, but the screen was actually viewable, the games were a lot better than the crap Nintendo packaged, and it had Sonic.
I had about six games: Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic Chaos, Sonic Triple Trouble, Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion, and Shining Force. Out of these, either Sonic Triple Trouble or Shining Force would have to stand out as my favorite.
The system’s still there, even though the sound’s busted. I’m sad that the entire market rejected this spectacular system, but that’s life.
System 4: Nintendo 64
I skipped 32-bit as well and entered the 64-bit arena with the N64. I had actually been promised this system for birthdays and christmases for years (since the releases always seemed to come close to those days), but since Nintendo kept delaying the launch, I waited a long time. Finally, my Dad went to Wal*Mart at about three in the morning to get in line for the system.
I had too many games to list, and didn’t really have a favorite. I loved Goldeneye, but who doesn’t? I also thought Conkers was freakin’ hilarious, but only borrowed it from a friend (because there was no way in hell that my parents would let my OWN that game!). Oh, and Starcraft. The conversion matched the PC version I later got, only with better gameplay and slightly inferior graphics.
The system’s market died out. I sold the system, took about $100, got a PS2 for Christmas, and went to create a new chapter in the legend. Oh, and if my N64 is out there, somewhere, I still love you, man.
System 5: PS2
I was still pissed beyond reason after Nintendo kept delaying the N64, so I wasn’t going to wait for Gamecube. Also, the early demos of the XBox failed to impress me. So I took what was currently the best system on the market: the Playstation 2.
I own about thirty games total, including the old PS1 games I bought (since there were games that looked good, but I never got to play). I don’t have a favorite, but I do hate two games: Crono Cross and the FF5 disc from FF Anthology (bugs, glitches, and a horrifyingly bad translation).
I still have the system.
I also have a PC, but don’t count it as an actual system.
Anyway, if anyone else wants to list their odyssey of systems, then please do so.