Do you remember the first game you bought? I'm not talking about the one you played, or the one you got for Christmas or your birthday, but the one you physically went to the shops to buy and prior to purchasing you jumped up and down in excitement waiting for either the release date, or for the money to be in your hand?
Remember that excitement and exhilaration, like when Charlie
from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
found the Golden Ticket? Oh what a joyful moment and what tremendous uplifting feelings must have been running through your core...not! I for the life of me can't remember the first game I purchased. Was it for the Sega Megadrive? The Nintendo 64? The Playstayion 2? Or was it a handheld console? I honestly don't know. I don't remember any warm and fuzzy feelings either. Why? Probably because to me a game was a game? That can't be it.
What this topic's about isn't my emotionally jaded frontier (I'll save that for the therapist) but the curious look at the line of consoles and games we owned when we were younger? Why did some choose the Dreamcast over the N64? Why in this current generation of gaming are PS3 and XBOX360 the two biggest conflicts since Religion and Science. I guess what you have to do is look at the current and previous consoles from a purely public perspective. As gamers we know the harsh truth that Xbox360 stomps everything else, but why do people still by PS3's? We could put it towards the fact that you can play BluRay DVD's on them, but that's not enough to stand on is it? And for those who do think the PS3 is better for that need those nails removed from their skulls before some serious damage really happens.
And what of the poor baby Wii
. She's such a delicate and special thing: like today's main consoles are a trio of siblings, and the Wii is the slightly thicker one who tries to be like their bigger brothers. They're patted on the head for trying but silently mocked too. I feel like I'm bigging up the 360 for the sake of bigging it up, so lets take a hard look at our beloved green and white boxes. Occasionally coming down with the case of hardware sniffles, I'm currently on my fourth xbox360 (can anyone beat that?) and for some reason I'm loyal to it. I've been told the PS3 doesn't have similar problems but that could just be guilty denial; I reckon the PS3 users are secretly crying themselves to sleep at night because they've had to empty their wallets again to fix some petty problem.
But enough rambling about the consoles, what of the games? Currently on my shelf are twelve Xbox360 games, four Xbox Original games and five PC games. Obviously I've had more in the past, but due to games aggravating me and being ugly on my shelf and making my life look untidy, I've had to trade them in or thrown them in an oven so they don't emotionally harm others. Counting their gameplay and genre I guess what they say about me right now is that I enjoy FPS games (mostly military based) and 3rd person action adventures. A silly thing to think about, but looking back I saw a pattern and the trend seemed almost rock solid similar. What do your games say about you? I'm not looking for deep and meaningful Derek Acorah
rubbish, just a basic idea of what your games are telling you you're into. Talk about what consoles you owned in the past too. Why did you go from Playstation to Xbox? Why have you never considered playing on a particular console? Which game will you never, ever trade or sell? C'mon, it's time for us gamers to finally open up and tell each other how we feel. Even though we're doing it through keyboards and Ethernet cables.
Forgive me if you read the above and felt like puking, or worse coming after me with a spade. Also if you can tell, tell us what your first game was, if you can. And if you can would you like to come to Vegas with me, because you've got one hell of a talent there.