Computer Games. Video Games. Console Games. Whatever you call it, I played it. My life revolved around gaming. Join me as we take a ride down my memory lane throughout my gaming experience and the realizations that go along with it. Who knows, maybe you can relate with what I've gone through.I was barely 4 years old when I started playing video games. I remember it was Super Mario Brothers 1 on the Nintendo entertainment system (NES), otherwise known as the "Family Computer" here. My dad would usually travel and go on business trips, and he would often bring me home those pretty expensive (well, back then anyway) game cartridges for the NES. I pretty much played those pixel-ladened mono-sound games we had, about 80 at most, even to the point of repetition. Why just 80, you may ask? Well, if you can relate to the price tag these games had before, you'll even say having 80 means wasting a lot of money. Incidentally, I had my hands on the handheld craze back then called the Gameboy. I think this was the first ever handheld gaming console. It had primitive graphics, even poorer than the Nes, and it wasn't colored. The game cartridges were smaller, but the price was still overkill. I wouldn't want to elaborate on this because after only about having and finishing 10 games, my Gameboy broke down. Problems with the circuits I guess.After a few years, the Sega Genesis System came out. It had a bigger console, bigger game cartridges and bigger controllers! For a kid, that was intimidating considering you were used to handling the tiny NES and Gameboy. Plus it had better graphics and lengthy games compared to the NES. Again, I kept on asking my parents to buy me those formerly expensive and overpriced game cartridges every chance I get, be it my birthday, Christmas, having an award at school, or any other excuse I could think of. After all, I was a kid and I could ask for anything I want as long as I was still in grade school.My next gaming platform was the legendary Playstation One, the console which revolutionized the world of gaming as we know it. It defined the world of 3D and utilized the young age of digital media through using games in the form of compact discs. The graphics were so cool and crisp, and you can now save your game progress. Pretty neat feature if you ask me, considering my previous consoles as well as others like the Super NES had no saving feature. Back then I had to finish what I started, because if I don't, I'll have to repeat the game the next time. I also, like the feel of the new controller of the PS1. It had a lot of buttons, meaning a lot of control and possibilities for a broad variety of actions during gameplay. Being already a teenager at this point, I can no longer ask my parents to buy the games for me, but thank goodness the games were cds which were easily duplicated and sold for very reasonable prices.
Yup, the start of video game piracy. It wasn't a big issue back then, and I wasn't complaining since I can buy as much games as I want using my allowance. They're that cheap. I had over 200 games throughout the entire lifespan of the PS1.My parents also bought me my own PC almost the same time as the PS1. We had the state of the art model back then, a Pentium III 933 Mhz 128 MB RAM with 3dfx voodoo3 64 MB video card. I played whatever PC game I put my hands into. Time came when my PC was totally outclassed. Newer games started popping out, with heavier specs requiring demanding hardware. It wasn't easy upgrading my PC since it was the highest end of the Pentium III and couldn't cross the boundaries across Pentium IV without totally overhauling the entire motherboard. Compatibility issues, as the technicians say. As the games keep getting out of reach I was torn to choose between buying a newer PC or getting a new console. It turned out that the Playstation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube were on their way out. I did my research, and opted for the PS2. That's one decision I don't regret until now. I am presently utilizing my PS2 to the max. With the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the Wii already out, I am bent on buying the PS3 and the 360. I see a lot of potential for the two. But I won't buy either console until I am sure they are well worth my money. I am currently thinking of buying the PSP slim though, as it fits my on-the-go lifestyle. I realized that I was, I am, and I will always be a gamer. It's just a matter of choosing the right platform. One that's guaranteed your money's worth. And one that will surely go a long way.Technology has its way of being dynamic. It's a matter of fact that everyone can't catch up to it. One day you're up to date and then the next you're behind.I'm basically narrating the union of my life with gaming. But if you'll read between the lines, you'll come to realize the lessons in decision-making and critical thinking, as well as money matters.