Okay. So I haven't made a post like this yet, but after reading through a few posts on MMGN, I thought I'd make on of my own.
So, I'm 20 now, and I got my first taste of gaming back when I was 6 or so.
My Granda was a big fan of car boot sales, and would go every single week with his brother in law (who was his best friend), and they'd just wander around for hours, usually buying lots of junk and things they think look good, or would come in handy at some point. Most of the time though, the things they bought would just lie around, forgotten, for years on end.
But one weekend, he bought something for me - well, he bought something for me most weekends - but he bought something that would actually be cherished, and that I still own, in working condition, to this very day.
A Sega Master System II.
He set it up and showed me all the games he'd gotten for it (must've been around 20 games, total) and then let me play.
It was the first time I'd ever played a game, so it did take a bit of getting used to, but wow. I sure did love it.
Games like Bonanza Brothers, Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Psycho Fox were my favourites. And of course Sonic. Who could forget Sonic!
I'd play it for hours on end.
The only downside was that it stayed at my Gran & Granda's house, so I couldn't play it at night. But luckily, I was at their house quite a lot due to going to school where they lived (20 miles away from my own house), so my Mum would drop me off at theirs in the morning (usually at around 6am) and I'd play it until I was getting ready to go to school.
Then as soon as I'd get home to my Gran & Granda's from school at 3pm, I'd play it until 5pm, when my Mum or Dad would pick me up.
Also at this time, I got into PC gaming. My Uncle Jim had an old PC in his room, which had games like Hover and Rodent's Revenge on it. They weren't super-magnificent games, but they made me happy.
A year later, Pokémon Red came out for the Gameboy.
I didn't own one, but once I knew Pokémon was coming out for it, I begged and begged and begged.
I was 7 years old, and this was my second gaming console (albeit handheld).
I got a translucent Gameboy Pocket (which I still own), with the little black carry bag with the red Nintendo logo on it, and a handful of games. Pokémon Red, Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter II and a few others.
I played it obsessively. Even taking it to school with me to play during breaks.
My only hate of it though was the speed in which the batteries would die. But obviously, with no other handhelds having rechargeable batteries then, it was something you just had to accept, as there didn't seem to be an alternative.
I even got to the point where I'd plug a charger in for it with the batteries out when at home, and play it that way, to save the batteries for when I'd be going out.
Just under a year later, on my birthday, the Yellow version of Pokémon released for the Gameboy. I snapped it up and played that and Pokémon Red continuously.
I still played my Sega Master System II a lot, but with that being at my Gran & Granda's 24/7, the Gameboy Pocket got much more use.
Christmas 2000, I got a Playstation. Further fuelling my gaming addiction. I played Rugrats Search for Reptar on it constantly. I was only 8, but I definitely had some games that weren't designed for a kid my age. I had GTA, which was awesome, and was my first taste of an open world game on consoles. I also had a pretty odd one for a young girl (was in a bundle of games that my Granda picked up at a car boot) - Duke Nukem Land of the Babes. It was a great game, you played as Duke Nukem (of course) and you had to go around doing what he does best. Kicking ass and saving babes.
Crash Bandicoot and Spyro were also high on my list of favourite Playstation games. I had Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped and Spyro 2 Gateway to Glimmer, still have both of them, and they were just amazing (still are!).
Whenever I play Spyro or Crash games, it just takes me back to when I was younger.
In 2004, I started high school - and gaming went to the back of my mind a little. I had a Gameboy Advance SP that I occasionally played, but I'd had it for about a year at this point, and my interest in it had worn off a little, as I wanted to go out with friends more.
My Uncle Jim got a PS2 not long after, and that drew me back into gaming. Playing games like GTA Vice City and San Andreas, and many other games too.
Around this time, I also got a PC (after begging my parents for YEARS) in order to play games, but to also keep in contact with friends (who lived near my school, 20 miles from my house) after school, since I couldn't spend time with them as I was so far away. I got The Sims and lots of expansion packs, and I was back into gaming with a bang.
Sadly, a year later, my Uncle Jim passed away - so memories of playing games on his PC and PS2 with him will always hold a dear place in my heart.
His PS2 then became my PS2, along with the games. I avoided playing it for a while as it made me quite sad, but once I started playing it again, it brought back happy memories of my Uncle.
The PS2, along with my PC and occasionally my GBASP, were the only things I played on for a few years. I didn't tend to spend much money on new games, I usually just stuck to the games I already owned.
But in 2007, I gained two new consoles. Gifts, for passing my exams.
An Xbox 360 and a Nintendo DS Lite.
I absolutely adored them. I played constantly. Mainly playing Halo 3 on the Xbox 360 and a variety of games on my DS Lite. And this time round, I actually bought new games frequently, instead of just sticking to what I owned.
A couple of years later, I stupidly loaned my DS Lite and all of my games for it to my then-boyfriend's Mum, to help her to stop smoking. I didn't see it again for over a year, and when I got it back (after breaking up with the boyfriend), it was cracked and chipped, missing all but two games and it was stained brown from her smoking whilst using it (it had previously been pink).
In February 2010, I got with my current boyfriend, and father of my son, Allan. Since then, my gaming obsession (and collection!) has grown astronomically.
I still own my Sega Master System II, my Gameboy Pocket, my Uncle Jim's PS2, my DS Lite, and my GBASP. I sold my Xbox 360 and my original Playstation broke (so got binned somewhere down the line).
And since then, console wise, I've gained a black Wii, a black DSi, a white DSi, an Aqua 3DS, a PSP, a PS3 Slim, an Xbox 360 Slim, a Limited Edition Halo Reach Xbox 360 Slim, a Sega Saturn, a Dreamcast, a Limited Edition Pikachu N64, a Sega Mega Drive II and an Atari. Aswell as a Zelda GBASP, another GBASP, and a Slim PS2, a black N64, and a purple GBA, white GBA and ice white GBA.
So yeah, it's definitely grown. A lot.
Gaming has been a part of my life all these years.
And it's safe to say, it will be for many, many more.