As a child, one of my best qualities and hobbies was playing video games. There was no better time to play than during bedtime when you could spend hour after hour playing and I had a habit of sitting down at my computer and staring at the screen in my bedroom for hours.
During the first few years of my life I was the kid with the huge collection of games, with many hours of game time being devoted to them. I played video games every day, often with my father. The only time I had the time to sit down in front of the television for some hours was for a family dinner and I had the opportunity to play on my own as a teenager.
This was one of those rare times when you could watch a game from beginning to end, and you got to sit down on the sofa watching those games in their entirety and you enjoyed them while they are being played.
As with all my interests that were childhood-based, one of my earliest memories is actually playing Super Mario Brothers on a NES with my father. It was then, as with most early memories, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the game (despite the fact that it wasn’t really even a good copy!) and just enjoyed them like I would a good book.
One of the things that attracted me to the Mario games was that there was nothing like them to be found in my home. With only one console in my home, there was nobody to play them on so when I would play, I would always end up having a lot of fun. I would go straight back to the television and again, we would watch the games just one at a time until I ended up in front of the television with those games that I was so eager to play.
I got my start in gaming playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my NES while I was at school and it was my friend Mike whom gave me Donkey Kong Country for my first console (and not an official Nintendo system since the game was made by another company). My friend Brian, who I know from school, had bought an Advance model, as he was very poor financially. We weren’t particularly big into consoles but he was always an impulsive purchaser of games so he thought he would be the right one to be given the console. He had been playing the Game Boy at about the same time as I but that system was already on the market at the time but no one had bought the Advance model which was the best version of the Game Boy