What is the best (or worst) game gift you have ever received?

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It’s about beauty. Work of art. Officially licensed Sanrio products.
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This is easy. For years, my family has been conditioned on the fact that they buy video games if they need them. If you need hardware, find a way to buy it. I’ve been blessed with a way to get what I want, but there was one piece of hardware that always missed me. It’s a translucent pink Japanese Hello Kitty Dreamcast.

It’s not the special edition console that came with the pink VMU, keyboard, and. Hello Kitty Typing games were especially expensive. You can find them on loose eBay for hundreds of dollars. I wanted a pretty pink one, but I couldn’t justify the purchase. I have some dreamcasts. No matter how gorgeous, I didn’t need another one.

Please enter my parents. In 2018, there’s nothing practical on my Christmas wish list, so I suggested looking for a pink plastic award on eBay. With the great help of my spouse (my parents are in their 70s and 80s), they confused the eBay auction and managed to succeed even if they had to do it in two deals.


2014, the previous era. What was happening at that time? Riley made a computer.
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On my birthday in 2014, a lot of friends raised money and gave it to me to make a gaming PC. Before that, I was playing something on a very fast-burning gaming laptop, so I replaced it with a machine that could work but couldn’t play the game. It was a really sweet gift — I cried completely — and they helped me pick the parts and make them all. Having a gaming PC was great for a freelance career at the time. Because I was able to play games that I couldn’t do before. It definitely helped me get started with this job. It was a gift that I really kept giving.


It’s my original NES, my non-original, slightly upgraded Atari 800 given to me by a kind classic game friend who knows the story of my nerd origin.
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My family was friends with two other family members I knew through my father’s work. Dad of a family — everyone was heterosexual! — Was always buying the latest tech equipment, including video games. And at some point, the latest and greatest people lost interest in the old and began giving his family his takeover. is known.His first donation to our clan Atari 800 computer, The first gameplay machine I accessed at home. I loved it.

It comes with 15 or 20 cartridges, mostly games (one was the programming language BASIC).I immediately got a weird Atari 8-bit version Donkey Kong, Robotron 2084, centipede, Missile command, Star Raiders (I remember achieving the “Space Manager” rating at the end of the game), and the ultimate secret gem, River rescue..I also played a lot Ms. Pac-Man, It’s a game I don’t care about today. I was completely fascinated by everything that excites the beautifully shining phosphors on the TV screen.

That was it: I was officially a kid in video games. About 15 years later, the last technical gift of this kind man became his old Neo Geo AES console, which now smokes directly to me. Surprisingly, the smell was irresistible, so strangely I replaced it with a copy of the PC Engine. drum.. (This, even stranger, now seems to be more valuable than AES.)

My other best game gift should be NES. Despite my Atari romance, I was reluctant to have another new video game system. In the summer of 1987 or 1988, I stayed with some cousins, and they had NES with a dozen of common early games: Kung fu, Super mario bros., Double dribble, Ice hockey,Such. It was the closest thing I loved at a glance. (I remember I didn’t like it Punch out! !! But at first. ) When I got home, I was convinced that I couldn’t stand it, saying, “The friendship ended with Atari. Now Nintendo is my best friend.” My embarrassed parents soon forgave me and another Nintendo zombie was born.

For the worst game gifts, I once asked my grandmother for a NES Friday the 13th, One of the most famous bad games for the system, After borrowing once.. Children sometimes can’t explain.


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Who wants snow boots for a birthday present? It’s a practical gift, no fun. Maine, where I grew up, is known for its severely punished winters. If you walk to the school bus in mid-December, your child can easily freeze. This is especially true if the kid is a moody kid who prefers paper-thin buns slip-ons to more seasonal shoes.

So yeah, for my birthday (a good attempt; radiocarbon dating me as soon as I tell you the exact number), my mom bought me snow boots Gave me.

boots. Something for the third grade. It’s a practical gift, but it’s not always a cool gift.

After all, my mom pushed in two new copies of each Pokemon version, gold And Silver, For each It It was cool. What wasn’t very cool was that once you chose one, you had to commit and play to Elite Four before you could start the other. In other words, this is only dawning on me now as a result of the double-edged power of hindsight. Apparently my mother had a dormant dream. Pokemon Professor.This clearly dominated as I was finally able to put together both Lugia and rosters And Ho-Oh, I used to summarize and crush everything Pokemon-Playing a child at school. And frostbite wasn’t walking there either.


When you say that the Xbox controller is big, it makes your eyes round.Like a companionHave you ever seen Sega?
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It’s easy: the best game gift I’ve ever had was Sega Genesis. I remember thinking at the time that this was the best and greatest console I’ve ever had. I didn’t have a game magazine or YouTube. This Sega Genesis console in my house was great and I was able to play Power Rangers games. (((By the way, it was also the first game I’ve ever won.)

But what I didn’t know was that my parents were very smart and spartan. As it is today, games in the mid 90’s were very expensive. So my people will buy my brother and I old consoles and games. We didn’t care. They were new to us. And it saved a lot of money for my parents, which was good because we often couldn’t afford it. It also means I grew up playing something on the Atari 2600 and NES, but was born a few years after those consoles were relevant or new.

As I grew up, I learned more about my hobbies and started looking for new consoles and games, so this strategy would eventually become unsustainable. But for a variety of reasons, I never got another Christmas gift console after that Genesis. So it occupies a special place in my mind and is the best gaming gift ever.


He still has a cart! It looks like a festival here.
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There are so many that it is difficult to choose. Got magenta in 1998 Gameboy color And Pokemon Pikachu.. I was ecstatic. Finally, my handheld for sitting alone and playing games in the small corners of the world I want. The following year, my family bought a Nintendo 64. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.. A few years later, in a purely magical feat, my brother and I somehow got both a PS2 and a GameCube in the same year. One Christmas, two systems.My brother bought me last year Cartia For PS1, a jewel case and booklet are included. I haven’t played it for decades. I was happy just to have it.

But my favorite game gift is back in 1995. I think it was the year I got the Super Nintendo. My parents handed me a big package. Too big for video games. It was like clothes. I tore the wrapping paper halfway to reveal a black box with a large yellow sea star on it. “Earthbound.” Earth-What? I didn’t know what it was.My parents picked it up with clearance from nearby BEST department store It was out of business. The sticker said it was $ 19.99. Eventually I read the huge guidebook that came with it. I started playing late that day. I scratched and sniffed the scratch’n’sniff card included in the package. The monkey chewing gum had a sweet scent. The lit dog smelled like a tossed pepper.I slowly came to know what Earthbound It was really days and weeks away and I’ve been with me ever since … at least cartridges. The box and everything else that came with it was lost long ago. At one point, I chopped everything up to make a collage to hang on the wall. I also lost them. Maybe someday they will come back to me.

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