My first taste of computer gaming was with the Nintendo family computer. I used to take turns with my eldest son, who was about six years old at the time, on the castoff unit from my sister, who had upgraded to the latest version. We had game cartridges for Mario, Galaga, Bomber Man and such. The cartridges themselves upgraded to the point where multiple games were housed in one cartridge. I got hooked on the thing to the point of waking up in the middle of the night and creeping downstairs so I can sneak in a few games before the household woke up.
I suppose you could say I levelled up with the introduction of the Personal Computer into our household. This was the time when a PC didn’t have a hard disk, and that you operated with two floppy 5.25″ drives; one for the DOS and one for your computer program or game. When we finally got a hard disk it was a whopping 128mb (yes you read that right, 128MB) which had enough room for a higher version of Windows 3.11, Wordstar and Prince of Persia.
When I started on a regular job I’d lost touch with the latest innovations in video gaming. It was only recently when I actually saw a PSP and what it could do. My co-worker had brought his to the office and showed it to me, and I just looked at it, I didn’t even touch it, as if I was wary that I might break it. I asked my 16 year old son if by chance he was interested in one, just so I’d know what to save up for come Christmas, but he said he didn’t want one, he’d rather have an iPod shuffle.
So it looks like there’s no pressure. I can be a kid again and take the time to review all the handheld systems guides and video games guides on my favorite wiki website, SHOPWiki. There’s no better place to learn about the latest in video gaming technology.
Go and get your game on!