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AndyLonn avatar 2:46 AM on 10.20.2012  (server time)
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, the gateway console to my gaming addiction

First of, I'm new here at Destructoid, and not a big blogger from the get go, so this might be interesting or I might fall flat on my face, But as my first blog post I thought starting where my fascination with games started would be a great place to begin.

Here we go:

I was born in Norway back in 1990, I currently reside in the coastal town of Haugesund. And over the years I've played games on most of the console's that have been released here. And the console I've probably enjoyed the most is the Sega Mega Drive

My earliest gaming memory is playing Prince of Persia on the first computer we had, along with Wolfenstein 3D, But on Christmas Eve 1993, me and my siblings got our first console, the Mega Drive (known as the Sega Genesis state-side)

The console boasted 16-bit Arcade graphics, and BLAST PROCESSING, I don't think me or my siblings (who are older than me) knew what an "arcade" was or what the hell "blast processing" did (To this day, I'm still not really sure what it does)

But what we did know, that this was the single most coolest thing we'd ever gotten from our parents, and as we found out the day after, most of our cousin's (who lived right in the neighbourhood) had gotten the same console, just different games than we had.

Hours upon end we played games like Sonic The Hedgehog, California Games, Tiny Toons: Busters Big Adventure, Toy Story and more.

As I grew up I eventually moved on to newer console's, but my siblings quickly outgrew the facination with games, but here I am, 19 years since I got my first console, Writing a blog post on a video game website. Needless to say. The Sega was my gateway into the gaming culture.

Many years have passed, and many console's have come and gone since I first played the Sega Mega Drive. but looking back at the console's that I've owned over the years, PS3, The 360, Wii, PS2, and PSX. the one I keep coming back to is the Mega Drive.

A few months ago, I found myself wanting to relive the magic of th Mega Drive, and so I asked my dad if he knew where my old Sega was, We searched the attic of my childhood home and found the Sega and a couple of games

Sonic the Hedgehog
California Games
Toy Story
Tiny Toons.

So I brought it home to my appartment, cleaned the console properly and plugged it into my 55'' TV, and the console worked from the get go, and I was hooked right back into Sonic The Hedgehog, doing loop the loops on the Green Hill Zone. I went on Ebay and ordered some more games, Games like

Sonic 2
Sonic 3
Sonic and Knuckles
World of Illusions starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Mickey Mania
Road Rash 2

And the ball kept rolling, Soon I was doing research on what specific version of the console I had, it's capabilities and now, a couple of monts later, I guess I can consider myself a collector of some sorts.

I've ordered several more games and will probably order more, the collecting and reliving past memories is exhilarating, And I've only just begun, Now I'm eying a Nintendo Entertainment System, And soon I might be like this guy

Wow, I just started writing and this thing just took on a life on its own, I really didn't have an exact plan or composition to this blog post, but it's my first on the site, just give me some time to get the feel of it, and I'll promise to try and be better at writing blogs

Do any of you have any memories of the Mega Drive / Genesis?
Any games you would reccomend me to check out?

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