Honestly, I don't know when I started loving video games because I can't remember when I started playing them. My dad says I came out of the womb with an NES controller in my hands. Though that sadly isn't true, I know I started quite early. Now, at the ripe old age of 24 I have flash memories of being a little tike playing Mario, Star Fox, and Zelda, and I know I had played Metroid to completion by the time I was three.
However, I can tell you about the first game I fell in love with, and that game was Battletoads. I can still remember the first time my dad rented it for me, when we went to our local ice cream/video rental shop, one summer day in 1994. I remember the first time I plopped down on the floor in front of the television. I can even remember blowing into the cartridge before I pushed it into the console, just to make sure it would work on the first try. As soon as Rash set his feet onto that red desert floor, I fell in love. It was only an overnight rental, so I spent the entire evening playing it. I even went as far as sneaking back out after my parents went to sleep to keep playing (only going to bed just before they got up the next morning). After that first night, I had to have more, so I bugged my dad into renting it again, and again, and again. We rented it so many times the store owner gave it to us because we had spent well over what it was worth.
I played that game every day for a year and brought it everywhere with me. Though I had beaten the game several times over, I was never done with it. Sadly, the top of the cartridge had broken it half exposing the chip inside. Soon after, the game would only load into a mash up of colors with a high pitch squeal noise that would drive my parents up the wall, but that didn’t stop me from trying several times a day. I would tell myself, “Maybe this time!” and do it over and over, to no avail. One morning I woke up and could not find the game anywhere. After that, I cried the entire day and only quit once I was told I would get a new copy, though that never happened. It took me months to get over the loss and start playing, as well as enjoying, other games again. Of course, they were fun, but no game would ever hold such a close spot to my heart. To this day, Battletoads is still my favorite game that has ever been made.
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