Raven 42 's blog
I started gaming when I was really young, right around 1980. The first systems I recall playing were the atari 2600, and appleII. Back then my favorite games were pitfall, pacman, miner2049er and some text based adventure games like hitchikers guide to the galaxy and zork. Though those were fun systems and had some cool games back when they were new, I spent most of my time trying to get into any arcade, or corner store that had a couple arcade cabinets to play games like Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Galaga, Pac Man, etc. With all those things said though I think the point were I knew that I loved gaming was Christmas 1986 when after much persuasion(my red rider BB gun moment)I received a Nintendo Entertainment System. It was only the basic model with only the "Control Deck" and a copy of Super Mario brothers. I had desperately wanted the system since I had a chance to play it at a friends house the year prior. My parents also got another game for me with the console, and although I had seen it on some weird television commercials I didn't know anything about the Legend of Zelda. I do know that over that Christmas break I played legend of zelda religiously until I completed it, I am sure that I took breaks to eat and sleep as my parents wouldn't let me sit there all day but I do not recall those breaks. I had always really liked playing games up until this point but this was the moment were gaming started to become more than just "get X amount of points" were I could get a game and read the story in the manual, look over the artwork on the box cover and manual and really imagine being part of an interactive story. Graphics weren't great back then, especially when you look back, but there was so much more the the developers added to the manual and box art, add in items and manuals with great precursor stories about the world and characters that you were about to interact with. I still share this same love of gaming today, although I have grown up and had to spend time fostering a career and relationship I still make time to game. I love the games and not the systems that they are on, I have played on an own every modern system that is out. I have played games across the PC,Super NES, NES, PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox, XBox360, Sega Genesis, Dreamcast, GBA, DS, 3DS, PSP, PSvita, Android, Ios, and will play them over whatever system they make in the future. It has been amazing to watch gaming evolve over the last 30 years and it will be interesting to watch were it goes in the next 30.

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