I'm brazilian and, like mos of you, grew my passion for gaming since an early age. I play video games since my earliest memories go. My systems of choice were Nintendo's since my favorite childhood series were Pokemon and Mario and also because videogames have always (and still are, although a liiiitle bit more accessible today) been super-expensive around here, so I had to choose between Nintendo or Sega, and later, Sony. Yes, I was loyal to Nintendo and its characters to the point that when I got my N64 at the age of 10 or so, my dad wanted me to buy GoldenEye for me, but since it didn't include any of my beloved Nintendo Characters and had that serious tone, I refused to play it when he bought it, only really giving it a go about two years later (yeah, what a missed opportunity huh?). At least when I got into it I had a blast playing the split-screen multiplayer with my school friends.
Moving on, I only acknowledged that there was a world outside of Nintendo on my adolescent years, when I met friends who owned Playstation 1, 2 and potent gaming PCs. Wow, I thought, all these super-cool, serious and super-violent games, never would make into a Nintendo platform, mused I, too bad I can't afford them... Series like God of War, Resident Evil, Metal Gear and GTA really caught my eye and left me envious of my friends. Fortunately we had this habit of always carrying our consoles to sleepovers so I could play all these, otherwise unreachable, wonderful titles.
Never say never though, for when I had my gloriously under-appreciated GameCube, during my 16~17s, I thought, "Man, so many games I wanted for my GameCube, and so many I wanted if I had a PS2 or PC..." I couldn't afford many games at the time because my high-school was expensive and my parents were always on me to get my studies right and get admitted in a top-notch public college (Here in Brazil, public colleges usually are the best around). So I had only 4 or 5 GameCube games and 5 or 6 GBA games. Most of the time I rented many great titles at a my neighbouring rental store. They had a great selection of GC titles: Resident Evil 4, Metroid Prime 1 & 2, Baten Kaitos 1 & 2, Skies of Arcadia, Viewtiful Joe, MGS: Twin Snakes, etc.
Anyway, I was admitted in law school of the college I wanted and my gaming life came to a turn!
In 2008 was the beginning of my game-shopping spree: I traveled to Canada and obtained my Wii, along with Smash Bros Brawl. OK, nothing big, bu then, at 2010, the avalanche came: I traveled to San Francisco and bought Metroid Prime Trilogy, Wii Sports Resort and the unthinkable until then: it was September, 30th, one day before (continue...)