Firstly I would like to give you a little insight as to what I'm about before I rant my opinions about all things gaming related. I guess I first experienced the joys that gaming could offer at the ripe old age of Five. I can recall my Dad returning home with an Atari 2600 and the family crowding round the 16" TV (if somewhat very vaguely). The soothing sounds of the blips from pong or frantic "WAKA WAKA WAKA" of PAC-MAN was enough to hook me, and thus my love of gaming was born.
I was also very lucky as I grew up in a seaside town (Clacton-on-sea) when arcades were a fantastic place to be full of gaming cabinets and not cranes and fruit machines as they are nowadays. I cant even begin to explain the feeling I would get walking into the arcades and hearing all the sounds hit you with a pocket full of 10ps knowing you were in another world. whether it was crowding round a machine watching someone play or playing myself, these will always be cherished memories sadly arcades nowadays tend to be full of cranes 2p machines and fruit machines.
Going on from there I remember my friend getting a master system and we would play that together and had some great times especially playing Gauntlet together I also remember speedball was a big hit with us too, his Dad also had a PC which we would sometimes go on as well (once we had got past entering the long winded "type the seventh word of the 126th page" malarkey which was effectively a piracy deterrent on games back then. Id also go round to my uncles who had a NES and would love playing Zelda and Link , which I still believe to this day still stands as one of my favourite franchises ever! Although id obviously not yet experienced the amazing Link to the past on the SNES, but that will come later.
Many hours spent on this with my mate enjoying tiles such as
to name a few we regularly played at the time.
such a fun game to play with friends and ultimately very addictive and also challenging.
My brother had a Commodore 64 and other friends and family did have Sinclair's but nothing really grabbed me until the good old Master system and NES.
Ultimately here began Nintendo and Sega's battle for console supremacy.