The banner for my blog shows a variety of old and new video game consoles. I did not really start out as a console collector but the fever started a few years ago. So, based on the photo above, I’m going to go from right to left (just like Hebrew) and write a little about each console in my collection.
Sony PlayStation 2 – Original design. This system technically belongs to my son, Nate. I bought it for him as a Christmas present when he was about twelve. His stepmother and I set him up beautifully. We kept giving him things like save cards and joysticks for the PlayStation 2 even though he didn’t have one. Shannon kept acting a little upset with herself saying things like, “I thought that was the game system you had, I’m sorry” I can still see young Nate patting her on the knee saying, “It’s OK. It’s the thought that counts” After all the present were opened, I pointed out to Nate that there was still something in the corner behind the Christmas tree. The look on his face when he discovered it was a PS2 was priceless. That memory for me is all the more bittersweet since Shannon passed away from breast cancer a few years ago. I’m happy to share the video from that moment. At the end of the video his happy screams trigger the “Clapper” that I used to turn the Christmas tree lights on and off!
Sega Genesis – It is a little hard to see the Genesis in the photo. There are not nearly as fantastic memories about this system. I was never a huge Genesis fan boy but I picked up this system at a Goodwill store in Charlotte. They have a store called Computer Works that is often filled with older consoles and games. I also picked up Sonic 1 and 2 with the original cases. I also recently picked up Aero the Acrobat. So this console is more of a collector’s purchase. If anyone has a good recommendation for a Genesis game to try please leave a comment.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System – I will openly admit at any video game twelve step meeting that I am a Nintendo fanboy. I mentioned in an earlier post my memories of playing Legend of Zelda on a borrowed SNES. This is how I received my first SNES as a gift. I was in my twenties and married to my son’s mom. We were dirt poor then. I was making minimum wage working at a warehouse and she had a job at a mortgage company. At our church, we were part of a group of friends that were doing much, much better financially than we were. I mean, one of the girls in that group was given a house by her parents as a wedding gift. We had a gift exchange during the holidays and my “Secret Santa” gave me a Super Nintendo. It was such a quality gift – I could not believe it – especially since I had given my Secret Santa person a candle or something. No one there could understand my excitement at the gift though so I felt a little out of place that evening. But who cared? I was able to play Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid, Castlevania 4, and We’re Back – A Dinosaur’s Story to play. (We’re Back was more a favorite of my son) So thank you Josh for my SNES, wherever you are now. You were very generous.
I will be writing about my console collection every Sunday until I have talked about each system. Stay tuned!