Holiday Console Flashback
At the Stronghold, a lot of people have already grabbed their pre-ordered PS4's, and a lot are
eagerly awaiting the XBOXOne. All this talk about new consoles, and the fast approaching holiday
season reminded me about a Christmas morning a long time ago that I hadn't thought about for
I'm really guilty of being a retro-gamer. I love all of my consoles, but the ones that I return
to time and time again are the ones I grew up playing. Calling it nostalgia isn't really hitting the nail on the head, because I don't want to turn back
the clock and erase all of the advances of gaming. Modern games are great, and they are amazing
when you think about how far they've come in such a short amount of time. The reason I still have
the urge to replay old games fairly often is the way it reminds me of how I became a gamer in the
I remember vividly the first time I ever held a SEGA controller in my hands. I had to have been
about 4. My Grandparents and all my relatives from the East Coast were staying in San Diego
for Christmas. I'd wanted to be with all the other kids on Christmas morning, so I stayed with
them at the hotel they were renting by the beach. I don't remember anything else about that
morning other than the moment my Cousin tore apart the wrapping paper that revealed a Sega
Genesis. All the kids, myself included started freaking out, and the adults were barely able to
calm the riot long enough to make it through breakfast.
We took turns playing Sonic for hours on the terrible, grainy hotel television for the entire
weekend. Naturally we were terrible. But I will forever carry around the memory of the time we
spent together that weekend. I have a similar story about the weekend of my friend Adam's birthday that was spent playing Halo when the original X-Box had just been released. (After about 12 hours it was really just all of us trying to jump stuff off of overturned Scorpion Tanks in Blood Gulch, but you get the idea.)
What about you? What console or game do you remember falling in love with? Everyone has their own
story about gaming, and it's a big part of why it's such an interesting community. We are bound
together by entirely different reasons for loving the things we all love.
I'm off to play some games.