The Sega Days
That Christmas I remember seeing a advert on TV for a games console and of course wanted it straight away. It was the Sega Mega Drive and the advert was for Sonic. Seeing it lit up my eyes, this technology driven game with a fast blue hedgehog that I could control on the TV blew my mind. Sure enough (thanks mum) I got one for Christmas and that was the end of it all. I soaked up everything I could, the latest game store was down in the local town and I rented every game I could and try to finish them all within the 2 day rental limit we could afford. The best about those times was that my mum was big into it as well and my younger brother was mesmerized by it (at age 3). We used to sit up till all hours playing columns 3 (Tetris Clone), my mum is just a little bit competitive (and still is). We used to get hot chocolate and sit by the open fire and play to our hearts content.
Final Fantasy VII
From there my love of gaming grew and most recently developed into the Gamevan. I stayed a Sega man for the next few generation until once again a new advert caught my eye. A train running around a pillar in glorious graphics, the theme song playing directly to my soul. It was to become my favourite game of all time. Final Fantasy VII on the PlayStation 1 was the single greatest gaming experience of my life. Not only for the game itself but for the connection it brought, it brought me and my brother closer together at a time that was very disruptive at home. He wasn’t a big player himself but he would watch and watch as I put over 100 hours into this game. He would know every part of it like he was playing it himself. Still one of my fondest memories of that time.
From there gaming was ingrained in me although as I grew older it became harder and harder to relieve some of those fondest of memories. It wasn’t until about 4 years ago where I met my soon to be wife that gaming starting to re-appear. She bought me a mega drive mini (non official) and we sat up, drank wine and played streets of rage 2 and others till dawn. All those memories and feelings of when I was young came hurdling back and it set the stage of what the next 4 years would take me. From trying to build a new frontier of gaming related services and events to failing and falling hard, only to be brought back up again by those closest to me to try again. Now on our 3rd CD (FFVII ref), we have ventured into the Mobile Gaming Event Space, where our knowledge and experience and love for gaming is truly shining through. Being able to be a part of those memories that we now provide to people of all ages is a brilliant way to give back after gaming has given so much to us.
“Find something to believe in, and find it for yourself. When you do, pass it on to the future” – Solid Snake