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Part one Years 1989 - 1997 "The formative years"SEGA Master system
Before playing Duck hunt on my niece's Master system mark one my gaming experience had been limited to playing some text based educational games at junior school on a BBC micro! But it was from playing Pac-Mania and Xevious on my Aunt's SMS mark II some time after that the gaming bug really bite me. A little while after this my parents where able to get me a SMS as they had now been reduced due to the the new Sega mega drive being released in the UK (this would be way back around 1991)
So that,s why Alex kid was my platform god and not Mario!!!
Super Nintendo (snes)
The Sega Master System kept me happy for a good while but by mid 1994 I was wanting more than what the humble master system could offer, and it did not help that I was now buying gaming magazines that where teasing me with pictures showing off the far better looking games on 16-bit systems!
My best friend already had a mega drive which was fun to play, but I had already seen photos of Donkey kong country by now and they had frigin blew my mind!!!
Seriously I was gob smacked by the photo realistic rendered graphics! plus it was my favorite type of game at the time a platformer :)
Now to anyone under 20 this might be hard to imagine but seeing photos in magazines in late 1994 (remember their was no home internet in 99.9999999% of people's homes back then) it really was something else. But the SNES was soooooo expensive there was no way I would ask for one!
Luckly for me Nintendo knew this......... and that the PSX (or Playstation) was coming out soon which could "steal" a large market share unless people had already got a SNES, so Nintendo reduced the UK price for X-mass 1994.
Now my parents already knew that I did not want a Megadrive (probably due to some stelth questioning or possibly due to me constantly talking about how wonderful the snes was 24/7)
So skip to Christmas day 1994 and the best surprise in my life EVER (this massive event in my life is recreated bellow)
Part two Years 1997 - 2002
Now that I had the SNES I was becoming a more obsessed gamer! not only did I have The great new Donkey Kong games to play but there where also a load of classic SNES games like F-zero Supper Mario world, Mario kart and possibly the greatest game ever Yoshi's Island (on which me and my dad got every red coin!)
Then in the summer of 1995 I remember going to a friend of a friends house and playing on a Sega Saturn and while I enjoyed playing Sega rally and a footie (soccer) game he had it (the saturn) seemed to be too much like an home arcade and I wasn’t into playing arcade games much. plus the SNES was still quite new for me and their were still loads of games I really wanted.
Also around that time a started to read some interesting roomers in the Official Nintendo magazine UK (ONMUK) about "project reality" which used Silicon graphics (which were being used to produce special affects in moves at the time) then the name Ultra64 and 64 bit CPU. This all sounded really advanced and pretty much made me ignore talk of the upcoming Sony PSX (PlayStation) as afterall what did Sony know about games! and also the now struggling Saturn which didn’t seem for me and who's days already seemed numbered.
So to cut a long story short I got more and more into this Ultra 64 thing and then in late in 1995 Nintendo finally released pictures of the new console (now known as the Nintendo 64) plus the controller and everyone was like "it has this cool (analogue) stick to control the 3D games that will be on it AWSOMOME!" But then 1996 came and By now this new Sony PlayStation console was starting to take off because it had a CD rom so it could play full motion video in games and it could play audio CD's too. also some good games other than Ridge racer were release for Playstation towards the end of 1996 like Tomb raider.
This caused most of my mates to "break" and ask for a PlayStation for Christmas 1996 while I waited...
And waited.... Now I wasn’t a Nintendo fan boy as such but the SNES had been such a revelation for me that I put my trust in the Nintendo 64. I had even saved Christmas money that I had been given and then after days of marking off dates on the calendar it came, Saturday the 1st of March and the release of the N64 in England!
(part two) To be continued...