I’ve been playing since I was in kindergarten, as far as I can remember. And my first console was the venerable Family Computer or Famicom. If my memory is to be trusted, the first game I ever played on this console was Elevator Action – no it’s not a porn game. The list of games I played back then was a tad extensive, probably not as extensive compared to other people I know. For nostalgia’s sake: Super Mario Bros. (who didn’t), Pac-Man, Mappy, Lode Runner, Goonies, Excite Bike, Adventure Island, Twin Bee, 1942, 1943, Balloon Fight, Double Dragon, Double Dribble, Contra, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, Star Wars, Top Gun, Spy vs. Spy, Popeye, Nuts & Milk, Mega Man… damn the list goes on, too many to mention. I was a really busy kid.
I had two Famicoms in my lifetime, for a good 5 years. I broke the first one trying to cheat my way through Star Wars. There was this cheat “code” I learned from a friend where you can jump to the different levels of the game, except it wasn’t a code, it was more of tinkering. You had to insert a coin inside the light gun socket and sort of move it up and down forcing the “teeth” of the socket to move. The top and bottom teeth should move at the same time to make the level skip. Needless to say, I broke the console doing this thing over and over again. It’s no surprise I broke my second Famicom in the same way (yeah I love Star Wars). Lol. After that, my dad had enough of my tinkering and swore not to buy me another Famicom again. I never even finished Star Wars despite all the cheating, it was a fracking difficult game!
It was with the Famicon that I realized I had skills in gaming. I had friends and family members asking me for help with levels they couldn’t finish (except the games that I couldn’t finish myself of course). It was the start of my gaming lifestyle that would eventually see me as a competitive gamer, and also push me to pursue a career in the game development industry.
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