This week, I thought it might be fun to talk about some of my favourite shared video game experiences with Rannie because today is our very own Photojunkie’s birthday! As siblings for over 30 years, I can safely say that there have been many grabbed controllers, blocked TV screens, and angered resets. But mostly, lots of laughs and loads of fun. So from me to you, brother, here are my Top Three Gaming Memories
Our family’s first gaming console was a ColecoVision. At the time, it was said to be better than the Atari 2600 or the Intellivision because of its “superior” graphics. This is where it all began — hours upon hours of us playing games like Mr. Do, Mouse Trap, Lady Bug, and my personal favourite, Cosmic Avenger. Even now, when I hear those repetitive lo-fi tunes from any of these games, I inevitably grin from ear to ear. And although I wasn’t old enough to play the more advanced games like Zaxxon, Looping, and Heist, I still enjoyed watching my big brother make his way through the levels with ease.
One Christmas in the early 1990s, our parents decided to get us a TurboGrafx-16. Weeks prior to the holiday, our family had been out shopping and we happened to see it on sale for a mere $50. Now, the more widely popular Super Nintendo was also readily available at the time, but it was hard to compete with that lower price tag. I remember us not really wanting that system at all, but being stupidly happy when we finally opened it. I think it was because it was one of the few times in our entire lives that our parents had earnestly attempted to get us something in secret. A true surprise. That effort alone meant more to me than any other 16-bit console could. Shortly after, Rannie bought himself a Super Nintendo. I have no idea what happened to the TurboGrafx-16.
On November 19, 2006 at midnight, Rannie and I approached the front doors of the Stouffville Walmart and prepared ourselves for a very long night. We were the first two people in line and we waited 6 hours in the freezing cold to get our grubby lil hands on the Nintendo Wii. He, of course, documented his score. I brought my DS with me to play with while we waited, but I couldn’t really feel my hands. The thing I remember the most was the moment right after we made our purchases, when Rannie yelled at me to get back to the car quickly before we both got jumped by an angry Wii-less mob.
Happy Birthday, Rannie! xo