How did it all start?
My love for gaming started in 1993. My brothers and I waited patiently by the door ready to see what Santa had brought us. As we opened the door there it was… a Super Nintendo complete with Super Mario Allstars. It was our first games console and what a console it was, so good in fact it’s still in the family along with all the games we got over the years, we played it almost every day, even our dad played. It was just that good ! As time went on, video games and consoles changed as we all grew up, then one day in 2012 I came across a box in my attic. It transpired that I had just stumbled across all our old games and the SNES, I brought it down and had a little play, all the memories came flooding back and my love for games was found again once more….
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"I got addicted to the retro gaming scene"
How big is your collection?
Since 2012 my collection has grown dramatically. This was due to me missing out on all the other classic games/consoles over the years because we were a one console family.
I ended up buying over 20 consoles from different generations because I got addicted to the retro gaming scene due to getting quite popular on twitter and hearing everyone else’s memories.
However this isn’t a bad thing, every game I own and each console gets played often and I love every minute of it. Over the past 3 years I’ve picked up hundreds of games for my consoles and my collection is so big it literally fills my front room.
Which item do you treasure the most?
The Item I treasure the most has to be my SNES. To me it doesn’t matter about the value. The SNES reminds me of a time when we was the most happiest, which was when we were children, so it’s the pure nostalgia and memories which I treasure, it just takes me to a time when me, my two brothers and my Dad would huddle around a small 14” TV playing Mario Kart taking turns trying to beat one another. As brothers, we never really hung out together unless we was playing the SNES so it was good family time, both my brothers have moved away now so I sort of inherited their games. I’ve never claimed they are mine, they are still theirs too and always will be.
Is there an item you are still on the search for?
To be honest the only one thing I crave is a copy of Earthbound. The problem is that it wasn’t released in the UK so therefore I would have to buy a NTSC SNES or a Famicom to play it (and learn Japanese).
I remember growing up and hearing about this game and seeing it in all the magazines and was very upset that I would never get to experience it. This game is now very rare and very expensive, so it doesn`t look like I will ever get to play it properly on a console, Other than that I`m all good, I’ve got what I need/want now so I don’t buy many games anymore.