I’ve been playing games since the days of Atari, but I never played a game that made me feel like I was in the world. Until one day when my parents introduced me to Sega’s Mega Drive console–a technological marvel at time- which featured an impressive array of color and graphics. Soon after, my obsession with video gaming took off as I began a life full of experiences thanks to this new form of entertainment.
The “media mega drive” is a video game console that was released by Sega in Japan on October 29, 1988, and in North America on August 14, 1989. It is the first of the company’s consoles to use an optical disc as its primary storage medium. The Mega Drive has sold 40 million units worldwide as of January 31, 2009.
Everybody has to begin somewhere. (photo credit: gaz be rotten)
A reader reflects on his experiences with video game systems, beginning with the Mega Drive, and how they’ve influenced his social life and beyond.
I was given a Christmas gift in the early 1990s that was the first system that started me into gaming. I was a pretty little child at the time, and I had no idea what video games were.
My cousin had rented a Mega Drive system with a copy of Sonic The Hedgehog, but I didn’t play it much the first time around. However, one of the most unexpected events in my life occurred in December 1991.
The Mega Drive, along with a copy of Sonic The Hedgehog, was there. As I progressed through the game and tried other games, I became more interested in gaming. Another wonderful game I played was Streets Of Rage, and because of the Mega Drive’s continual high quality of games, I decided to stick with it as my primary platform.
I used to possess an Amstrad PCW8256 computer, on which I spent a lot of time playing Sky Wars. When I used to go to a shop in Yarm to acquire games, I didn’t realize how fortunate I was to possess a nice PC like that in the 1980s.
One of the things the Mega Drive did for me was expose me to great games like FIFA, Double Dragon, Road Rash, and a slew of others.
Desert Strike, Jungle and Urban Strike, Castle and World of Illusion, Streets Of Rage, Road Rash, Cool Spot, Home Alone, Bubsy 2, Dynamite Heady, Fantastic Dizzy, Rystar, Golden Axe, Rolling Thunder 2, Two Crude Dudes, Tailspin, The Duel: Test Drive 2, Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge, Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, ToeJam & Earl, and so many other games that were the reason
The first PlayStation was released in 1996, but things were different back then, and I couldn’t obtain a PlayStation system for a long time due to circumstances beyond my control, thus I missed out on some of the finest games. Some of you may recall that in 1998, as more people grew interested, the PlayStation console’s expanding popularity saw a bigger demand, even if the games were still a little costly for many people. As a consequence, the initial PlayStation mod chips, which facilitated piracy, became popular.
Original versions of Destruction Derby and Porsche Challenge, as well as Gran Turismo, were my first PlayStation games. I was also fortunate to be exposed to fantastic games like as Die Hard Trilogy, Trash It, Monster Trucks, Discworld, Broken Sword, Metal Gear Solid, Tekken, Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto, Music, Alien Trilogy, Pandemonium!, Rayman, and a slew of others. I would never have seen some of the finest PlayStation games if it weren’t for a few buddies.
Way of the Samurai, GTA 3, GTA: Vice City, GTA: San Andreas, Tekken Tag Tournament, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, and Gran Turismo 3 and 4 were all classics on the PlayStation 2, plus the platform gave me a slew of other wonderful games that are far too many to mention.
The Xbox 360 is the one system that has also helped me open doors and make acquaintances in various regions of the nation. This console was not only online, but it also had some of the best games I’ve ever played, including Dead Rising, The Outfit, Syndicate, Frontlines: Fuel Of War, South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!, Uno, and Texas Hold’Em, all of which combined with the Xbox Live Arcade service made it one of the best consoles I’ve ever owned.
Through many appearances in major gaming magazines such as Xbox World 360 and The Official Xbox Magazine, the Xbox 360 system also helped me earn some fair degree of popularity and exposed me to some of the most incredible individuals out there. This console has let me establish friends all around the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, and even Norway.
With the assistance and support my friends have provided me, as well as the critical knowledge they have shared with me over the years, the Xbox 360 has allowed me meet some fantastic individuals and has also substantially aided me in my life.
I’ve been a part of the gaming community for a long time, and I’m still writing letters for others to enjoy, with plans to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X soon. I want to be extremely proactive with the community as well as the GameCentral staff, who have been really supportive of some of the Reader’s Features and letters I’ve sent.
Thank you for reading, and I hope that those of you who remember these consoles have fond recollections of them.
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