I love personal lists. I love to keep track of the books I read or the music I discover.
My gaming biography, though, is pretty depressing:
In 1992, when I was 9, my dad got me a Sega Mega Drive for Christmas (I wanted a Super Nintendo, but he changed his mind inside the store).
In 1994, I bought a second-hand Super Nintendo and in 1995, a second-hand Game Boy.
I never installed video games on my family’s computer. I never bought another platform/system after that.
In October of 1999, I bought the first Pokémon game, “Pokémon Blue”, the very weekend it was released. I completed the game in 37 – magical, exciting, happy – hours over that same weekend…
…and that was the last video game that I’ve ever completed (or extensively played).
I loved video game culture (still do) and gaming magazines – and I’ve read almost all of them from 1993 to 1995: Mega Fun, Video Games, Man!ac, Total!, Gamers, Megablast, Sega Pro, PlayTime.
I read just about everything there was to read about the 16-bit-era (plus: this is where my interest in critics and written reviews comes from).
But I was never a very passionate gamer.
For what it’s worth: Here’s my video game biography… ca. 1990 to present-day.
Puzzles, Classics and Arcade Games:
Pong, Space Invaders, Snake, Solitaire, Sabotage, Tetris, Columns, Dr. Mario (1990), Mario & Yoshi (1992), Mario’s Picross (1995, but I only played it in 2002)…
…and, as recent, free browser games:
and Plants vs. Zombies
Games I completed:
Sonic the Hedgehog, 1991
Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 1992
Super Mario Bros, 1985
Super Mario Bros 2, 1987
Super Mario World, 1990 [my favourite game.]
Super Mario Kart, 1992
Zelda 3, 1991
Zelda IV: Link’s Awakening, 1993
Sim City (SNES), 1991
Quackshot (Mega Drive), 1991
Street Fighter II (SNES), 1992
Thunder Force IV (Mega Drive), 1992
Lemmings, (Mega Drive), 1992
Tiny Toon Adventures (Mega Drive), 1993
Rock N Roll Racing, (SNES), 1993
Star Trek: The Next Generation (GB), 1993
Aladdin (Mega Drive), 1993
Aladdin (SNES), 1994
Cool Spot (Mega Drive), 1994
Animaniacs (SNES), 1994
Shadowrun (SNES), 1994
Donkey Kong Country (SNES), 1994
Pokémon: Blue (GB), 1999
additional games that I started, but never owned or finished:
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, 1988), Mystic Quest (GB, 1991), Super Mario Land 2 (GB, 1992), Monkey Island (PC, 1990), Fantasia (Mega Drive, 1991), Legend of Mystical Ninja (SNES, 1991), F-Zero (SNES, 1992), Kirby (NES, 1993), Day of the Tentacle (PC, 1993), Mortal Kombat (SNES, 1993), Secret of Mana (1993), Puggsy (Mega Drive, 1994), The Lion King (SNES, 1994), Super Mario 64 (1996), Zelda 64 (1998), Banjo-Kazooie (N64, 1998), Tekken Tag Tournament (PS2, 2000)
games I WANT to play someday:
Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid II, The Sims, Scribblenauts, Super Mario Galaxy… and a good, recent Sonic platform game… if something like that exists.
and one last thing: Here’s a free, extremely well-designed Mario browser game I can recommend:
Super Mario 63.