As a child of the 80s, [born in ’81] I was really sad as a kid that I didn’t have an Atari. I missed out on that craze, but thankfully there was an arcade where I could play some of those hits the way they were “meant” to be played. But when the NES dropped, I was fortunate enough to get one. Like a lot of kids I knew, we were poor and couldn’t get a ton of games. So everyone had to be picky. I had a few really good titles like Batman, Metroid, Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt. But I wanted Final Fantasy. I didn’t get it until much later. But I was talking to a friend the other day and we were reminiscing about fond video game memories.
And for me, one of the greatest of my earliest childhood, one of the first, was Dragon Warrior 1. It was given away in Nintendo Power, and none of my friends wanted it so I wound up with two or three copies. I fell in love with RPGs right there on the spot. Challenging, brightly colored, a fantasy RPG franchise that would only grow and grow. One of my fondest memories was scouring this game to learn its secrets and figure the most efficient way to get to/beat the Dragon Lord. I got there, FINALLY, after what feels like an eternity. I decided to join him after he asked, and what happened? The screen locked up! I was so sad! Was it on purpose? I had not saved in so long. . . took me six months to come back to it.
So my question is this: Do you have a childhood gaming memory that comes to mind? Why not leave it below?