The Burning Question: What’s your most treasured video game memory?

Every week there’s a PlayStation-focussed podcast called Beyond! which I sometimes listen to. While I don’t enjoy every aspect of the show, one segment is usually very good. The segment is called Memory Card and the basic premise is that listeners write in with their favourite PlayStation memories. The hosts then choose the best ones, read them out and we all have fun reminiscing about our similar histories and how video games have a marvellous way to bring us together. It’s a great idea that I’m hoping to ‘borrow’ and tweak for this week’s edition of the Burning Question. So here goes… What’s your most treasured video game memory?

You know what I’m talking about; We all have those special video game moments we look back on. It may have been what sparked our interested in games, influenced our tastes later on or even landed up affecting another aspect of our lives entirely. But it’s a treasured memory we look fondly back on and for one reason or another stick with us throughout our lives. To start us off I’ll give you one of mine…

Famicom with the Fam

It’s was over two decades ago. I can’t really remember exactly where we were, but I know it was a big family outing to the coast. Somewhere near Durban, I think. My whole family is sitting in the lounge huddling around a small TV and our first ‘Nintendo’ system. In my mind, I remember it looked like the original Famicom but it could just as easily have been a knock-off. I don’t remember everything we played, but it must’ve been one of those 101-in-1 bootleg cartridges and I have a vague recollection of playing Circus Charlie with my aunt and my Dad playing the old NES Tennis.

Not only is it one of my earliest video game memories, but now, looking back, it was probably one of the first times I would’ve experienced the power that video games have of bringing different people and ages together. It was also the console where I first played Super Mario Bros. And therefore the reason I fell in love with Nintendo. Pretty good memory, I’ve gotta say.

So now, it’s your turn. Tell us your most treasured video game memory and let’s all reminisce together…

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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