My Video Game History

Like most kids of the 1980’s the toy I wanted more than any toy was the NES.  I used to sit on the floor in my grandparents dining room in between a desk and the wall pretending that the air return vent was a small TV and I was playing Duck Hunt.

Me at age 17 with my collection of NES games for a school photo (yes, I was (am) that nerdy).

Me at age 17 with my collection of NES games for a school photo (yes, I was (am) that nerdy).

When my older cousin Jamie got an NES for Christmas he called me and told me that I needed to come over and play Karate Champ and Super Mario Bros.  When I went to visit with my cousin I asked if I could play Duck Hunt and he told me that I had to play Mario.  I played even though I didn’t really want to and was blown away by how fun the game was.  It started an obsession that has lasted since I got an NES for Christmas in 1988.

My NES collection as of 2012

My NES collection as of 2012

I was obsessed and wanted to play every game I could get my hands on.  My cousin’s neighbor had Double Dragon but we weren’t allowed inside his house when his parents weren’t home so we stood outside of his bedroom window and he fed the controller outside to us.

In 1996 my little brother Luke got the Sony Playstation.  At school it was all anyone was talking about.  It seemed everyone had forgotten about the NES.  I still enjoyed the older games and seized an opportunity to play games I could never get my hands on before.   My NES collection consisted of just a few games so I began asking people if they had any old games they didn’t play anymore.  I was surprised to learn that most people were willing to give me their old NES games as they had moved on to the SNES, Genesis or Playstation.  By the end of 1995 I had over 100 games and almost all were free.

A Duck Hunt shadowbox I bought from etsy, a shadowbox with the power glove, Super Mario 3, and a sealed DVD copy of the Wizard. After making this I saw an episode of The GameChasers where an almost identical shadowbox was on display. A stack of Nintendo Power magazines from when I was a kid.

A Duck Hunt shadowbox I bought from etsy, a shadowbox with the power glove, Super Mario 3, and a sealed DVD copy of the Wizard. After making this I saw an episode of The GameChasers where an almost identical shadowbox was on display. A stack of Nintendo Power magazines from when I was a kid.

In 1997 I started a geocites website called “Hoz’s 8-bit Nintendo Page” where I compiled stories from collectors from around the world.  The website was very primitive and lasted for 3-4 years before I went to college and never updated it again.  The website is gone and all that is left are a few screenshots I managed to snag before geocities disappeared.

 

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This is the original header for my Nintendo webpage from the late 1990s

 

I still collect NES games today but now it has become a pretty popular hobby so the games are harder to find and the prices are going up.  I doubt I will ever own every game but I am getting pretty close.  I currently (as of May 2014) have around 670 games.

 

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My game room as of 2012

This blog will be updated when I beat games.  I will post memories from playing the games as well as a review and screenshot of me with the final screen of the game.  Feel free to share this blog or leave comments on how I can improve it.

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My game room October 2015

9 thoughts on “My Video Game History

  1. Hey I remember your old Geocities site from back in the day. I miss the good old days of NES collecting when you could waltz into any video store, toy store, friend’s house, relative’s house, garage sale, swap meet, flea market or even Funcoland and walk out with an armload of classics for next to nothing, or better. Now I check out places like Disc Replay and see they’re selling Super Mario Bros. 3 for 20 bucks….really? Good to see some of the OG collectors are still out there.

    1. That’s awesome that you remember the old site! I agree with you, even if you find a game that you need in the wild the prices have gotten ridiculous.

  2. hey man I remember your old NES site too, I chatted with ya a little bit on AIM back in the day. I agree with both of yall about the prices, it’s gotten nuts lately. Anyway it’s cool that you’re still big on NES and updating a page about it!

    1. That’s cool to hear. Do you remember what we talked about, I assume NES stuff? That’s what I love about the internet, people come together to discuss shared interest and lose touch for over a decade and then find each other again.

      1. yeah i think we mostly talked about your site. the thing that sticks out to me from that convo was that you told me you had switched web addresses and was in the process of getting your own domain name or something of that nature. and yeah man i agree, we were all a bunch of kids who loved the NES and connected through that mutual love of the system.

    1. Wow! Thanks sharing. I haven’t seen that site for years. I thought it disappeared with geocities. Kind of embarrassing to go back and read the site, lol.

    1. I have never beaten Ninja Gaiden. I haven’t gotten past level 6-2 yet. (Nunca he golpeado Ninja Gaiden . No he llegado más allá del nivel 6-2 todavía.)

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