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The Life And Times Of A Video Game Fanatic

The Life And Times Of A Video Game Fanatic 

by THE INFAMOUS JCITY™

For as long as I could remember, I have been a video game fanatic. It’s been the one constant thing in my life ever since I was a child (well, that and jerking on my dick watching wrestling) and will continue to be until the day I die. What started out as fun and games has turned into a way to kick back, relax, and escape all of my real world problems. Video games are my drug of choice and there is no better high than beating a level, earning a trophy or completing a game. It’s the reason I can spend over $400 on a PS Vita+games and not regret a damn fucking thing about it. I didn’t always have the luxury of buying the newest video game system though. It’s been an interesting journey just to get to this point so join me as I relive my life and times as a video game fanatic.

The first video game I ever remember playing was Duck Hunt on the original Nintendo Entertainment System at my cousin’s house. It was so much fun wasting so many hours shooting ducks on the TV with the orange gun the game came with that I begged and pleaded to my parents to get me my own NES. They agreed, but only if I earned it by doing chores around the house and other menial tasks. In the meantime, I would always go to my cousin’s house to get my video game fix. After growing bored with Duck Hunt, my cousin ended up getting games such as The Legend Of Zelda, Contra, RoboCop, BattleToads, PunchOut and all of the Super Mario Bros games he could handle. I loved going over to his house, especially on the weekends when I would sleep over and we would stay up all night playing the hell out of that NES.

So, after months of doing chores and being on my best behavior, my father came home and told me he had a surprise for me. I was so excited. This was the moment I was anxiously waiting for, I was going to be the proud owner of my very own NES COLECO VISION?… WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT?!? To say I was pissed the fuck off would be an understatement. I hated my father for the longest time behind this. He tried his best to sell me on the Coleco Vision and how it was the greatest thing ever, even better than the NES, but I wasn’t trying to hear that shit. The system just didn’t appeal to me, the controllers were beyond hideous and the games fucking sucked.

My Coleco Vision came with 3 games; Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr and Zaxxon. No matter how much I tried to love those games, I just couldn’t. Deep down inside I wanted to play the games everyone was talking about on NES. I never did get any other games beyond those three and to make matters worse, every time I talked about Coleco Vision with my friends, nobody knew what the fuck I was talking about and as a result they made fun of me, all because my dad was an idiot and brought me the wrong fucking system. At this point, my love for all things video games (and parents) was starting to fade until…

My cousin got a Super Nintendo Entertainment System! And not only did he get a Super NES, but the spoiled little prick got a big box of games to go along with it. I never knew what jealousy was until I saw that gray gaming console with its glorious purple buttons. I wanted one so bad, but after the Coleco Vision fiasco I didn’t trust my father to buy me another video game system. I had no choice though, so we cut another deal where I would have to earn a Super NES by doing chores while getting good grades in school. Seeing as I was a good kid at this point in life that seemed easy enough. In the meantime, I had a fucking blast going over to my cousin’s house and playing his Super Nintendo. I basically lived at his house that Summer because I never wanted to go home to my shitty existence of being a Coleco Vision owner.

To this day I still think Super NES is one of the greatest systems I have ever had the pleasure of playing. It had the best graphics for its time and it had one of the biggest collections of high quality games I have ever played. I wasted so many hours playing awesome games such as Super Mario World, Final Fight, Final Fantasy 3, Chrono Trigger, Earthworn Jim, NBA Jam, Donkey Kong Country, Street Fighter Alpha 2,  Megaman X, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Double Dragon, Home Alone 2, WWF RAW, Killer Instinct and so many more great games that this list can go on and on and on. So, did I ever get my hands on my very own Super NES? Well, not exactly…

My dad, being the idiot that he is, once again fucked up and brought me the wrong fucking video game system. Instead of getting me the Super NES like I asked for, he ended up bringing home a Sega Genesis. At first I was mad, but then I realized people actually know this system and while everyone was enjoying their Super Nintendo’s, they all wanted to try out the Sega Genesis and I was the only one that had one in my circle of friends. While people would brag about playing Super Mario World, I would talk about how cool Sonic The Hedgehog was. While people played Final Fight, I was kicking ass in Streets Of Rage.

(Fun Fact #4538: The Coleco Vision controller was fully functional with the Sega Genesis).

This was the first time I ever remember there being a console war and it was great being able to say I played both systems in their prime. As time went by I started getting more games for the Genesis including; Beavis and Butthead, Ren & Stimpy, Fatal Fury, X-Men, Comix Zone, Tiny Toon Adventures, Golden Axe, Shinobi, Road Rash, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Captain America And The Avengers, Double Dragon, Vectorman, Splatterhouse 2 & 3, all the Sonic The Hedgehog games and the one game that almost put an end to all of my video gaming, Mortal Kombat.

At this point my parents would just buy me a few games here and there without really knowing what they were buying until they saw me doing fatalities in Mortal Kombat and banned me from playing any and all violent video games. I was fucking pissed. As a Mortal Kombat fanatic that was one of the worse things they could have possibly done to me. I still got my fix by playing at my cousin’s house, but it just wasn’t the same. In order to make it up to me, my dad asked me if there was any other game system I wanted that had more age appropriate games, so seeing as I was a fan of the Sega Genesis I decided to go portable and asked him to get me a Game Gear with a few Sonic The Hedgehog games. Looking back at it now, I should have just asked for a SNES. FML. Anyways…

Instead of getting me the Game Gear I had asked for, he ended up buying me a yellow GameBoy Color that came with the Pokémon Yellow game. I should have seen that one coming. I don’t know if he found joy in getting me the wrong video game systems, but it never fucking failed with him. Thinking back on it, I should have always asked for the opposite of what I wanted. I’m sure he would have finally gotten it right if I did it that way. So yeah, I was never really into my GameBoy or Pokémon so I ended up giving the handheld system to my little brother. The only other portable systems I ever owned was the original Nintendo DS because I wanted to try the Castlevania games, the 3DS which fell into some water and now doesn’t work and the PS Vita I just brought a few weeks ago. Even though I’ve never been into handhelds like that, I have high hopes for the Vita, but enough portable talk, let’s get back to the home consoles…

As time went by, both the Super NES and the Sega Genesis were starting to be phased out in order to usher in the next generation of video gaming. Everybody abandoned the systems that gave them so much joy throughout the years in order to get their hands on the newest technology available. The new systems everyone was talking about were the Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64 and the new and unproven Sony PlayStation. Mostly everyone I know went with the proven player in the game, Nintendo, and jumped into a new phase of 3D gaming with their 64’s. At this point my parents calmed down over the Mortal Kombat violence so I decided that instead of asking them for a new system, I was going to take all the money I had saved and buy my own damn system.

I never had a more difficult decision to make as a youngster. Not too many people were into Sega Saturn and the games available left a lot to be desired. I was going to purchase a Nintendo 64, but then I thought to myself, I can go over to my friend’s house and play 64 anytime I want. Plus other than GoldenEye and all the exclusive wrestling games on the 64, I didn’t really like the direction of the games I saw. The graphics were all boxy and the games were child like. Seeing as I always ended up with a different system than everybody else, I took the gamble and went with the PlayStation. Best choice I ever made! Sony’s video gaming console changed the way I looked at gaming forever.

While my friends were playing their little childish games like Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, I entered a world of mature gaming. Metal Gear Solid, Parasite Eve, Resident Evil 2, Final Fantasy 7, Tomb Raider, Bushido Blade, Dino Crisis, Driver, Gran Turismo 2, Soul Reaver, Need For Speed and many more games changed the way I played games. Before I was all about the fun, but with PlayStation, I was all about beating and perfecting my games. I became a serious gamer. People would go on and on and on about how their 64’s were awesome and all I could do was laugh at them. Those fools, they didn’t know what they were missing and I took great joy in being the one that introduced them to the world of PlayStation.

Shortly after, people outgrew Nintendo, which was hell-bent on sticking with family friendly titles and as a result more and more people flocked to the PS One. The unproven system ended up becoming the king of all gaming, but Sony was just getting started.

When the PS2 was announced, I almost jizzed in my pants. Never in the history of everdom had I anticipated the release of a video game system as mush as I did the PS2. I was one of the first people to get the console and I must say that this was hands down the best video game system I ever spent money on. Even ’til this day, with all the newer technology and technically advanced games, I still consider the PS2 to be the greatest video game system of all-time, even surpassing the Super NES, which is no easy feat. The PS2 had the best games ever. I absolutely loved playing God Of War, Devil May Cry, Onimusha, Call Of Duty, Tekken Tag, Medal Of Honor, Castlevania, all the WWF/E games, Gran Turismo 3, Grand Theft Auto 3/Libery City/San Andreas, Hitman, Madden NFL (pick a year), NBA Streets, Max Payne, and so many other great games.

PS2 improved on everything that made the PS One great and then some. It was such a complete video gaming experience that I completely overlooked Nintendo’s GameCube and Microsoft’s Xbox. I simply had no interest in playing any of those systems because to me, the PS2 was everything I ever wanted in a video game console. Even ’till this day, I have never played a GameCube game and I once tried playing the original Xbox at a friend’s house and I just didn’t like it. The controller felt weird in my hands and other than Halo, none of the games really appealed to me. Speaking of weird controllers…

I did manage to put my PlayStation bias to the side and picked up the last system ever made by Sega, the Dreamcast. I always thought Dreamcast was underrated. I loved the arcade style games I owned on the system such as Crazy Taxi, WWF Royal Rumble, House Of The Dead and Jet Grind Radio, but my favorite game on the system had to be Shenmue. That game was all types of awesomeness that I’m about to go on eBay and repurchase the system just to play it again. My love for Dreamcast was quickly diminished though since Sega decided it was time to move on, abandoning the system shortly after it came out. Such a shame, because the Dreamcast had the potential to be great. Oh well, at least there was PS2 to keep me entertained.

Once the PS2/Gamecube/Xbox generation came to an end, I decided to get a Nintendo Wii because I thought the motion sensor controllers where a great innovative feature. After two weeks of playing around with the Wii, I quickly became bored of it. I even brought Wii Fit as a way to make the system more appealing, but I grew bored with that too. Nintendo continued to stick with the family friendly games I didn’t care for and thus I can honestly say that other than Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, I never bothered to buy a game for the Wii. To me the Wii will go down in history as the greatest dust collector of all time. Easily the worse video game system I have ever purchased.

When the PS3 came out I was excited to get it until I saw the $600 price tag. Sure it had a Blu-Ray player (back when it was a luxury item), but I wasn’t about to spend $600 on a video game system. I was going to finally take the plunge and cross over to the Xbox 360 side, but then I started hearing about the “Red Ring Of Death” so I just decided to wait for a price drop on the PS3. When I finally got my PS3, it was the greatest day ever, until I went to play God Of War 3 and had to wait over an hour for the game to install on the system.

WHAT THE FUCK?!? I was pissed and if anyone was to ask me what has been the worse thing about this generation of gaming, my one and only complaint would be the mandatory installs. I fucking hate waiting and with all this new technology I don’t understand why this is even an issue. Never in my video gaming life had I had to wait for an install. The only worse inconvenience I can even remember when it came to playing games was having to blow on a cartridge if it wasn’t working properly back in the Super NES/Sega Genesis days.

Other than that this generation has been great. I love the polished HD graphics of my games, Blu-Ray went from something I didn’t really need to an absolute must have and games like the Uncharted series, Killzone 3, Assassins Creed, Dead Space (series), iNFAMOUS, Grand Theft Auto 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, Rage, Batman Arkham Asylum/City, Bioshock (series), Resistance (series), Bayonetta, Saints Row: The Third, Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2 and 3 and many more, have cemented my loyalty to the Sony PlayStation brand. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Xbox 360 hater and I loved playing Gears Of War at my friend’s house, but I’m a PlayStation guy for life.

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I don’t care how old I get or what the future of video gaming holds, I will always be a gamer. What about you? Are you a gamer? Ever owned a video game system? Which one was your favorite? Sound off in the comments and thanks for reading.

And don’t forget to add me on PSN: D_3VIL_CITY

  1. Capt. Smooth
    March 15, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I want another Marble Madness, dammit!!!

  2. Nameless Cunt
    March 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Normally I dislike any and everything you have to write, but this one time you actually seem to know what the hell you’re talking about, and it wasn’t a terrible read. So good job, you are officially mediocre.

    • March 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Why keep checking in if you dislike everything I write? Oh, because you’re a fucking idiot. Carry on…

  3. March 15, 2012 at 8:48 am

    The “Red Ring of Death” is definitely not an urban legend. It’s real…it happened to my brother’s Xbox…he had to get it replaced. If you buy a Xbox 360…BUY A WARRANTY!! You will need it.

    • March 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

      It happened to my neighbor too and turned me off from Xbox 360.

      • Capt. Smooth
        March 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

        Sounds like an STD.

  4. Storm Trooper
    March 15, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Awesome blog!

  5. Chadam
    March 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Final Fantasy FTW!

    • Lee
      March 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Square Enix has dropped the ball on the last two Final Fantasy games. FF 7 & 8 will always be my favorite games in the series.

      • Chadam
        March 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        FF13-2 is badass, have u played it? or just judged it unfairly like everyone else? But I agree, 7 and 8 were top fucking notch.

        • March 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

          People saying that Square Enix is “selling out the franchise” because they feel Final Fantasy is becoming too much of an action game that caters to the Call of Duty generation and doesn’t play like the turn based games of RPG past. Some fans can’t handle any changes, no matter how small, but I still see a RPG at the end of the day that is trying to bring in new fans to the franchise. Nothing wrong with that considering I’m more of an action game fan than a RPG fan.

  6. Devastating David
    March 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I officially started with the Atari and then the Atari 2600. I remember wanting the coleco vision. Man I have been a gamer from way back and this post brought me back. Hella dope post my brother.

  7. Kyle
    March 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Great read man. This took me back to when I was a boy and all I cared about was Super NES and Sega Genesis. Those were the days. I eventually grew out of gaming, but I still give my PS2 some love every once in a while. Games and systems are far too expnsive these days for me to keep up with the latest.

    • March 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Prices always drop. PS3 is $250 now and should be an even $200 by the end of the year. You can also get plenty of top name games for cheap now.

  8. March 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I play my ps2 every week.

    • March 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

      I play my PS3 at least 1-3 hours a day, be it games or Netflix, unless there’s a game that sucks me in and has me playing all night. It happens more often than not, lol.

  9. March 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    James Bond Golden Eye on N64 was awesome!

    • March 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Hell yeah. Everyone used to love that game until Grand Theft Auto 3 came out and became the new critically acclaimed must own game.

  10. March 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Awesome story JCITY bro! I love playstation to! As a matter of factual evidence, ahaha, I’m just bought the PS Vista! Love it dude, ahaha.

    • March 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

      What games you got for Vita?

      • March 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        FIFA & Uncharted! Ahahaha, so fun!

        • March 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          I got Uncharted, Lumines, Rayman Origins, Motorstorm RC (free game for a limited time only), Little Deviants (came free with the Vita), Mutant Space Blob, Super Starship Delta, Escape Plan and Touch My Katamari for the wife.

  11. March 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Anyone ever played The Godfather for PS2? I love that game!

    • March 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I played it on PS3 and it’s good. You should look into the Scarface game for PS2, plays kinda like Grand Theft Auto, but it’s Tony fuckin Montana kicking ass, taking names and selling a shit load of coke.

      • March 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        Never really saw the movie but sounds cool so I might have to get that game.

        • March 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

          You never seen Scarface!? I’ve seen that movie like 50million times. It’s one of those classics everybody knows like The Godfather and GoodFellas.

          • Capt. Smooth
            March 19, 2012 at 5:48 am

            Never seen any of those. i’d like to, but I just keep forgetting, or have other things to do.

  12. March 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Is the Max Payne PS2 game fun? I have been thinking of buying it.

    • March 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Max Payne games are cult classics. You can probably find them for $5 online somewhere. True Crime Streets of LA is also a good game and you can unlock Snoop Dogg complete with Gold Twin Dessert Eagle’s and a Purple Pimped out Cadillac.

      • March 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        yeah…amazon has several sellers offering used copies for $1 ($4.99 w/ shipping).

        • March 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

          That’s what I like about older systems, the games are dirt cheap, but just as good as they were before.

  13. TKO
    March 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Look man, I don’t know you very well but we got similar taste in music, movies, wrestling and now games? I see you been playin mass effect 3 on the psn while I been lost in fallout 3. Its almost like I wrote that cuz I got a genesis and said fuck mario over sonic (kinda) graduated to ps1 then 2 and dreamcast then ps2 then wii and finally the ps3. Same trip. Hada wait for god of war 3 and it was worth it. Most of the games you mentioned were in my catelog too. Very dope read my dude. Plus you watch jersey shore, a joe budden fan…you might be the coolest mufucka I’ll never meet

    • March 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Great minds think alike. I usually don’t like Sci-fi games, but that Mass Effect is pulling me in. Hopefully I can beat it before Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City comes out.

  14. March 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I have a PS3, but got most enjoyment out of PS2. Looking back, not sure if I’d of spent 600 euro on a PS3.

    • March 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

      PS2 is the best system ever, PS3 is catching up though.

      • March 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        I do love PS3 but not really much of a gamer anymore, that’s what I meant.

        • March 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

          I know what you mean. I have my moments where I game all the time, then sometimes I stop for a long time, then pick it back up.

  15. Capt. Smooth
    March 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Anybody remember this?

    • March 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Nope, but it reminds me of BomberMan and Digger.

      • Capt. Smooth
        March 19, 2012 at 5:49 am

        Imagine playing that while high.

        • March 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

          I don’t have to imagine, lol.

          • Capt. Smooth
            March 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

            Well, Mario does eats shrooms.

            • March 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

              Hence why he gets big after. It’s all a hallucination.

              • Capt. Smooth
                March 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

                *mind blown*

                • March 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

                  I think Mario’s creator said that once. I was like oh shit. Makes perfect sense too.

  16. March 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I haven’t played video games regularly in probably 5-6 years. I have a Wii, but like JCITY said, its pretty terrible and there’s nothing good for it. I might might play it once every few months to suck at WWE 12. Video game habits are too expensive.

  17. March 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    They’re expensive only if you’re a broke motherfucker…

  18. March 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    You have uploaded a fantastic site.

  1. March 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

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