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The first video game that I ever played was Mega Man 2. I was about 3 or 4 years old, I was visiting my cousins, and they were the kind of cousins that got everything new and cool on the market. Huge Lego sets, K*Nex sets, Atari, Nintendo, you name it-my cousins had everything. They were playing Mega Man 2, and I just sat and watched them play for the longest time. The opening music, the animations, everything...it was like watching a Saturday morning cartoon only we were able to control the actions of the characters. They finally let me play and I lived about 5 seconds, but that 5 seconds was all it took. Ever since then I've been a video game fan.
My first system was the NES, and it came packed with Super Mario Bros. 3 which-to this day-I've still never beaten. I used to play sick at school-even on field trips-just so that I could go home and play Super Mario Bros. 3. The first game that I ever beat was Jackie Chan's Kung Fu Adventure or something like that. I never owned a Genesis, and I never owned an SNES, but after the 16 bit era...I've owned them all.
Lastly, I don't believe in choosing sides when it comes to the great console debate. I'm not a PC gamer by any means. It's not that I can't build a system of my own, or purchase one, it's just the keyboard and mouse controls that I can't get around, and something like Diablo III is never going to feel right with a 360 pad...so I just stay away from PC games-I'm a console gamer all the way. I own all of the systems, and I have no favorites. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, and I can't wait to see what the next generation of consoles brings.