While we all love our PC games, some of our fondest gaming memories were in front of the TV with a console. The Nintendo Entertainment System practically raised an entire generation, so to say that consoles aren't a big part of our gaming heritage would be remiss.
Marcus: I learned all about video games from the NES, but these days when I get the inkling to play any of the old school games that are stowed somewhere in a box in my basement, I just break out the emulators that run fairly well on my iPhone. The oldest console that I still have hooked up to a TV is a Dreamcast, which will always have a special place in my heart. *Reminisces of days gone by with Jet Grind Radio, Skies of Arcadia, Soul Calibur, Space Channel 5, Shenmue, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Crazy Taxi.*
Jane: Well, doesn’t this bring back traumatic memories? I would be able to say NES, if some jerk hadn’t thrown mine away when I was a young’un. For the purpose of this story, let’s call this jerk “John McEntegart,” because that’s his name. One day I went to play my NES, and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Just a single lonesome controller. I asked my father, “Dad, if you were a NES, where would you be?” His response, “In the bin.” My dad threw my NES away because, and I quote, “But you have a PlayStation now, you don’t need it anymore.” I think that controller is still in my dad’s place. It no doubt reminds him of the first time his daughter ever went full on Village of the Damned on him. Memories. Oldest console that wasn’t thrown away by some jerk during my formative years? Xbox or PlayStation.
Tuan: I haven't touched a console in a long time, let alone an old one. The last console I spent anytime with was my PlayStation 3. These days, if I play any old game, it's through an emulator. Despite this, sometimes I still wish I had my original NES or Genesis.
The question of the day is: What's the oldest console you still play on?