QOTW: What's the first game you bought on your own?

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This week's question:

What's the first game you bought on your own?

It could be the first game you bought after escaping the bonds of your parents with your very own driver's license, or the first game you bought with money you earned from your first job. In other words, what was the first game you acquired without having to beg for a Christmahanaquanzika present?

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Last week's question:

What's your fondest Sega memory?

Below are a few of last week's answers that tickled our collective fancies, but since we can't feature them all here, check out last week's article and forum thread for more...

Bobbety wrote...
"Whenever the SEGA logo sound came up my idiot friend would yell BAGELS. For years I thought that it said bagels. I didn't stop to think because I was just a little kid who hadn't heard of Sega before, all I wanted to do was play Sonic the Hedgehog."

Sega Logo sound bite Sega Logo sound bite


super0sonic wrote...
"This is easy and covers two games. Now when I was young I was in Nintendo’s camp, not because I liked them better but because we were poor. We owned a NES but my parents never bought a SNES instead every couple months we would rent one for the weekend from blockbuster, this later became the N64. Now we picked Nintendo systems because we knew them, it was rare we got to play a system so we wanted only fun stuff to play. So Sega and later Sony were ignored because we did not know them, we did end up getting a PC so I became a PC Gamer growing up playing shareware and game demos. But I knew about sonic and I really wanted to play his games. So fast forward years and I am at a London Drugs in there computer section and there is Sonic CD for PC!!! and I was so happy. Then a few years later I got Sonic and Knuckles for PC!! I was so glad that these games came out for PC and I still have both of them as seen in the pic I am posting with this. Sadly I have long since lost the case for Sonic CD."

Narte wrote...
" fondest memory has got to be the Sega Channel. I played pretty much every single Genesis game, legally (this was before the Gens and Kega emulators), and for only 11 bucks a month. Early demos called "Test Drives" of Earthworm Jim 2 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 blew my mind and unreleased games (in america anyways) such as Worms, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, and Battle Frenzy became some of my favorite genesis titles. I still remember the boot up and menu music like it was just yesterday."

zigs wrote...
"playing Shenmue as a 10 year old. Absolutely blew my mind, and completely changed my entire perspective on what games could be. Feel entirely indebted to Yu Suzuki, i doubt i'd still be gaming if not for Shenmue. I'd never seen a game with that much freedom in controlling the character, and with such a huge city to explore, with so damn much to do. I'd never even in my wildest dreams imagined how real a games world and protagonist could be, completely immersed myself in the whole game. And at that age, the pace of the game was utterly perfect for me, and things i'd probably hate if i played it now (QTEs, forklift minigames, etc) i absolutely loved at the time."

"Unfortunately, i never actually owned a Dreamcast, and my older brother had borrowed it from a friend in exchange for our N64, and despite the ~100 hours i played the game, i never got to the end of the game before my brother swapped the console back. also never got to finish Jet Set Radio, TrickStyle or Tomb Raider: The Last Chronicles. The bastard.

So actually, that's both my best and worst Sega memory."

Harmon20 wrote...
"Like many, mine was figuring out how to get past the first loop-de-loop in the first Sonic the Hedgehog on the first level. I tried on about 5 separate occasions to do it, until I realized I had to hold right after about 10 minutes of pondering it. Man, did I feel stupid..."

Sep 17, 2009

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  • Styrophoamicus - September 30, 2009 5:32 a.m.

    I don't remember if its the first, but the one I remember most was Mario Kart 64. I was so psyched about that game and I saved my allowance for something like a month and a half or something. After I bought it I would always put the cartridge back in its box and wouldn't even let anyone touch the box unless I said they could. Of course, eventually, the box got flattened and the cartridge it collecting dust out at the family cabin along with the N64.
  • suicidali - September 28, 2009 6:43 p.m.

    Incredible Crisis for PS1 And it's still the craziest game I've ever purchased
  • pepperdello - September 23, 2009 4:18 a.m.

    Goldeneye i remember it being 60 bucks and my dad thought i was a dumbass boy was he wrong
  • Yeager1122 - September 21, 2009 1:07 a.m.

    The first game i bought by myself was the orginal tomb raider but i was really young back then ic ouldnt beat games and never got past that room with the golden hand or whatever it was.
  • chilarome - September 20, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    so, im kinda young, and the game is Star Wars: Battlefront for the orignal Xbox. probably one of the best games ive ever played in my life. maybe thats cuz i kept getting 60- and 70-kill games
  • gamingfreak - September 20, 2009 3:46 a.m.

    I worked with my grandfather for weeks and saved my money and bought Jak1, Jak2, and Jak3 all on the same day.
  • xChiTownPlayerx - September 20, 2009 12:23 a.m.

    mine was rainbow six: lockdown. went to gamestop after the movies (saw blood diamond) and bought it used for $30
  • reroxas - September 19, 2009 10:39 p.m.

    I can't quite remember but I think it was either Kingdom Hearts 2 or Shadow of The Colussus. Either way both were bad ass games
  • Bobo - September 19, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    I played a ton of games beforehand, but i bought my first games at the same time i bought my first console, the PS1... With my first decent job when i was 17, i saved up what i could from 2 paychecks and got the brand new PS1 and here's the best part... the first games i got were Resident Evil and Tomb Raider, both new IPs that just blew me away. Resident Evil especially was so awesome that my friends who were watching that first night wouldn't let me play further until they came over to watch again. I couldn't resist, though, and played as far as i could but just didnt save. Tomb Raider was simply the biggest platformer i had ever seen and impressed for different reasons. These two games ensured that i was a die-hard PS fan for most of its years... until the Dreamcast came out anyways
  • gutlessVADER - September 19, 2009 6:31 p.m.

    lol Halo 2 ordered it online from Wal-Mart AFTER I had been playing Halo 3 for 9 months. I had never played it before but for some reason I got real nostalgic... the game just seemed more epic without 6 year-olds screaming in my ear.
  • RaIdEn - September 19, 2009 3:07 p.m.

    i think the first game i bought was sarges heroes 2 for ps2. my grandma gave me like fifty bucks for chritmas or my birthday and i went to eb games with my mom and she was like " are you sure you wanna-" i didnt let her finish i just started saying "yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!!" it was a pretty good game but it might not have been my first. GO SCORTCH!!!!!!!!!!
  • boxmeizter - September 19, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    the first game i bought from my own money that i had earned by helping the janitor on my friends' aunts' hotel was God Of War 1 - it is still one of my favorite games! i love u janitor lol
  • boxmeizter - September 19, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    the first game i bought from my own money that i had earned by helping the janitor on my friends' aunts' was God Of War 1 - it is still one of my favorite games! i love u janitor
  • Peefree - September 19, 2009 3:44 a.m.

    I remember I got a $20 dollar gift card for Walmart from a fundraiser at school and used that to trade the kid down the street for his copy of Pokemon Yellow. Never made a better deal in my life lol
  • Supermanoh - September 18, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    The first game I bought was Conker's Bad Fur Day. I was eight and wandering with my mother. I had done some chores for a neighbor and had 15 dollars. A stoned clerk who felt he needed to play a joke on my mother pitched it to me and I bought it, attracted by the box art. Best. Joke. Ever. To this day, one of my very favorite games.
  • WankyShitDemon - September 18, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    Timesplitters for PS2. Talk about a f**king amazing first game
  • grizzly311 - September 18, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    My first was Contra for the NES. I had to save months of allowance and lunch money, but it was so worth it. I also remember the only place that had it in stock was Montgomery Ward and they had a weird little game annex room. I feel old.
  • DoucheMcGee - September 18, 2009 5 p.m.

    The first game I purchased all by myself was Mega Man 6 for the NES. My parents let me take $50 of my First Communion money and buy a video game with it. I barely remember much else about that game, but after that, all of my video games and accessories were gifts until I purchased a Nintendo Gamecube in 2001. The best part about that, to me was, it was the first system I didn't have to share with my family as I did with the NES and N64. And my mom who worked overnights at Toys 'R' Us at the time, brought it home before the store opened.
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - September 18, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    Bases Loaded II Second Season for the NES. I remember getting it with the birthday money i got from my grandpa. The soundstrack was vintage NES sports and can't be forgotten, just like grandpa. RIP.
  • Mirako - September 18, 2009 2:45 p.m.

    Heh Alone in the Dark for the Wii it was an 18 for all the other consoles but it was only one of those white 16+ for the Wii so at 12 years old I bought a pretty violent game :D

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