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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  • AA95mp - September 17, 2009 7 p.m.

    not first
  • Typo - September 17, 2009 7:17 p.m.

    Toy Story 2 for the Playstation. Just like every other 7 year old at the time, anything with Disney printed on it in shiny, big letters, was immediately cool. I had spare pocket money given from my Aunt so I thought "Why not buy the game of my favourite film?". I enjoyed it so much, I remember striving to collect every single token to reach the final levels to rescue Woody. I hate it so much now.
  • conchking - September 17, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    The first game I bought on my own was super mario world on the gameboy advance when I saw some kid selling it in the school cafeteria.
  • Terro - September 17, 2009 7:27 p.m.

    Chicken Run on the Playstation. I had money spare from my paper round. I was 9 at the time I think and I remember saying "Wow! The Chicken Run movie is meant to be great! This is going to be better!". WRONG. On so many levels. It was essentially MGS with chickens. And no plot. And replace the cardboard box with a leather boot.
  • chrisda - September 17, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    The first game i ever bought on my own is still to be bought...
  • noobeater - September 17, 2009 7:44 p.m.

    Star Wars Podracer for n64 before that i had all the nes, snes, sega mega drive etc, and even acouple of games for n64 but that was first time i was old enough to buy a game and not need my dad playing it with me...i still remember my first gaming experience wth my dad all those years ago. thx for reminding me... those were the days. now i waste ,my money buying games and often trading them in at rip off prices.
  • Gahmah - September 17, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    first game I bought with job money was saddest of all, damnation on steam, first game bought with saved up money over years was a pc, graphics card & crysis.
  • Schnipke - September 17, 2009 8:15 p.m.

    The first game I bought with my own money I got from good grades was Kingdom Hearts 2.
  • FrozenImplosion - September 17, 2009 8:17 p.m.

    I can't remember what the first game I bought on my own was, but I bought my 360 all by myself after trading in games I had beaten from christmahanakwanzika, I felt very accomplished since the darn thing was so expensive. I remember getting Dead Rising right away, I still have yet to beat it, but I always have so much fun just randomly hitting zombies with benches, tvs, and other things.
  • Schmegeggi - September 17, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    The first game I remember buying for myself was DOOM!!! So many years lost, curse you John Carmack!
  • eliza0224 - September 17, 2009 9 p.m.

    Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 last year (on the same day). I had played 1 and 4, so I saved some money and bought them. That was probably one of the best days of my life =D
  • spawny0908 - September 17, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    Spider-Man for the PS1. I was walking a dog for cash at the time and I saved for a while for that game. And it paid off too! That game was awesome!!
  • silvereye - September 17, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    None ium afraid, Im only 16 but 1 day ill buy my own game. I do know of a friend who has bought a ps3 and xbox 360 with his own money..... form selling games his parents had bought him! LOL
  • kissmeimgreek - September 17, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    oops forgot to mention that it was for the Nintendo 64. Did i mention tht it blue GT and Forza out of the water before they even existed? cuz it did.
  • Hobojedi - September 17, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    Huhm.. that was a long time ago, and the memories of getting games are all mixed in with all the other games I got for birthdays and Christmahanaquanzika presents.
  • gmilf71 - September 17, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    Ratchet and clank 1. nuff said.
  • drprofessor - September 17, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    Friday the 13th for NES. Yeah, looking back I was a complete tool for that one, but I'll be damned if the game didn't scare the day lights outta me. I even actually beat the damn thing. Wow, my childhood is polluted with shitty games I've beaten. Go me.
  • key0blade - September 18, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    That was Chrono Trigger DS and by gawd I'm glad I did
  • Shadsy - September 18, 2009 2:09 a.m.

    Back when I was still 14, I had saved up enough random lunch and Christmas money to buy a copy of Doom 3. My parents dropped me off at Best Buy, and I was so proud to finally pick a game up on my own terms, let alone a violent one! Then I realized the state had passed an M-rated game law and my parents had to come in to clear it with the cash register. NOOOOOOOooooo I eventually bought Metroid Prime 2 a few months later but it wasn't as momentous.
  • AshLynx - September 18, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    Pokemon Crystal. Sold some of my old games off just to get it!

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