Yesha Callahan

Open Thread: Console Wars- What Game System Did You Own?


Two Hollywood producers are about to bring gaming to the big screen. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are in talks to make a movie based on Blake Harris’ book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo And The Battle That Defined A Generation, which tells the story of the corporate battle that made the gaming industry what it is today.

Nowadays when I look at the game systems I have in my house, I can’t even make sense of where to start when I want to do something as simple as use Netflix or Amazon video. I don’t even bother picking up the control to actually play games because my mind can’t grasp the idea of all of the buttons.

But back in the day? That’s a totally different story.

Growing up we were late on the game system bus, pretty much because we couldn’t afford to have one. But one Christmas, aunts and uncles chipped in and got us a Nintendo system. And it was over.  I can’t even remember the countless hours I spent shooting ducks and squashing mushrooms.  Let’s not forget controller cramps.  How many people remember blowing into the games when they stopped working?  There wasn’t any scientific evidence that it worked, but it sure seems like it helped.

After Nintendo, I made the transition to Sega. Countless hours were lost my freshman year in college due to my Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter addiction. There wasn’t a dorm gaming tournament I didn’t enter. Although I was the only girl taking part in most of them, I earned the “respect” from the other gamers after I successfully whooped their asses.

After college, my love affair with video games ended.  In my house sits an Xbox and PS4, none of which I ever touch besides to stream Netflix or Amazon.  My son still laughs at the stories I tell him, because for him, it’s still hard to believe that his mother was a “gamer”.  Maybe one day I’ll have to give him a run for his Microsoft Points.


Clutchettes, which consoles did (or do you) own? 

  1. February 24, 2014 - Reply

    My younger cousin is big on video games and he always had the news games when they came out. Me and my sister couldn’t catch up to him so when we got games it was to late. I owned the Playstation, Playstation 2, and a year ago got a xbox just for the Kinect just so I can play a dancing game. I feel behind again since now the Xbox one is out but I am starting to think my video game playing days are coming to an end.

  2. February 24, 2014 - Reply

    Due to my cousin’s collection and my moms nostalgia of atari i believe I grew up a gamer. My first system was Nintendo 64 which I still have, when I was younger though I mostly watched my mom since some aspects scares me in the games.

    Now she’s downgraded to a casual gamer, I can’t talk to her without getting through candy crush and solitaire first.

    Tbh though these new gen consoles seem unnecessary to me though I know eventually I’ll have to buy one.

  3. February 24, 2014 - Reply

    Super Nintendo
    Nintendo 64
    Playstation 1, 2, 3
    Xbox 360, ONE

  4. February 24, 2014 - Reply

    I still have my Super Nintendo with all my 13 games, when I get bored with playing Xbox that is my go to.

  5. February 24, 2014 - Reply

    None. My mother banned them all from the house. By the time I was old/earning enough to buy my own console, I didn’t have the time for the gaming life.

    Oh well. It could be worse.

  6. February 24, 2014 - Reply

    Awww yeah, this is my kinda thread!
    Let’s see…my brother and I were the gamers in the house, so we went through a few systems.

    Super Nintendo
    Sega Genesis
    N64…and this from the time in between my childhood well into my teens.
    Now that I’m older, i just leveled it down to a few systems; Wii and PlayStations 2 and 3.
    The PS3 is mainly for Netflix and the other two systems are stored in a plastic container in the back of my closet.

  7. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    I had the Sega Master System while everyone had NES but I loooooved that thing. Even the games at the pizzeria were Sega so it just made sense. I upgraded to Sega Genesis but now I have Wii which I use to play both Sega and NES games.

  8. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    NONE lol.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: