When Christmas day rolled around, I felt this huge urge to hook up the old Super Nintendo and spend the day playing some of my old favorites like Super Mario World, Duck Dogers, Street Fighter II, and more. Unfortunately I didn’t get to, but I did think back on some of my first memories of video games and shared them with the kids.
The very first memory would actually be about going to the Bristol Mall in Bristol TN and seeing the arcade there that was called The Gold Mine. However, on that fateful trip, I didn’t get to step inside and relish in all the goodness it had to offer. I simply got to walk by it and gaze in amazement at all the flashing lights and tingle with excitement from all the sounds coming from within.
So my actual first experiences with video games in any form would be when my cousin Tim first got his Nintendo. Somehow, I had missed out on all of the marketing and talk surrounding the Nintendo when it was launched. I had never seen nor heard of such a thing. One day while visiting the grandparents, my uncle Ernest mentioned that he had gotten Tim a Nintendo Entertainment System, and that I should come over and play Super Mario Brothers.