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New Poll - First Console
This week's poll was suggested by Karonhioktha. Most of us have played video games. Which was your first console system? I believe the first I ever played was a friend's Game Boy

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Have you ever had a crush on a teacher?
Yes, and something happened - votes: 98 (2.5%)
Yes, but nothing happened - votes: 1286 (32.9%)
Nope - votes: 2524 (64.6%)
There were 3907 total votes.
The poll ended: December 17th, 2022 11:12pm PST

Those 98 people... hmmm...
Posted by lambchopsil on 
December 17th 11:17pm
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» Suxinn on December 17th, 2022, 11:32pm

I got my Game Boy Advance SP and my GameCube around roughly the same time, though I think the GBA came first. I still have it lying around somewhere. I wonder if it still works.


» Joese on January 4th, 2023, 9:30am

Mine was also the Game Boy Advance SP. 😀

It came in bundle with Pokemon sapphire.


» Midlife_otaku on December 18th, 2022, 2:10am

Haha. My dad had an Atari 800. Soooo old school.


» LazyReviewer on December 18th, 2022, 3:53am

My second cousins had a NES, so that was my first console experience in the 90s. They would upgrade to SNES, and another (first) cousin got both an N64 and Playstation (original) when those came out. A neighbor had whichever Nintendo console had Donkey Kong Country (not the N64, so I think it was the SNES).

My first games include the original Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt, as well as Donkey Kong Country all at about the same time.

My own first console was a Sega Genesis (and someone stole my copy of Sonic 2). I paid $15 for the console, 2 controllers and games, and the original xbox had been out a few years. I had Sonic 1-3, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, Power Rangers (a 2d fighter), NHL95.

It wouldn't be until I was 14 when I had earned enough to get an xbox 360 just after the red ring of death fiasco. Then the greatest commercial ever happened (Mad World, Gears of War) which is the only time in my life that I saw any kind of advertising and went, "I have to have it."


» makhan on December 18th, 2022, 3:57am

The first console I played on was Pegasus, which was an unlicensed Nintendo Famicom clone for Eastern Europe.


» hesssu on December 18th, 2022, 5:43am

I'm surprised my fellow Sega gamers such a high percentage! I guess this site must have a bit of an older average age than I expected. Interesting!


» bkwrmatk on December 18th, 2022, 8:28am

Where's my Commodore 64 crew??

Ahh, I feel old just admitting to having one! 🤣

Did anyone else have to program their games before playing? My dad had a subscription to COMPUTE! magazine, which came with game code. So every month I had new games to play as long as I sat down and typed in all the code first. 😎


» kurotaito on December 18th, 2022, 8:52am

My eldest sister had a Gameboy. Still play it every once in awhile.


» mallika23 on December 18th, 2022, 9:09am

NES, I think? I vaguely remember my brother, mom, and I played Battle City, Magic Jewelry, Mario, and Tetris when I was little. I also still remember we played Popeye, Circus Charlie, Dig Dug, and some other classic Nintendo video games too.

We've never got any new consoles afterwards since it's quite expensive. No PSP, Gameboy, NDS, etc.. So either I used emulator or borrowed my friend's console. 😅


» Aremon on December 18th, 2022, 12:24pm

Did vote for Commodore but it might have been an Atari as well... One relative had a Commodore and another had the Atari. Can't really remember which I played first. The first console that my family got was the NES however.


» hkanz on December 18th, 2022, 1:45pm

Gameboy (my sister's) when I was really young. When I was a tween we got an N64 and then Playstation and I was heavily into games for awhile, but I rarely play anything now.


» viktuurishipper on December 18th, 2022, 6:20pm

Nintendo 64: playing "SuperMario64" and several others for hours, makes me nostalgic. 😎


» kaloo on December 18th, 2022, 7:40pm

My first gaming experiences were definitely MS-DOS games, but the first console I had was a Genesis.


» Sugarshark on December 18th, 2022, 9:41pm

colecovision was my first home console; so many 5 yr old tantrums playing Donkey Kong
although I played on an atari 2600 a year earlier


» vigorousjammer on December 18th, 2022, 11:53pm

The first video game I recall playing was Super Mario Bros. on an NES, which I played in the early-90s, so my answer is Nintendo.

Soon after, I recall me & my brother getting multiple Atari 2600s from various yard sales (they'd always sell the console alongside the games, so if we wanted more games, we'd have to buy the console as well). I think we ended up with about 4 of them (three of the regular model, and one of the re-designed slim model from the 80s). I remember really loving Combat, Space Invaders, and Pitfall!, as well as some lesser-known stuff like Barnstorming and Towering Inferno but I also remember a lot of the games being pretty janky, such as the sports games.

Around the same time, we also got a Commodore 64 from a yard sale, along with a floppy drive for it (a big 5 1⁄4-inch drive), and a bunch of bootleg game disks. I remember playing stuff like Bruce Lee, as well as California Games. I never had the cassette tape deck, so I didn't have to suffer through the long-ass load times.

Approaching the mid-90s (I believe in 1994) we bought a Model 2 Sega Genesis, used, and a few games with it. I even remember the store we bought it from, which was called Microplay, located near the Centereach Mall in Centereach, NY, on Long Island (It later became a Gamestop, unfortunately).
I remember playing Sonic 2, of course, but also Toejam & Earl, Vectorman, and Revenge of Shinobi, among many others.

It wasn't until October 1996 when I found a SNES at a yard sale. I remember it was specifically October because I bought it from our neighbor days before we moved houses that same year on Halloween. It came with some great games such as Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars, Mega Man X and Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2... but the one I have the largest connection to is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
A Link to the Past was not only my first Zelda game, but also the game that showed me that games could be much more than just action games or fun smaller experiences. I had never played an RPG before that, and while Zelda games aren't exactly RPGs, they still have an expansive world to explore and get immersed in, and that's exactly what happened the first time I played A Link to the Past.
I truly think that... had I not played A Link to the Past, I would have stopped playing games soon thereafter. In 1996 I was 8 years old, and while I still enjoyed the simplistic mechanics of many retro games (and still do), I recall thinking, at the time, that video games were getting kind of boring. If I hadn't discovered this new facet of video games, I may have stopped playing them altogether within a few years. It's no exaggeration for me to say that A Link to the Past turned me from "someone that plays games" into a "gamer".

I went on to get a Saturn, Dreamcast, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PS2, N64, Switch, and PS4 (in that order), and I haven't looked back ever since!
I still own them all, and occasionally grab one of the old ones off my shelf and hook it up to play some retro games for some nostalgia. (I've also owned plenty of handheld systems over the years, but since my comment is already so long, and this post is about game consoles, I won't bother mentioning them.)


» docdesanta on December 19th, 2022, 10:43am

I vaguely recall having played on a multitude of systems owned by other family and friends at an early age. I only ever really got into gaming when my mother gifter my brother and I our own GBA tho. It's long gone but even now I still emulate some favourites on my phone.


» Karonhioktha on December 19th, 2022, 2:33pm

Sega for me, but not sure which system. All I know was that I played a lot of Sonic. My favorite console became the PS 1 and 2. Oddly enough now, I am mostly a PC game player.


» digital boy on December 19th, 2022, 5:41pm

I had a dvd player with a game cd (+3000 games, but actually, 30)


» VawX on December 19th, 2022, 7:46pm

I feel like my first console that I tried was either SNES or NES, but the first console I own was Sega Genesis mmm...


» F_J on December 19th, 2022, 8:25pm

I think the first console I ever played on was a Sony Playstation and I even the first game, it was FF VII.

Hand me down console from my uncle lol


» residentgrigo on December 21st, 2022, 5:08am

The C64 is a home computer in the same way a MAC or a Win machine. I went with Nintendo as I most likely played a SNES at a mall in the mid-90s in Russia. A Windows 98 PC was the first gaming device I had in my home in 1998.