Gamer Girl Musings: My Childhood of Gaming

Welcome to another Gamer Girl Musing! Today I am going to be talking about gaming throughout my childhood: What systems I played on, what my favorite games were, and what I enjoyed about gaming.  There’s just something about the feel of a controller in my hands, the challenge of a good game, the various emotions that a gamer feels when playing.  Some games just really stick with you. 

Players become attached to certain characters while despising others; both love and hatred are equally important emotions to feel while playing a game because it’s better than feeling nothing at all.  If you feel complacent about a game rather than engaged by it, then you are not playing the right game.  Every gamer has his or her own style and genre of game that is preferred, even more so than what system they are playing on.

Some of the gaming systems you will see below were so cool at the time, but now they look dated. This is because we have become so used to playing with high-definition monitors and sleek-looking consoles. There is more than one top gaming tablet available to make gaming on the go easy. These devices make some of the older game designs look archaic. Archaic or not though it is fun to dive into my gaming past.

The first gaming I ever remember experiencing was on the Atari

Image8This was such a classic! This was my hand is sore from wiggling the joystick and mashing the button all day good. We had quite the variety of cartridges in our entertainment center.

Image7Some of my favorite games for this system included:

  1. Pac Man
  2. Dig Dug
  3. Donkey Kong
  4. Joust
  5. Centipede
  6. Astroids
  7. Space Invaders
  8. Pitfall
  9. Barnstorming
  10. Frogger
  11. Ka-Boom
  12. Star Ship
  13. Q Bert

There were times my brothers and I had to fight over who was going to play with the Atari, either alone or as a two player.  This system was definitely the root of my love for gaming.  I loved trying to figure things out on my own, but I think even more I loved when things got too hard and my big brothers would help me out.  It really was a bonding experience in our family.  Even my parents are still gamers to this day so gaming is just a part of my life.

The other form of gaming I remember from my childhood came in the form of the family Adam computer.

Image3I am talking old school here.  Some of you are probably thinking, WTF is that thing?

I really only remember playing 2 games on this system:

Image4The Smurf Paint ‘n’ Play Workshop.  This was the Minecraft of my day kiddies.  I would spend hours creating houses, rooms, and whatever else I could imagine using only pixels.  This game was the shizz…

Image6I remember actually being kind of afraid of this game as a child so I didn’t really play it myself but I loved watching my big brothers play it.

I remember when we bought our first NES System

Image9Now it’s getting real!

Games were getting longer.  There were still very few games on this system that would allow a player to save his or her progress.  This meant many players were lost in their rooms for hours if not all day or else face the sobering reality of having to start all over again the next day.  #GamerProblems

Image10There were so many games I’d consider favorites on this system, including:

  1. Punch-Out
  2. Final Fantasy
  3. Rampage
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  5. Kirby’s Adventure
  6. Batman
  7. Jurassic Park
  8. Super Mario Bros. 3
  9. Tetris
  10. Dr. Mario
  11. Castlevania
  12. The Legend of Zelda
  13. Bubble Bobble
  14. Contra
  15. Any of the Mega Man games
  16. Metroid
  17. Battle Toads
  18. Duck Hunt
  19. Maniac Mansion

So many hours spent blowing into cartridges. (Since I started writing this article I’ve had to excitedly come back to this list several times already to add more games. That’s how much I loved my NES.)

Then came the Sega Genesis.  Ooh snap we’ve got 16 bits y’all! Now we’re talking.

Image11Can we talk about how many hours I spent playing SONIC!? I loved all the Sonic games! And the cartoon! (Blue streak speeds by, Sonic the Hedgehog! Too fast for the naked eye, Sonic the Hedgehog!) Sorry, I just can’t get that song out of my head. Moving right along…

Image12My favorite games on this system included:

  1. All the Sonic games
  2. Toejam and Earl
  3. Golden Axe
  4. Altered Beast
  5. The Lion King
  6. Shinobi
  7. Road Rash
  8. Splatterhouse 3
  9. Zero Wing
  10. Bubsy the Bobcat
  11. NBA Jam
  12. Double Dragon
  13. Aladdin

The next system we got was the Super Nintendo.


Alright Nintendo! Back then games weren’t about the graphics. It was about the game play and the challenge. Now we were at a point where almost all games would allow you to save your progress. Thank you Nintendo! I can have my life back! But who am I kidding, I still spent just as much time playing video games.


Some of my favorite Super NES games include:

  1. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  2. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  3. Final Fantasy VI
  4. Super Mario World
  5. Donkey Kong Country
  6. Contra III
  7. Sim City
  8. Mortal Kombat
  9. Mortal Kombat II
  10. Street Fighter II
  11. Earthworm Jim
  12. Star Fox
  13. Super Metroid
  14. Super Mario Kart

Solid, solid system.

The next system we got was the original Playstation. Discs, not cartridges, but discs. And you saved your games on, wait for it, memory cards?! What is this sorcery? This was the console where we started to realize what graphics were. Even audio quality was substantially better. No longer did we have to listen to MIDI music and our characters now had voices!

Image17This was basically my oldest brother’s system but he was nice enough to share it with the rest of the family. Watch through this video someone put together of their top 50 Playstation games:


My favorite Playstation games include:

  1. Final Fantasy VII
  2. Castlevania: Symphony of the night
  3. Crash Bandicoot
  4. Crash Bandicoot 2
  5. Resident Evil: Director’s Cut
  6. Resident Evil 2
  7. PaRappa the Rapper
  8. Parasite Eve
  9. Silent Hill
  10. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage
  11. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
  12. Dino Crisis
  13. Dark Stalkers 3
  14. Gran Turismo
  15. Twisted Metal
  16. Medieval
  17. Oddworld Abe’s Exodus
  18. Rayman
  19. Skull Monkeys
  20. Tekken 3
  21. Wild Arms

And of course let us not forget the Nintendo 64. We’re back with more cartridges, guys!

Image15Nintendo finally stepped up their graphics game here, folks. Okay here we go with the obligatory list of Jaime’s favorite games for this system!

  1. Super Mario 64
  2. Golden Eye 007
  3. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  4. Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  5. Banjo Kazooie
  6. Nightmare Creatures
  7. Donkey Kong 64
  8. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

(What can I say, we just didn’t have many games for this console)

I shall end here because my love of gaming continued and still continues to this day on, but this post is all about nostalgia.  Be sure to check out the rest of our nostalgia themed posts this week. Also stop by our Twitch channel and our YouTube channel to watch the broadcasts of me gaming.  Do you have any requests for games that I should play? Leave them in the comments below.  As always, stay nerdy my friends!


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