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Look But Donít Touch: The Allure of What You Canít Have

This generation, its commonplace for people to own two or even all three current consoles. Years ago, this was far from the case. Gamers were forced to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each system and pick what would be their video gaming conduit for the next five years. This is partially why console wars were so fierce then; no one wanted to feel as if they made the wrong investment, hoisting their flag under an inferior faction. But decades later, I still wonder if I made the right choices. No matter how devoted the fanboy or loyal the zealot, everyone always wonders if the grass is greener on the other side. These consoles are the forbidden fruits I couldnít have, yet pined for in stores during the holidays and coveted in magazines. Deep down, even today, I still feel pangs of desire for what could have beenÖ

Game Boy
Bah-DING! Ah, the little puke-green screened tank that could. It seemed like EVERYONE had one of these except me. No matter though, that just meant that I had plenty of borrowing options during recess. Some of my fondest gaming memories are on one of these, trying to fit in a good 30 minutes of playtime as our carpool made its way to school.

Obviously inspired the Dreamcast controller.
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About konaone of us since 10:16 PM on 10.21.2011

Ever since my dad held me up to a Pole Position cabinet to steer as he worked the pedals, I've been absolutely hooked on games. It just took me 25 years to figure out that I loved writing about them too. I don't have any particular genre biases, I'll play just about anything that involves pressing buttons (that's probably why I shouldn't visit hospitals...). This blog is just the thoughts of a guy who loves games, but is occasionally frustrated when they squander their potential.