Hi, I'm Beth and I'm a Gamer Gurl.
I have always enjoyed playing video games, but I never considered myself to be a gamer until darling hubby introduced me to Texas Hold ’em on the xbox 360 😂 Yeah, I know – virtual poker.
This post is going to take a look back on some of the consoles that I have owned, plus an explanation for the blog title – “24 hours of Gaming?“
When I was about 8 / 9 years old, I was on holiday with my parents. We were spending 4 days in Hong Kong, then dropping down to Bali for a week in the sun.
Hong Kong was magnificent. A major, built-up city, thriving in modern technology… It even had a McDonalds and Toys ‘R Us over the water, in Kowloon. It didn’t take long before I managed to talk my dad in to taking me to the toy shop, and he bought a Nintendo Gameboy (the original – not these coloured things), and I persuaded him to get a Sega Megadrive for me too!
Which was a total bitch, because it was Chinese made, and only took Chinese cartridges. Any game that I bought in the UK wouldn’t fit inside the Megadrive, and it basically ended up back in the box, in a bedside cupboard.
I still have the Megadrive – still in its’ original box, with two controllers and two games… Although the instructions are in Chinese, as are the games.
The Gameboy was my pride and joy though. I had hundreds of games, and one cartridge had 64 games in one. Granted, some of the games were super hard to play (I can’t speak Chinese!), but there really were some classics on there.
Tetris, Super Mario, Paperboy… Oh, I miss the old games.
I had an Atari 7800. I think I was about 13, maybe 14 when my mum bought it for me from a cash and carry called Makro (do they still exist?) It was super cheap then too – I think mum paid £25 for the console and it came with 15 games too..!
Asteroids, Galaga, Tank Command were among those games, but honestly, my favourite game had to be Scrapyard Dog. It was a straight-forward, platform game, yet I could barely pass the first level, ha ha. Seriously… Go to YouTube and type in “Atari Scrapyard Dog gameplay”. You’re welcome.
Now this little beauty was on offer, when I was about 18, and came with two games, so I grabbed it whilst I could. To be fair though, I can only remember one of the games that it came with, and that was “Sheep“, 🤣
Check out this bad boy… The Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2), in Aqua. Yeah, I had a few attachments for this thing too – I had the microphones, and that Singstar game… 🤦♀️
My favourite game was a totally bonkers one, called “Bishi Bashi“!! Oh my goodness… That was hilarious! There was about 30 different mini games, and all were completely pointless, but soooooo addictive to play!
I sort of lost interest in PlayStations, and I returned to Nintendo…
My grandmother bought this little beauty for me (Nintendo DS in pale blue), and I was obsessed! It came with Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training, and I worked endlessly to ensure my “brain age” remained at 18 years (when I first started, it was 99!!)
This was also the very first gaming device that I had “hacked” games for. You know the ones – you used to be able to buy blank cartridges, and download your own games to play. I had all sorts… Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Gold, Professor Layton and the Curious Village… I even had that virtual Dogs game, where you got a puppy, and you had to look after it.
Which reminds me…
I had a couple of Tamagotchi’s when they first came out in the early 90’s too 🤣🤣
Well, I had several of the fake ones, as the real deals were SO expensive!
In comes the beau...
Hello Xbox 360…
This was the very first console that kept me up ALL night!!! Well, not quite all night, but certainly through to the early hours, and it’s all because of this game…
I never played online – only against the AI players, but it was super addictive! There were many different AI’s, but you never knew who you were going to play against. I used to really enjoy it, unless the “cat” character was playing… Oooo, I wish I could find a picture of him (her? – doesn’t matter, it was an AI). It used to change names with each new game, but it was always the same profile picture. The evil cat… Guarantee, I’d lose every time that thing would appear 🤣🤣
You know what the only thing wrong with a 360 was..?? Four words – red ring of death. That was it. The second you got any red lights on the console, you knew that you may as well just bury the machine. Pfft.
I'm an xBox gamer gurl...
I’ve had quite a few xboxes – 360, One and One S,and to be honest, I don’t know what I’m playing on now. Even hubby’s given up on telling me, because I’ve been through a few 🤣
I’m not going to run through every game that I’ve been playing, but to name a few…
GTA Online, Minecraft, Fortnite, Assassin’s Creed (I, II, Brotherhood, Revelations, III, IV Black Flag, Syndicate and a little bit of Origins), Velvet Assassin and SO many more. Honestly, I’d be here all day if I was going to tell you everything that I have played and completed, ha ha 🤣🤣
What about the 24 hours of Gaming..??
I am so glad that you asked!
A couple of years ago, hubby did a “live stream”, recording 24 continuous hours of him gaming, raising money for the Macmillan Cancer Charity. He raised a bit for them by way of a GoFundMe page, and he wanted to do something similar again, although, not for Macmillan.
He’s going to be hosting another 24 hours continuous streaming session, starting at 9am (GMT) on Sunday the 16th and ending at 9am (GMT) on Monday the 17th of August 2020.
What about you?
I’ve not forgotten about me 🤣
Although this is hubby’s challenge and stream, I’ll be jumping on and off with him too… Sometimes it will be to game WITH him, and occasionally, it’ll be to replace him whilst he takes 5 minutes to recompose.
You can read all about hubby’s venture by visiting his blog (direct link to article) – click the button below to read.
If you’re able to, you can also make a donation by clicking the button below. Clicking the button will open a new tab, and will direct you to the GoFundMe page. All monies donated will go immediately to the Royal British Legion. Even if you can only manage to donate £1/$1 – thank you 💗
Finally, you can watch hubby stream live from Facebook! Click on the button below to take you directly to his Facebook page. Give him a like and a follow, and you’ll be informed when he goes live!