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Friday, May 24, 2013

As they say - बोयज़ एंड देइर मीन टोय्ज़ ! :D

After pestering my parents for close to three decades, I finally got permission to buy my first real video game! :D Yeyyyyyy!!! To be fair, I have owned plenty of these machines but each of them had much lesser computing power than my X Box 360!

As soon as you open the box, you realize what fun you have been missing all your life! I remember the first ever video game I owned was a Mega console - In which I had to insert a cassette to play games! Something similar to the one in the image below:

What fun we had with these games! I distinctly remember going to palika bazaar to purchase new cassettes with sometimes 10,000,000,000 games in each cassette! LOL! That was one of the biggest con I ever witnessed in my life! The cassette had only 10-15 games, but the menu showed 10,000 different names for each game! So eventually after trying first 500 or so games you realized that you have been conned! :D

But then, who cared! As soon as you get bored, you can always exchange it with your best buddies!

Though with the enemy gang, the rules of engagement were a little different! It was a credit based system! The needy always had to give extra games/cassettes compared with the giver! :P

You know, the large mega consoles can only be attached to TV sets, so how do you think the poor kids will pass the time in the school! :D As they say necessity is the mother of inventions!

Then came the season of hand-held or portable games! Although, these games were much simpler than the Mega games, but what the hell - everyone needed to own one of these:

I personally never liked them much. They were easier to break and frequently required cells and button replacement. Plus there was only limited hand eye co-ordination that was required.

Eventually, i got busy with studies and then there was a gap of 4-5 years where I seldom played any games - in simpler words, there was a blanket ban on all sorts of video games till IIT JEE exam :P

Thankfully, soon after I got admission in BHU, I found some crazy nut gamers in my college batch as well. Needless to say, much of the 3rd and 4th year of college went by in a rush playing PC based games 12-14 hours a day! :D

Age of empires, FIFA, Unreal tournament and Counter Strike were the top games during that era! (PS: the underground secret is, some of them still play these games online against players from many different countries  after their wives are off to work :D

Well, for me, gaming took the back seat as soon as the college got over, as I got busy with job, non-nerdy friends, newly found disposable income, shaadi etc etc. But one day during my last vacation, I passed by a game parlor in a hill station, which still housed those huge SEGA video games, in which you have to insert a coin to play for five minutes. I suddenly got hit with this wave of nostalgia, and my whole life right from class 1 ran in front of my eyes! How can i ever forget about this age old passion of mine!! Shame on me :(

And then I vowed - like arjun did in mahabharta - by taking some water in my hands :P that I will gift myself a new console soon post my GMAT exams! and then I did! :D

Though, there were some initial troubles in setting up the X BOX, and I almost shorted the whole system in over enthusiasm! :D But then, post the first week, things have been going smooth! That is, if you discount a very angry wife and heavily swollen eyes, as I haven't slept more than 3 hours any day  post my purchase!

Caution to fellow gamers in India: In case you are getting your XBOX from the US of A, please be aware. Bloody US people use 110 volts electricity, whereas India uses 240  volts. And Microsoft built XBOX of such a shit quality that it can not compensate for voltage on its own! I blew up my power supply unit within three minutes of getting my hands on the brand new XBOX. Get yourself a step down voltage transformer if you are purchasing it from some other country or buy an India based power supply unit.

Or else, be prepared to be embarrassed while tears run down your cheeks and your wife smirks at you as you hold the dead XBOX in your hands! :(

That my dear friends, is the story I will tell my grand kids on how I met the true love of my life! :D

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