Noob Diaries – By Daniel Petherick

My history of gaming began in late 1996. I was 6 at the time and our family just moved to Adelaide from Sydney. My aunt had a Sega Mega Drive II (known as a Sega Genesis to those reading in America), and she was looking to get rid of it for $20, which included a box of games. Back then, if I wanted a game, I could literally walk into Cash Converters with $10 and come out with 5 games. Sega Mega Drive games were literally $2 second hand at Cash Converters.

My first game using it was a racing game called Rock n Roll racing. And yes, it is exactly how it sounds. A racing game with 16-bit remixes of music like “Born to be Wild” and “Bad to the Bone.” I must admit I didn’t remember all the rock music that played, but after youtubing it, I am listening to the soundtrack right now as I am typing this, and it is awesome

My brother and I also had a lot of fun playing a game called Road Rash II. It was a racing motorbike game where you can actually punch, bat, or whip the other racers with weapons. I also played (and completed!) Aladdin a platformer game based on the Disney movie, Sonic the Hedgehog among lots of others. I can’t really recall all of the games I had, we literally had boxes of cartridges.

My love of games eventually landed me with a Gameboy and Pokemon Yellow, and from then on I was hooked. I was a huge Pokemon fan, and my love of Pokemon has probably made me a fan of Nintendo Games in general. I believe I clocked in 500 hours of Pokemon Yellow (and probably more), which really showed how obsessed I was back then.

I also have to mention my love for my other favourite franchise that started my gaming obsession and that is the Legend Of Zelda franchise. Out of all the memories, the one that sticks out in my mind is Link setting foot onto Hyrule Field for the first time. I literally went “Wow”. As of now, I have completed the main story of all Zelda games, excluding the CD-I games. I’m pretty sure I raged quit after playing it for an hour.

I also had in my possession, at one time or another, Gamecube, SNES, Wii, Wii U, PS4, 3ds and now a Switch. Honestly, while I don’t game as much due to having to have ‘responsibilities’ and “having to be an adult” (whatever that means), I can probably see myself playing games until I am a ripe old age.

Have fun AVCon people and happy gaming!