Game Boy Memories.
The first time I played a Game Boy was in 1998. A friend of mine from school let me borrow his beat up, grey-colored Game Boy Pocket. The game in it was a port of the NES version of Star Wars (pictured above).
Looking back, I hated this game, but I played it day and night. I kept it over the weekend and maybe put it down long enough to sleep. Going to poop was the perfect excuse to play it without my dad complaining about me being on it for so long.
Up until that point, the only handheld gaming I did was on Tiger Electronic handhelds. They weren’t “bad” but they didn’t touch a Game Boy. I was hooked. It was gonna be a few years until I got my own but boy was it worth it.
My freshman year of high school, I finally got my own Game Boy! The sad thing was, the Game Boy Advance was already out and the Nintendo DS was well on it’s way. I didn’t care, I finally had my own Game Boy! My first game was Pokemon Yellow and things got bad. I carried this thing to every class, played it on the bus ride back and fourth. I didn’t stop until I eventually beat it and I moved on to Pokemon Gold.
I was way behind the times when it came to the Game Boy but absence truly made the heart grow fonder. Some of my best gaming memories come from the handheld. I was more than happy to have experienced it when I did, rather than when everyone else did because I appreciated it more. I mean, look at me now. I’m in my twenties talking about my Game Boy memories to all of you. Ah, youth.
Long live the Game Boy.