Among those who celebrate it, Christmas is often remembered as a magical time full of joy, excitement, and anticipation. It all goes back to when we were kids and we begged our parents all year long to buy us something we wanted so badly, but they resisted because the item usually cost over $20. We typically lost all hope of ever getting the item until Christmas rolled around. That was the only time of year that you could ever get that one mythical item, usually courtesy of Santa Claus.
Let's talk presents. Since this site is called Vintage Computing and Gaming, I'm limiting the discussion to those items relevant to the site. I'll give you some examples of VC&G-related presents I received when I was younger, then I'd like to hear about some of your favorite VC&G-related Christmas memories.
Some of the greatest computer-related Christmas presents I've received throughout the years include a Prodigy sign-up kit and membership (Man, I wanted that so bad. It was in my early BBS days), a 14.4 kbps modem (which was bad-ass at the time), a SoundBlaster Pro (our first sound card ever), and our family's first CD-ROM drive and some software on CD-ROM. Some of my favorite video game presents have been Mega Man 3 and Castlevania III (my brother and I received them in the same year, which was incredibly exciting at the time) and our first PlayStation with a copy of Twisted Metal 2. My brother typically received various PC games over the years, like Shogun, Planet's Edge, Thexder, Wasteland, Silpheed, Bard's Tale III, and more. I had a lot of fun watching him play them, of course, so they were like presents to me too.
So now it's your turn. Post some of your favorite computing- or gaming-related Christmas memories. Tell us about some of the best Christmas presents you've ever received. Just leave a comment on this entry, and don't be shy.
Thanks, and Merry Christmas from Vintage Computing and Gaming!