1981 - The year it all started, my father bought me this little handheld toy from Selfridge's. Little did he to know that this little machine would be the catalyst that would start a life long video gaming hobby.
1984 - The arrival of computers to the household in the form of the Acorn Electron. This was a reward from my father for me finishing reading the holy Quran. Allah was generous and persuaded my father to also buy me some games (Sphinx Adventure, Snapper & Starship Command)
1985 to 1989 - I never owned a NES or Sega Master System but my friends did & I would spend many hours playing Mario & Turtles on the NES or Space Harrier on the SMS.
Thanks to Tariq (NES) & Kevin (SMS)
I would also spend most of my pocket money at the local pizza shop not eating pizza's but playing the collection of arcade machines they had from Pac-Man, Double Dragon, Space Harrier, to Out-Run & many more.
Never has a 10 pence coin bought me more enjoyment since.
1989 - Saturday Jobs - you have to love them, I saved & purchased the Atari STe, this taught me that you could do so much more than play games on computers. MIDI & musical keyboards using Quartet & Stereo Master to sample & sequence songs.
Some of these I still own but the majority have now been sold.
The 360 really bought home the online gaming experience.
This is the 'Family' console that gets dusted off & played whenever we fancy a Mario Party, Guitar Hero or Wii Sports session.
Nintendo might have brought gaming to the masses with the Wii & DS consoles but I was happier playing the 360 console instead.
Hopefully this time around it will stay longer.