Tell GR | What was the first game you ever bought?

Many of us probably remember the first game we played, but what about the first game you bought? That’s excluding games purchased by your parents, family members, or particularly rich childhood friends — we want to know the very first game you bought with your own hard-earned money.

Before we all became adults and playing new games got a lot less exciting because life is cruel, saving up and then splashing out on a brand new game was the BEST feeling. But which game was the first to give you that tingle down the spine? Let us know the first game you bought below, and we’ll feature our favorite response in tomorrow’s Tell GR!

Paul Tamburro, executive editor: “I believe it was Super Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts. I bought a second-hand copy from the local market. It had a dog-eared box but its manual was still somehow intact; it eventually grew to look like it had been chewed up due to how many times I flicked through it. I was into horror films as a wee padawan, so its spooky environments and monstrous enemy designs really stood out to me. It took me weeks to get its proper ending (which involved completing the entire game twice, for inexplicable reasons), and it remains one of my favorite SNES-era games.”

Mack Ashworth, lead editor: “The first game I remember buying was Ratchet and Clank for PS2. I recall thinking that the character looked like a fairy… An Artemis Fowl fairy, that is.”

Bradley Russell, news editor: “The first game I bought for myself was probably The Wind Waker. It came in a wicked-cool gold box with a copy of Ocarina of Time, and it just looked like the most magical thing ever. I was right. Not a bad way to start, eh? Before that, I can vividly remember my dad buying Abe’s Exoddus (great) and Wrath of Cortex (less great), but Wind Waker was the first time I remember saving up money to go and physically buy it. Nowadays kids probably just click on an Amazon item to add it to the basket. It’s just not the same!”

Michael Leri, features editor: “I can’t definitively remember the first game I ever bought but I do recall the first bad game I spent my own money on. After seeing Vexx in an issue of Game Informer, it looked edgy enough for me so I decided to buy it on a whim. And what a damn waste of my birthday money. There’s a reason you and gaming as a whole don’t remember Vexx. That awful platformer deserved its death for being shitty but also waste my money.”

Yesterday’s best comment

Tell GR: Which game series should be handled by a different developer?

DJJ66: “Assassin’s Creed by Hideo Kojima. Imagine the gordian knot of narratives that lunatic would dream up. Also, Zelda by Yoko Taro, and Super Mario Bros by Suda 51 or Shinji Mikami.

For some western devs I’d definitely welcome ID software’s take on Resident Evil, or maybe Ninja Theory. Their take on DMC was interesting enough to make me want to see what else they could do with eastern IP’s. But one thing I’d really love to see is Santa Monica Studio’s take on Sonic.

But nothing would beat a CD Projekt Red cover of Pokemon.”