(basically a my parents are richer than your parents thread).
Got brought a Snes in 94 with Donkey Kong for christmas, and mario world as a later present. I would say 2-3 a year at this point. Mainly at christmas and birthdays.
Got brought a ps1 for christmas, must be in '97 with tomb raider, and worms. At this stage games were appearing on tv more. I would normally recieve a couple of games at christmas, but my dad brought me TOCA1 based entirely on a top gear showing of the in car view. And he brought himself/me air combat as well. And i was off sick for a week just after MGS came out, and to my amazement, they brought me it despite not really knowing it existed, only through word of mouth when the demo was released. So i would say 3-5 a year in the ps1 days.
Ps2 i brought with my own money, and i guess paying for games as well. I don't think i ever received a PS2 games as a birthday or christmas gift. Through memory is short, and probably did in the early days.
Which brings me to a seperate point, putting time in to games. They lasted me ages. Over a course of a year, now days, 2-3 games seem nothing. Ok i had a social life back then, and time was taken up by school and the like, but still. When i was sick playing MGS, i played it 5 times in a row trying to get more suits (there was some crazy rumour about a certain suit you unlocked). FF7 last me months. Now its , done, done, done on to the next one.
And for parents how many do you buy as kids?
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