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The first video game console I ever owned was the original Playstation which I received as a hand me down from a friend way back in 2001 when he purchased the Playstation 2. Although I never owned a console of my own before I would always play video games when visiting my friends. My favorite game to play was Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64, which a few of my friends had. When I got my Playstation I was so happy, even though I was a full generation behind I still loved to play video games at home whenever I wanted to. Although the original Playstation was great after about a year of playing on my free system I wanted to make the upgrade to the new high tech Playstation 2, but since I was only 11 years old saving up $300 would take a while, still I needed to have it. By the summer of 2002 I had finally saved up the $300 needed to buy the Playstation 2. The Playstation 2 offered an online feature, it was necessary to purchase an add-on network adapter but after that purchase access to online features would be free. I must confess that at the time I did not see the value in online games, like those who claimed that electricity and talking films would never take off I regret to say that I did not realize at the time what online games would turn into years later.
Although I got into the Playstation 2 within a year of its release I waited a little longer after the release of the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, the Blu-ray HD-DVD format war of 2006-2008 was the culprit for the delay, for some time I had considered getting an Xbox 360, I was so sure that I would have an Xbox 360 that I asked for Call Of Duty 2 for the 360 from my Grandparents for Christmas 2005 before I even bought it! Fortunately I never opened it and returned it to the store when I decided to wait for the format war to resolve itself. Finally in 2008 when Blu-ray emerged as the victor I decided to buy the Playstation 3. The Playstation 3 was my first online gaming platform, although I did play a little Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (the game of two colons) for the PC. My first online game I bought for it was Battlefield: Bad Company, and I was instantly hooked. I wonder how different my life would have been if I bought the 360 back in 2005 and made Call Of Duty 2 my first online game.
Since 2008 I have been hooked on online games and I have been hooked on console games. I have always heard that computer games were superior to console games with the ability to constantly upgrade computers and the ability to mod levels. Battlefield 2 has been a game that everyone brings up as being one of the best computer gaming experiences. Unfortunately my computer is not up to par and I have been forced to play Battlefield for the console, which although I love I have heard that it is nothing compared to the experience you get by playing on the computer.
Now with the much anticipated Battlefield 3 releasing in the fall of 2011 I am seriously considering finally making the investment into a powerful computer system. I can’t wait until November!