What Was The First Game You Ever Paid Money For?

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I love asking questions almost as much as I love listening to answers. Last week at E3, I got to do both!

I asked E3 attendees three little questions (about video games), hoping to get three big answers out of each and every body. In this video right here, you can witness some of the fun we all had.

The first question was this: what was the first game you ever bought with your own money? Many people provided great answers — for example, “the original Legend of Zelda”. Ah, how I wish that was the first game I myself bought. No, I did not buy the original Legend of Zelda with Grandma’s Christmas Money in 1988, the fateful year our regular answer of “Nintendo is The Real Videogames” finally defeated our mom’s argument of “Youse boys already got an Atari, and all those Atari tapes I got youse at the garage sales.” The Original Legend of Zelda was far too beauteous and coveted to be in stock at the toystores of Wichita, Kansas. Instead, that particular Boxing Day, I purchased Double Dragon for the Nintendo Entertainment System, because other fourth-graders were fools, liars, or both: they just couldn’t stop insisting that particular game had “Two-Player Simultaneous”. They were wrong. Me and my brother beat that game anyway.


Anyway, let’s hear your answers!!

What were the other two questions? And what wonderful answers did a varied assortment of beautiful E3 attendees provide? Well, you’ll find out later!

I make videos for Kotaku. I make video games for myself and my friends. I like writing fiction. Someday I will publish a novel. Who knows!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES. Full price, $49.95 or approximately $23785.34 in today’s money, at WalMart. My mom tried to get me to buy some other crap ninja game but I was too smart for that.