Your Best and Worst Gaming Gift Memories

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It's Christmas morning and there are presents under the tree. You'd been pining away at that Super Nintendo for months. You start tearing away like a mad fiend at the wrapping paper and what do you find but...

"Oh wow...A ColecoVision."
"It was the one you wanted, right?"
"Sure Dad, sure."

We've all been there in some small way at one time or another.

That kid above? That's me on my birthday. Age 9, I think? Look at how happy I look getting that crappy Tiger Handheld version of Sonic 2! Look at the bliss on my face! I was jazzed to have that thing, until I actually played it and realized it was kind of a piece of garbage.


No matter how humble you are, we all know that feeling. So in the spirit of the holidays, we here at Kotaku invite you to share your stories of triumph and heartbreak in the discussions below.

(PS: Love ya Mom and Dad. Happy Holidays and thanks for all the amazing gaming memories.)

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It was the Christmas of 1996. I was an avid SNES gamer. Even though the N64 had just released that Fall, I knew the system was pricey so I never bothered asking for it, so I had no expectations going into that Christmas.

Come Christmas morning, while opening gifts with my Mother, Grandparents, 2 Uncles and their girlfriends/children, one of the first gifts I open is Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey. I say to my Mom "Sorry, I don't have this system. I only have the Super Nintendo."

I hand the game to my Mom, and she says she'll return it for a refund. My eldest Uncle says "Way to go! Bought the wrong game!" while laughing.

At the end of the gift opening, there's one more box to open. My youngest Uncle hands it to me. "Feels like a good one!" he says while smirking. Not picking up on the clue, I rip it open and see the N64 logo.

I have no clue what face I made when I saw it, but everyone in attendance laughed as my Mom handed me back the game saying "Merry Christmas". I totally got got.