50 Gamers Remember Their Favorite Holiday Gift

December 22, 2010

I remember getting Super Mario Bros 3 very clearly. I played so much I gave myself a headache. In retrospect I think I was dehydrated. Like Curt Schilling in his bloody sock, I played through the pain.-Jeff Rubin

Nintendo 64 With Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask, Ocarina of Time, Mario Party 2, Super Mario 62, & WWF No Mercy I can't remember how old I was but I remember being young. Best Christmas ever. -Xander J.

My very own Sega Genesis. I don't remember how old I was. Probably 6 or 7. Next best was Metal Gear Solid. I don't think I turned that game off for my entire Winter Break… I miss Winter Break.-Marcus H.

A PS3. I was 15, and it was my favorite because I now get to play new games from sony owned makers (insomniac games)-Eric R.

Must have been about 10 or 11 and my parents decided to sell my Amstrad CPC that I loved! I was gutted but when I found out it was to fund my birthday present of a SNES I was more than happy! Made my life!-Craig S.

When I was in second grade my older brother and I got a Sega Genesis for Christmas (after us both begging for one). I LOVED Sonic at that age and always played the games on the test consoles at Blockbuster and I was finally able to play to my heart's content.-Charity W.

Gameboy Color with Pokemon Gold. I logged over 1000 hours on that game.-Nick L.

The BEST X-mas was when i spent it at my best friend's house. He got a Playstation 3 for Christmas with about 4 Playstaion games to go with it, so in celebration we went outside and ritualistically destroyed his Xbox 360 which had gotten the red ring of death. Just picture the scene from Office Space when they destroy the printer, except with 2 teenagers and an Xbox.-Brian B.

My Playstation without a doubt. I saved and saved and saved and come Christmas time didn't have enough. I had spent my savings on my family, but in turn they got me a psone and Twisted Metal.-Rory O.

My brother and I both received the Old Chunky Original Game Boy on what became known as the Christmas from Hell. After waiting for Dinner for four hours, let's just say my brother and I were very popular with the relatives. -David V.

I think mine was the first gameboy. It was a hand-me-down, but I was still happy. I think I was six. Then the gameboy advanced when I was 9 :D My friends and I used to battle our Pokemon on the playground with them. 'Twas awesome-Danielle E.

My commodore 64 on xmas 1991.. I was 14.-Emmanuel M.

Kirby All stars for SNES. My parents hid it and gave it to me after we cleaned up all the Christmas mess and I still love that game to this day. I believe I was 8 when I got it.-Dobec G.

Nothing fancy, just a brand new GBC with Pokemon Blue. I felt like king of the world at that moment… right after I realized giving your Charizard the HM Cut was a complete mistake. -Adrià A.

Ooh boy.. I think that must be Lufia 2 for the SNES. After spending a lot of money for renting the game, my parents went through the whole country to buy me one. They also got me one official SNES gigantic Joystick which my hamster a few years back decided it was enough and ate the wire.-Joey W.

The clear purple gameboy color packed with pokemon blue and a strategy guide. On the side, was given the legend of Zelda: Links Awakening :) One of the best gifts ever!-Oscar M.

An original Space Invaders arcade cabinet.-Robert S.

My Xbox, Wheezy, when I was 19 years old. My parents were very anti-gaming console (for years I had to use emulators just so I could play old NES games when I wasn't at a friend's house), but they saw me play my roommate's copy of DDR for the PS2. That game convinced them that maybe getting me a console wouldn't be so terrible.-Jacob G.

My dad got me a Nintendo 64. I was 6 at the time and it was the VERY FIRST video game console I had. It was a big step and the Nintendo 64 was a world of unimaginable fun! From then on out I became a gamer! :D-Raheem H.

Pokemon Blue with a Gameboy Pocket. My first gameboy. :D-Nathan J.

When I was 11, my mom bought a N64 AND OoT for me as a Christmas present. I totally forgot that my cat died a day ago because I was so freaking happy.-Derek B.

Pokemon Gold with a Gameboy Color. It was my first Gameboy and I got it right before I went to New York. Nothing kills an 8 hour car ride better than a brand new Gameboy & Pokemon. I went though 2 Pairs of AA's on that trip.-Nathan B.

Nintendo 64 With Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask, Ocarina of Time, Mario Party 2, Super Mario 62, & WWF No Mercy I can't remember how old I was but I remember being young. Best Christmas ever.-Luke S.

I remember my dad stopping the car at a Toys R Us and making us wait in the car. A few minutes later, he came out with an N64. I also found out that he bought Pokemon Stadium 2 and Ocarina of Time. It was a great day, only made better when I discovered that I was better than my brother at both of these games :).-Kaitlin F.

When I was 5, my grandparents got my sister and I a Super Nintendo, and it's all history from there. Needless to say, I'm still playing Super Mario World today. Home Alone for the SNES, not so much.-Jay R.

When I was 6 my folks bought me an NES for Christmas, which was mind-blowing considering how they usually struggled just to put food on the table. And why was it awesome? Fuckin' NES man! Two games came with it! AND a light gun! Best console package EVER!-Mike R.

It was the gamecube when I was twelve and Prince of Persia had just come out. That was the first game I was truly excited about and it was also the first videogame console I owned. I played the first Prince Persia relentlessly until I got the PS2.-Nick S.

I was probably around 9 years old or so when I woke up one morning and ripped open my Christmas present that contained my shiny new Sega Genesis that came with the Sonic The Hedgehog game. To this day, my Genesis still is my favorite possession.-Shannon H.

A Pikachu doll. I got it when i was 7 and its been on my bed every night before I fall asleep. I'm 16 right now.-Sire S.

Street Fighter 2 Turbo on SNES. I was 7 and my brother bought it for me. Years later, I realized he pretty much bought it for himself under the guise of Christmas… Still pretty sweet.-Carlos G.

When I was like 6, I woke up at 3 in the morning, so my mum said I was allowed to open one present, then back to bed. I unwrapped a battery charger for my Gameboy Color. I was just as excited as I would've been if I'd opened the Gameboy Color….-Amie K.

Someone got me Skitchin' for Genesis. i thought it was awesome because it was "banned," which I don't think was actually true. Oh, and I got a PS1 for my Bar Mitzvah that came with Castlevania SOTN, so that was pretty amazing too.-Eric D.

My copy of Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time was by far the greatest X-Mas present. Apparently, every store in CT was sold out and it so happened that a Sears had one final copy. My dad ended up giving the money for the game plus whatever was left over to the guy in front of him to guarantee he would get it for me.-David R.

The original Nintendo system, with the robot buddy thing. I was like 7. I'm pretty sure I literally shit myself.-Juan V.

When I was 6 my grandparents got me the NES – the rest is history! :D-Ashley W.

Man now I wanna play Ocarina of Time….I miss that game oh soo much! Probably the best gift I ever got was that game and the system to go with it!-Sherry M.

The most memorable Gamer related Christmas story I can remember (mostly due to the fact that I was way too young for the other ones) is when I got Guitar Hero 3 and played it for three days straight, only stopping to sleep for about an hour, driving over to my brother's house where he had a second guitar waiting wrapped from his friend, and to eat once or twice. Went from playing easy to hard in one day.-Tyler W.

I was younger (Back in the Original Playstation times), I had always tried to pry out of my mom what she got me for xmas before the holiday. I eventually got out of her that she got me a Final Fantasy game. I kept bugging her over time …which one did she get me? Eventually she told me it had an X in it. Later that week we were at Blockbuster and I saw a Final Fantasy IX Stratagy Guide, I ended up buying it without her knowing and reading it front to back and by the time Christmas came around, I had already known what to do, where to go, and how to beat everything from studying the guide like it was my Bible.-Nathan J.

I remember when I was about 9-10 years old there were a lot of adverts about the Xbox Crystal. I thought nothing of the adverts (I didn't own any games consoles before then) and then at Christmas that year, I discovered that the largest present was, you guessed it, an Xbox Crystal! It also came with Outrun 2, Burnout 3 and Sonic Heroes. I spent the whole of Christmas Day playing on it until my heart was content. Even now I still have some original Xbox games :D-Andrew D.

Honestly, it was the N64 (I had to be about 7 or 8) and I almost did the same thing those kids did in that video ( NINTENDO 644444444444444444444444444444!!) and it's between that and the PS2, because everyone I knew had it and my mom didn't get me it till about 2 and a half years later(I was about 12). -Phil B.

I know I'm getting World of Warcraft: Cataclysm for Christmas this year. I'm level 65 right now and my goal is to hit 80 before christmas so that I don't have to wait to play the Cataclysm stuff. Yes, I plan on doing 15 levels in a week and a half during finals week.-Jake T.

My oldest, best memory of getting a videogame for Christmas was back when I was 5 or 6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: the Arcade game had just been released for Nintendo. My tiny child brain could barely wrap itself around the idea of playing an arcade game at home. I thought it was the best fucking thing that had ever happened. I needed to own it immediately. I asked for it for Christmas and, if I remember correctly, my grandmother didn't understand what videogames were, so she didn't buy it for me. Instead she gave me $50 on Christmas Eve so I could buy it. I made my parents stop on the way home from her house to pick it up that night, and played it until my parents told me I had to go to bed or Santa wouldn't come.-Kevin Corrigan

I was like 16 and I got WoW. To this day I still have the first character I ever made. And I rock the music from Teldrassil on my ipod. That was more awesome and memorable than my first kiss. Also, I didn't cry for hours after receiving it.-Byron G.

My parents somehow got hold of a Sega Master System II and gave it to me when I was about 8. But the best thing? Somehow, if you turned on the console with no cartridge in it, Sonic the Hedgehog came on. INCREDIBLE.-Chris W.

I wasn't allowed to have video games as a kid. Finally, when I was sixteen, I borrowed forty dollars from my brother and used it to buy myself an old Nintendo 64 for Christmas. I told him to say, if my parents asked him, that I was borrowing the money to pay off gambling debts. I somehow thought this would be more acceptable. -Ben Joseph

I just got a necklace with a health pot and mana pot on it! Wearing it forever!-Louise L.

I got a GameBoy Advance SP for Christmas when I was around… 9 or 10 maybe. It was awesome, as I could finally play games at night without some special doohickey.-Andrew H.

When I was 8 years old, I received my first Nintendo system. Mom says I stared at the box for about a minute & then hugged the box. I spent New Year's Day eating left over chips & dips, while playing Super Mario Bros.-Katie R.

I think I was sixteen and I got Morrowind: Game of the Year edition as a Christmas present. I got it from my grandmum and my family never gave me anything game related, so it was pretty big and the thing I wanted the most!!! -Jeanette M.

And the "That's Not a Good Present at All, You're Doing it Wrong" awards goes to…

In 1998, the Christmas present I wanted more than anything else in the world was a Game Boy Color. Unfortunately, our family's fiscal situation meant Santa instead left me the Game Com, a lesser-known handheld system that instantly bombed and faded to the graveyard of computer gaming failures (only about a dozen games were released for it, and one of those was Batman and Robin). I whined about this, but my parents sat me down and explained how there were kids far less fortunate than me. At the time, I thought they were talking about kids who got Atari Lynx.-Patrick Cassels

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