It was a week after its launch in 2006 when I strolled into Nintendo World to pick up my Wii. The place was in utter madness. Kids were running crazily all over the place and parents were busily trying to keep them in check (or not). I handed in my receipt at the counter and from the back my Wii was collected and presented to me. “How come she gets one?!” an insolent child inquired. “Pre-order,” I smugly replied to combat the attitude I was met with. The Wii sold out quickly and being in short to no supply, made all unable to get their hands on one that day quite displeased with my pre-order "prowess". I took it home and booted up The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Days later, Link and I would be felled at the bridge while my family teased me during my time of increased frustration.
One year later I picked up a Playstation 3. Excited, my friend and I booted up Motorstorm and played for hours that first night. The HD and the graphics wowed us as we laughed ourselves silly way past midnight from stunts gone wrong. That Thanksgiving would be The Oxtails' first gig for Rock Band. It was quite the failed gathering as there were some technical difficulties with the microphone. It was however, the first memory in a string of wonderful times ahead for my friends and I in our rise to stardom and eventual fall from grace for our virtual band.