Your best ever Christmas present

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  1. Kieron

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    What was your best ever Christmas present - either as a child or an adult?

    Mine has to be my Atari VCS2600, I played that machine to death. As a family we previously had a Binatine pong type game but the Atari was the ultimate machine at the time. I remember falling in love with it at an Ideal Homes type exhibition held at a huge hotel in Blackpool. There was an Atari there running Space Invaders and I was transfixed. I remember pleading with my parents for it for Christmas. Also remember my Mum and Dad apologising for not being able to get me the Space Invaders cart with it when I opened it on Xmas morning - I couldn’t care less, I had the Combat game packaged in and Xmas money from my Aunts & Uncles for buying Space Invaders with!

    A close second would be the year I got my Commodore 64 (followed by a Commodore 128 & disc drive...)

    I spent many years finding an immaculate Atari console, Space Invaders and other cartridge to re-live my youth!

    Amazing days those old Xmas’s.

    What was your most memorable gift?
     
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    Sega Master system 2 I got one year was an awesome year and the year after that the SNES, great times.
     
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    Super Nintendo, hands down. It was a joint present for me and my brother. I remember finding it in a wardrobe a few weeks before Christmas and then just staring at the box in awe whenever my parents were out.
     
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    A 2nd hand bmx.
     
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    Nintendo GameCube - first ever games console. Played star wars rogue squadron on it for around 10 hours a day solid over the Xmas period.d
     
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    It would have to be getting the PS1, played it to death (quite literally)
     
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    My steam iron from the wife! Love it
     
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    Still waiting ( best present not steam iron:D) for mine:blush:.

    Struggling to think of snythung at the mo.

    Maybe a Humax Freeview recording box thing yonks back.

    Original Sony Playstation maybe too.
     
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    Getting an Atari 400 as my first computer and spending weeks copying code from imported American magazines and hopefully saving to tape drive.
     
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    PS1. Soul Blade was my favourite game.
     
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    Raleigh Burner red bike with yellow tyres and pads, 1984 I think? Some scum stole it.
     
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    ZX Spectrum 48k. I loved that machine, even when my dad was kicking my arse on Match Day. I must have been about 7 and he never let up and rubbed my face in it when I lost.

    I think I need to see a counsellor!
     
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    Whirleybirds Helicopter, my Grifter, an atari, or my Evil Kinevil stunt bike (which I still have at my mums).
     
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    Acorn Electron. I spent years on that thing programming BASIC and playing Arcadian.
     
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    A remote control Thunderbird 1, attached via a two foot wire!

    You had to walk very slowly everywhere trailing along behind, but it just seemed so exciting.

    I took it to school after the holidays and it got permanently broken the first day.:( I can't remember now what my parent's reaction to that was....
     
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    Absolutely has to be the Commodore Amiga 500 I got because it was a complete surprise! I had a Commodore 64 which I was perfectly happy with.

    Still remember it vividly, it was the Silver Gems bundle with Days of Thunder, Back to the Future 2 and Clive Barkers Nightbreed.

    Heady days.
     
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    Those were the days! - mine was the Batman pack
     

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    Amstrad cpc 464. Paperboy game, and green screen. Loved it
     
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    Batman pack was the Amiga I started with before getting the 1200 towards the end. I remember buying it myself loaning the money from my mum and dad! I lasted about 2 months of paper-round money before lapsing on paying them back. Probably the most used thing I have ever bought computer wise.

    Best xmas present was the same as the OP. Atari 2600 second hand in an Apple box with loads of loose carts. Decathlon was my fave. I remember taking a photo of the screen when I surpassed 1000 points for a competition. Back then you used to have to wait for the camera film to be used up then developed, took ages!
     
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    I had one of those handed down to me from my uncle. My very first gaming machine.

    Don't miss the loading tape noise though :laugh:
     
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    mate I'm with you there, i got the 2600 for christmas, but my parents knifed me up with ET hahaha. but at least i got pitfall too which i remember thinking as the best thing id ever seen in my whole life !


    in later years an ex-girlfriend who had a few quid bought me a brand new GSXR1000 for christmas !!!:):):) that, i thought would never be beaten, until last week when the mrs gave birth to a little baby boy - best christmas present ever
     
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    1976, Mark1 Raleigh Chopper in orange. Never had so much fun with anything before or since

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    Texas Instruments Speak & Spell in 1988 for me. That was cutting edge stuff especially 'hangman'
     
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    Has to be a Philips Videopac G7000 in the late 70's, no idea I was getting it! (Magnavox Odyssey2 in the US)
     
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    Drosselmeyer nutcracker. Doesn't get much use, but I'll never need another.
     
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    We never had much when I was young, but we didn’t worry about it. Now I can virtually have anything I want within reason. Funny but there’s not a lot that I do want. Must be getting old. :)
     
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    A Raleigh Aero Pro Burner, Christmas 1985, my brother got a Korg Poly 800.

    I think my dad had a load of back pay through that year, and they basically spent it all on us.

    Some swine kicked the burner a few years later. Still makes me feel sad 30 years on.
     
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    Getting a digital watch and then seeing how many times I could stop the stopwatch bang on .00 hours of fun. Other highlights are getting serveral pocketeers one year and then a zx81 happy memories
     
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    Amstrad CPC464 or Amiga 500

    Or the AT AT in pre computer game times
     
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    It would be a toss up between the death star or my ZX Spectrum. I dread to think what the death star would be worth now.
     

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