Every Millennial remembers their first video game console.
Sega Genesis. Super Nintendo. Atari Jaguar. Playstation. Nintendo 64.
I first played video games in an arcade.
My first video game memories occurred on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. Years later, my first part-time job in high school was in an arcade on this boardwalk. But that’s a different story.
I still recall the video games I played in the early 90s inside the Jersey Shore arcade. There was “Daytona USA”, a great racing game. “NBA Jam” was the first sports video game I played. There were video games based on popular movies and television programs such as “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “The Simpsons Arcade Game”.
Give me a handful of quarters for the arcade, and I was set for the day. And it was less expensive than purchasing a home video game console.
Some Millennials still have their old home video game consoles from the 90s probably because some of them are still living at home.
30 percent of Millennials still live at home. That does not include Millenials who moved out, but still live in the area that they grew up.
Living in the same community does have some consequences. It still amazes me to see the changes in my community during my 28-year residency.
There are local restaurants from the 90s in my community that no longer exist. There are local stores from my childhood that have been replaced by new stores. These changes might be great for the community, but I miss the old days.
Nostalgia is like heroin for Millennials. Except, there is no rehab for nostalgia.
Feeling nostalgic, I recently visited the old arcade from my childhood. To my surprise, the old video games were still there. I saw my old racing game next to newer racing games. The old NBA game, featuring NBA players who haven’t played in 20 years, was still there. With a handful of quarters in my pocket, I was in Millennial heaven.
I never understood why some Millennials are obsessed with classic video game consoles. Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s boredom. Maybe it’s both.
I’m okay with the changes in my community. Change can be a good thing. This includes the spare change in my pocket for classic arcade games.