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I'm from Mississippi, but I've been in the UK for over a decade. Born in '83. Retro gamer mainly, but I do occasionally play a few select modern games, which I consider to be anything from 6th gen onwards.
I tend to focus on fewer games at once, usually only one, so I can fully appreciate and give whatever I am playing my full attention. I won't classify myself as a completionist, because while some games are fun and challenging to 100%, others just become an undesirable chore that milks the concept with useless tasks and garbage items to collect.
My first console was the Atari 2600. I would play NES, Master System, and Genesis with cousins or friends that had them, wishing I had them too, instead of the Atari, which I still enjoyed, but man, was it old news by then. Eventually, I struck gold and got the SNES when it came out, which was awesome, then later, the N64, which was even more awesome. Later, I got a PS1 too, which remains my favorite console to this day. Like most people, I had a PS2 at some point, but didn't play it much.
After a long hiatus of more than a decade, I came back to gaming when I bought an Xbox 360, solely because of Mortal Kombat 9, which I still love and play. A few years later, I got into Steam. I then started to get back to retro gaming via emulators, then got Launchbox. Eventually, I started to seek more authenticity, acquiring original controllers, using USB adapters. Soon, I was buying old consoles, CRTs, and scalers, and now I got a full-blown setup here with all sorts of consoles, known and obscure. See, emulation can lead folks to purchases, not away.
Most of my consoles are modded to the max or I plan to do so. I strive to give my full attention to each and every one of them. Stuff like RGB, YPbPr, and HDMI mods, image improvements like bypasses, also fan upgrades, optical disc emulators, flashcarts, custom firmware, hacks and modchips, external hard drives, custom wireless controllers and receivers, modern PSUs, LEDs, translucent shells, the list goes on. Suffice to say, if there is a mod to improve a console, I have either done it or am fixin' to do it - unless things get discontinued before I can get them. I love to breathe new life into old consoles, such as fitting an ODE to a retro console with a broken disc reader that was sold as "junk" on eBay.
I'm a CRT fanatic and have a variety of tubes to cater to my different needs. Ideally, if I'm playing a 240p or 480i game in 4:3, it goes on my standard 34" Trinitron. Widescreen 480i and 480p go on my Panasonic Acuity 36" EDTV. 480p or 720p at 4:3 go on my 20" Trinitron VGA monitor. I have a Samsung wide HD CRT, but it sucks (it converts 720p to laggy 1080i actually), so widescreen HD gaming goes on either a 720p, 1080p, 1440p, or 2160p flat panel... so no upscaled, interpolated garbage. Yep, one for each occasion - all in my single wide mobile home's living room, so tell me you ain't go no space! I'm also studying HARD to become able to repair CRT monitors, it's a skill I really desire - nay, NEED to have. Those are fascinating devices that need love.
I also own a respectable collection of controllers, from the mundane to rare. I don't collect games, sorry. Everything is labeled as "rare", and unrealistically expensive. With the advent of flashcarts and ODEs, that's what I use most of the time. It's also convenient, so even if I own the game, I still use a flashcart, and saves the cartridge ports from wear-and-tear. ODEs especially, with disc rot and laser readers dying, are consoles life-savers. Of course, I do buy modern games to support the developers and the industry - not scalpers. I go out of my way to buy physical games, I don't like digital purchases outside Steam. The day physical disappears (seems inevitable) is the day I quit buying new consoles