As a kid, there was nothing better to bring to school than your portable gaming device. It was the pinnacle of (legal) things to bring. Toys, comic books, and cards all pales in comparison to bringing your video games to school. It was the most expensive item a kid can have, so there was a greater pain if you lost it, got it stolen, broke it, or had it taken away by a teacher. You may not come back home with it and you would have to face your parents when they ask “where’s your Game Boy?” and you would have face them and say “my teacher took it away.” It was the biggest gamble for coolness, but it was worth it.
My earliest memory of having video games in school wasn’t even brought in by me. I was in this Summer school program (it explains my brilliance today) and some kid brought in his Game Gear. He only played with it during the break, which made sense you don’t want to have it taken away, but what happened while he was playing was amazing. All the kids swarmed and gathered around him. Everyone looked over his shoulder to check out what he was playing. It was like a show and the best seats in the house were sitting next to him or looking from under his right earlobe. Kids wanted to see what the heck you were playing and if there was even a slight chance they can get a chance to play. 110% of the time, the answer was no.
That was when I was about 7 years old. Fast forward around 5 years later and I’m in Junior High School. People didn’t huddle around anymore, we were older, and at this time the Game Boy Advance had released. Somehow everybody and their mothers got a Game Boy Advance and for some strange reason everyone I knew really got into Sonic Advance. Everyone brought in their Game Boy Advance and we would link up during our lunchtime. I had one of those 4-way link cables and we had 4-player matches in Sonic Advance everyday for a good long while. The person who got stuck with Amy was always bummed out.
Eventually playing during lunchtime wasn’t enough. It spilled into our classes too. We started playing underneath the tables and linked up during class which was a terrible idea. One day we had our Game Boys taken away and it was one of the worst feelings. Luckily, our teacher gave them back to us at the end of the day, but he could have held it for a month (it was school policy) and forced our parents to come and pick it up.
The one thing I had that was taken away from me in school and never given back to me was my Pokémon Pikachu 2. It was taken from me and I never got it back. I miss that little thing. I’m friends with the teacher that took it away from me on Facebook now (don’t act like you don’t have teachers as friends), maybe I should ask him… Maybe he’ll still have it…
Oh well, that was just some of the experiences I had with video games I brought into school as a kid and I hope you guys have better (perhaps funnier) experiences than I did. Share some of yours with us, please?