Ari Margo

It all started with the gray box. Around the age of 7, Ari’s parents gave him a Nintendo Entertainment System which came with Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt. The games were both on a single cartridge that was larger than modern handheld systems, yet contained less than 1MB of data. As the hours went by, you would have thought the old Nintendo controller contained motion control for all the flailing about and jumping around. Almost instantly, Ari had a lifelong hobby.

Soon there would be The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Metroid and other games that somehow remain relevant 25 years later. But it was a game purchase inspired by a strategy guide included with an issue of Nintendo Power that helped Ari to discover his favorite genre. Final Fantasy was unlike any game he had ever played, requiring much less in terms of reflexes and hand-eye coordination, but far more reasoning and strategy. It also contained a stronger story element than “rescue the princess.” He described Role Playing Games to his friends as “playing a book.”

Since then, Ari has remained a constant gamer, bearing witness to the rise of gaming as a respectable pastime, and watching the incredible evolution of the technology that powers the hobby.

First video game you ever played

I honestly don’t remember precisely what the first video game I ever played was. It must have been on one of my older brother’s computers, most likely an old Atari, Amiga or Commodore 64 game. I remember a Commodore 64 game called Up ‘N Down, an overhead game where you moved a car between a couple of tracks, but the car could jump and crush other cars, and you had to collect flags.

First video game you ever finished

The first game I ever finished had to have been Super Mario Bros., mainly because it was the first game I played that actually had a beginning, middle and end. Most games back then were arcade style mechanically, so they just became more and more difficult until you inevitably failed or got bored.

First video game system you ever purchased with your own money

The first game system I bought with my own money was a Gameboy Color. Up until then, I had been happily spoiled by my parents, but my Gameboy Color purchase was the result of saving up allowance and working a part time job for months.

Systems played

  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo Gamecube
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • Nintendo Gameboy
  • Nintendo Gameboy Color
  • Nintendo Gameboy Advance
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo DSi
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Sony PlayStation
  • Sony PlayStation 2
  • Sony PlayStation 3
  • Sony PlayStation 4
  • Sony PSP
  • Sony PS Vita
  • Microsoft Xbox
  • Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Microsoft Xbox One
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega CD
  • Sega 32X
  • Sega Saturn
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Atari 2600
  • Atari Jaguar
  • Commodore 64
  • Amiga 1000
  • Atari 1040 ST
  • Amiga 500
  • DOS
  • Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
  • Nokia N-Gage
  • Neo Geo
  • Neo Geo Pocket
  • Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • Philips CD-i
  • Turbo Grafx-16

Updated: September 5th, 2013

Genres, in order of favorites, with genre favorites

  • RPG – Final Fantasy X, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2
  • Simulation – SimCity 4, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
  • Strategy – Starcraft
  • Social – World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Dark Age of Camelot, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Music – Beatmania IIDX (Series)
  • Puzzle – Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack, Pokemon Puzzle League, Puzzle League Series), Dr. Mario
  • Classics – Actraiser, Soul Blazer
  • Shooter – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Half-life 2
  • Platformer – Super Mario World
  • Fighting – Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 4
  • Traditional Adventure – Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
  • Party – Rock Band 3
  • Stealth – Metal Gear Solid
  • Modern Adventure – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Sports – Fifa 12
  • Action Sports – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
  • Racing – Gran Turismo 5
  • Motion – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Classic Shooter – Contra
  • Brawler – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game
  • Fitness – None

Updated: September 5th, 2013

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