Tell you what, I might sound like the most dumbest thing you're heard today. But if I could relive a year of my life.
I'd Wish it was 2004 again. I could say for many things, Well I was in the 7th grade. Good memories of it, friends, girlfriends ( I actually went out with two of them that year " a record" hehe.) , great memorable things happened that fall.
I Still remember seeing the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto SAN ANDREAS on tv. It made my skin crawl, the back of my neck hairs went up like I've seen a ghost. And just to show I'm a real fan, unlike some "fans". The trailer debuted on Spike tv. It was a world premiere on some show. Back then when they had video game shows, some of you Vets could maybe remember. I really made my mom buy me a ps2, before that trailer i didn't own one. I remember clearly promising her i would do my best at everything i did. So i got better grades at school, not that i wasn't a good student. I am, but i really tried harder that year. i behaved better, cleaned my room, did chores, the whole nine.
It was about late September that she my bought first ps2, i really thanked her, it wasn't a new one, it was used, but didn't care. I was happy me and my brothers had a amazing video game system like the ps2 in its true prime years. Its still now, there are a bunch of gems on that system. I didn't get a video game because back then they were expensive as they do now. 59.99 for a ps2 game seemed like elegant commodity rather than necessity. So i wasn't upset at all. i did have mixed emotions that she had to spend a good amount of money on something i really didn't see a necessity. I owe everything to her. That moment I knew then that good things come to those who are patient. Though that time frame i just concentrated on school and my young teen life.
I didn't buy the game till the weekend after it was released. It was a Saturday. I still remember going to best buy, the whole video game section was covered and filled with Gta San Andreas copies, posters, advertisements, and strategy books on a table. just stack after stack of books and video game copies. That moment i knew this game was bigger than any other video game. I still remember picking my copy off the shelves, looking at the contents of the back, then at the front. Giving a good stare at the cover art. i got a mental picture. I gave it to my mom at the paying counter, the cashier gave me that look like "You know this ain't for kids" but didn't care. I know what violence is and i know its bad. My mom didn't have a problem with it, she knew i was mature enough to know right from wrong.
Once i got home, popped in the disc, the spraying of the ROCKSTAR logos came on, then "ROCKSTAR GAMES PRESENTS, A ROCKSTAR NORTH GAME, GRAND THEFT AUTO SAN ANDREAS" then was the introduction, once the cutscene was over. I headed to Grove street. Then I heard "Grove Street, HOME. At least it was before I f*cked everything up"
That very moment I right away knew this is something special.
i was a bit excited, yet at the same time i was bit emotional for the dollar she had to fork out. Yes i admit we were a bit poor during those years. i get sobby and all thinking about those times. But i thank her everyday for the things she has given me. And i know soon i will give her everything in return.
PS. TL DR. Just a small story of what i remember. I have amazing memory and its just so nostalgic.
Damn, a story straight to the heart!