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NOSTALGIA BOX: I got my first home computer as a Christmas present when I was eight years old. It was a Commodore 64 and it felt like a piece of space age state-of-the-art tech at the time.
Back then, if you owned a home computer it was most likely a Commodore 64 or a Spectrum. Playground banter was often centered around which one was the best, how good the graphics were and the latest games you'd bought.
Regardless of which platform you owned, there was a huge catalogue of games and accessories including a range of 1.99 budget games from Mastertronic that were perfect for growing your collection alongside some of the bigger and more expensive titles from mainstream developers Ocean, Epyx and Activision.
Having a computer wasn't just a hobby - it opened the door to new friendships, a new type of interactive entertainment, and some degree of gaming prowess and recognition amongst friends and peers at school.
I spent hour after hour playing games with friends and had the familiar and repetitious tunes of Jet Set Willy, Manic Miner and Chucky Egg ringing through my head for days afterwards.
As computer technologies moved on through the nineties and noughties the blocky graphics and tinny sounds of the C64 had faded into distant memory – until I bumped into a throwback video for the game Outrun on YouTube which brought a whole sea of nostalgic memories and emotions instantly rushing back.
I've found the process of rediscovering old games has opened an entire world of discovery all over again. Using Shooglebox has made it super-easy to add links to YouTube videos, blog posts, forums and fan sites and to keep everything together in one place.
I've also been able to share a read-only link to the box with some of my old school friends which itself has become a regular talking point as it stirs up forgotten memories, situations and conversations that we had when playing a particular game way back in the eighties.
And by keeping the box alive in Shooglebox it's always there when I bump into a new video, blog article or a post on social media. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, I can simply pop a link into the box and then come back to it later to have a better look.
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