Little background info: I'm 23 years old now and while growing up, I never was that kid who could ask my parents to buy me video games. My late mum would buy us toys if we asked but not games (she was very careful about interative media. Even violent cartoons weren't allowed). Also, I'm Nigerian and unlike many Nigerians of my social class, I did all my schooling, including University, in Nigeria. So I've never actually had the option of going to the store on launch day for any gaming product. But with digital sales on the rise, and having already purchased a few digital titles on my 3DS, I figured I'd make Pokemon Y my first day one purchase. Unfortunately, I was broke on launch day :)
I was gonna miss the launch of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds too when I miraculously received a $100 giftabout two days to the launch. Miraculously because I didn't even get the money in Naira (Nigerian currency), I got it in dollars. I didn't have to go to a Burea de Change before loading up my Visacard. So I bought Zelda on launch day. Anoyingly, it wasn't on the eShop by midnight so I had to start my download in the morning before work. Got home from work in the evening and it had only downloaded 5%! Just my luck, I didn't get to play it on day one.
I did, however, get to play it on day 2 and for the first time ever, instead of drooling over IGN video reviews and reading what people say in the Forums here, I'm playing it before it gets old. What's more, I have the Black Friday app on my phone but I usually can't enjoy Black Friday sales. Not this time! Today, I purchased all 3 Bioshock games for only $16! I didn't even know Amazon.com sold games as Steam download codes. Before now, my Steam has been used exclusively free games and trial versions. All I need now is an Xbox 360 controller to use with my Microsoft Surface Pro, since I also finally have a computer with decent specs for gaming.
Everything I've said may not be a big deal to many of you, but I know there'll also be some who can relate so I'm looking forward to seeing similar stories posted here. Kinda like a celebration of how we squeeze out what we can for our hobby :)