Let me take you back in time to where it all started. When I was around seven years old, the neighbour's kid got a new toy. It was a very cool looking box you had to hook up to a TV so you could play tons of games. I spent hours and hours on end at his house. My parents regretted the day I discoverd the Master System. They swore never to buy one, but after months of nagging if I could have one, they thought they could shut me up by borrowing one from colleagues for a while. They were wrong. A few weeks after having one in the house, they had to return it along with all the wonderful games I played until they were almost worn down, however, I didn't stop asking for one of my own for a very long time.
I gave up trying to get one, but far into the 16-bit generation, I finally managed to buy my neighbour's Master System I and II. Schoolwork got pushed even further down on the priority list.
A long time after this, I found my Master Systems and all the games in a plastic box on my parents attic and decided to see if it still worked. What was I thinking? Of course it still worked. Quality stuff like this doesn't go broken! I played it for a while and then I was stupid enough to go and trade it all for a NES. I regret that decision very, very much. Not even did I get very little money for it, but I just had no idea a NES was so easy to get hold of on flea markets, eBay and other auction sites.
Since a couple of months, I decided to start collecting Master System to make up for the mistake I made of selling the very one that I first layed my eyes on and also to make up for all those years my parents didn't want me to have one. Everything that Sega made during their time on the console market is welcome. However, Master System is the main focus of my collection with my Holy Grail being a full set of European releases of the games. 280 games complete with booklet and in mint condition. I would be a happy manchild.
That's my story, what is yours?