Win a voucher for Casually Hardcore clothing

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Man, being a gamer in the 80s and 90s was tough. There was no such thing as ‘geek culture’… and ‘geek chic’ was an oxymoron. You were lucky if you won a Nintendo t-shirt in a magazine competition and the only way to get a Sonic backpack was to decorate it yourself. Now that video games are well and truly in the mainstream consciousness, you can stumble in to pretty much any clothes shop and buy a Minecraft or Mario Kart t-shirt. But why settle for what everyone else has?

We’re getting together with Casually Hardcore Clothing to give away gift vouchers to three lucky winners. Casually Hardcore make exclusive threads and prints for fashion-minded gamers, and you won’t find them anywhere else. There’s something for everyone from retro gamers to the #pcgamingmasterrace, so check it out!

Not only do Casually Hardcore sell t-shirts, hoodies and prints for people of all gaming corners, they’ve got officially licensed gear for the awesome cult movie trilogy Back to the Future, sure to get any fan excited. I mean, who wouldn’t want a Flux Capacitor logo to show that you’ve got all the time in the world. Just remember, you’ve only got around 150 days until you finally get your hover board according to the films!

Enter by Monday 25 May 2015 (inclusive) to be in with a chance to win either a £10 or $10 gift voucher or one of two £5 or $5 vouchers for the UK or US Casually Hardcore online store. Press to Jump and Casually Hardcore will pick their favourite stories after the closing date. Don’t forget to log in to your Disqus commenting profile otherwise we can’t contact you if you win! All you have to do is leave a comment answering the following question:

What’s your fondest video gaming memory?

It can be anything from the time you finally got the high score at your local arcade, to that epic LAN party or even that first date that turned into a Smash Bros tournament.

I’ll start you off with my story:

Early 2003, I was one of the many lucky souls to get access to the beta for PlanetSide, the massively multiplayer FPS from Sony Online Entertainment, along with a dozen members of the gaming forum I was part of (incidentally, you can check out the sequel, PlanetSide 2, right now). One of our group was trained in the US Army Reserves as a tank operator. We were quickly trained up in tank warfare, and the crowning achievement was moving as an armoured column, with three tanks, support vehicles and close air support, while we moved resource trucks to power our bases. It was easily the most epic scene I ever witnessed in a game, and showed that video games bring together people with fun, camaraderie and teamwork! We even ended up doing illicit black market trade deals with rival factions, exchanging tanks and other vehicles with each other!

Of course, there are so many more stories to tell involving all sorts of games and people, but I’m sure you have some too! You don’t have to give us your gaming history, just a memory that stayed with you. Good luck!

Leave your comment below to be in with a chance to win!

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About Dan Morse

From the Atari 2600 right through to bleeding fast PCs, Dan's played on them all. One thing that's never changed is an unwavering passion for video games. Twitter: @happydan | Steam: happydan | GOG: happydan

  • Ok…..

    System – the NES, first video game system I owned, more fun than the speccy as instantly loading games. no waiting on a crappy tape bleeping away.

    The game. super Mario Brothers 3.

    Myself and a friend were die hard Mario fans – deep in to SMB1 & SMB2. When SMB3 was released he got it super quick and we were then on a mission to discover its secrets – and that’s the key thing that made Mario games so special – all the secrets.

    You could work out where special powers would let you reach new areas (like flying up and over the top status bar in order to bypass the ‘main’ level end to find a secret door or pipe. Nothing could beat the excitement of finding something like that and seeing what crazy new levels it would bring you.

    It just felt so polished and ‘right’ compared to SMB1 & 2. We were on a mission to get together and play it constantly until it was beaten. Sleepovers, late nights (interspersed with watching Terminator and playing the NES).

    First game I had a real thirst to play to the bitter end rather than casually playing it – crazy thing is I can’t even remember the end sequence! (those were the days, wend the holy grail was the game end sequence and closing credits)

    That spark of excitement it brought when you could play outside the boundries of the ‘expected’ platform formula and use your imagination to progress and see where you could go was just brilliant.

    Oh. That and StreetFighter2 on the SNES 🙂 Happy days!

    I can’t get excited about games on the PS3/4 etc now – just seems like too many cliched FPS and Cloned racing games. I might just be old and jaded now though.

    Cheers

    Hp

    • The arguments and sore thumbs due to SFII…

      • Much blister.

        Yip. When social gaming meant all your pals were in the same room.

        • Which Nintendo is still fighting the good fight for.