Do you remember your first phone? How about your first music player (walkman, boombox or *gasp* mini-disc player) or first game console? As children聽of the聽鈥90s聽and 鈥00s, a lot of the tech boom happened during our formative years, and many of us聽left behind some聽defunct pieces of tech, likely still chilling in a box in our parent鈥檚 attic/childhood bedroom. Gone but definitely not forgotten. We want聽to use Thursday as a day to聽get nostalgic聽鈥 techy, but old-school tech. Today鈥檚 walk down memory lane聽story is all about my Nintendo Game Boy Color 鈥 and how聽I STILL use it today.

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I got my Game Boy Color in middle school, I think it was sixth grade. I remember that I really, really wanted it聽鈥 possibly because the Nintendo 64 that my brother had promised we would both play and conned me out of birthday聽money to buy was definitely and irrevocably his. My Game Boy Color聽was the first piece of technology聽I鈥檇 ever had to my name, and something about that was kind of a big deal.

It was the coolest thing I鈥檇 ever held in my 12-year-old hand. The cool, clear, purplish plastic that exposed the super high-tech motherboard underneath, the screen that HAD COLOR and the little built-in speaker were all amazing to behold. Yep,聽with Game Boy in hand,聽I felt like a gaming badass.

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One weird thing though, I never actually played many games on聽my聽Game Boy Color. Okay. To be specific, I have only ever played ONE game on my handheld console. That game is Tetris. I鈥檇 inherited the cartridge from my brother, and it聽came bundled with his original 8-bit black and white Game Boy.聽In fact, I remember being shocked聽when the little blocks magically transformed into colored shapes on my (seemingly massive) 2.36-inch screen. But, guys, in my defense, Tetris is a timeless game. Maybe that鈥檚 why I鈥檓 still playing it 16聽years later.

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Technology is always changing (case in point: all the聽iPhone 7 rumors on the Interwebs less聽than two weeks after the release of the iPhone 6S), but my Game Boy Color has somehow stood the test of time.聽I鈥檝e taken it on various family vacations, it鈥檚聽moved聽two continents with me and lived with me in various聽homes, from high school in Northern California to college in Southern California and even graduate school in New York City. My Game Boy Color has聽far聽outlived my brother鈥檚 N64 (ha!) or any other technology I鈥檝e purchased since. And guess what? It still works perfectly. My laptop from five years ago has issues but my Game Boy Color games like a dream. It鈥檚 actually a great substitute for my iPhone when I鈥檓 bored (smartphone addiction remedy, anyone?).

And yes,聽that game is聽still Tetris.

Do you have any old tech you鈥檇 like to discuss on this series? Tell us in the comments below.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons聽+ Nintendo)