Getting games for free, getting games machines for free... they become less significant events in life, than if - say - you'd blown a quarter of your monthly income ordering a Mega Drive from the Special Reserve catalogue, even though you were a teenage father living with his parents, and were meant to be saving for your own home, and ohhhh... didn't your mo-mah and po-pah tell you just how irresponsible you were being by wasting money on video games...?!
What I do remember is this: I definitely had an import Sega Saturn, and I'm pretty sure I didn't pay money for it, and I'm pretty sure that Sega hadn't given it to us. Where we got it from, I've no idea, but we definitely got a freebie - no way could I have afforded the six hundred quid that importers were asking for Japanese versions. I remember this, because I recall bringing it home from work all excited, and only then realising that a) I didn't have the right sort of plug, and b) Just that really.
I had to go out the next day to buy what was then called a "step-down converter", which - I discovered - cost around sixty quid that I really didn't have. I could've asked my Teletext bosses to buy one on expenses, but it was readily apparent that they barely tolerated Digitiser at that stage, so I had to dip into my own barren pocket.
Although, as it transpired, finding one anywhere in my local vicinity proved almost impossible - and the one I did eventually buy, from a shop which sold everything from World War 2 gas masks to various types of nozzles, was the size of a VW Beetle.
When I did finally get the Saturn powered up, I discovered I could only play games in black and white. You know: like in olden times.