I haven't been playing games as long as some of you. My first console was a Super Nintendo. I missed the beginnings of the video game trend back in the mid-late seventies and the original Nintendo boom back in the 80's. I've been listening to the RetroforceGO! archived episodes lately, and every time they mention an old Nintendo game I haven't played I don't download it on my not emulators.
Listening to so much nostalgia makes me think about the games I used to play. The first game I ever played. So without further ado I present to you:
Anyone else play this? I don't know how many hours of my life that I've poured into this game, but it definitely makes my 200 hour Dragon Quest VIII save file look puny. This game had it all.
It had twin gremlins that threw Molotov cocktails at you.
The controls were excellent and there was actual level variety.
You can ride horsies.
The game was hard. Ball busting hard. Especially for someone in Grade School. I played it anyway though, suffered through the torture of limited continues and one hit deaths, and eventually beat it. To this day it's still my proudest moment in my gaming career.
Put a stop to future casino owners in Sunset Riders.
The point is, I think we all have that one game that's special to us. It might not hold up today as the shining gem we used to think it was, but it still holds a part of our big crumb covered gaming hearts.
To anyone who reads this, what game does that for you?
First of all I'd like to start this blog off with a completely unnecessary video, that I have just finished watching. It's not recommended for impressionable minors, American citizens, Jack Thompson, or (apparently) African Americans. Or anyone honestly...don't click on it.
Now it's time for the bulk of my post!
Some back story:
When I was ten years old I loved Star Fox 64. I'd sit and beat it, then beat it again, then beat it again. The different paths you could take coupled with the beautiful graphics completely took me over. Granted, this wasn't my first Star Fox game. I used to play the original with my father before I even knew what death meant, or why it kept flashing the "Game Over" picture.
Eventually my obsession with furries in space cost my mother twenty dollars in late fees. When this happened, not only did my ass get spanked, but I also wouldn't get to play Star Fox 64 for nine years.
I had completely forgotten about the game, but more importantly, I had completely forgotten about my Wii's Virtual Console.
And the fact that it just might contain Star Fox 64.
And that I had 1000 Wii Points lying around.
I found it, bought it, played it, and loved it.
It's a fantastic break from the monotony of recent "next-gen" games, and a game that doesn't try anything but to be fun. Anyone who hasn't tried it and owns a Wii ought to give it a run. Can't be any worse than Generic Brown Shooter 8: The Coming of the Stereotypical Plot Twist: Epic Addition. Oh and there's a tank too.
Let me start off by saying that this is my first blog post, and I am in no way an intelligent writer. To anyone who takes the time to read this, thank you. I'll try not to have too many grammatical errors.
I've noticed over the years that life has a sneaky way of creeping up on me. Money that I thought I had yesterday is suddenly gone. I'll open my fridge to fix myself dinner and I'll suddenly realize that there is no food in my fridge. Little things like that.
Sometimes the stress would get so bad that I'd have a sort of, "enlightened week". I'd sit around pretending I knew how to meditate, squeeze stress balls until the little plastic beads fell out, and sometimes I'd just sit and beat things to bloody pulps.
In God of War, of course.
The other day I went by a local game store and told the clerk to find me a game that would help relieve stress. What I got was Animal Crossing.
I hope anyone who's played this gem can understand where I'm coming from when I say that not only did it change my life, it also completely mellowed me out. No more flipping my desk when I lost a LAN session of Quake. No more throwing kittens out of my windows to satiate my rage over dieing on the last level of Raiden II.
The simple tasks of fishing, hunting bugs, expanding my house, playing Super Mario Brothers, and helping out my Animal neighbors completely changed my life.
I recommend that you pick it up as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. It's only been out for seven or so years, so it's understandable.