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Lately I've been listening to a lot of game music, some good old 8 to 16 bit bleeps and bloops from my childhood - and some that never made it but could've/should've.

I've been learning some names and associating with songs like Rob Hubbard (The Immortal, for the Sega Genesis), Tim Follin (Nes, Snes, some C64 ports like Bionic Commando and Ghouls n' Ghosts), Tokuhiko Uwabo (lots of Sega games from the 80s and 90s like Phantasy Star, Alex Kidd, etc.), Clint Bajakian and Michael Land (old Lucasarts games), etc. Just to name a few.

I wonder what game music most people like. Not mainstream games like Mario and Sonic and Final Fantasy and Megaman and whatever, but those catchy tunes from those Mega Drive games you only rented or borrowed from that kid from school and nobody talks about, you know what I'm talking about. Don't you? I'm just looking for some good less-known game music.

In my case, I guess it had to be Arrow Flash, the first level song. The Mega Drive had some awesome shoot-em ups and most of them had great music. This one has never left my head after I first played this game.







Opa-Opa
11:16 PM on 04.27.2010

Holy shit man. I am so sad and happy at the same time.

Sad because you're practically the only thing I read around here, your Rev Rants have inspired me a lot during my final thesis where I created a game (still under development) and I still have to play FarCry 2 to see what that "BBF" thing's all about.

But I'm very happy about your new dream job and dream wife. I know those will be very important steps in your life, and you deserve it. Davis is a lucky girl as well. Good luck on everything! And say hello to your new life with two Ashleys Burches. Damn, good luck not getting messed up on that.

That's what I had written before I saw someone's comment that was simply: ":( :)"

That simplified everything about my comment. Bleh.

But then it made me realize. The bearded bastard made us not be able to be mad at him for leaving! It's like "He's leaving, burn him to the ground!" but then "Oh, he's getting married. Awwwww."

He's already controlling our emotions and hasn't even worked in a game yet. That Gearbox game better be good.








I was thinking now that I, and a believe a lot of you, am from a generation in which games already existed before we were born. Some people I talk to these days don't even know what an Atari is. Well, "gaming culture" or whatever the crap that is isn't that big around here in Brazil yet, but I always thought that Atari was a piece of culture that wasn't that easy to be dismissed. I think, in the end, it's all about when you started playing games, and if someone was playing before you in your family. My brother had an Atari, so I was born with a console at home. I play videogames since I was a baby and have never stopped since. Says a lot about me I guess. When I was four, around 1989, we got a Master System, and then a Mega Drive in early 90s, and then, around 1996 I think, I was the one who got a PS1, since my brother had lost most interest about games that time, and then a Dreamcast in 2000/2001, and then a PS2 in 2005, and then an Xbox 360 in 2008 I believe. Somewhere around that I got an old "Phantom System", which was nothing more than a NES, but made by a company named Gradiente here in Brazil. There's a lot of those and there are still a lot in the making, by lots of different companies.

Anyway, I was thinking back and trying to remember the first game I ever played. I can't recall that far back in my life, it must've been Pac-Man, Enduro, Pole Position, Mario Bros, or some other game we had for the Atari. But I can remember the first game I finished, and that was Superman for the Atari. It was a great feat back then since most Atari games had no ending, so that's probably why I remember so vividly. Plus, sometimes it was hard just figuring out what the hell you have to do in a game. I remember clearly I had to capture Lex Luthor's gang (and Lex himself), save Lois if she got captured, and rebuild the bridge that Lex had blown up. To this day, I still think this is the best Superman game around (even though it really sucks). Not that there's a lot of competition.



This is exactly like the cartridge I had. I found it some other day but was too lazy to scan or take a picture. Lots of Atari games were released here by this eletronics company called CCE.

I was wondering what was the first game you guys here on Destructoid played or finished?
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A kid is playing some videogame in the living room. His mother, curiously watching the moving pixels and colors in the screen for a long while, finally asks:

- What is this game about?

- Um... I am this ninja and I have to kill these monsters so I can get to the end.

- But, you HAVE to kill them?

- Well, sometimes I can just jump over them and run away, but I don't get any points like that.

- And what are the points for?

- The more points you get, the better.

- Ah.

- ...

- Can't you be friends with them?

- No.



This is a conversation that I had a lot of times not only with my mother but with lots of other adults that saw me playing anything during the early 90s. I've been talking to some friends of mine and these types of questions weren't uncommon when they were growing up wither Now I realize how curious it is that, really, you can't be friends with those bastard robots and turtles that take your life away when they touch you.

I wonder if that could be interesting, though, a game where you have to "friend" your way up to the end of the level.