Redmask wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 23:09:
SNES games predate Quake
Looking back many C64 games were pretty terrible too. I think the most influential game of my life was probably Simant on the black and white Mac. There were some great console games though, Nintendo especially made some games that have influenced so many others.
Taken out of their timeline, yea, they are terrible. But when you were sitting there LOAD "*",8,1 and watching it boot, it was pretty damn awesome. Even Sears and other mall stores had walls of Commodore64 game boxes.
I didn't say Quake was before SNES, I was saying I thought it was funny that the most influential game for them, or some of them saying the first game they played, was on a SNES.
I went from Commodore, almost every console, had a pc in the home earlier than anyone I knew (both parents worked at Cargill and one of them was in IT), and had my first computer in my room when I was 14.
Anyway. Quake and Quake 2 is what hooked me. Even after having 90+ NES games, countless other consoles and games, I wasn't TRULY hooked on gaming until competitive Quake stuff. I remember when MrGrosser and I were young and he would laugh at me when I would say "how come we can't play all of these games together - how come everything is solo". I guess I really missed my opportunity to cash in at a young age.
Anyway. It has been great to be in a golden time of processors to be able to grow up and go through adulthood and play such a vast array of devices and machines and yet still really enjoy a great pinball game. Seems so long ago that I would run (bike and eventually drive) home from school to try and be the first to get 1 of 3 nodes on the local BBS and take my turn at LORD and TW. Then grab a pepsi and play a console game or two before getting yelled at about schoolwork, dinner time, chores, and eventually bed time.
It is hard to say what 1 game did it for me. Hell I still try and get my hands on a Mr. DO! arcade. We have a Ms. PacMan (not the new style) cocktail table that gets used often. I would love to add TRON, Centipede, a few pinball machines, and a mega loaded Golden Tee would be nice. I do find that my memories of playing the games and enjoying them is better than going back and playing them. Most of the games don't age well compared to what we have now. I remember it taking me MONTHS to beat Zelda (if I ever did....I must have) and now you can get through it in 5-8 hours.
lets see...short list: Pegasus, Bruce Lee, Elevator Action, Mr DO, Double Dragon I and II, Hard Drivin (sit down), Bruger Time, KRULL, Joust, SMB, Mario Brothers, Gauntlet (arcade), Tecmo Bowl, RC ProAM, Ivan Ironman Stuart Racing, Sprint, Tetris (Tengen only), Tyson, Local BBS', SSF, Faery Tale, Mario Kart, DOOM, Mechwarrior, Quake, Quake 2 mods, Half Life, BF, BF2. (I could add probably 10 more)
Those are the big ones, almost in order too!
With the big influence coming from AQ2 competitive and BF2 competitive - without those 2, I probably would have let it go at about that time and not been as into it as I am now.
Anyway. Having our son made me think of all of this recently, then seeing that article, and I hope to encourage him to play old school games before jumping into Halo 44 or "game of the year 243". Sucks there aren't arcades anymore - there is that one in Vegas, but it is 18+. (he already likes watching his mum play Ms. PacMan.
In my own little mind, I guess having him play games where you had to think, explore, and figure out stuff (any of those Quest type games - King's, Police, etc) rather than rail it through autosaves every 2 minutes.....I just think there is development and critical thinking there somewhere. It is cool to watch my two nephews play Minecraft though.....how they decide to do things is impressive at times.
Anywhoooo. Just a middle aged gamer getting through life.....This comment was edited on Aug 2, 2014, 03:26.