Sunday, 1 November 2009

Week 2! 1980's - 1990's

Looking back at some of the games available between 1980’s and 1990’s stirred a mixture of feelings for me. At first I wanted to point and laugh at the ones where you stick a translucent sheet or plastic to your screen and play variations of the same game, but then I suddenly thought that this must of been a really big deal to them! It occurred to me that at the time that people must have been really excited about games as they were all new and shiny and different.
Many gaming consoles were released around the 80’s. It was a time when the lesser equipped companies could create a console that sort of rivalled that of the advanced companies. Most of them failed and left a few of the major consoles to thrive on the attention of people everywhere - like the Sega Mega Drive, the Atari and the NES/Famicom.
I never really got a chance to play on any of the consoles from around that time. I think my parents had an Atari (not sure which version) at some point – but I’m pretty sure they threw it away. My friend showed me a few NES games once on an emulator (I think one of them was the original Zelda) and they seemed pretty fun! ... If only he let other people have a go at playing his games once in a while.
The most interesting thing about the 1980’s, game-wise, is that arcade games like Donkey Kong and Pac-Man started to become pretty popular. And some people must have had a ton of change on them to actually beat Donkey Kong! That pogo level is a real pain. I discovered that in the mini game on Donkey Kong 64. I can’t remember how many times I tried to beat it...