I started getting into video gaming when I was approximately three or four years old, and thanks to a life without drugs and alcohol, I can completely remember playing video games that were released way back in 1996. A majority of it was shovelware drivel, but I did own the classics games as well. Throughout my very abbreviated life, I've possessed an NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Gameboy, Playstation 3, PC, Xbox 360, and a Nintendo Wii. Despite my particularly younger age, I'm just as "old school" as the gamers in their mid-twenties and thirties. If you were to take precious time and discussed games from many years ago, I'd completely be aware of what you're inferring towards. I got into gaming simply by intently watching my older brothers mash buttons as they immersed themselves into a virtual universe. My mother once played video games in her youth as well and I guess I just began to follow suit.
"Go sit, son. Mommy's got to save the land of Hyrule from the evil grips of Ganon."
Since I've been diligently involved with so many gaming consoles throughout my life, I can't really speak of having a favorite video game. Well at least not certainly speak of one. I can label some video game software that I did enjoy quantitatively though. When I was younger, I really appreciated the existence of Super Mario World. Lots of people may outright disagree with this, but I personally believe Super Mario World to be the best Super Mario game. In my eyes, Super Mario World was what Ocarina of Time was to the entire Legend of Zelda franchise. I view Super Mario 64 as a sort of a spiritual 3D sucessor to Super Mario World. Another title I really enjoyed was Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and I will admit, I'm somewhat anticipating the release of Sonic: Generations. The Blue Blur is not what he use to be, and I really think Generations may bring him back to his pure and original standards. I was heavily entertained by Capcom's beat-em-up, Final Fight. Sorry Haggar, but Guy was my favorite brawler. He was just so young, agile, and more attractive than you, and quicker! Oh, here's another Capcom title, Knights of the Round. People aren't precisely knowledgeable of this game's existence, but the impact it had on me was substantial. To this very day, I still wish Capcom would remake this game. It was just so lovely. During it's time, it had the most advanced level up system I had ever gazed eyes upon. Killer Instinct is undoubtedly on that "Remake" list as well. I adored all of the Donkey Kong Country games, because straightforwardly speaking; it was Rareware back in their prime. Back before Microsoft bought them out and completely ruined them (My opinion of course). What other title? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time! I can't even tell you how many hours I've logged into that game playing with my younger cousin. I really miss cooperative play in video games. What use to be a norm, is now just an infrequent novelty. The high definition remake of Turtles in Time Ubisoft developed a few years ago, I give two thumbs and two big toe thumbs down. It just wasn't the same experience I once witnessed as a knee-high child. I attribute my disapproval of the title because the awesome music was absent. I'm all for remixes of classic songs in high definition remakes, but when you throw out the original music and replace it with tasteless techno music, I'm reluctant to give it a chance. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is another prime example of that. Then again, the strange physics didn't do it justice either. I just love feeling completely nostalgic. Next game! Goldeneye, nuff said. There are so many more titles I thoroughly enjoyed as a little child, but I believe that's enough to speak of.
"T-T-Too much. C-C-Cannot compute."
"You heard me! Put the controller down and watch a movie instead. Same thing! No controller!"
"It's sad just looking at."
I miss when developers actually cared about developing a nice and engaging single-player campaign. Now online is the main focus of almost all games and we can thank the "MLG Pro" players for this notion. What I also miss about gaming is when people didn't care about what console someone else was playing on. If you owned a Sega Genesis and your friend owned a SNES, while your other friend was jamming out on the PC, there was no scrutiny and pointless confrontations going on between any of you. In today's society, there's just a strong divide between people who own different consoles. Who cares if someone owns a Wii and not a PS3 or Xbox 360 (or the other way around), if that's the console that makes that person happy, then let them be happy with it. People focus far too much on system power equaling quality.
This whole hardcore VS casual debate needs to die out. Possessing a plethora of rated M titles doesn't make you any more "hardcore" than someone with a plethora of rated T and E titles. I could easily get my mother to play a Grand Theft Auto game and have her enjoy it. Does that mean she's a "hardcore" gamer? Absolutely not. And if I get her to play Nintendogs, does that make her a casual gamer? No. But what if I managed to get her to play Nintendogs for countless hours of the day with her coming back to it numerous times because she's addicted to it and just HAS to play it? Does that make her hardcore now? Can't answer that one, can you? That's why we need to do away with the arbitrary labels and just play games to have fun and not to earn bragging rights. This may sound rough, but death to fanboys!
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