Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Roots

Oh what a night. Every now and then, you really have to dust off the classics and get your hands dirty with the games that really put gaming on the map. Tonight's choices were all from the SNES and Genesis era. Take a gander:

Genesis:
Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and 3
Sonic CD
Lunar (CD)
Splatterhouse 2
Mutant League Football
Columns
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (greatest puzzler EVER)
Streets of Rage
Phantasy Star(s)
Shadowrun
Rise of the Dragon (CD)

Super Nintendo:
Space Megaforce
Chrono Trigger
Earthbound
Secret of Evermore/Mana
Ogre Battle
Smash TV
Starfox
Street Fighter II Turbo
Actraiser
Castlevania 4
Super Metroid
Super Turrican (which has noting to do with my tag)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Really, if you haven't played most of those, unsubscribe to 1up. Fo' real.

It was such a joyous occasion strolling through those classics, their music, and their gigantic pixels. Sadly, I don't have all my classic consoles with me (just moved...again), but there are "ways" to still play them. That's all I'll tell you, kiddies.

N00bs, point and laugh if you will, but if not for these gems, you wouldn't have anything to play nowadays. As I look at those greats, it seems like games were more of an art form 10 or 15 years ago than they are now. Maybe that's what mainstreaming does to properties and media (not "mediums"; pay attention in English class!).

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