A Look Back At Advances In Old Games
25 Dec 2013 Jeff 0
In the spirit of giving, I wanted to go back through the years of gaming goodness and rekindle some memories you may have had. Going in no particular order I wanted to say a few things about different advances, experiences, and just different things in general. Most of it is just my own personal perspective as a kid of the 90’s but I’m sure there is bound to be something in here for everyone. Feel free to add your own opinions and memories as well.
Halo: Combat Evolved
While not being a huge Halo fan, at least for the multiplayer part, I do enjoy the Halo universe. It’s full of lore and some pretty cool ideas. But, without a doubt one of the best features was the recharging shield. Because of Halo, running around the map looking for stupid health packs has become a thing of the past. As long as you had your shield you were good to go. Other games – Call of Duty comes to mind first – have taken the recharging shield seen in Halo and designated it as a standard when dealing with players health. While it might not seem that big a deal, this little feature essentially speeds up our gameplay and makes it a more enjoyable experience.
In its time, Moral Kombat was one of the goriest games ever created. If you asked someone to name a fighting game, you can bet this would be mentioned among the other big names like Tekken, Street Fighter, and I’ll even though Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! in that hat as well. So, what makes Mortal Kombat stand out? What gift did they give us? Besides a decent movie (the second was not so decent), and a pretty good song, this game spawned the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Since the ESRB was formed, every game released in the mainstream gets checked by the association and giving a rating to let consumers know whether the game is appropriate for them. As the first game to be rated “mature,” Mortal Kombat is basically responsible for thousands of little letters on every game today.
God of War
Following up on the ESRB and mature ratings, I couldn’t leave this one out. God of War was fantastic. It had a great story, great graphics, and the gameplay was action packed. And, what’s God of War’s gift? Nudity, of course! While not the first game to have nudity, it was the first time Sony neglected to censor nudity in any title. It can be argued all day long that there was no point in having large breasted topless women in a game, but for the Greek culture, nudity and sex were big and that fits in with the game’s theme just fine. And, really, what’s the point of saving the world from the God of War if there’s no reward?
From the video games to the anime series, when Pokémon Red/Blue was released it was nothing short of amazing. When I asked for a Gameboy for Christmas back in 1998, this was the only game I wanted. The coolest part about Pokémon to me was the social aspect. Discussing different teams, battling, trading, finding secrets, and arguing about the existence of Mew connected kids all over, just as it does today. As cool as the sequels are, those original 152 Pokémon are still my favorite and most memorable. And I say 152 because as a naive young trainer, and I’m not ashamed to admit this, I sold my soul to Missingno. for candy.
If you’re a fan of MMOs, there’s no denying the game that paved the way. Everquest gave what dungeon crawler fans had been dreaming of. Boasting numerous classes and races to pick from and an entire world to explore in the late 90’s, this game was king. It was also because of this game that gaming addiction was finally getting the press and needed to really start being looked at. Even if you never played it or played one of the many clones back then, MMOs all over pay homage to this great title.
Along with Mario and Zelda, if you had a N64, chances are you had Goldeneye. The Halo game of its day, what made Goldeneye so great was playing 4 player split screen with your buddies. Different game modes and weapons were another reason this game rocked. It had great replay ability. Who doesn’t remember all the Golden Gun fun? There was also the cheats you could play around with, Big Head mode, paintball mode, and of course double rocket launchers!
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
No list would be complete without this beast. Being the first game rated 10/10 by IGN, there’s no way you’ve never heard of it. The power hold Zelda held on our young lives was astounding. With action packed gameplay, memorable characters, and music I still whistle to this day, it was truly awe inspiring. It’s really hard to put into words for readers of today. Back in the 90’s, there was really no other game like it. If you were a young gamer at this time, this title was just… magic. Looking back, I remember looking at the sun glare effect in the game and just being memorized. If you’ve never played it, I implore you to make this a top priority.
From all of us here at The Gaming Heretic, we wish you a happy and safe holiday!Jeff (39 Posts)
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