Okay look I am probably totally being unfair to poor old Gex, he was a hero too cool for this world.
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Yep, the first video game I ever saw (or at least, remember seeing) was Pooyan in the corner store near my grandma’s house, and it completely blew my freaking mind apart. I remember being completely besotted with the idea you could have cartoons on a TV that you could control, that was a pretty abstract concept for someone just used to TV being a passive experience. It’s one of the things that video games do better than almost anything else.
If only that store didn’t have that Pooyan machine, I might have stayed a normal kid that rode bikes and went outside!
Greenhouse has a special place in my heart, being the first video game I could call my own, a Christmas present from my Grandmother who I’m just sure was all up in the latest games from Nintendo and knew what she was giving me. It’s not a bad little game, but it was made back in the day when we didn’t really worry about pumping gallons of noxious fumes at anything that moved.
I mention Game And Watch games because there is a new Kickstarter project for Blow The Cartridge #5 going on currently, and we’re SO CLOSE to the stretch goal where I will make a new comic all about Game And Watch games! Please check it out and help the cause!
As big of a fan I was of Sonic The Hedgehog 2, for some reason I knew to wait a bit when Sonic 3 rolled around.
I rented it from the local video shop and beat it in two hours.
Was pretty happy with my being cautious.
Looked really pretty though!
Poor old Sonic, all he wants to do is be left alone and forgotten about like his pal Alex The Kid.
Another comic about Phantasy Star IV because who am I to say no to my Kickstarter backers? Exactly.
Not many people remember Skitchin’. It was a late-era MegaDrive game from EA that came at a time when people were starting to gear up for new systems like the PlayStation or the Saturn, or at the very least the Road Rash formula wasn’t turning heads any more. It’s a shame, because it’s one of my favourite MegaDrive games and fans of Road Rash should really do themselves a favour by playing it.
It’s basically Road Rash, but you’re on rollerblades instead of motorbikes and you can get speed and points boosts by “hitching” onto the back of vehicles, like Marty McFly did with his skateboard in Back To The Future. Each level is a race against other Skitchers, and you can punch them out of the way or use the environment like oncoming cars or oil spills to inflict more damage on them. There’s also ramps, and when you’re launched in the air you can perform tricks to earn extra points, which then gives you more cash at the end of the level to upgrade your skating gear. The action is fast, the roads are that nice long winding path that games like the early Road Rash and Need For Speed games got so right, and it’s just absolutely dripping in early ’90s grunge aesthetic that I just adore.
Special mention must go to the soundtrack, by Jeff van Dyck, who got lots of crunchy guitar sounds out of the MegaDrive’s FM chip. You should go check out Assault Android Cactus, because he did the soundtrack to that and it’s one of my favourite new games ever, seriously it’s amazing but anyway.
Back when I was in AAA game development we got word that EA were interested in hearing from developers who wanted to revive one of their old games. I immediately started writing a next-generation Skitchin’ pitch, but everyone else in the office just wanted to remake Wing Commander. Philistines!
As soon as we discovered that you could just stand in front of the goalie for as long as you like and wait for him to pass the ball to you, FIFA 94 became hilariously unfair around our parts.
So. Two stories come to mind when I think about this game:
The first is that I haaaaaaaaated the original Soul Edge game in the arcades. I remember writing the shortest review I’ve ever written on my blog: “A big, messy mess” because it was just…there was stuff happening all over the place and it ran in low-resolution and I was like what the heck is this anyway.
But then came the Dreamcast game and hot DAMN did we love that. It looked sumptuous. The wife to this DAY completely decimates me on it, the closest I come to ever winning is when I main as Maxi for a while because nunchucks are pretty cool right?
Did always strike me as a bit odd that all these swords didn’t actually cut anything though.
Oh maaan I loved the TMNT Arcade game back in the day. I was a huge Turtles junkie and the chance to play a video game about them was just too much for my tiny little mind to handle. I sunk a big pile of change into the local arcade machine, and remember calling up the local distributor to ask how much it would cost me to buy an arcade machine of my own – a whopping $7,000!
Thankfully they ported it to the humble C64 and it was pretty awesome.
A few years back they released it on Xbox LIVE Arcade and…yeah, it was pretty good, but as a beat ’em up it was retty repetitive, even with the cool freeway level. Oh, remember Konami? Sigh.
Check out what all the fuss was about!