Nostalgia, and what made video games fun.

2004-12-20 15:12

So, I used to have a game console; the Intellivision. It was a great toy.

The people who did the original product took pride in their work, and as a result, they’re now distributing an emulator for it, as well as the original cartridges. This isn’t some multi-billion dollar corporation trying to cash in on nostalgia; this is the actual folks who made the machine possible.

In a world where $50 will get you a very visually impressive game that is absolutely no fun at all, like MOO3, $30 will get you fifty games. And they’re good. The theme music from Snafu is still stuck in my head sometimes. When I loaded this collection up to try out “Shark! Shark!” again, I still had my carefully tuned shark-dodging reflexes.

Just a reminder to video game enthusiasts: The old games really were fun to play, and they’re still available in some cases. It’s a little late to buy these for Commercemas, but if you find yourself wishing you had some games which were, well, actually fun to play, this is your best bet.

Peter Seebach

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Comments

  1. I remember being scared of the AD&D stuff when a dragon would pop out at you. All those mountains... *shudder*

    And bowling was fun. Whodathunk a 4-sided bowling ball could roll that well!

    My stupid mom sold ours at a yard sale for 10 bucks after both us kids were off in the real world. What a punk. Good thing there's nothing but flea markets in Kentucky :)

    Steve · 2004-12-21 08:49 · #

  2. Oh, man. AD&D was great.

    I was once scumming for arrows, running back and forth between a blue dungeon and a grey dungeon, and I wrapped it over! Had to run around a dungeon hopelessly trying to get arrows without being eaten, then build up a little, then move on.

    I finally did beat the game on purple level without losing any guys, but it was hard.

    seebs · 2004-12-21 14:58 · #

 
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