Nostalgia, and what made video games fun.


Categories: Personal

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.

Comments [archived]

From: Steve
Date: 2004-12-21 08:49:08 -0600

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 :)

From: seebs
Date: 2004-12-21 14:58:35 -0600

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.