Archive for November 2009

Nostalgia: The 8-bit kind

November 29, 2009

I feel privileged to be a gamer. I feel especially privileged to be a gamer who grew up in the the late 80’s early 90’s.

Why, you ask?

Because my childhood is immediately accessible, more so than I imagine anyone else who grew up without them.

I say this having only my own experience of course, if I am wrong some one please let me know.

I recently started collecting old NES games and since then have more than doubled my original collection that I had when I was a kid. Including many complete boxed copies of games like the original Final Fantasy.  “But wait, How can you have nostalgia for games you never played when you were younger?” you ask.  Easy, even without having actually played these games their yrtwork, music and packaging still bring back the memories of my youth and flipping through gaming magazines seeing ads for strange games I knew I would never play.

I love old NES art, it’s so bizarre.  Games have slowly been evolving away from this bizarre art style to something more akin to a Hollywood blockbuster movie poster, which I guess it’s fine.  I couldn’t imagine Modern Warfare 2 to have a cover anywhere near what say the 1st Mega Man cover looked like. And anyone whose seen the original Mega Man cover would agree, they would also say that the Mega Man cover also had it’s own unique charm.

I guess what I’m getting at is that I like having these games on a shelf to look at way more than I like playing the games themselves.

Also I guess this post really doesn’t have a point, let’s end it at that