The other day I was talking with some friends about video games. The husband was talking about Call of Duty, or something like that. He said that he was never able to get into it, and I can completely understand that. First person shooter games have never been my strong suit. Actually, any kind of “shooter” game is pretty much a no go for me.
The conversation moved over to VCR’s, DVD players, Blue Ray players and other consoles that could play a Blue Ray disc. I said that I would prefer to have a PlayStation 3 instead of a X-Box 360. This is just a personal preference. I’ve played the PlayStation quite a bit and I prefer the controller. The wife said she was sure her son would be extraordinarily happy if they got either the PlayStation or the X-Box. It’s easier to play well with others with a different console, and this is why they have a Wii.
I told them that with the Wii you can get on there and download original NES games to play. It’s pretty neat. I don’t have a Wii anymore, but the one I had was equipped with Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros 3. These are a couple of the greatest games ever made, with The Legend of Zelda, of course, taking the top spot. The Legend of Zelda is the only game I’ve beat on the Nintendo and on my laptop. How awesome I must be to be able to say such a thing. Talking about these game got me to thinking about some things.
I think one of the easiest ways to date someone is by their video game preferences. The NES console came out in 1985. I wasn’t old enough to play at this time, but it didn’t take long. My first memory of Super Mario Bros came in 1989, while we were living in Ardmore, OK. Our neighbor, across the street, owned one and we were allowed to come over and play every once in a while. It was the greatest thing I had ever seen. I had been used to playing Asteroid on the Atari. Can you imagine the difference, going from a joystick to a control pad. It was awesome. Not to mention all of the great games. RBI Baseball 3, Double Dribble, Super Dodge-ball, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, Contra, The Karate Kid, Tetris, Duck Hunt, Metroid and Excitebike, just to name a few.
After this things started to get a little too complicated. Super NES, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Xbox. When the Wii came out I feel like it took things back to basics. Now sure, there are a fair share of games that I will in no way ever be able to master, but there are others that are just as simple as their ancestors. I like this. What do you think?