Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
I have been thinking a lot about the early years of Nintendo, and how much I enjoyed growing up with the originals.
On Monday myself, brother, and brother in-law were sitting around talking about the NES, and how much fun it was/is to play. We were talking about Faxanadu, one of my favorites, and my brother in-law told us he had never played it up until we had spoken about it a few weeks prior. Here we are, grown men, sitting around talking about a video game from our child hood. One that one of us was actively playing, and enjoying, and two of us who had recently played it.
Heck, I still remember the day when my father bought Super Mario Bros. 3. He hid it and made us find it, I found it tucked behind his recliner.....good times.
Again, thank you Mr. Yamauchi.
I think that videogames taught us things before we knew them. For our parents maybe it was a cartoonish child's entertainment(you know, you grow, you don't play with toys no more) but I think we are lucky to have lived it from the beggining and be still able to enjoy it, good oldies and good newsies. As examples, from Atari 2600(my first console, with its memory loaded with a crapton of classics like Pitfall, Empire Strikes Back, A Mysterious Thief), I learn that there were dangerous animals(Pitfall crocodiles&dogs). From Gremlins, I enjoyed kicking the sheet out of spiders as I enjoyed it in the real world. From NES and Nintendo World Cup, that you can't run blind into stones
...which helped me in the daily matches we hood boys held in the open field we had next to our neighbourhood. We extrapolated(kinda) some rules and the basics of baseball from Baseball(NES, I'm from Spain and baseball here was non-existant in media&TV)and played with stciks&stones(ouch) and stick&tennis ball(homerun!!...farewell, tennis ball.Hope your trip takes you to interesting places in the world
) until we saved enough to buy some cheap baseball equipment. You have to save the princess(your girl), we didn't learn it from fairy tales. We learnt it from Mario Bros.
You know, apart from books and movies, those kind of things we weren't taught but drop by drop entered our brain, until we connect the dots and...voilá!! We're geniouses.
Hell, my english vocabulary started with translating videogames words and speech bubbles with the help of my father's english dictionary. I was mad I couldn't understand crap about anything with letters in videogames
Oh, I'll stop before I get to more consoles and complex games like RPGs, cause I could go on forever.
A friend sent me this picture yesternight, I think it sums the incredible feeling of respect this man commands...Edited by Nonehxc - 9/20/13 at 3:44am