So, in a few weeks we'll have the pleasure of being joined on the show my youtuber/onetime tv star/retro gaming expert Guru Larry! Don't know who Guru Larry is? Check out his Youtube channel here: Guru Larry's YouTube Channel So we thought, "Why not make this edition of the show a Gaming special?"
That's where you guys come in!
We want to hear your tales of gaming in the 80s and 90s! Things like: * What was your favourite game and why? * Did you have a Snes and wanted your friends Mega Drive/Spectrum/Atari ST/CDi with an envious murderous lust? * Was there a game you hated that everyone loved? * Did you have any super weird games that no-one had ever heard of?
Basically, anything that you think would be interesting for us to discuss and possibly ridicule for the benefit of the listening public!
Also, any stories about modern interpretations of nostalgic properties made into new games (Ghostbusters, Transformers, GI Joe) would be great too!
Get your thinking caps on! Can't wait to see what you come up with!
my favourite game as a kid was Sonic mainly cos it was a game that me, my dad and my brother would all join in and play seperately to get passed a level and would have a score card for who was further. I think that's one thing thats gone with games now a days, kids woould rather play with a stranger than their family. But i digress. The systems I have was a Sega Megadrive which was awesome, but one that I always remember was my cousin's old Acorn computer which had a Crystal Maze game which I spent hours on which prompted my Granddad greeting me with the words 'alright Squirrel, still playing with your acorn'. Anyhoo that's it, enjoy the rest of the show guys.
My very first gaming console was my uncle's old atari 7800. I remember it vaguely and found the games very difficult.
My next gaming console was the Sega Megadrive which was a surprise that year at christmas as my expected "big" gift was a bush portable COLOUR tv. (I'm sure I mentioned that tale for your Xmas podcast)
My favourite games on the Megadrive are Sonic 3 and Knuckles, Streets of Rage 2 and The Revenge of Shinobi.
I natural upgraded to the Sega Saturn and that console is my favourite of all time. Guardian Heroes is my favourite game for the system and My best friend Adam and I spent ages unlocking everything on that game.
I have two big gaming regrets in my life: 1: selling my Sega Saturn to buy a Playstation as everyone I knew was getting the system, still a brilliant console system however!
2: Selling my Sega Multi-Mega console, such a cool hybrid console and I had a great selection of games for it.
My first and only console (pre 2000s) was a Nintendo NES "the world's best game system" it was a Turtles tie-in, I shared it with my brother, we got it for Christmas one year.
The disadvantage being we got the turtles game and not Mario! Not that we thought it at the time I might add. We played the death out of that game, as hard as it was. But I was of the "never say die" mentality, I never gave up on it, still never completed it thought, did get to the last level once. But when you get that far and walk up to shredder and get taken out just like that, you don't really feel like going all the way back to the beginning. I did like it thought when I hit the Techno-drome with Donny's bow and it burst into flames! I always played as Donatello, Mikey was my favourite but he had no reach.
Other than that we had a game called Solar Jetman know idea why we had that, probably was going cheap! And Konami international Soccer cause who doesn't like football the real type not the American version.
We also borrow Mario and Duck Hunt once or twice... Or a lot more times than that!
Post by mylittleponfarr on Apr 1, 2015 0:44:48 GMT
Having been introduced to gaming with an Acorn Electron & 48k Speccy (oh, Mum & Dad, as if I'd use it for homework), I soon realised that console gaming was the place for me. Contrary to Glen's statement the other week, I was the proud owner of an NES. I remember the TMNT pack arriving from the Kay's catalogue man ready for Christmas. I also remember being an ungrateful little shit, and getting Mum to return it so I could have the Action pack (hey, it had Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, and a Zapper gun!). I cut my gaming teeth on some of the rock-hard titles on that machine, and having re-purchased a lot of them, I have found that I still have a deep, deep love of SMB, Castlevania, Snake, Rattle 'n' Roll, Duck Tales, and NES Batman. I pretty much went through each generation of consoles afterwards, and have spent an insane amount of time on Ebay trying to re-purchase good condition boxed versions of all my favourite machines and games. Honestly, if I had known what a ball-ache it would be to recreate my collection, I would never have sold them on in the first place! As for games that I didn't enjoy that others loved, I found that for the longest time I couldn't "get" Zelda. Everyone else adored it, but it never clicked with me, but I persevered, and as the series progressed, I now think of it as one of the greatest series of games ever made. They are consistantly good, and each one is a masterclass in game design. I particularly enjoy the handheld versions of "Link's Awakening" and "Link Between Worlds". As for My favourite game? Tetris on Gameboy. Easy to learn, appeals to all ages, and immense fun for five minutes or five hours- And yes, the GB's 4xAA batteries would easily handle five hour's gaming (not like today's handhelds!).
I started out with an Acorn Electron, hooking up a separate cassette player and making sure the Tipp-Ex marks on the volume control were properly aligned, then not daring to touch anything, otherwise it'd be twenty minutes of game-loading down the toilet. My parents "upgraded" (circa 1990) to a BBC Micro, using floppy disks that were actually floppy, making it much faster to load the game of choice -- Chuckie Egg. A bit like a more elaborate Donkey Kong with some kind of giant chicken-duck-thing instead of a gorilla. I had the Predator game for the Electron, despite having been too young to see the film. As far as I can tell, the gameplay involved running through the jungle shooting enemy soldiers, then the screen changed colours into "Predator-vision" and you unavoidably died. If there was more to it, I never figured it out...
I became Nintendo-obsessed, largely due to the influence of the Mario Bros and Captain N cartoons, which led to asking for nothing but money for Xmas and my birthday so I could buy a NES. I got exactly enough for the Action Pack, though I think I got more enjoyment out of having a Capptain N gun than I did out of any gameplay with it. I made myself ill from spending too long in front of the telly playing Super Mario though.
One summer I was at my best friend's place, while his older brother's mates were there and someone had brought along their imported Super Famicom -- despite the Japanese text, Super Mario World and Final Fight were the most amazing games we had ever seen. About a year later the SNES was released over here and my friend got his own, by which time I would be at his playing on that or we'd be at another friend's on his Megadrive rather than bothering with my obsolete system. I used to scour classified ads wanting to get my own Megadrive but I could never afford one. It's odd to think that it was only 6 or so years later, when the Playstation was king, that I finally did get my own Megadrive. From a car boot sale, for £2.
Writing this post whist sat in the sunshine drinking a glass of wine and eating Brie . So very much enjoying my holiday. Still sorry I'm not there tonight for the gaming special, so here are my thoughts.
I absolutely love old game systems. I did collect them for a while. My first computer was a ZX Spectrum 64k. It had a separate tape deck which would only load the games if you didn't breath on the volume control. It was temperamental and didn't work very well but I still get nostalgic if I hear the sound of a spectrum game loading! I had a game that I played loads that was called 'Magic Meanies'. It was much like a PAC-man type game but I have never met anyone that had ever heard of it. Best thing was it only took 30 seconds to load! I did then go up in the world and buy the next model up, a Spectrum 128k +2 which came with the 007 game and a light gun which was awesome! Best games on this system were by far all of the Dizzy games. I used to stick lots of pieces of paper together to draw the world maps on. My buddy used to come over and we used to play all day, it was awesome!
I did then migrate to a NES which came with the Turtles game which I absolutely played to death. Always found it difficult to get past that level where you have to place the bombs and blow up the dam. Ooh, must not forget to mention my Atari 2600! Played PAC-Man to death with my Uncle when he visited. I did have a Sega as well, which the best game by far was either 'Streets of Rage' or 'Golden Axe'. I remember my uncle and I sat and played 'Streets of Rage' right to the end one day. The big boss then asked us to join and obviously we were supposed to say no, but we thought... What the heck, we will say yes. The big boss then lost his temper and threw us back to the start of the game. We turned it off then. Lol.
I do love all the Mario games for the NES. Well I say all... 1 and 3. We won't mention 2. Ooh, Yes and the brilliant game 'Duck Hunt'. So many family evenings were spent with my Mum and Dad joining in. My Mum is partially sighted but can still play duck hunt and many times whipped both me and my Dad . Had another game called 'Hogans Alley' that used the light gun, and that is another game that none of my friends had ever heard of. I still have my NES and all my games and still plug it in and have a retro game day sometimes.
I did have a Sega which I loved and played lots of Sonic 2. I remember getting very bad tempered with that game. Especially the second level with the damn water! But coming down to it, I am a Nintendo girl at heart
Well guys, I could rabbit on all evening but I will sign off here. Have a good evening and catch up next week.
I've never been all that into gaming, but we did have a Commodore 64 I used to enjoy playing on. I remember some of my favourites being Hungry Horace, Guantlet, Masters Of The Universe (based on the movie) and ...In The Beginning which had a very hard level 3 where you played as a lizard, but if I managed to get past that, the other levels were easy until the last level which was leve 10 which was also very had. I think I completed it a couple of times. We also had Street Fighter, Xenon and others I can't remember now.
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