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Growing Up Gaming.

Updated on June 5, 2014

Long Live The Classics

Nintendo Power!

  • The original Nintendo console was a whopping 99.99 on launch!
  • Nintendo Carts cost anywhere from 29.99 to 59.99! (In 1986!)
  • The system was so well built you could plug in a 30 year old system and it will work!
  • Tetris and super mario are in the top three best selling games of all time! (even amongst current titles like minecraft!)
  • Nintendo World Championship is the rarest cart in existence! Highest bid on ebay was almost 100,000 dollars!

8 Bit Beginnings!

As a kid growing up in the early 90's, I played a lot of video games. I mean a lot. Seriously. Getting a new game for Christmas or birthdays was the best. Staying up all night to fight Ganon or playing contra without the 30 lives code, now those were epic times in my childhood! Games are more then simple entertainment, they are works of art and creativity. Man (and women!) made tales of mystery and adventure. I'm going to go down memory lane and Talk about what video games mean to gamers.

A Look At Homebrews

Rom hacks and homebrews!

Thanks to the creative efforts of modders and programmers, home brewed versions of Nintendo games have made it possible to play tweaked and challenging versions of your favorite games!

Super Mario Homebrew!

Super Mario War! 8 bit Multiplayer!
Super Mario War! 8 bit Multiplayer!

My Favorite Series. Zelda.

The legend of Zelda has a special place in my heart. Not only was it one of the first video games I ever played, It remains at the top as one of the best games I ever played. And for good reason. The illustration and level design (for the time) was unmatched. I felt like I was Link, entering dark dungeons and fighting creepy monsters.

The Evolution Of Link

A Leap Into The Third Dimension

The legend of Zelda series has evolved so much since its 8 bit debut. It has taken everything from the franchise and has made great strides in terms of story, design, and overall presentation. The first game in full 3D was The legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. Released in November of 98 for the Nintendo 64, It was a breakthrough in video game design. The lock-on feature will go on to become a standard feature in almost every game after that. The menu system was simple and easy to navigate. By focusing on character interaction and a unique combat system, it has remained one of the best games of all time (IGN, EGM). Other 3D games include

  • Majoras mask
  • Windwaker
  • Twilight princess
  • Skyward sword

Games That Changed The World

Games like Mortal Kombat, Doom, and Grand Theft Auto have always been the forefront of publicity and controversy. The ESRB (entertainment software ratings board) Was formed after shocked parents complained about the violent content in their children's video games. The video game industry has been scrutinized by the media for glorifying violence and has been blamed for school shootings and rampages throughout the world. no evidence has supported these accusations, as all cases are subjective. These games have blazed the trail for many great developers to create gritty, innovative titles. (Gears of war, the last of us, Max Payne, Hitman)

The Bit Wars

When I was a kid, Sega and nintendo were in steady competition. I mean, it was like watching a steel cage match. Both console punched, kicked, and body slammed each other in a good old fashioned marketing match! During the early 90s Sega of America released their answer to the Nintendo Entertainment System, The Sega Genesis. That was the first time I ever heard of Bits. No one knew what it meant, Sega just knew 16 bit was better then 8 bit. Sega marketed the Genesis By praising its blast processing and high definition graphics! Nintendo was hard at work on their answer to this 16 bit juggernaut, The Super Nintendo! Possibly my all time favorite console in the world! This Thing kicked some serious butt when it came out! Titles like super metroid, castlevania 4 and super mario world made the super nintendo a must own console!

Video Games Blamed For Tragedy

The Super Nintendo

It was Christmas of 1994 and I got my first super nintendo console. the first game I ever played on it was super mario world! Possibly the greatest game I ever played in my life! The world was colorful and full of life. The levels were fun and challenging. My expectations for the console skyrocketed. Being a fan of castlevania, I almost died of excitement when I saw super castlevania 4!! This game blew my socks off, literally. I had to keep buying socks because i kept losing them.This console is cemented in history as one of the best.

Graphics Aren't Everything.

All my friends debated at school. "No way man, sega is ten times better then super nintendo!" what about the graphics dude!? Sega has blast processing!?" The debate was just as heated as the console war. Some of the best games I played weren't the best looking, but, they had a lot of action and adventure. Like ghosts 'n' goblins or a boy and his blob. Graphics were the most important part of gaming back then, for some. I enjoyed the content and creativity above everything else.

New Sheriff In Town

The Marketing Slogan Of Sony's Playstation
The Marketing Slogan Of Sony's Playstation

The Sony Playstation

The Sony PlayStation was a revolutionary console, not because it used compact disc or utilized external memory cards. It Gave the world realistic games. larger games. voice acting and overall more depth. The first game I played for this console was silent hill. Yup. one of the scariest games of all time. Naturally, I changed my underwear quite frequently. The best game i played was final fantasy 7. To this day, I have over 300 hours of game time! Games like tekken, syphon filter,metal gear solid, resident evil, tony hawks pro skater, castlevania symphony of the night, oddworld, warcraft 2: dark saga, and legacy of kain are some of my favorite games for the playstation. A great console with tons of amazing games!

Sony's "4 The Players" Commercial

Classic Consoles

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Best Selling Console Games

Copies Sold
Super Mario Bros
40.24 Million
Super Mario World
20.60 Million
Sonic The Hedgehog
Over 15 Million
143 Million (wow!)

The Princess Is In Another Castle!

Thanks for taking the time to read all this. Gamers appreciate the culture being shared with others. As a grown man, I don't feel weird or silly talking about video games, comic books, and card games! Looking back on all the games I played as a youngster, I reflect on the memories i had playing. By myself, with my bros, on the bus, In the cab, At the airport, in a box, with a fox, in the air, on a chair, anywhere! I might be obsessed. Anyone who grew up gaming will tell you the same thing! There are still so many games i have yet to play! Until next time, happy gaming!

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    • HenryQuiles profile imageAUTHOR

      Henry Quiles 

      3 years ago from Reading, PA

      Thanks for the comments! Video games are the most flexible of mediums! An art form that transcends imagination and gives birth to master pieces!

    • dailytop10 profile image


      4 years ago from Davao City

      Yep. I was the most famous kid back then holding a gameboy with colors. Or let me correct that, the gameboy was the one famous...the just lend it and forget about me LOL

    • HenryQuiles profile imageAUTHOR

      Henry Quiles 

      4 years ago from Reading, PA

      ahh, the gameboy color, the first one had was teal colored. Pokemon yellow was the first game I played on it! awesome handheld console!

    • dailytop10 profile image


      4 years ago from Davao City

      I still have the gameboy color my dad gave me as a birthday present and I play with it every now and then. Great hub. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!


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