Friday, 14 September 2007
Shamelessly lifted from www.thefreedictionary.com
It was 22(!) years ago today when……Super Mario Brother was released for the NES. It was one of the first side-scrolling platform games and introduced video-game players to expansive worlds that forever changed the way video games were played, perceived, and designed. The game sold approximately 40 million units and holds the Guinness World Record as the best-selling video game of all time. It helped revitalize the floundering video game industry and made Nintendo one of the world's most recognized video-game manufacturers.
I must admit that I was never really much of a Mario and Luigi fan, I always found that the Nintendo output was always appealing to a target audience slightly younger than me. However I don’t think anyone can doubt the positive impact that the game had and its effect on computer gaming.
Its spin off effect on the world of cinema is in slightly more doubtful.
No, I was more of a Sonic the Hedgehog fan although as time, technology and platforms evolved the delightful Lara Croft came to fill a special place in my heart.
I’ve always found blasting Axis Solidiers / Alien Invaders / Rebel or Imperial troops, building empires, fitting together descending shapes and pretending to play (and be any good at) Cricket / Football / Motorsport (and I’ve never been fined for using opposition technical data!) quite therapeutic after a day at School / College / Work.
And now I have the pleasure of starting to play some of the age appropriate games with my own children which is great fun.
Of course there is a suggestion that by a certain age that one shouldn’t really still be playing these games.
I don’t agree.
I think it’s a generational thing. As a pre teen I had a ZX80 /81 (bit of an age give away there) and it’s kind of stuck as an option as something to do when there are a few moments spare. As I suspect is true of many.
I don’t think that this is a ‘Kidult’ reaction to ageing or responsibility; gaming has just become something else that one can do along side (rather than replacing) more traditional entertainments or pursuits. And I’m rather pleased it has. Having read about Hannibal Barca at Cannae it’s always going to be fun to pretend that you are Hannibal Barca at Cannae surely.
If you have an interest in such matters please feel free to comment on your favourite video game characters or games.
If you think that I should just grow up one of us may have missed the point.