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Writer's Block: Gamer's Choice

What is your favorite old-school video game?

Well, depends on how old-school you mean, but since my favorite game ever is Star Ocean: The Second Story, and that's fairly dated by now (it's an original PSX game), then that. Unless by old-school you mean like NES or older, in which case it'd probably be... I dunno... the Dragon Warrior games?

And on a related note... am I the only person in existence who actually *enjoyed* the E.T. game for the Atari 2600? Of course, I was pretty damn young at the time, but still. :/


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Apr. 13th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I believe you must be.

There's a reason it tops everyone in existence's "worst games" list.

I remember I'd pull it out every now and again, see if I could figure out what I was missing to make there be a game, there. There just wasn't one. You would make ET walk, he would find the occasional Reese's, then he would fall into a pit, from which there were tantalizing clues that escape might be possible, but really it wasn't, and even if it had been you'd just fall into another invisible pit within moments anyway.

There's a reason there's a landfill full of those cartridges, and it's a good one.
Apr. 13th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Is it weird that, even though I own a copy, I kind of want to go to the landfill and see if I can find a working cartridge?
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
It was a very long time ago and I was very young, but I thought I remembered being able to levitate out of pits when you fell in? After all, didn't you have to go into the pits to get the parts of the telephone that you were reassembling to call home?
Apr. 13th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, you did! And I got quite good at not only getting out of the pits, but also assembling the phone and calling the ship and "winning."
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I really liked it!

Of course, part of that is because it was my grandparents' Atari; the grandkids had all worked out a rotation for getting to play games. ET was the longest, so by playing that, you could play for the longest time!

And we always played on the minimal-scientist-level, since the concept of evil scientists chasing you around seemed really silly to us. Possibly because of early indoctrination =)
Apr. 14th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
At this point most of my favorite games are over 10 years old, but I won't consider anything after the 16 bit era old-school. So, using those criteria I think my favorite old-school game is Final Fantasy IV. So awesome! I think the single biggest thing that set it apart from modern RPGs was the pacing... stuff is always happening in that game. There are no half hour cutscenes, no 10 minute random encounters, it's just a perfect mix of action and fun story with great music, fun characters, and cute 2d sprite graphics.
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