Saturday, January 10, 2015

Problems Only 90s Gamers Could Understand

With the PS1 turned 20 last December it’s got us thinking about gaming in the 90s. We complain a lot these days, but there were a lot of problems with gaming back then that we all seemed to ignore. If you were a gamer in the 90s you’d know all about these particular problems…

Picking what to delete from your memory card…
We’ve all been there. You boot up Final Fantasy 8 for the first time, create a new game and you suddenly learn that you’ve no more save blocks spare… time to delete something – but what? Your Gran Turismo save (with all licenses complete)? Your completed Metal Gear Solid save, the one with the Bandana item unlocked? Or your Final Fantasy 7 save now you had finally got that golden chocobo?

Or worse still, those games that took up 15 slots! Like Populous: The Beginning or Hexen…


Having to carry AA batteries around…

How we ever thought this was a ‘portable’ games console we’ll never know, but there you are. To make matters worse, it eats through four AA batteries at a time – and if you were heading out for the day you needed to be sure your Gameboy wouldn’t give up part way through.

Worse still if you were a Game Gear owner…


Having a friend who owned the ‘other’ console

You think console wars were bad nowadays? You’d fall out with a friend who adamantly insisted that Aladdin was better on the Mega Drive than it was on the SNES (come on, that’s just not true) and not speak to them again at least until the Monday after the weekend.

Console wars, man…


Hating your screencheater friends (but still doing it yourself)…

Back when split-screen multiplayer was the only way to spend a Friday evening, you knew precisely which friends to watch out for screencheating. We all did it, of course, but if you shouted at these screencheaters loud enough you could make it look like you wouldn’t dream of doing it.

And then win.


Having to turning a PS1 upside down to make it load…

We’re still not sure to this day whether or not this actually worked, but somehow it became common knowledge (did Sony include it in the manual?) that if you turn it upside down you’ll have a better time loading games that would get stuck at certain points.


You were jealous of that one kid with a Game Boy Camera…


There’s always one smug prick on the playground. He always had the high score on Tetris (and wouldn’t shut up about it) and he always carried around his Game Boy Camera and Printer. Somehow that was the most exciting thing in technology… and you hated that he had it.
The Water Temple STILL makes you angry…

We can’t honestly remember much about the Water Temple now – something to do with heavy boots and adjustable water levels – all we do know is that we bloody hate it. There must’ve been some cruel designer rubbing his hands with glee as thousands of gamers endlessly pulled switches trying to figure that huge puzzle out.


You couldn’t sleep for weeks after this happened…

Resident Evil on the PS1 will be remembered as one of the most important survival horror games ever, and it wowed an entire generation of gamers.

But we’ll always remember it as having that one pit that made us literally shit our pants.






















You thought this was how you could get Mew…


There were a lot of lies spread about Pokemon – anyone remember the secret 152 Pokemon Mewthree; or the final evolution of Charizard, a black lizard called Charcoal? – but this one is perhaps the most prevalent. All you needed was a Pokemon with Strength to find a Poke Ball with Mew hidden underneath.

It, of course, was complete tosh.


‘I just need to get to a save point’

You had to go to bed. Dinner was ready. You still hadn’t finished your homework. There was always something you were putting off to play a little longer, but the excuse was always the same: ‘I just need to get to a save point’. Course, it was better than having to scrounge around for a pen to write down the password after each level.


Somehow you thought this film was the greatest thing ever…

Looking back it’s impossible to think that this film could be ever considered to be anything but the BEST THING… but for many it was the first game-to-film tie-in they’d ever seen, and just seeing a real-life Mario power boot his way around a room must’ve seemed magical.

(Of course, we still hated Luigi, even then)

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