“Ok, fine maybe I am just a little nostalgic ‘Cause the memories are flooding my mind.”
– ARIZONA, ‘Nostalgic’.
Does nostalgia hit you hard too when you think about the games you used to play as a child? Ahh! The good old days of childhood, life being so simple back then. That excitement after coming home from school to play video games was the best feeling ever. While we are talking about nostalgia, do you remember the last time you played your favorite game? Probably a loooong time ago… Do you wanna go back in time with me to discover those beautiful days? Let’s go…
Gaming has changed drastically over the last few decades and it has grown to be one of the most profitable entertainment industries in the world. Digitalization has led to a revolution in the gaming industry to an extent that four out of five U.S. homes have a playing console and 42% of Americans are gamers. But nothing feels better than the games we used to play as a child.
In the games of the 90’s, there were no good graphics or multiplayer systems but they still have our heart. They are nowhere close to today’s laptop games in terms of graphics and technology but their cool characters and interesting tasks made them stand out. Here’s a list of classic hit games and interesting facts about them that will make millennials feel at home again.
Anybody who doesn’t know about Mario is either from Mars or Jupiter. You can not call yourself a gamer if you didn’t play Mario. Mario is the godfather of such amazing games we have today, like Call of Duty and Sonic. Nintendo was the one who came up with the idea of Mario. I mean who else could have come up with such a brilliant idea of a small plumber coming to rescue a princess. I feel really old when I say that this game is about 38 years old. It is one of the best selling games in the history of gaming. Various versions of the game have come since its launch. Interesting levels of Mario made it cool and super fun to play. It was hands down the best and most addictive game. One of the interesting facts I bet you didn’t know about this game is that Nintendo was once sued because children’s hands were getting injured because of Mario Party’s joystick-spinning. Children were so addicted to this game that playing for long hours caused them hand injuries. However, protective gloves were later made for Mario players to keep their hands safe.
Pokemon is one of the biggest franchises of the world, including the television shows, Pokemon CDs, the Pokemon toys, Pokemon cards, Pokemon T-shirts, and everything else about Pokemon. There are thousands of versions of the Pokemon game today. However, the first version of Pokemon was released in 1996. The game was based on collecting digital Pokemon. Training and making them battle ready was the biggest flex at that time. The Pokemon version released in 2002 was pretty cool in terms of the graphics and speed. They also added 135 new Pokemons to it. All thanks to Sathoshi Taijri’s concept for Pokemon. He called them Capsule Monsters at first but later changed the name. Thank you Sathoshi Taijri for making our childhood memorable. And that “Dig! Dig! Dig!” was everybody’s favorite.
Minesweeper, the single-player puzzle video game, was the best way to kill our time back in our childhood days. Finding the hidden mines felt like the perfect life. We had to clear a rectangular board containing hidden mines while avoiding any detonation. The game gave us clues about the number of neighboring mines in each field. Whether we could figure out a way of playing this game or not, but it was still too much fun. Minesweeper was also our savior whenever the internet was out.
4. Road Rash
OMG that Adrenaline RUSH!! It was a complete package of fun, thrill, and speed. Playing Road Rash was always a thrilling experience. This bike racing video game was released in 1991, it was all about illegal racing that we could not do in real life. The craze of rushing to win the race was an exhilarating experience. We all used to get the first position, not in school but at least in the game HAHA!!.
Tekken is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat as you play it. It was one of the best fighting games at that time. Its music and graphics were so good. The sound effects while hitting were amazing. And I loved those female players the most, what about you?
6. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Honestly, I played this game the most. I don’t know why but I used to love this game. You could feel the adrenaline rush while the police were chasing you. And the biggest flex was to drive the best cars and bikes. Sometimes the game was full of thrill and the other times it was just a peaceful beautiful day in San Andreas. And the best part about this game were the cheat codes. Remember “LEAVE ME ALONE”?
7. Aladdin Saga
We all know about the romantic love story of Aladdin and Jasmine. Because of their beautiful love story, the Aladdin Saga was created in 1993. It was a replica of the movie and all characters, actions and scenes were inspired from the movie. The game gave us the fun of swordplay, escaping from dungeons, snatching the Genie’s Lamp, surviving the scary Cave of Wonders, killing enemies, and saving Princess Jasmine. The entire game plot was so fun and interesting to follow. Developers worked a lot on the graphics of this game. Cel Animation created excellent graphics according to that time. And they made sure to show Aladdin as a hot savior of beautiful princess Jasmine. It took around $1.5 million to make this game a success.
8. The Sims
Come on you all, don’t tell me you didn’t play The Sims. I remember clearly that I used to rush home to play this game. It was so exciting to play with your Sims. Whether a boy or a girl, we all played it. I used to play Sims because it was the easiest game for me, please don’t laugh at me!! Growing up we all have become dramatic like our sims. I don’t even remember how many times I let my sims starve. Although, it was an amazing experience to make a perfect life for our Sims when we ourselves couldn’t have it.
I know that you’re dreaming of going back to those days right now. HAHA Not Possible!! But stay tuned to our Gaming blog to read about more such gaming experiences and game reviews.
Which game did you play the most when you were a kid? Let us know by commenting below.