I used to play video games a lot.
In our household, we have had some sort of video game console ever since I was little. The Atari 7800 gave way to the Nintendo, which led to Sega Genesis, then Playstation, and then the XBOX. We didn’t go for the Super Nintendo, N64, or PS2 though. (Although my brother and I once rented the n64 from Blockbuster with the Star Wars game Shadow of the Empire, which was awesome by the way.)
One of my favorite games on the XBOX was Splinter Cell. I loved how it wasn’t a straight shoot-em up but a game that required strategy and patience. Ducking in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to move, being discreet while climbing fences and knocking people out (and subsequently moving the bodies to the shadows), awesome.
These past few days, I’ve been missing the Nintendo Entertainment System. I miss the simplicity of just having two buttons, A and B, that have given way to a more complicated set of buttons on video game systems of late. I miss cheat codes, which were usually a combination of something like: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A. Besides Contra, the Nintendo game I miss the most is Battletoads because I was never, ever able to pass it. I know, I know. Shock. Horror. I was unable to pass a game.
It was a pretty cool game but hard (according to Wikipedia, I wasn’t the only one to think it was hard). At one point in the game I couldn’t figure out what to do next. I seriously had no clue how to proceed from the predicament I found myself in and that’s where it ended for me.
I want another crack at it.
Alas, I don’t play video games anymore. I do have an XBOX 360, but I use it to watch DVDs. I can’t justify the hours I may potentially spend playing video games. That and how video game mentality would somehow spill over into the real world. While I was playing Splinter Cell, I would actually think at times that I had night vision goggles on me. I even had to suppress urges to climb fences. That’s not good.
I still miss it all from time to time though.