The 80’s

Thinking back to time spent in arcades in the late 80s and
early 90s you image memories of such classic titles like Double Dragon, Out
Run, Chase HQ and Spy Hunter.

This was a time of 2D rasta display spirits following the era
of donkey kong and pacman. There was a hopeful sereneness to the youthful
mellow counter culture and arcades were intermixed with penny slots and
holograms.

Double dragon was a side scrolling beat em up name in japan,
which had a modern snapping feel to the fight controlled and offered a
structured outlet to the teen frustration of the Thatcher era.

The was simple kick and punch your way to saving the kidnapped
girl. Gangs armed with weapons like barrels, whips, baseball bats and even
knives came your way to stop you from finishing the colourful manga styled
pixelated stage.

Spoof movies released a few years back paid tribute to Double
Dragon, Kung Fury an 80s style vigilante takes on enemies in a similar action
filled carnage.

Similar gaves in this era were Final Fight, another side
scrolling beat em up, this time slightly more cartoony with a grissy ending of
the hero being tired to a chair looking at a reducing fuse attached to some
TNT.

Outrun sold the idea of a Route 66 type race through the
highways of USA in a convertible Ferrari 355 Spider.

It had a car radio menu allowing you choose your driving music,
as you accelerated along the highway racing against the clock. This like
another Sega classic Afterburner became cult classics and symbol of the free
spirit of the 1980s.

A lot of the major creative innovations like emoticons and
dance dance, Dreamcast even cryptocurrency originated from japan> along with its sleek style and gorgeous animation.

During the 80s and 90s Sega and its competitor Nintendo were a
natural extension of that!

This is can be traced back to fame and repetition brought on,
by mania called Pacman. This ghost chasing pill popping yellow circle / man who inspired a generation of geeks and problem solvers.

“If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.”

Predicting the dance generation Marcus Brigstocke, the creator
of pacman was years ahead of his time and this calming all knowing influence is problem why this much loved puzzle / platform game has a special place in many gamers hearts.

Taito a major 80s games developer summed up the era with cartoon ¼ gravity international football matches and Neon chaotic, mind blowing scrolling shooters. All design to capture your attention and your coins.

This is was rather unique time in both video game history and
youth culture, where they’re was a feeling of fairness and adventure. For me it
invoked memory of once a year bonfire nights where fireworks and a huge mound of logs set on fire, would celebrate the halloween season and the end of autumn.

Video games were loud and in an alien way brash and in your
face, almost rebellious and clever.

This is where the term button bashing came from, as wild eyed
teens smashed at the controls firing missiles or chasing bad guys.

A style which is copied today in a softer pixelated form in modern adventure games like Tumbleweed Park and electro house, a style called Retro Futurism.

 

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The 70’s

Video games have a longer history than people realize. Many
people assume that video games started only in the early 1980s. Their history
actually goes back as far back as the end of World War II.

American’s jumped on the band wagon in the 1970s; the rest
of the history of video games has been dominated by the Japanese. Nintendo and Sony, Japanese companies, have pretty much dominated the market since 1985. Nintendo is known for creating well-known characters like the Mario Brothers. The Mario Brothers were so popular that a movie was made about them. Sony is known for creating the PlayStation, the first video game console to have the 32-bit technology. This allowed video games to have a 3D feel.

Actually, there are many types of video games that came in
the 1970’s, and some perform more than one category, therefore, generating an overlap of functions simultaneously. Below are some traditionally used games by enthusiasts:

* Action type video games are typically played by grown-up
gamers as it incorporates violence thus most aren’t advised to be played by
children. Usually, this sort of video games will demand timing and reflex
capabilities due to its fast-paced pursuits. However, there are several action
games which are gentler in concept nevertheless the concept of battle remains.

* First Person Shooter or more well known as FPS delivers
the game player a sense of “being there”. This is regarded as
sub-genre of action type video games since it similarly entails rapid pace and
fast thinking experience.

* Adventure games are some of the very first forms of video
games and became widely used in the 1970s. It is most effective for younger
gamers because it does not possess violence but instead more of a
puzzle-solving obstacles to advance to another level. Since the game does not
carry a story, it experienced a decrease in popularity in the late 1990s. On
the other hand in 1999 a PC video game was launched called “The Longest
Journey” which became popular because it carries a stronger storyline as
well as interaction among the various characters on the game.

* The Action- Adventure video games which are a combination
of the two types of video games. For this reason, it includes problem-solving,
battle along with collecting the necessary tools to win the level and
eventually advance to the next.

* Role playing games (RPG) feature a set storyline and are
said to be by far the most addictive. The main objective for this is that the
game player can take on one of the characters of the game and can also initiate conversation along with other players. Although they aren’t as fast moving because of the Action type games, it does, however, features violence since the game player must defeat his challenger to continue to a higher level.

In conclusion, because of so many various kinds of video
games that can be found on the market nowadays, it is evident that the
advancement of technology has contributed much to its improvement. Nowadays video graphics are more superior, and even the actual story lines are definitely more interesting to meet the passion of every gamer.

 

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10 Frustrating Game Levels

Everyone will have that particular game that brings them to the brink. Not long ago I found this compilation of 10 frustrating video game levels and I must admit that I definitely have to agree with some of these.  Have you gotten stuck on any of these?? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!