I'm So HERE Right Now
Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:38 AM
Wow, really felt good to get that off my chest! In all seriousness, though, the description fits me better than I'd like to admit. I'm still angry with myself for owning an Xbox 360 (it's ok, Wii, it's just gaming, baby, it doesn't mean anything to me... you know you're the only one I'll ever love).
I spent my childhood being mocked by SEGA fans, and arguing furiously for the superiority of the play experience on Ninty systems. I loved my Marios (1, 2, & 3 for their own reasons), I loved my Metroid, I loved my, er, Duck Hunt... yeah, good times... as well as all the killer 3rd party stuff (go Mega Man, go Contra!). The SNES came out and I rejoiced, sinking countless hours into Mario, FZero, Secret of Mana, Mega Man X, Star Fox, Donkey Kong Country, and finally the pinnacle of all gaming goodness, Super Metroid!
I spent my early teens being mocked by PlayStation fans, and arguing furiously for the superiority of the play experience on the Ninty systems. No system reveal will ever compare to the pure wonder that attended Mario64, in all it's polygon-y goodness. My free time (and a little bit of my non-free time) was lost in the oblivion of Star Fox, GoldenEye, Mario Kart, and Smash Bros. I shook my fist in fury at the betrayal that was Final Fantasy VII, and stubbornly refused myself the experience due to wounded pride.
I spent my college years mumbling under my breath about the Xbox, and how Halo really wasn't as great as everyone said it was... though I admit that I played it and had fun. What can I say, I was growing up. The Gamecube didn't really do it for me, I'm sorry to say, and other than Smash Bros. and the very late Twilight Princess, was kind of a disappointment. I was starting to appreciate games for games' sake. At some point, though, SEGA went under; and though I was actually kind of sad to see it go, I have to admit that I still had a good, long, cathartic laugh for all the trash talk I had to endure as a kid...
Finally, I entered the workforce and bought myself a shiny new Wii. The graphics really, really sucked. I felt a little betrayed, along with all the other gamers who grew up with the big N and defended it for so long. But I didn't mind that at all as long as I was spending hours hosting WiiSports parties, Mario Kart parties, some nostalgic Smash Bros. parties, and even Mario.. Party... parties. There were some good solo player offerings (I'm looking at you, kind of updated Twilight Princess, stellar Mario Galaxy and very awesome Metroid Prime 3), but as I was now a grown-up with, er, grown-up needs, I also wanted me some big, spectacular, gritty, epic, thematically complex, engaging narratives with deep gameplay and aesthetic wow-factor. So, being a mature adult who was now past all that petty loyalism for loyalism's sake, I broke down and bought an Xbox 360... and immediately began to loathe myself for how much I enjoyed it. I know, I know... I admit I have a problem. Recovery takes a while.
Anyway, that about catches us up. I still play my Wii (mostly Red Steel 2, Mario Bros. Wii with my wife, and Monster Hunter Tri with my bro), but I have to say that the 360 gets a bit more of my time these days, what with the Gears of War and the Halo:Reach and the Mass Effect. I was ELATED when the WiiU rumors started popping up, and my fanboyism is almost stoked back up to fever pitch over that, though its full effect will depend greatly on the nature of the IPs that get announced. I think Nintendo is genius, I respect them as a company, but they burned me a bit. Heck, I think they burned everyone. I'm such a fanboy, I even believe that I can detect a little bit of burn resentment in the voices of the Microsoft and Sony reps when they say all those hurtful things about the big N. Because we all know that deep down, they are remembering their carefree days of youth when the NES saved home gaming and provided a beacon of hope and inspiration to all the gamers of the world. Their swagger and their thinly-veiled insults are like cries of pain from a neglected child, who just wants their daddy to give them a little bit of love...
I think Nintendo can give us all that love with the WiiU, I really think it can... but we'll see. Sony and Microsoft have very solid systems with some genuinely FUN, deep exclusives, and I haven't seen anything nearly as impressive for the WiiU. Don't get me wrong, though, I'm still preparing my maniacal laughter for the day Sony dies... Mwa-ha-ha-h... sorry... sorry... I SAID I have a problem!
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