A Blast From the Past Illustration by Aimee Books
illustration by Aimee Brooks 

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This months theme of vices led us to look at flashbacks of games and consoles we all used to spend perhaps a little too much time on!

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
This colourful game follows Link trying to save the world from doomsday. If any of you have played this game, I’m sure the eerie music still haunts you (and the face of the happy mask man at times)! This was one of the very first games that I got for my Nintendo 64 back in 2000 and I can say that it is definitely my favourite of all the Zelda’s.

Majora's Mask
Majora’s Mask

Bubble Trouble
Miniclip used to be one of the only game sites not blocked on my schools network, so every rainy day would cause a scramble to the media suite to see who could grab a computer first to log on and play this addictive game.

Orly’s Draw-A-Story
Focusing on the two main characters, Orly and her talking frog, living in Jamaica, this game featured different stories where the player was asked to design a different object for each one. This game encouraged the storyteller in everyone to come out!

Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
A puzzle game featuring what can only be described as little blue blobs with cute faces you can customise are forced to find a new island to live on when monsters called ‘Bloats’ take over. The player was encouraged to solve different puzzles involving maths, creativity and problem solving in order to save the lives of the blue creatures.

Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis

Carmen Sandiego
Originally made to focus on teaching geography and history, Carmen Sandiego used silly humour to keep it’s players amused. The cartoonish challenge was even turned into a TV show at one point keeping it’s style of rhymes and alliteration as seen in the original games. How could you not love Carmen’s style?!

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

The Pulp Girls

We were really those kids who were practically glued to our N64 when our mom gave it to us for Christmas one year. (We even got a second, transparent green one so we could double-game!) Sports and dolls and sunlight? Not for these kids, no: we opted for the wood-panelled basement with a year-round fake Christmas tree and the healthy blue glow of the television. The N64 kicked off our precious little gaming lives, but we put in quite a few hours (read: months) on Gameboys (original, Color, Advance, DS, you name it), Gamecube, and of course, those sleek, sexy 1990s computers. Let us just school y’all a bit on some of our ~classics~:

Vigilante 8
Ohhhh, this game. For better or worse, Cailie and I played this sparse-on-story, big-on-bullets game as lil babes for hours and hours and hours. And hours. We may or may not have even had to run into my room and play it again when we started talking about video games from our past. Basically, you were on the “good” team or the “bad” team (and we always went for bad ◕‿◡ ) and went on “missions,” and your character had her/his signature car and “special” weapon and it was all set in the 70s on the West Coast, in places like California and Las Vegas and Area 51(!!). One guy was like, super into alien-hunting, trés 90s-style, and his special was calling little saucers down from space to attack enemies! The ladies rocked the total 70s badass vibes, with an afro-topped cyborg babe named Houston 3 shooting death rays and FBI agent Chassey Blue sporting luscious waves and a gridlock blast. You could even play as an alien and “drive” a flying saucer, because again, 90s, and because it’s A UFO and therefore just really the coolest. (There’s also a sequel, 2nd Offense, which we ADORED to death.) This is getting kinda long now, but the take-away message is that you should probably play this game before you die because it’s such a fuckin’ blast and we haven’t even talked about the ridiculous cheats you could put in and going to SUPER DREAMLAND 64 and, just no, it’s wonderful.

Vigilante 8
Vigilante 8

Spiderman Cartoon Maker
So you know how in the 90s, computers came equipped with all kinds of weird-ass games? Well, one of ours came with this little gem. We’re not sure if it qualifies as a game, really, since we’re pretty sure games are supposed to have a point or, you know, goals. But alas, it was the 90s aka the era of whatever. And we embraced the Spiderman Cartoon Maker, and we played the shit out of it. Having basically no previous knowledge of Spiderman did not stop us. The point was to be creative (probably) and animate awesome cartoon shorts with tons of repetitive sound effects. If everything ending in explosions filling up the screen constitutes creativity, we should be among the most successful, unrealized Hollywood up-and-comers. (Maybe we are!?)

Spiderman Cartoon Maker
Spiderman Cartoon Maker

Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing ate one of our summers as children. We had gotten a Gamecube, and we always wanted cute things, so we got this seemingly innocent game… and subsequently spent WEEKS in our basement, with all our cousins watching, as we planted flowers and decorated our stupid houses with furniture and ran endless errands for the rudest asshole animals ever. Really though, those guys were SO MEAN; they ripped you off with like 20 Bells for spending hours looking for their favorite shirt. We fawned over the nice people, and cried when they moved to our cousins’ towns. Why isn’t life in a neighborhood really like this game?! What false hopes Nintendo was breeding in the youth of America…

Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing

Dare 2 Dream
Okay. This creepy as fuck game has been haunting us both for ages. We found it as kids on our grandparent’s ancient computer. We only figured out the name like, last week, but we never forgot the super scary atmosphere and trippy story. We guess you were playing in the absolutely surreal dreams of a damaged young boy who watched his father die, or something equally unsettling. You went into tiny holes and talked to caterpillars and met creepy people in dive bars and hung out in dark alleyways… you know, we’re not even sure it was meant for kids. The makers eventually made Gears of War, soooo…

Dare 2 Dream
Dare 2 Dream

Pokemon Snap
We’re probably painting our childhood as completely filled with video games, but to be honest, it kinda was. Pokemon was HUGE in our lives, and we had basically any and all things Pokemon, from the games to the Pikachu Tamagatchi to the Chinatown knockoff keychains. Pokemon Snap combined our love for adorable little creatures and photography, and basically completed our lives. Take the best pictures of cute lil babes playing together! Try different angles! Throw apples and pesterballs and play a flute and go to the moon or something! God, we were practically hypnotized by this game, in love with the cute little sounds and everything! (We downloaded it for the Wii too, and played like, far too recently for college people.)

Pokemon Snap
Pokemon Snap

Tell us what games did you used to play back in the day!

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June 18, 2013