I was recently reading about gaming from the 1990’s and it really made me consider just how far we have come. I know video games aren’t the best of our achievements but they are one of our most impressive… I mean take a look at the video games from the 90’s compared to today. There is a world of difference.
Pulley and I did a lot of gaming when we were kids. We actually bought our first gaming console together. When we were about 15 years old, we saved money from our summer jobs and combined it to buy a Play Station One. We used this right up to our days in college.
Back then, this was the gold standard of video gaming. It could play video games from CD’s as opposed to cartridge units of the past. We felt like we had the most high tech piece of equipment that would ever be known to man in our hands. Little did we know that just 20 years later CD’s would even become defunct…
Here are some of the best video games from the 90’s that we played.
Final Fantasy VII
Yes, we were Final Fantasy fans. Actually, we played every game on Play Station One. By far, VII was our favorite. I remember when we first played it we could not defeat the first boss. Looking back, this was actually the easier boss of the entire game. We lost interest and did not play again until about 6 months later.
Once we defeated the first boss, we were hooked. When we got to the point where Aerith died, we were completely beside ourselves. We could not eat for a week. It really did have an impact on us.
Another cool thing about the game was that in came with 4 disks. This shows you just how in depth the game really was. It had an amazing story line and was completely relatable. I think now more than ever the message of that game is clear. The world is dying and it needs us to save it.
This was probably the weirdest game was played in the 90’s. I can remember pressing a button and Abe would make a certain noise. One button even made him fart! You can imagine how fun that was for two 15 year old boys.
This is one game that I actually never finished. I can remember a lot about the game, but there were many more exciting games out there to play that I could never fully devote myself to it.
Crash Bandicoot 2
Okay, this was probably the funnest game of the 90’s. Crash Bandicoot 2 was like a revolution. A massive improvement over Crash Bandicoot the original was that he could now do several things that he could not do previously. I think a belly flop was one of those things.
The actions were also more responsive and the graphics were a lot better. Not to mention the game set up. Crash Bandicoot the original was set up on an island, whereas Crash Bandicoot 2 was in a warp where you would stand in the middle of the room and be brought into the next room. You would also jump through a hole to enter into the level.
The bosses were also challenging but fun, and everything just felt so enjoyable.
PaRappa The Rapper
We first played PaRappa The Rapper off a demo disk. Demo disks used to be great as you would get a taste of what all games had to offer, and this is actually where we first learned about Final Fantasy VII as well.
We first found it pretty funny. There was a song and you had to press certain keys to kick, punch, chop and block! These instructions were provided by a very strange looking man. Actually, he was an onion.
I was definitely the better one at this game. Pulley couldn’t take it seriously as he thought it was a big joke. It was, but I am competitive and I needed to beat him. I always did.
Spongebob Squarepants: Supersponge
The reason I am including this game is as follows. I got sick one year and my parents wanted to get me a video game to help cheer me up. I said to just get me anything and they came home with this. I was 17 years old and this game was recommended for 5 year olds.
Having said that, I actually really enjoyed it. I finished the game in a day, it was easy to play and I did not have to overthink. It also took my mind off of being sick.
I think that is the great thing about video games. No matter what you are feeling at the time, they can transport you into a different place where your thoughts change. Although technology has definitely improved, the power of video games still exists.