Aug 4th, 2009
Hello all, Grant here. I’m still getting to grips with the blog, so I hope you’ll forgive me if it all goes horribly wrong.
The Gaming Made Me articles on Rock, Paper, Shotgun have got me all misty eyed with nostalgia. Even though I pretend to be a creative type, I don’t really have any ideas of my own, so I decided to steal theirs… Apologies chaps.
Sonic The Hedgehog
“Mario sucks and Sonic rules”. This was written on my noticeboard as a kid. Veterans of ‘The War’ will know what that means. They may pretend to be friends now, but I can’t undo those pictures of Mario being slowly lowered into a mincer…
I can still remember the moment I first turned on my Megadrive with its ‘Arcade Style Graphics’. It pretty much blew my mind. There is still an undeniable charm to the game.
Late at night I still hear the sound of springs.
ToeJam and Earl
I loved this game. I think it’s the most 80s game on the planet. Cool dude aliens from planet Funkotron, wearing hightops and saying things like “Jammin!”. What more could you ask for? One of my fondest gaming memories is discovering the mysterious ‘Level Zero’, where you could relax in a hottub and drink lemonade.
Also, Steve Purcell did all the concept sketches in the booklet, and I have a total man-crush on him.
I used to have this on my Spectrum (yes – the Spectrum, and it looked amazing). Billy and Jimmy Lee! Many enjoyable hours were spent fly-kicking and hitting punks with baseball bats. My brothers and I were terrified of the ‘big fatties’. Though I’ve recently learned they were called ‘Abobo’, whatever. They smashed through walls and threw oil-drums, this was unheard of in those days.
If it wasn’t for Doom and Quake, I probably wouldn’t be working in games. When Doom was released, I started making new levels and tweaking the graphics. It was this that got me really hooked on games development. Also, you ran around shooting monsters, which as a teenager, was all I really wanted to do.
Admittedly, once the internet appeared and I started playing QuakeWorld, it very nearly killed me. It nearly killed Dave too. We escaped from the trenches at the same time, though we try not to talk about those dark days.