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In honor of the release of Far Cry: Blood Dragon we'd like to take moment to relive some of our favorite gaming moments from the '80s.
I was a kid in the '80s. I remember riding my bike through the creek after school and playing with Super Soaker in the park, but some of my favorite memories from my childhood center on games. Ms. Pac-Man was one of the first games I ever played and I remember thinking it was the best thing ever and begging my parents for quarters so I could try to get past the first maze (it took me a long time.) Ms. Pac-Man was also the first version of Pac-Man I had ever seen, so I thought it was the original game. In fact, years later, when I finally came across the original Pac-Man cabinet, it felt really surreal, like I had just seen one of my relatives naked.
Later in the decade, my buddy Terry and I became obsessed with the NES game Double Dragon II: The Revenge. However, neither of us owned the game, and our parents wouldn't buy it for us, so every weekend we would scrounge around for change until we have enough to rent it, then we'd ride our bikes down to the local video store. One week we rented the Jaws video game instead and immediately regretted it. We went back to Double Dragon the next week. I think we spent enough money renting it that our parents probably should have just bought the game for us.
What about you? What are some of your fondest '80s gaming memories? If you weren't alive during that decade, what are some of your fondest gaming memories of playing games from the '80s or what is one of your favorite gaming memories from a game that paid homage to the decade: think games like Double Dragon Neon, Hotline Miami, or 3D Dot Game Heroes.
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Also, in case anybody's interested, you can get Yie Ar Kung-Fu from the Nintendo store (on Wii at least) and I recommend it. It's still really fun (and hard) even all these years later!
Galaga, Galaga, Galaga...and Galaga.
Born in the early 90's, but all of the games and movies I owned were from the 80's. The Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet bundle is my earliest gaming memory, and one of the best as well. I remember not knowing how the HECK to play WCTM, though.
born in the 80's I didnt own an NES at first but a friend of mine did. i remember playing 2 players for super mario to see who could score the most or finish the game the quickest. throughout most of 80s when i wasnt outside playing. it was super mario bros 3 (frog suit). doing the trick on the first supermario to reverse the mushroom affect. contra, tmnt, TMNT Arcade . kung fu. metal gear (damn dogs). jordan vs bird- and rc pro -am ( i think i actually got all the letters.) metroid , mega man. i tried zelda and castlevania
I was born in Early 1980. Favorite 80's gaming experiences? Super Mario Bros., Contra, Metal Gear, Mega Man 1 and 2, Dunk Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid...so many memories of great games on the NES that I still remember and some I still play to this day.
arcades -super mario, galaga, (i always thought gyruss was better than galaga back then) ms. pacman ,spy hunter 1980s(fav), rygar (spent so many quarters),missile command , joust ,rygar, digdug, and donkey kong 3
My 80's gaming consisted mostly of playing centipede at the bowling alley after the league night waiting for the husband to get done drinking himself stupid - good times :)
Finding the first whistle in Mario 3 ensured I would forever be a gamer.
Hearing about game secrets as rumors from other kids at school. Like how to walk thru the wall and enter zero world in super mario
Hearing about the Konami code for contra
Finding out Samus was actually a woman
Me and my friend riding ten miles on our bmx bikes to play Double Dragon
Controllers with turbo buttons
born in 1990 so i'm out of luck memory wise , and most of the games i loved when i was younger was on genesis so .... we'll go with that
Absolutely every detail of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!, not least of which being the commercial aired on television. I doubt it holds up today, but its final image of real-life Tyson, in a dark room lit by a wall of TVs, turning to face the camera and laughing maniacally... was pants-shittingly terrifying to me as a kid.
Didn't help that he was maybe the most hard-as-nails boss of any game I played in the 80s, once I finally got my hands on the game.
Well I wasn't around in the 80s...