“Don’t let me get in the way of your blogging” said Christina to me, as she notices the credits to Ninja Scooter Simulator flashing up on my screen. For a split second, undeniable burning shame enters the fray, otherwise known as my face before withering in the path of defiance and nostalgia which quickly formulate a clever plan that will lead to the inevitable blog post ‘research’ excuse.
Now that I’m actually thinking – and writing – about it though, it is a decent idea for my latest musing, as reliving your youth is sometimes fun…especially when you can rewaste your time on all those old games you thought would be nothing but fond memories in your head.
Technology, the greatest amasser of wasted time in history, has happily evolved to the point where the thoroughly stupid loading times of 10 minutes plus are redundant. So it’s time to crack out the Amstrad emulator and get involved in some 8-bit heaven. On a side note those young people who complain about the loading times of these new fangled modern games, don’t know they are born….and other old person cliché ranty stuff.
And what a pleasure it is to instantly load up a pixellated passion of yesteryear, there’s a proper front end loading screen and everything! If only it came with a green screen option, it would be the ultimate manly skip down Memory Lane.
For those of us that started life with the classic Amstrad monitor (of which only one colour was available…green), life was difficult. Not just any green though, consulting my Dulux colour chart, this particular shade comes under the label Unhelpful Green…probably.
It was so notorious, the magazines of the day would put up two ratings one for colour and one for well…the other colour. I didn’t know for years that the Blues Brothers game was actually all in blue…who would have guessed?
When I finally got a colour screen, I was introduced to loads of searing, not to mention gaudy primary colours. After the initial shock I then spent my time doing many various things like being an elf taking part in such dramatic fantasy quests as Barak Tor, Barrow of the Witch Lord, drilling on an alien planet in 3D and then completing Turbo Outrun with a hot blonde in the passenger seat, the first game I ever completed, hotly followed by fighting Soccer.
The cutting edgeness of technology and how quickly it has changed and updated over the last 30 years is phenomenal and now I can love all these old games again and STILL be in awe of my latest downloaded ROM which takes less than a second to procure. I still get all excitable about a new game and the graphics, so let the joy continue and when I’m ready to move on to say, the Playstation in another 20 years time I’m sure history will repeat itself again.
Now this will seem sad to a lot of people, in fact the mere thought of me actually suggesting it is a bit odd but if any of you are interested in experiencing or just for the heck of it reliving the old loading time ritual, the AMAZING graphics, then this totally mental YouTube video that allows you to watch the loading screen,however keep the YouTube volume at around half way as the sound for some reason only works when that happens and boy are you in for a treat.
Now I’m off to check out the keys for Myth: History in the Making and Laser Squad because it’s been a while and my memory fails somewhat…