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"Dear Santa, this year I want..." - A Chronological Wishlist Activity

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    SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    it's worth noting that unless you grew up in Japan you weren't getting Pokémon in '96

    My friend is working on a roguelike game you can play if you want to. (It has free demo)
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    SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    Anyway, it's 1996, I'm 5, my dad is a huge nerd and got the family a windows 95 computer, and my mom is a teacher so that means one thing:

    Edutainment games!

    It's possible I played some games before this that are lost to the haze of memory, but here's where things get concrete. Putt-putt Goes to the Moon, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.

    absolute masterpieces of the genre.

    My friend is working on a roguelike game you can play if you want to. (It has free demo)
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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 10
    1996

    I’m 15

    I’ve moved out on my own living with some roommates.

    Working at Wendy’s

    I did not get any Christmas presents but I can guarantee I blew plenty of money on PS1 games.

    (I should have done the first few years. There’s no more “fun” for me for quite awhile now.)

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited July 13
    1996 is here, I'm eight years-old, I'm in 2nd grade, and I just got a dog. But while my dog was better than video games, I was still playing them.
    CONSOLES
    This is the year my household finally adopts the Sony Playstation. I'm burning my one-new-console-every-five-years on it and it was a choice & a half! The N64 has superior multiplayer offerings but it simply can't match the PSX in the realm of RPGs and fighting games, which is what I want from a console during this time. That said, this is the year I largely stop collecting games for the SNES, as the PSX just takes a priority over it. Likewise, the Gameboy has slowed its output, but it still has one or two jewels on the horizon that will reinvigorate it (but those won't materialize for two more years). This is also the year my household transitions away from DOS to Windows when it comes to our personal computer. 1996, its a big year!! All of that said, my household has a PSX, a SNES, a personal computer, and a Gameboy.
    GAMES
    JUNE '96 -- Summer vacation has arrived and while I would love to slot in a Gameboy property here... Uh... There just aren't that too many solid entries this late into the Gameboy's life... So instead we're going to pick up an upgrade to our resident FPS Doom, in the form of Quake. Now we're gaming with a true 3D engine!! And the game's online deathmatch mode will carry this game forward for a while. Tis a shame that Diablo released Dec 31st of this year, making it a bit too late for me to grab it as my dedicated PC game for the year, but, oh well...
    DEC '96 -- No birthday video game for me this year, as I recognize that a new console can only arrive at Christmas. But two months later, the PSX has arrived and while there are no RPGs that jump out as necessary out of the gate, having waited a year has let me household adopt a bandicoot in jorts. Crash Bandicoot is a hard game! But I love it. Deep in my bones. I adore this incredibly aggravating 3D platformer... Crash also being the mascot of the symbol also helps in grabbing this one.
    DEC '96 -- But what to pair with the first Crash Bandicoot? One of the principal reasons why the PSX is chosen over the N64 is fighting games and I'm choosing one I grew up playing: Tekken 2. We're skipping straight past the first Tekken, which feels a lot like a tech demo, and going with its sequel which is simply a better game. It has a great roster, a system that invites you to sink hundred of hours into it, and modes beyond simple Arcade & VS like Survival mode, Team Battle mode, and Time Attack mode. It also has a Wireframe Mode? A first-person mode for a fighting game? Wild stuff in Tekken 2...
    Zonugal's Personal Game Library
    - Gameboy: Donkey Kong '94, Final Fantasy Legend II, Kirby's Dream Land 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Tetris
    - MS-DOS: Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood, Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, Star Control II, WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, Wing Commander
    - PSX: Crash Bandicoot, Tekken 2
    - SNES: Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy IV, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Gameboy, Super Mario World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    - Windows: Quake

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    1995 - 8 years old, moving along at a good clip. I start firming up friendships, which leads to learning about more games and things to try.

    Challenge Picks

    -Little Samson - This is the rare instance where Prime-Timeline Matev's foresight will give young Matev a kick in the pants to get not only a fun game, but almost a literal diamond in the rough. Once the fun's done, this will be a nice nest egg for alt-timeline Matev to use for purposes.
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    -Star Wars: Dark Forces - Let's take Doom, but make it Star Wars. Young Matev's mind is sufficiently blown. I'd say more but all I'm hearing is midi Star Wars music and blaster noises in my head.
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    -Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness - This will be the year Young Matev falls in love with PC gaming, between the pure senses assault that is Dark Forces and the imagination sparking done by this game. Warcraft II is a straight up banger of an RTS (Matev Sr. will swear by Command and Conquer, cause he's stodgy like that) and being able to command armies of orcs, trolls, and big old dragons will feed the inner evil overlord as Matev contends with Matev Sr. for PC time.
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    Matev's Challenge Library 1995

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Ducktales, The Legend of Zelda, TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, Mega Man 3, Bucky O'Hare, Little Samson
    Genesis - Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ghostbusters, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, X-Men, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles. Shadowrun
    PC - Doom, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

    PC Gaming absolutely comes into it's own this year as the RTS craze invades our household, with several other gems finding some play in the times where we can fit them in. As noted above, PC time is becoming a strain. But fortunately, we're a tech savvy household, and upgrades mean spare parts....
    Matev's Actual Library 1995

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Bump N' Jump, Mach Rider, Fester's Quest, Star Wars
    PC - Captain Comic, Pipe Dream, Lemmings, Tetris. Alone in the Dark, Scorched Earth, Wing Commander, Star Control II, Pepper's Adventures in Time. Doom, The Even More! Incredible Machine, Master of Magic, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Command and Conquer, Worms, Wolfenstein 3-D
    Genesis - Toejam & Earl, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Taz-Mania, Earnest Evans, Battletech

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Hail Hydra
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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited July 11
    We continue forward in this challenge with the eighth year of the decade: the year 1997!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYqEMs0EYoI
    1997 saw many sequels and prequels in video games, such as Final Fantasy VII, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, GoldenEye 007, Star Fox 64, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Quake II, Mega Man Legends, Riven, Tomb Raider II, Dark Rift, Tekken 3 and Virtua Striker 2, along with new titles such as Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, Gran Turismo, Diablo, Grand Theft Auto and Fallout.

    Sony's PlayStation was the year's best-selling video game console worldwide for the second year in a row, while also being the annual best-selling console in Japan for the first time (overtaking the Game Boy and Sega Saturn). The year's best-selling home video game worldwide was Squaresoft's Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation, while the year's highest-grossing arcade games in Japan were Sega's Virtua Fighter 3 and Print Club 2.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited July 13
    1997 is here, I'm nine years-old, I'm in 3rd grade, and my life continues to march onward in a relatively positive manner.
    CONSOLES
    No new updates here, as 1996 was the big shake-up year. My household continues to have a PSX, a SNES, a personal computer, and a Gameboy.
    GAMES
    OCT '97 -- For my ninth birthday I only want one video game. I want the game of the year on the Sony Playstation: Final Fantasy VII. I am in no way immune to hype and I would have been swept up in the mania around this game. It's also good to get a proper RPG on the console too!
    DEC '97 -- Our home computer is getting a little lonley with just Quake, which had its sequel come out but I don't see the need to upgrade to it. Instead, we're going to adopt our first real-time strategy game for the Windows platform: Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Domination Pack! I almost grabbed Age of Empires but much like Command & Conquer, I prefer AoE's sequel. But Red Alert? Hot damn, god damn do I love Red Alert. And with the Domination Pack I get the first expansion pack (Counterstrike) and the second one too (The Aftermath) bundled with the base game. We're cooking with real gas in ol' Zonugal's home when it comes to PC RTS gaming.
    DEC '97 -- I wrestled with this one for a while, because Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back releases this holiday season and, well, I enjoyed the first one. Makes sense to grab the sequel! But if I do that, I feel like I need to complete the trilogy and, folks, 1998 is a fuckin' bloodbath. Its a knife-fight in a back alley. I don't think Crash Bandicoot: Warped gets out of that alley alive. So, instead, I am going to pick up a solid adventure game that I think offers fantastic replayability and just gorgeous visuals as well: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Zonugal's Personal Game Library
    - Gameboy: Donkey Kong '94, Final Fantasy Legend II, Kirby's Dream Land 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Tetris
    - MS-DOS: Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood, Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, Star Control II, WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, Wing Commander
    - PSX: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 2
    - SNES: Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy IV, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Gameboy, Super Mario World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    - Windows: Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Aftermath, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Counterstrike, Quake

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    Ye gods, '97 and '98 are just murderer's rows for gaming

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Hail Hydra
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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    We continue forward in this challenge with the ninth year of the decade: the year 1998!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq95lPzQk9Y
    1998 saw many sequels and prequels in video games, such as F-Zero X, Marvel vs. Capcom, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Resident Evil 2, Metal Gear Solid, Glover, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Gex: Enter the Gecko, Fallout 2, Return to Krondor and Tomb Raider III, along with new titles such as Banjo-Kazooie, Half-Life, MediEvil, Radiant Silvergun, Spyro the Dragon, StarCraft and Xenogears.

    The year's best-selling video game console was the PlayStation for the third year in a row. The year's most critically acclaimed title was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which remains Metacritic's highest-scoring game of all time. The year's best-selling home video game worldwide was Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Pikachu for the Game Boy, while the year's highest-grossing arcade game in Japan was Tekken 3.

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    TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    1998 was a hell of a year for video games

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Tynnan wrote: »
    1998 was a hell of a year for video games

    The even years in the 90s were cracked.

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    In 1998, I was 11. I played StarCraft, Half Life, and Fallout 2 and this was deeply influential for me.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited July 13
    1998 is here, I'm ten years-old, I'm in 4th grade, and we're ready for what is arguably the greatest year in the history of video games.
    CONSOLES
    No new updates! My household continues to have a PSX, a SNES, a personal computer, and a Gameboy.
    GAMES
    JUNE '98 -- I have finished my time in elementary school and summer vacation has arrived. How will I fill my time these next two months? Oh, I'm sinking hundred of hours into Tekken 3, perhaps the best looking game on the Playstation. I loved Tekken 2 and I'll love this one even more. Almost an entirely new roster and new modes means this is an incredibly solid investment for my time.
    OCT '98 -- We finally return to our beloved Gameboy with the game that would define the portable console in its twilight years: Pokémon Blue/Red. I'm going to choose Blue (I just like that color more) for my birthday present this year, as the entire world is swept up in Pokémania. My earlier choice of the Super Gameboy is also revitalized, as I'm not limited to experiencing the pocket monster game on an incredibly old piece of technology!
    DEC '98 -- 1998 is a rockstar year for PC gaming, with games like Half-Life, Grim Fandango, and more being released. But for this Christmas season I'm going for value, via Blizzard's Game of the Year Collection. This does come with WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness on DOS, a bit redundant in my household but, hey, I can always give this away to a friend or relative. No, I'm choosing this collection as it comes with Diablo and Starcraft. In the late nineties my household is throwing money directly at Blizzard and we didn't care. Diablo is a fantastic game and I'm happy to score it, as it'll prepare my appetite for the titan of gaming that is Diablo 2 down the road. And Starcraft? I continue to love RTS games on the PC and with this one I'm getting a game that will have a player base for at least a decade following its release.
    Zonugal's Personal Game Library
    - Gameboy: Donkey Kong '94, Final Fantasy Legend II, Kirby's Dream Land 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Pokémon Blue, Tetris
    - MS-DOS: Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood, Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, Star Control II, WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, Wing Commander
    - PSX: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 2, Tekken 3
    - SNES: Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy IV, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Gameboy, Super Mario World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    - Windows: Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Aftermath, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Counterstrike, Diablo, Quake, Starcraft

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    1996 - 9 years old, and we reach the true crucible of the age. Playstation vs. N64. Wars have been fought over less than the choice of the Playstation's tech innovation and groundbreaking library vs. the N64 as Nintendo's showcase of excellence in approachable game design and utility as the late 90s party machine of choice with the inbuilt 4 play functionality. Even in winning with your picks, you will be missing out on some generation defining unless you are either lucky enough to have rich parents to somehow get you both, or you have friends with access to your opposite in number to cross-pollinate your gameplay. (Or you have the patience to wait and pick up either later as the next gen drops in, etc.)

    This choice is difficult, but ultimately I think it comes down young Matev's parents wanting something both their sons can play on and is a touch more kid-friendly for the younger brother. It will help that a wastrel uncle will have both consoles and will at least let the boys experience Spyro and Crash Bandicoot as the children of their age would, but much like Prime-Matev, alt young Matev will have to wait for a time to experience the raw firepower of a fully armed and operational Playstation. We're a Nintendo 64 household. The good news is that the OG pack-in for the 64 is Super Mario 64, a banger of a title to show off the 64's chops and bring it's beloved mascot to the 3rd Dimension.
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    Challenge Picks

    -Mario Kart 64 - Mario Kart 64 is the 1st game for the N64 to lean hard on the 4 player multiplayer, and brings with it both racing and battle modes across a variety of maps that will keep the Matev family and friends entertained for hours on end! (Spoken from experience as this did happen at family friends for days over days during summer break, only stopping for excursions or lunch)
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    -Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - With Star Wars fandom coming out of hibernation in the mid-90s, some goober exec had a good idea for once "What if we made all the merch for a Star Wars, but we don't actually make a movie?" We already had books and comics, and some toys deriving from those. Shadows of the Empire went the distance, with a full-blown novel, toyline, and video games set in the in-universe year between ESB and ROTJ. Never mind that story itself was sort of trashy and out right sex criminal at points, the tie-in video game let us step into the shoes of the man, the legend, Dash Rendar. Using a variety of Star Wars weapons and the power of shoulder pillows, Dash would be the cool, slick substitute for Han Solo, fighting all those sweet bounty hunters and piloting the toyetic as hell Outrider. After Dark Forces, this would be a no brainer for young Matev's wish list.
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    -Rocket Knight Adventures - Young Matev wouldn't want anymore N64 games, nor would the rest of the family, so we delve back to 1993 to pick up one of the many hidden gems of the Genesis, by Konami no less. Rocket Knight Adventures is a charming little action game where you play an opossum knight with a jetpack. The princess has been kidnapped by a steampunk empire of pigs and you're a bad enough marsupial to rescue her. A decent amount of depth, good visuals, and good but not punishing difficulty make this a worthwhile addition the library.
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    Matev's Challenge Library 1996

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Ducktales, The Legend of Zelda, TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, Mega Man 3, Bucky O'Hare, Little Samson
    Genesis - Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ghostbusters, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, X-Men, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles. Shadowrun, Rocket Knight Adventures
    PC - Doom, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
    N64 - Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

    I'll be honest, I don't recall the updates I would've had this year, only to say I dearly wanted an N64, but it was not to be, not yet. So for the sake of actually getting this year done, I'll leave it be, knowing 1997's going to have even more updates.
    Matev's Actual Library 1996

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Bump N' Jump, Mach Rider, Fester's Quest, Star Wars
    PC - Captain Comic, Pipe Dream, Lemmings, Tetris. Alone in the Dark, Scorched Earth, Wing Commander, Star Control II, Pepper's Adventures in Time. Doom, The Even More! Incredible Machine, Master of Magic, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Command and Conquer, Worms, Wolfenstein 3-D
    Genesis - Toejam & Earl, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Taz-Mania, Earnest Evans, Battletech

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Hail Hydra
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    discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    Can we agree though that Captain Comic is too much adrenaline in one package?
    I didn't figure out how the teleport wand worked to get you to the door to the penultimate level until I was much older, and after I'd completed the game.

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    sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Zonugal wrote: »
    1998 is here, I'm ten years-old, I'm in 5th grade,

    You son of a bitch.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    sarukun wrote: »
    Zonugal wrote: »
    1998 is here, I'm ten years-old, I'm in 5th grade,

    You son of a bitch.

    WHAT?!?

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    edited July 12
    1997 - 10 years old, now game choices become incredibly thick on the ground. Rentals will be used now more than ever, but we can't neglect the home library.


    Challenge Picks

    -Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II - Not only do we get a sequel to Dark Forces, but now our buddy Kyle Katarn gets to wield the powers of the Jedi. Absolute catnip to young Matev. Cheesy FMV cutscenes, weird and wild bosses, light and dark side endings? Hell yah, just stick it in my veins.
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    -Star Fox 64 - While Star Fox on the SNES was a technical marvel, showcasing a possible future of gaming, the next iteration on the N64 took that concept and actually made a kickass game out of it. Optional objectives on levels give you a chance to carve different paths through the Lylat system as you fly to defeat the forces of Venom and confront the mad dictator Andross. Unique bosses, multiple vehicles, and an all time hall of fame meme generator, this little arcade shoot turn Star Fox into a bonafide Nintendo franchise and they've been chasing that high ever since.
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    -Diddy Kong Racing - Now, I know what you're thinking. "Matev, why didn't you get Goldeneye or Turok: Dinosaur Hunter?" and to put it shortly, Matev's parents would not buy those games for him at 10. It's ok when the Wastrel Uncle brings them over to play with as a treat or your godless friends do whatever, but wait a year or 2 more to start getting your own. (Yes, yes, this contradicts the Doom and Diablo Doctrine somewhat, but parents are a land of contrasts) Instead we get the other top tier kart racer for the 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Rare's freshman effort for the console. Animal characters, a single player mode with an overworld and something aroung 25 different courses (50 if you count the mirror courses, which you shouldn't) this stuff is primo even if it sometimes feels like an also ran to the juggernaut that is Mario Kart 64, but there's a lot to love here and I wish we'd gotten more kart racers in this vein.
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    Matev's Challenge Library 1997

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Ducktales, The Legend of Zelda, TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, Mega Man 3, Bucky O'Hare, Little Samson
    Genesis - Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ghostbusters, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, X-Men, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles. Shadowrun, Rocket Knight Adventures
    PC - Doom, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II
    N64 - Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Star Fox 64, Diddy Kong Racing

    1997, my parents' resolve is steely against the pleas for a next gen console, but cracks start to form. Instead, we bulk up our PC's selection, make a lesser secondary one from cast-off parts for me and the little brother to game on, (Making us a minimum dual PC household moving forward) shore up the 16-Bit Library, and the NES gets a sorely needed refurb that comes with several new games
    Matev's Actual Library 1997

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Bump N' Jump, Mach Rider, Fester's Quest, Star Wars, Wizards & Warriors, Dr. Mario, Yoshi Cookie, Mega Man 3
    PC - Captain Comic, Pipe Dream, Lemmings, Tetris. Alone in the Dark, Scorched Earth, Wing Commander, Star Control II, Pepper's Adventures in Time. Doom, The Even More! Incredible Machine, Master of Magic, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Command and Conquer, Worms, Wolfenstein 3-D, Diablo, Starcraft, Myst, Amazon!
    Genesis - Toejam & Earl, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Taz-Mania, Earnest Evans, Battletech, World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Rocket Knight Adventures, Taz: Escape From Mars, Menacer 6 Game Cartridge, Ms. Pac-Man, Sonic Spin-Ball

    Matev on
    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Hail Hydra
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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    We continue forward in this challenge with the tenth year of the decade: the year 1999!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvugv3QYSdM
    1999 saw many sequels and prequels in video games, such as Heroes of Might and Magic III, System Shock 2, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Final Fantasy VIII, Age of Empires II, Crash Team Racing, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Grand Theft Auto 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Chrono Cross, Unreal Tournament, Pokémon Gold and Silver, and Donkey Kong 64, along with new titles such as Super Smash Bros., Silent Hill, Syphon Filter, Driver, EverQuest, Homeworld, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and Planescape: Torment.

    The year's most critically acclaimed video game was the Dreamcast title Soulcalibur, which remains among the highest-rated games of all time on Metacritic. The best-selling home video game worldwide was the Game Boy title Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow for the second year in a row, while the year's highest-grossing arcade game in Japan was Sega's Virtua Striker 2.

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    sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Zonugal wrote: »
    sarukun wrote: »
    Zonugal wrote: »
    1998 is here, I'm ten years-old, I'm in 5th grade,

    You son of a bitch.

    WHAT?!?

    Oh, nothing, that’s my kneejerk whenever somebody mentions 1998.

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    edited July 13
    1998 - 11 years old, middle school looms, but the vidya will keep us sane. This is one of if not the best year in gaming, so by default a lot is gonna be left on the table. But I'm gonna play to my outs here, which I'll explain in my choice blurbs.


    Challenge Picks

    -Bomberman 64 - This stodgy little title got enough rental play in the prime timeline that I want to upgrade it to full time status in the alt-timeline, but mostly because the multiplayer is one that is surprisingly in depth and fun, especially as you ramp up to 4 players and the explosive chaos multiplies.
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    -Mario Party - I got the blisters to show how much I love OG Mario Party. Our family had been board game players for forever, so a virtual board game starring the Mario cast is a no-brainer pick up. My record as Wario in this game is unmatched, broken only on occasion by friend playing Yoshi as the Bugs Bunny to my portly garlic chomping Daffy Duck.
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    -The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Finally, we reach the true matter of the Nintendo 64. This is the justification of this console's existence moreso than any other title on the platform. It is actually incredibly difficult to overstate the hype of this game (Rivalled only by Final Fantasy VII the previous year) and experiencing this game at the time of it's release is an experience I would not trade away for less than a secure and comfortable existence in perpetuity. Now, I know what you're thinking "Matev, didn't you get Banjo-Kazooie over Mario Party?" because Banjo-Kazooie is an excellent game, but one that I could beat in a sufficient rental time (Say, a 5-day stretch over the summer), and it was best experienced that way. The titles I've chosen are robust and either had good to great multiplayer utility, or massive replayablility. "But Matev, what about Half-Life? Starcraft?" Well, remember when I said I'd play to my outs? I don't have to ask for those games for myself, Matev Sr. will happily buy those games and let us kids play when he's got other stuff to do. This means, for a solid few years, I can focus entirely on cultivating a lean and mean N64 library that both contains bangers, and is also a certified multiplayer party machine that will have me hosting friend gatherings all throughout middle school. Get. Fuckin. Hype.
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    Matev's Challenge Library 1998

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Ducktales, The Legend of Zelda, TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, Mega Man 3, Bucky O'Hare, Little Samson
    Genesis - Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ghostbusters, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, X-Men, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles. Shadowrun, Rocket Knight Adventures
    PC - Doom, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II
    N64 - Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Star Fox 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Bomberman 64, Mario Party, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    Somewhere around July or August, my parents finally crack and we get an N64, with Diddy Kong Racing as some part of odd Costco bundle. It's no Mario 64, but we take what we can get. This opens the flood gates to a new realm of rentals. Late in the year, both myself and my brother are bitten by the Pokemon bug, but no Game Boys mean no Pokemon games outside of the cards, unless....
    Matev's Actual Library 1998

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Bump N' Jump, Mach Rider, Fester's Quest, Star Wars, Wizards & Warriors, Dr. Mario, Yoshi Cookie, Mega Man 3
    PC - Captain Comic, Pipe Dream, Lemmings, Tetris. Alone in the Dark, Scorched Earth, Wing Commander, Star Control II, Pepper's Adventures in Time. Doom, The Even More! Incredible Machine, Master of Magic, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Command and Conquer, Worms, Wolfenstein 3-D, Diablo, Starcraft, Myst, Amazon!, Tomb Raider Gold, Baldur's Gate, Half-Life, Dungeon Keeper, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Edition
    Genesis - Toejam & Earl, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Taz-Mania, Earnest Evans, Battletech, World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Rocket Knight Adventures, Taz: Escape From Mars, Menacer 6 Game Cartridge, Ms. Pac-Man, Sonic Spin-Ball
    N64 - Diddy Kong Racing, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr., Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

    Matev on
    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Hail Hydra
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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited July 13
    1999 is upon us, I'm eleven years-old, and I'm in the 5th grade.
    CONSOLES
    My household continues to have a PSX, a SNES, a personal computer, a personal laptop, and a Gameboy.
    GAMES
    OCT '99 -- For my eleventh birthday there is only one game I want: Final Fantasy VIII. Visually this game is a substantial step-up from FFVII and, perhaps hot take, features what I think is a better narrative. This ends up being my favorite in the series and so much of it is through the establishment of vibes, its aesthetical presentation, its cast of characters, and a truly BONKERS story. Love this game...
    DEC '99 -- Around this time I am potentially feeling jealous of my friends with Mario Kart 64 and, well, let's fix that with CTR: Crash Team Racing. While we're limited to just two players, this kart racing game fundamentally offers more than Mario Kart 64. This game features 5 racing modes: Adventure, Time Trial, Arcade, Versus and Battle, in addition to Relic Races and CTR Challenges. This is a feature rich kart racer and will offer single & multiplayer entertainment for a while.
    DEC '99 -- While 1999 has some quality PC games released, all of them will be repackaged in compilations within a year or two, so I am using my knowledge of the past to really guide this particular choice. For example, picking up Half-Life would be a solid grab but I'm willing to wait a year to get it with Counter-Strike, ya know?? So, with that said, I am actually going to grab a compilation from two years prior, as my Windows computer is lacking in point-and-click titles. The LucasArts Archives: Vol. III will help remedy that, by providing Afterlife, The Dig, Full Throttle, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, The Secret of Monkey Island: Enhanced Version, and Star Wars: Dark Forces. That's a pretty good score and while some of those titles are meh (Afterlife...), a majority of them are classics that I'd be happy to have access to as we prepare to enter a new millennium.
    Zonugal's Personal Game Library
    - Gameboy: Donkey Kong '94, Final Fantasy Legend II, Kirby's Dream Land 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Pokémon Blue, Tetris
    - MS-DOS: Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood, Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, Star Control II, WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, Wing Commander
    - PSX: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Crash Bandicoot, CTR: Crash Team Racing, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Tekken 2, Tekken 3
    - SNES: Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy IV, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Gameboy, Super Mario World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    - Windows: Afterlife, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Aftermath, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Counterstrike, Diablo, The Dig, Full Throttle, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Quake, The Secret of Monkey Island: Enhanced Version, Starcraft, Star Wars: Dark Forces

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    1997 was probably the best year specifically for me as a gamer

    Total Annihilation
    Diablo
    Castlevania SoTN
    Final Fantasy Tactics

    goddam

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    edited July 13
    We continue forward in this challenge with a new decade and a new millennium: the year 2000!!
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    The year 2000 saw the release of numerous video games as well as the launch of the PlayStation 2. Critically acclaimed games originally released in 2000 include sequels such as Madden NFL 2001, NBA Live 2001, NBA 2K1, WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role, Baldur's Gate II, Diablo II, Dragon Quest VII, Final Fantasy IX, Metal Gear: Ghost Babel, NFL 2K1, Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, Spyro: Year of the Dragon, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, along with new intellectual properties such as Deus Ex, Jet Set Radio, Perfect Dark, Skies of Arcadia, The Sims, SSX, Vagrant Story, and Sin and Punishment.

    The year's best-selling home video games worldwide were Pokémon games for the third year in a row (since 1998), while the highest-grossing arcade game in Japan was Virtua Striker 2.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    2000 is upon us, I'm twelve years-old, and I've just started my post-elementary school career via the 6th grade
    CONSOLES
    This is the year I am enrolled in a "laptop initiative" by my parents, so I am taking almost all of my middle school classes with a cohort group that have all been provided Toshiba laptops. I now have my own computer, so PC gaming has become even more important. In addition, oh boy, we're right in the beginning of the sixth generation of consoles. The Dreamcast has been out for a year and the Playstation 2 releases this year, but I think my household will hold off until next year to make any final choices... My household, per the year 2000, has a PSX, a SNES, a personal computer, a personal laptop, and a Gameboy.
    GAMES
    OCT 2000 -- We're back at my birthday and Pokémon Gold/Silver releases two days following it, what perfect timing! I go with Gold but I'm honestly happy with either. My elder Gameboy continues to find relevancy. The second mainline Pokémon game brings needed upgrades and quality of life updates to the series, in addition to providing a vastly longer game.
    DEC 2000 -- This is a tough year for the PSX, as we're not going to add any games to it... Instead, this Christmas season we're going to look at getting caught up on PC games via compilations. The first of these is a collection of three Black Isle's roleplaying games: Planescape: Torment / Baldur's Gate / Fallout 2. This compilation gets us three classic computer RPGs! It's a great value and one I couldn't really turn down.
    DEC 2000 -- Our second compilation? Oh, we've been kicking one particular can for a few years but that's because I wanted one very specific game attached to it. And once we have it? We'll be good, in terms of PC FPS gaming, for a while... It is finally time to take my first step into the Half-Life universe with the Half-Life: Platinum collection. This collection comes with Half-Life: Game of the Year Edition and Team Fortress Classic, which we could have obtained a few years ago, as well as Half-Life: Opposing Force, but we've waited so patiently for Half-Life: Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike will, on its own, provide years of entertainment.
    Zonugal's Personal Game Library
    - Gameboy: Donkey Kong '94, Final Fantasy Legend II, Kirby's Dream Land 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Gold, Tetris
    - MS-DOS: Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood, Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, Star Control II, WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, Wing Commander
    - PSX: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Crash Bandicoot, CTR: Crash Team Racing, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Tekken 2, Tekken 3
    - SNES: Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy IV, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Gameboy, Super Mario World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    - Windows: Afterlife, Baldur's Gate, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Aftermath, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Counterstrike, Diablo, The Dig, Fallout 2, Full Throttle, Half-Life: Game of the Year Edition, Half-Life: Counter-Strike, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Planescape: Torment, Quake, The Secret of Monkey Island: Enhanced Version, Starcraft, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Team Fortress Classic

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    SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    So a 1998 game that got itself jammed firmly in my core memories is ClueFinders 4th Grade Adventures: Puzzle of the Pyramid

    I have no idea if my parents ever bought us any of the other grades, or when exactly I actually played this (I didn't go into 4th grade 2001, they might have gotten it for my sister who was older than me) but I so clearly remember what I'm pretty sure was one of the first puzzles in the game: you had to pick the right car to drive you from a dig site into town, and each car you could pick had a different MPG and tank size, so you were supposed to do the math to figure it out. Every time you picked wrong all the choices would randomize, so if you're not really able to do multiplication like I was when I played, you can just pick the car that looks the coolest over and over until you luck into it being the right one. Which is exactly what I did.

    My friend is working on a roguelike game you can play if you want to. (It has free demo)
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    DepressperadoDepressperado I just wanted to see you laughing in the pizza rainRegistered User regular
    every year until I turned 15 it was either Lego or Final Fantasy games

    after 15 it was either money or Final Fantasy games

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited July 14
    We continue forward in this challenge with the second year in our new millennium: the year 2001!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJdELoiiAoU
    2001 saw many sequels and prequels in video games, such as Madden NFL 2002, NBA Live 2002, NBA 2K2, WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Dead or Alive 3, Final Fantasy X, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, Grand Theft Auto III, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Myst III: Exile, Crazy Taxi 2, SSX Tricky, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Sonic Adventure 2, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, and Virtua Fighter 4. New intellectual properties include Ace Attorney, Advance Wars, Animal Crossing, Burnout, Gothic, Black & White, Devil May Cry, Fatal Frame, Ghost Recon, Halo, Jak and Daxter, Max Payne, Oni, Onimusha: Warlords, Operation Flashpoint, Pikmin, Pro Evolution Soccer, Red Faction, Serious Sam, and Tropico.

    Three major video game systems were released in 2001: the GameCube and the Game Boy Advance by Nintendo, and the Xbox by Microsoft. Sega, which had been a major competitor in the video game hardware market to this point, ended its involvement in the market after the failure of the Dreamcast. The year has been retrospectively considered one of the best and most important in video game history due to the release of numerous critically acclaimed, commercially successful and influential titles across all platforms and genres at the time. It was the peak year for the sixth generation of video game consoles, with the launch of the GameCube and Xbox, the latter focusing on online games (following SegaNet the previous year), and the Dreamcast's last year of production with Sega's exit from console manufacturing. Storytelling and mature themes also became a more mainstream trend.

    The year's best-selling video game worldwide was Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal, the fourth year in a row for the Pokémon series (since 1998). The year's most critically acclaimed titles were Gran Turismo 3 and Final Fantasy X in Japan, and Halo and Grand Theft Auto III in the West.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    Choosing which sixth generation console to pick is easily the hardest choice so far, for me, in this challenge.

    It has the added difficulty of definitely being the console I'll bring with me to college.

    I am vexed.

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    edited July 14
    I was talking this challenge over this last week with a coworker who is an avid retro game collector. I wasn't able to pry game choices out of him, but we gamed out console picks up to present date and we both agreed that with 6th gen, you literally had no wrong choice, there were cases to be made for all the consoles released.

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    edited July 14
    1999 - 12 years old, and we continue to feast on games. I have also started screwing around with TTRPGs and miniatures games, which splits my time, but those are for weekdays once schoolwork's done. Weekends tend to be about fitting in as much vidya as possible.


    Challenge Picks

    -Pokemon Stadium - This was the first game I can remember actually pre-ordering after saving up sufficient allowance money. After trying the game boy pokemon games using my friend's game boys, and fueled by the anime and trading card game, I needed my own pokemon game. Stadium was all about the battles, which were ok but not the full pokemon experience. Fortunately, there were 2 other things about Pokemon Stadium that made it a valued part of my collection. Firstly, it had a smattering of multiplayer mini-games starring various pokemon that added to the party machine factor of the 64. Secondly, and most important of all, it came with the Transfer Pak peripheral, and was the only game that used it. It was so one could transfer one's pokemon from a game boy cartridge to use in the Stadium modes. Thusly you could unleash your hand reared beasts and wreck the AI in glorious 64-bit. But, it had another functionality: With it, you could play your pokemon games on using the N64. This will mean....
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    -Pokémon Yellow Version - ....we ball with Pikachu. As folks are no doubt aware, different versions of pokemon come with different available pokemon. In the first generation, Yellow version was a special version that was neither Red nor Blue, but a mixture of both, while drawing in a couple of elements from the wildly popular anime, such as starting with a Pikachu, Jesse and James as a recurring Team Rocket encounter, and the ability to acquire all 3 of the normal gen I starting pokemon, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur. There were also several cute pikachu cinematics. Add this into the already fantastic Kanto adventure, and you've got a game worth using 2 of a year's slots to get.
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    -Gauntlet: Legends - So, first there was Gauntlet, one of the classic arcade games. Then they gave it a massive facelift in 1998 with Gauntlet: Legends, as arcade cabinets still held powerful sway in theaters, convenience stores, and the fun centers that had overtaken the dedicated arcades of 80s and early 90s. This experience was ported the next year to the current crop of consoles. My big regret is that I never gave this game enough time to actually plumb it's depths and git gud at it. Alt-Timeline Matev will not suffer this fate, as the Party Machine gains a very powerful draw indeed.
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    Matev's Challenge Library 1999

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Ducktales, The Legend of Zelda, TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, Mega Man 3, Bucky O'Hare, Little Samson
    Genesis - Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ghostbusters, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, X-Men, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles. Shadowrun, Rocket Knight Adventures
    PC - Doom, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II
    N64 - Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Star Fox 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Bomberman 64, Mario Party, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Pokemon Stadium, Gauntlet: Legends
    Game Boy - Pokemon Yellow

    This year would see some interesting additions to the library, as we join the LAN party crowd through the joy that is Unreal Tournament, I buy into the hype and get Donkey Kong 64 for Christmas, (And 100% it out of spite dammit) ironically the 1 Rare collectathon I would actually own this generation (Both Banjo games being solid rentals when no new hotness was in play, as guided by my trusty Nintendo Power subsciption) and the surprise acquisition of Sim Theme Park, to me the superior theme park game over then frontrunner RollerCoaster Tycoon.
    Matev's Actual Library 1999

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Bump N' Jump, Mach Rider, Fester's Quest, Star Wars, Wizards & Warriors, Dr. Mario, Yoshi Cookie, Mega Man 3
    PC - Captain Comic, Pipe Dream, Lemmings, Tetris. Alone in the Dark, Scorched Earth, Wing Commander, Star Control II, Pepper's Adventures in Time. Doom, The Even More! Incredible Machine, Master of Magic, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Command and Conquer, Worms, Wolfenstein 3-D, Diablo, Starcraft, Myst, Amazon!, Tomb Raider Gold, Baldur's Gate, Half-Life, Dungeon Keeper, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Edition, Sim Theme Park, Unreal Tournament
    Genesis - Toejam & Earl, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Taz-Mania, Earnest Evans, Battletech, World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Rocket Knight Adventures, Taz: Escape From Mars, Menacer 6 Game Cartridge, Ms. Pac-Man, Sonic Spin-Ball
    N64 - Diddy Kong Racing, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr., Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Pokemon Stadium, Donkey Kong 64
    Game Boy - Pokemon Yellow


    Matev on
    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Hail Hydra
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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    Damn... Gauntlet: Legends is a good pick

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    Zonugal wrote: »
    Damn... Gauntlet: Legends is a good pick

    The fact that we've never gotten a rerelease or remaster in the intervening time, plus the fact it's very hard to source, makes the foreknowledge in this case excruciatingly valuable.

    On your part, I'm admiring young Zonnie's patience for the compiliation packs to scoop several gems up with each pick up.

    ***

    2000 - 13 years old, and we are at a fever pitch for the N64. We have a new console unlock, but we'll bank it for next year as the Big Three knife-fight for our cash.


    Challenge Picks

    -Goldeneye - I'm finally 13, which means my parents' consciences are clear about finally letting me have my own copy of Goldeneye. I'm already very familiar with it's arsenal and contours as they pertain to multiplayer, but having my own will now let me deeply dive into the single player experience, finally understanding what all the various MP characters I've been blasting mean to the story, and further improve my skills (Grenade Launchers in the Temple, unmatched) For those wondering why I just don't get the straight up upgrade that releases this year, Perfect Dark, I will note that PD is excellent, but is also M-rated, meaning no go for my parents. That's ok, I can roll back and get it on the cheap in a few years if I'm so inclined.
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    -Paper Mario - This was almost Spider-Man, but while I fucking love Activision's Spider-Man (2000), it was 1-2 rentals and then everything was unlocked. Solid, entertaining, but with a 3 game a year budget, I need something with more staying power. This was also almost Star Wars Episode I: Racer, but it's only 2 players at best and I feel like most folks don't want to get punished by the hardcore sport of Pod-Racing. Hell, I was about to enter this as Mario Party 3 for #PartyMachine supremacy, but then I remembered this plane's going down next year, 2002 tops. I need something that only this console's gonna have. Oh. Right. We get one of the best RPGs the N64 releases. Paper Mario is good shit, has decent amount of depth, a colorful cast of characters,
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    -Pokemon Stadium 2 - "Matev, why are you ignoring Majora's Mask?" Dear reader I'm not. With access to a strategy guide on a weekend with no other events occurring, young Matev will eviscerate Majora's Mask, and while he appreciates the unique mechanics, the time loop, and the side characters, he won't hunger to replay it over and over years later like Ocarina. It's good, but we don't need to own it. Same with Banjo-Tooie, solid iteration on the first outing, but we can crack it with a 5-day rental, so we will. Pokemon Stadium 2 gives us something we don't have, access to Gen 2 pokemon, which is the brand new hotness. Our pokemon fandom will enter dormancy with the release of Ruby and Sapphire, but having access to Gold and Silver might nuture that spark a bit better for later.
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    Matev's Challenge Library 2000

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Ducktales, The Legend of Zelda, TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, Mega Man 3, Bucky O'Hare, Little Samson
    Genesis - Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ghostbusters, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, X-Men, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles. Shadowrun, Rocket Knight Adventures
    PC - Doom, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II
    N64 - Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Star Fox 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Bomberman 64, Mario Party, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Pokemon Stadium, Gauntlet: Legends, Goldeneye, Paper Mario, Pokemon Stadium 2
    Game Boy - Pokemon Yellow

    This year I recall being a lot more sedate, most of the hot new releases being run down on rentals. However, I do recall that summer being one in which we'd visited our great grandma in Oregon, and on the way back, we stopped off at Wal-Mart and they had a PC game bargain bin. My brother got an updated version of Space Invaders, while I snatched out a copy of the Episode I game for PC. It was clunky, it was 3-D, but also doing the Legend of Zelda top-down thing, and cripes it was dumb. But regardless, I was up at 8 in the morning for several weeks straight, watching reruns of the Nanny and the Price is Right on TV, while getting pod racers drunk as Qui-Gonn Jinn to get Anakin the necessary parts to fix his pod-racer. It was simple and silly, but fuck there was so little to worry about. Oh, and Matev Sr. introduced to us emulators, so after I finally beat Darth Maul, my education on the finer points of the Super Nintendo began.
    Matev's Actual Library 2000

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Bump N' Jump, Mach Rider, Fester's Quest, Star Wars, Wizards & Warriors, Dr. Mario, Yoshi Cookie, Mega Man 3
    PC - Captain Comic, Pipe Dream, Lemmings, Tetris. Alone in the Dark, Scorched Earth, Wing Commander, Star Control II, Pepper's Adventures in Time. Doom, The Even More! Incredible Machine, Master of Magic, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Command and Conquer, Worms, Wolfenstein 3-D, Diablo, Starcraft, Myst, Amazon!, Tomb Raider Gold, Baldur's Gate, Half-Life, Dungeon Keeper, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Edition, Sim Theme Park, Unreal Tournament, Diablo II, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    Genesis - Toejam & Earl, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Taz-Mania, Earnest Evans, Battletech, World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Rocket Knight Adventures, Taz: Escape From Mars, Menacer 6 Game Cartridge, Ms. Pac-Man, Sonic Spin-Ball
    N64 - Diddy Kong Racing, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr., Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Pokemon Stadium, Donkey Kong 64, Goldeneye
    Game Boy - Pokemon Yellow

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Hail Hydra
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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    Matev wrote: »
    On your part, I'm admiring young Zonnie's patience for the compilation packs to scoop several gems up with each pick up.

    It partially feels like cheating but I also remember being introduced to a lot of games via stuff like Blizzard battle chests, which were a mainstay at any store, so they also feel like something I could have seen while out with a parent and been mesmerized by.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    Zonugal wrote: »
    Choosing which sixth generation console to pick is easily the hardest choice so far, for me, in this challenge.

    It has the added difficulty of definitely being the console I'll bring with me to college.

    I am vexed.

    By the way, still vexed by this.

    If my family could have secured a Panasonic Q in 2001, oh, I think that'd be it.

    But the idea that my family could have obtained a Panasonic Q in 2001 is so outside the realm of plausible that it may as well be dropped off by a pegasus.

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    Zonugal wrote: »
    Matev wrote: »
    On your part, I'm admiring young Zonnie's patience for the compilation packs to scoop several gems up with each pick up.

    It partially feels like cheating but I also remember being introduced to a lot of games via stuff like Blizzard battle chests, which were a mainstay at any store, so they also feel like something I could have seen while out with a parent and been mesmerized by.

    I mean, I'm counting for the fact that my father's an avid PC gamer which lets me have a shadow library of pretty much all that era's hits, so I'd say picking up compilations makes perfect sense, especially when you know if you wait for a year, you'll have like a critically acclaimed expansion as well or a mod that's it's own seminal multiplayer experience.
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    Zonugal wrote: »
    Choosing which sixth generation console to pick is easily the hardest choice so far, for me, in this challenge.

    It has the added difficulty of definitely being the console I'll bring with me to college.

    I am vexed.

    By the way, still vexed by this.

    If my family could have secured a Panasonic Q in 2001, oh, I think that'd be it.

    But the idea that my family could have obtained a Panasonic Q in 2001 is so outside the realm of plausible that it may as well be dropped off by a pegasus.

    Honestly, is there any reason you need the DVD player integrated aside from the sheer novelty of it?

    I get that DVD was just starting to pick up steam in 2001, but we had 2 players in our house by then, so for us it wouldn't have been a factor in choosing a console.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    2001 is upon us, I'm thirteen years-old, I'm in the 7th grade, and the United States is about to jump face first into a two decade long War on Terror!!
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    Oh boy... I spent the larger part of a day thinking this one over... While the DVD capabilities of the PS2 & Xbox are really nice, I don't know if I was actually watching all that many DVDs. I was still just using networks & cable TV for the vast majority of my entertainment, so I don't think they're really big selling points in retrospect. So then I examine their other select strengths and while the PS2's signature advantage is its huge library, the nature of this challenge sort of negates that? Yeah? And while the PS2 is backwards compatible, at this point I only have seven games on the PSX (and Tekken Tag would invalidate two of those immediately). The PS2 also having two controller ports really hurts it too... At this point, the PS2 is knocked out.

    So now we shift to a battle between the Xbox and the Gamecube. The Xbox has a wide variety of genres but outside of a few titles, it doesn't really have any super impressive IPs (not in the same way as Nintendo). But it does have the promise of online gaming on the horizon, which is impressive... The Xbox would primarily serve as a Halo machine, with other games supplementing it. And that's where I critically analyze it. I'm willing to bet that one of my friends would have an Xbox and I think getting Halo via a night spent at a buddy's house might be a satisfactory feeding of that beast.

    Which leaves the Gamecube! It has some stellar single player options, some fantastic multiplayer options, and I'm really banking on that wide variety of multiplayer options to carry it forward (not just through junior high and high school, but into college as well).

    My household, per the year 2001, has a Gamecube, PSX, a SNES, a personal computer, a personal laptop, and a Gameboy.
    GAMES
    OCT 2001 -- For my first birthday as a teenager, I'm returning to x with the Diablo: Battle Chest. While I already have the first game, this compilation gets me Diablo II and its expansion, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (as well as a strategy guide and a CD of the game's soundtrack!!). I really enjoyed the first Diablo, but holy shit, Diablo 2 is next level gaming.
    DEC 2001 -- It's Christmas and we're getting a new console! Well, not "we", this will be MY console. And what games are launching with the Gamecube? Oh, some exciting stuff. I will grab a lesser title, a pretty obscure one. It isn't quite a fighting game, sort of a weird platforming battle game? But regardless, I will sink a decade into this single game. Super Smash Bros.: Melee is such a strong opening move for the system, its frankly absurd. It's a guarantee party game, in addition to having enough single player content to entertain me for a VERY long time.
    DEC 2001 -- Well... I may have oversold the Gamecube's launch titles. There are some fun stuff but nothing that jumps out as needing one of my three slots, certainly nothing in the same way as Smash Bros Melee, so we're going to use this slot to add one last title to our Playstation library: Metal Gear Solid / Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions. This combo gets use MGS and the VR missions, and offers us a drastically different single-player experience than what we're going to get with Smash Bros Melee for the next few months.
    Zonugal's Personal Game Library
    - Gameboy: Donkey Kong '94, Final Fantasy Legend II, Kirby's Dream Land 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Gold, Tetris
    - Gamecube: Super Smash Bros.: Melee
    - MS-DOS: Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood, Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, Star Control II, WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, Wing Commander
    - PSX: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Crash Bandicoot, CTR: Crash Team Racing, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions, Tekken 2, Tekken 3
    - SNES: Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy IV, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Gameboy, Super Mario World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    - Windows: Afterlife, Baldur's Gate, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Aftermath, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Counterstrike, Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, The Dig, Fallout 2, Full Throttle, Half-Life: Game of the Year Edition, Half-Life: Counter-Strike, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Planescape: Torment, Quake, The Secret of Monkey Island: Enhanced Version, Starcraft, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Team Fortress Classic

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    MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    2001 - 14 years old, I'll make the jump to high school this fall. I'll have my first fling at summer camp. Shrek will be unleashed on the world. I finally learn to love Scooby-Doo during a marathon while visiting my cousin. Something happens with some airplanes, I'm sure it's just some flash in the pan thing. Lord of the Rings creates a whole new generation of Tolkien nerds and reignites my interest in Fantasy as a genre.

    On the whole, the Gamecube is the appropriate choice for me and the household this generation. We'll experience Halo via the PC, and I'll have a couple friends that will provide sufficient XBox time that that console is superfluous. The experience I see with the PS2 at the time isn't anything to write home about. My brother's still a wee-un and it'll make the make case for the console easier if we stick to Nintendo's mostly kid-friendly environs along with continued 4-player multiplayer, though later we'll be able to add some mature titles that we won't find anywhere else.


    Challenge Picks

    -Super Smash Bros.: Melee - Of the launch titles, this one is the one that gets Party Machine 2.0 fully armed and operational. The roster gets a very hefty expansion from the original with expanded movesets for the OG cast, and the modes get beefed up, setting the standard for the sequels and cementing Smash's place as a bonafide fighting series.
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    -Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader - Rogue Squadron got several weekends of rental play during the N64 years, it's sequel will be a buy with it all it's delicious updates and DVD quality movie clips. Yub nub, Commander.
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    -Sonic Adventure 2: Battle - You got Sega in my Nintendo! This is one of the other reasons to pick the Gamecube over the others for dedicated Hedgehog fans. 3D Sonic, and I don't have to get a Dreamcast for it. Aw right! And folks, this one's a doozy. 3 different campaigns, 9 playable characters over a few dozen levels, multiplayer modes, and of course, the adorable and addictive Chao Garden. Sure, we could rent it, but honestly, given the other possible selections, this one I'm happy to own as a pick this year.
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    Matev's Challenge Library 2001

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Ducktales, The Legend of Zelda, TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, Mega Man 3, Bucky O'Hare, Little Samson
    Genesis - Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ghostbusters, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, X-Men, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles. Shadowrun, Rocket Knight Adventures
    PC - Doom, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II
    N64 - Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Star Fox 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Bomberman 64, Mario Party, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Pokemon Stadium, Gauntlet: Legends, Goldeneye, Paper Mario, Pokemon Stadium 2
    Game Boy - Pokemon Yellow
    Gamecube - Super Smash Bros.: Melee, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

    Things are gonna be a bit fuzzy here, cause based on the timeline and when I remember renting things, pretty sure GBA was this year's christmas present, and the Gamecube was either my birthday or christmas next year, cause 2002 sees a massive increase in GCN titles I remember playing in certain places, which will be a factor in sorting out timelines.

    Otherwise, the PC sees us pick up Return to Castle Wolfenstein, which facelifts Wolfenstein for the post Half-Life era of PC gaming, and MechWarrior 4. Both games are staples of the LAN parties I'll attend with Matev Sr. as he trots me to help even the odds against the young bucks at his workplace.
    Matev's Actual Library 2001

    NES - Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Bump N' Jump, Mach Rider, Fester's Quest, Star Wars, Wizards & Warriors, Dr. Mario, Yoshi Cookie, Mega Man 3
    PC - Captain Comic, Pipe Dream, Lemmings, Tetris. Alone in the Dark, Scorched Earth, Wing Commander, Star Control II, Pepper's Adventures in Time. Doom, The Even More! Incredible Machine, Master of Magic, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Command and Conquer, Worms, Wolfenstein 3-D, Diablo, Starcraft, Myst, Amazon!, Tomb Raider Gold, Baldur's Gate, Half-Life, Dungeon Keeper, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Edition, Sim Theme Park, Unreal Tournament, Diablo II, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, MechWarrior 4
    Genesis - Toejam & Earl, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Taz-Mania, Earnest Evans, Battletech, World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Rocket Knight Adventures, Taz: Escape From Mars, Menacer 6 Game Cartridge, Ms. Pac-Man, Sonic Spin-Ball
    N64 - Diddy Kong Racing, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr., Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Pokemon Stadium, Donkey Kong 64, Goldeneye
    Game Boy - Pokemon Yellow
    Game Boy Advance - Rayman, Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace
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    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Hail Hydra
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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    We continue forward in this challenge with the third year in our new millennium: the year 2002!!
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    The year 2002 in video games saw the release of many sequels and prequels in video games, such as Madden NFL 2003, NBA Live 2003, NBA 2K3, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, Final Fantasy XI, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Jet Set Radio Future, Metroid Prime, Onimusha 2, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pro Evolution Soccer 2, Resident Evil and Zero, Super Mario Sunshine, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, along with new titles and franchises such as Battlefield, Dungeon Siege, Kingdom Hearts, Mafia, Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper, SOCOM, and Splinter Cell.

    The year's best-selling video game was Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for the PlayStation 2, while the year's most critically acclaimed titles were Metroid Prime and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for the GameCube.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    2002 is here, I'm fourteen years-old, I'm in the 8th grade, and while my country has lost its damn mind, my own life is going relatively well.
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    Now, I have been foolish in that I never upgraded my portable console, sticking with the Gameboy for a full decade, when I could have upgraded it to a Gameboy Pocket or Gameboy Color, but I am now ready to jump to the next piece of hardware... Next year. While I could certainly grab a GBA in 2002, in 2003 we get the GBA SP and that is tantalizing enough to kick the can for another year...

    That said, my household, per the year 2002, has a Gameboy, a Gamecube, a personal computer, a personal laptop, a PSX, and a SNES.
    GAMES
    OCT 2002 -- Okay, so, I came really close to burning this slot on Dance Dance Revolution: Konamix for the PSX. My friends at the time were huge into DDR and hey, its a fun game! It also provides a decent workout! And that's where I have to think on it to a greater degree and where it ultimately disqualifies itself. Where I was living, within my home, was on the second floor, and there is no way in heaven or hell that my dad would tolerate the noise this game would generate in our home. Could I simply move the PSX downstairs? Sure, but I'd have to plug it into our primary TV, which my parents would be using... So, no PSX DDR for ol' Zonugal. We instead shift to grabbing a PC title and the biggest computer game of this year, for me, would easily be Warcraft III. But at this point I am well aware of Blizzard's pattern, so I will wait a year to grab the inevitable battle chest the following year that'll come with the expansion. Now, even with another RTS on the horizon, 2002 would let me grab Age of Empire II with its expansion. But, what if I instead grabbed Age of Empire set in the Star Wars universe?! That's right, in 2002 we're in prequel Star Wars territory and even with the quality of those movies I'm all in on the franchise. I happily request Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds - Saga and enjoy good ol' fashion RTS nonsense with Gungans and Wookies.
    DEC 2002 -- This Christmas we're finally adding a dedicated single player experience to the Gamecube in the form of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It sports a fun aesthetic and is going to provide a solid adventure experience that I think will age incredibly well.
    DEC 2002 -- Now, at this point I am potentially a bit jealous of my friends who have grabbed an Xbox because of the Halo of it all. We have to attempt to level the playing field with our own party-centric first-person-shooter and, y'all, the best option on the Gamecube releases this year: TimeSplitters 2. This game sports a lot of stuff via modes, levels, characters, weapons, and more. This game even has a map creator! And while Halo is a very concentrated and focused experience, Timesplitters lets you run away from a monkey on fire while you fire a Tommygun. That's quality gaming right there.
    Zonugal's Personal Game Library
    - Gameboy: Donkey Kong '94, Final Fantasy Legend II, Kirby's Dream Land 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Gold, Tetris
    - Gamecube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Super Smash Bros.: Melee, TimeSplitters 2
    - MS-DOS: Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood, Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, Star Control II, WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, Wing Commander
    - PSX: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Crash Bandicoot, CTR: Crash Team Racing, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions, Tekken 2, Tekken 3
    - SNES: Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy IV, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Gameboy, Super Mario World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    - Windows: Afterlife, Baldur's Gate, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Aftermath, Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Counterstrike, Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, The Dig, Fallout 2, Full Throttle, Half-Life: Game of the Year Edition, Half-Life: Counter-Strike, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Planescape: Torment, Quake, The Secret of Monkey Island: Enhanced Version, Starcraft, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds - Clone Campaigns, Team Fortress Classic

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