There might be a few people who think this post belongs in the misc off topic board, but please hear out my story....
I am a 29 year old Australian that grew up either in front of the TV playing my Master System and Mega Drive/Genesis and Saturn or trying to get down to my local arcade to line up and throw down my $1 to have a crack at Mortal Kombat, Samurai Showdown, X-Men, TMNT and in later years Virtua Fighter, Dungeons and Dragons and Daytona. To me, these are the golden years of gaming. It was when arcades and home consoles shared the same purpose. To give us that feeling that only those who were there at the time could understand. I do not believe words can describe the feeling you got when put that $1 (or quarter) or when you had your mates around and you managed to win 4 or 5 fights in a row at Street Fighter II.
Fast forward 15 - 20 years and arcades are now full of ticket machines where you can win some out of date mp3 player with only the occasional Time Crisis or Tekken machine in the corner and games at home mean nothing more than running with your finger on the trigger. Don't get me wrong I love my modern consoles and the feeling of exterminating those terrorist with a shotgun blast to the head, but it's no longer the golden era of my gaming experience.
So...... I would like to share with you my latest discovery (although I am sure many of you are already aware) of reliving my child hood years. I have recently come across a few sites that offer retro gaming magazines and let me tell you it was a flood of great memories that came rushing back. As I started scrolling through the pages I also realised how much the gaming magazine industry has changed as well. Today's magazines although still offer reviews, previews top 10's etc just feel too computerized compared the magazines of yester year. For example when or if you can, grab yourself a copy of one of the late 80's - early 90's Nintendo Power Magazines. Although there are screen shots of games (a necessity) there is also so much hand drawn art and comic strips and and so much more of a personal feel to them. I remember you would get your monthly magazines and treat it like a bible. I have nephews that are mad little gamer grommets but they don't care about magazines, they just go online and watch someone on YouTube do a walk through. So.... I highly recommend to all of you if you have not already done so, get on Google and do a search for some of those great gaming magazines of your child hood. I must admit there has been no greater feeling in my recent video game life when I read through one of the Sega magazines and saw a review for Vectorman. I read the review and after that had the biggest urge to go play it and conquer it.... And I did. Those few hours I spent playing Vectorman were heightened 300% all because of that review from all those years ago.... It was that feeling you got when you first read a review on a great game and you made it your mission and you would not stop until you had that game cartridge in your system ready to be played for hours and hours either by yourself or with all your friends around cheering you on.
PLEASE don't get the impression I am putting the gaming industry of today down, I just feel as though we have lost something very special and although we may not get it back, there is a way we can take a trip down memory lane and remember all the good times.