Every kid that grew up in the 1990s holds some nostalgia for the things they loved during that time. For me it was Saturday morning cartoons. I had just gotten into anime after watching sailor Moon and was intrigued by the idea behind Pokémon. Pokémon featured portal pocket monsters that a trainer could hunt and collect to battle against Pokémon. The series is still running strong with new characters, songs, and challenges for the characters to endure.
The Legend of Zelda published by Nintendo and created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka in 1986. The series follows the hero Link, and his quest to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon or also known as Ganondorf. Link must travel through the kingdom of Hyrule to collect the pieces of the triforce to summon the wisdom, courage, and power to defeat Ganon. Below is my intimal reaction to seeing the 2016 E3 trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds.
For every arcade fanatic Wreck-It Ralph and Ralph Breaks the Internet focuses on characters from vintage arcade games such as Sugar Rush Racing and Fix-it Felix are not games that exist outside of the movies franchise but are insured by Nintendo’s Donley King and Capcom’s Need for Speed Racing. There are references to real games throughout the film such as Pacman, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
While watching Mat pat’s GT Live channel on YouTube; I discovered a dark fantasy jump scare game called Five Night’s at Freddy’s. The game takes place in a pizzeria like a Chuck E. Chesses. The game focus is to survive five nights as a security guard while avoiding the reanimated puppets. Scott Cavthon created the series and is now a famous indie game creator for the series.
During the last few years the media has been focused on bringing comic books to the big screen. This has extended to new comics and video games being created based on the heroes and villains we grew up reading about. Due to the new release of Spider-man, PlayStation created a new video game based around the famous web swinger.
Uncharted is a series created by Naughty Dog, the first game in the series was released in 2007, created by the same game developers behind the infamous Crash Bandicoot Series, Jak and Daxter, and The Last of Us. Each game was ahead of its time, proving that they didn’t fear taking risks to offer a challenging platformer series that their fans would enjoy with rich characters, diverse realms, and an engaging storyline.
Recently, indie video game companies have created stunning animation and game design making them a competition against other gaming companies. Some are based on fears we have as children, while others take a page out of the history books. There are some who theorize the game, Bendy and the Ink Machine, is based on the feud Walt Disney had with Iwerks, a fellow animator while others see it as a tribute to how dark cartoons can become.
When I was growing up, I was introduced to point and click computer games. Many schools used these games for educational and entertainment purposes. For many these games were an introduction to gaming creating a love for other gaming consoles. Broken Age is a point and click game on the Playstation and Windows making many recall the style of games my generation grew up on.
Crash Bandicoot is one of Sony’s most popular franchises. Many wondered if they saw the success of Sega’s usage of a loveable mascot by having Sonic the Hedgehog and wanted to profit the same commercial success. They drew inspiration from Australia–New Guinea with bandicoots.
I have always enjoyed fighting games from Capcom, and at first, I believed the series was just that. A hack/slash game set in the universe of humans fighting demons. After playing the game, you get engrossed with the turmoil the characters are going through and you want the story to unfold further. Having siblings of my own, I understand the rift between them and the desire to mend fences. Family values are important to all the characters, showing it to either be a crutch or your salvation.