Video Game History Month
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Letter from the Editor
Welcome to our second annual Video Game History Month, GameSpot's celebration of the people, games, events, and hardware that have shaped our industry. It was rewarding to see the warm reception and positive feedback last year's kickoff got, so we're building on that with some fun, new content to hopefully get you talking and reminiscing about games. Games continue to move into popular culture and take their rightful place as a form of entertainment that's as ubiquitous as television shows, movies, and music. Look at our industry, and you'll find it's easy to draw parallels between all of these mediums. We've got popcorn flicks, action movies, cerebral experiences to make you think, and everything in between--why shouldn't the games industry be celebrated? So check back with us this month and take some time to reflect on why games are awesome.
Just as we did last year, on Thursdays we'll be putting up video pieces that look back at some key games, people, events, and hardware from the history of games. On Fridays you'll find features that look at an assortment of random highlights from game history. New this year will be a weekly retro Now Playing and a retro edition of Super Button Mashing, where we'll revisit the games and consoles of yesteryear. We'll also be dropping some surprises via GameSpot's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
We hope you like this year's virtual celebration of games and chime in with your own memories. It's going to be a fun month and a great way to lead in to this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo!
Ricardo Torres, Editor in Chief
Oh boy I am going to remember this forever :) This is one of the coolest things Gamespot has ever done, not to say they video reviewed the dreamcast and NES, :)
This should become a regular feature. There's no need to stop now. So many great machines and games need more mention and game franchises, who remembers wonder boy? Retro gaming is still a big thing for a lot of people including my self. Sure i love ps3 and xbox 360. But nothing quite beats the charm of some of the 8 bit and 16 bit games. Some of the franchises that should have been but fizzled out before they had the chance, Golvellius anyone?
Glad to see the Dreamcast get some love, and of course Tomb Raider had to be showcased..but Gamespot...one word, one game. Shenmue. =)
This has been a great feature. You guys have been doing a great job and maybe you should think about making it permanent.
please keep this editorial going for 1 more month! awesome work guys, lots of interesting pieces and videos =)
I LOVE all of the old school games, they're so much more fun to play then the games they come out with nowadays. I play my old school games all of the time. Like today I was playing Ninja Gaiden on my laptop and I FINALLY made it to the bosses at the end of the game. I might finally be able to "beat"(by using save states) the game after playing it for over 20 years. I just got done beating The Lost Levels(All 13 worlds) and now I'm halfway through SMB2. I also recently was finally able to beat Frankenstein in Castlevania(Damn Igor) You just can't go wrong with old school games, ever. Most of the games that come out today, people only play through them once and never bother to play through them again(Mostly because it's such a chore with a lot of games today being at least 20-30 in length) I've played through LoZ more times than I can count, and it's just as fun as now as it was the very first time I played it(Over 22 years ago) As for a more recent games that I've played through numerous times? I can't think of a single one. I know I can't be the only person that thinks this way. BTW Izzy & Matt, yes the game is Altered Beast.
Could you guys start uploading videos again? I don't really like the pictures you've been giving us. Like how about a Zombie video? Or a 3D video?
@ Gruug well of course the past is not the future... daaa... but in the past you can find original ideas, original gameplay, and tons of other stuff. plus history reapeats itself so it is good to take looks in the past often. and also side scrolling prespective isnt/wasnt a technology that fought against 3d. neither is past gaming trend. some of the best games ever comes to side scrolling (like castlevania series) and dont get me started on the mobile gaming... side scroll has low budget and allows poor gaming companies/programmers to take a shot. and yeah back then you had like 10 games to choose from and 8 of them was 8/10 and above...
2D side scrolling games were ok when we were dying to have 3D shooter and simulations that we could not have. Now that we can have them, why go backwards. The whole "past" gaming trend is great to look at as a perspective for the future of gaming but it is not THE future of gaming.
Old School Rules, it always will, like dawnofhero said there just something magical about games from the 80's & 90's. Most games these days bore me. When I think about playing a older game like Zelda II : The Adventure of Link, I get an Adrenaline Rush. Also I would love to see SEGA take another crack at making a Video Game System .....
I think anything from the 80s and 90s has magic that can't compare to modern games. Sure there are fun games now with fancy new tech, but there's just something endearing about those 'old timer' systems. I think I'll buy a NES for starters.
I like this episode .... this is a good new way of taking us back in time. I love it and i encourage it :)
The Dreamcast was my first online experience on a console. Playing Phantasy Star Online was a blast..staying up at all hours of the night. Shenmue, was a original, some ground break material for its time...fun story..and graphics were ahead of its time. I wish I could re-live those moments.
I liked the Gamecube more then the Dreamcast, don't get me wrong I love the dreamcast but the my black lunch box is where its at
miss the dreamcast and even the saturn...sigh,yea i was a diehard sega fan...but i love reading this stuff :P
ima slap the person who told me tooo sell my sega DC and PS1 i miss'em not like ps3 is worth playing at the min :/