Throwback Thursday: Monkey Island

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Offt, it’s been a wee while since I’ve put one of these up…sorry! Yesterday I was checking out the free games given out every month by PS Plus, and to my delight January’s game is Day of the Tentacle. I missed this point and click adventure game the first time around, but I adored Lucas Art’s other adventure franchise, Monkey Island. If you have PS Plus I recommend you play the free remaster of Day of the Tentacle, whether you played it first time or not. It’s not too long (you can complete it in one sitting) and it’s a fantastic game.

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Throwback Thursday: Tomb Raider

In this series of posts I want to explore games from my past. In doing so I aim to not only highlight pieces of game history (good or bad), but also examine my personal relationship to gaming.

Since Tomb Raider, and by extension Lara Croft, is celebrating its 20th anniversary I thought it would be fitting to look at this famous series. I have a lot of fond memories of the games, and a lot of scary ones too.

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Throwback Thursday: Dreamcast and Sonic

In this series of posts I want to explore games from my past. In doing so I aim to not only highlight pieces of game history (good or bad), but also examine my personal relationship to gaming. In this post I want to focus on a games console celebrating its recent birthday.

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Last week the Sega Dreamcast celebrated its 17th anniversary, making it the perfect subject for this fortnight’s Throwback Thursday.

I actually never owned a Dreamcast, but my pal did and I remember the jealousy and wonder I felt towards it. I didn’t own a Playstation at this time, I was still playing games on my SNES. To my little eyes the Dreamcast was incredible -I couldn’t believe it existed.

I have a memory of playing the Dreamcast at my friend’s house and the game of choice was Sonic Adventure. If you never played this game, or don’t remember, let me fill you in on what made it so good: you could walk about the city. Not jump from platform to platform. Actually walk about an actual virtual, 3D city. If I thought the console itself was fantastic, then you can imagine how my mind was blown by this game.

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Throwback Thursday: Spyro the Dragon

In this series of posts I want to explore games from my past. In doing so I aim to not only highlight pieces of game history (good or bad), but also examine my personal relationship to gaming. In this post I want to focus on possible one of my favourite games of all time: Spyro the Dragon

I honestly hadn’t thought about Spyro for years, until I noticed JackScepticEye was doing a lets play of Year of the Dragon, the third game in the Spyro franchise. Watching his video brought about some strong feelings in me. I played Year of the Dragon and its predecessor, Gateway to Glimmer so much. So much. Seeing that first world just instantly brought back memories of sitting in front of my Playstation, happily controlling the little dragon. I was shocked I had temporarily forgotten his existence.

As I mentioned above, Spyro was, and possibly still is, one of my favourite games. I loved the environment, all the worlds you could visit; I loved Spyro himself; I loved the NPCs and their ridiculous problems; I loved everything about these games. These were also the first console games I ever completed by myself, an achievement I was incredibly proud of.

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You have no idea. My dad still repeats this voice line to me.

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Throwback Thursday: Pokemon

In this series of posts I want to explore games from my past. In doing so I aim to not only highlight pieces of game history (good or bad), but also examine my personal relationship to gaming. In this post I want to focus on one of my great gaming loves: Pokemon.

Pokemon. It’s a piece of the pop culture puzzle that defines my generation. “Only 90s kids will get this!!!” But in all seriousness, I couldn’t write about games that have define my personal history without talking about Pokemon. The fact that it’s once again surging in popularity only makes this topic even more fitting.

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