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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Video Game Spotlight - Before Your Time: 25 Super Years To Reflect On

        Gather round folks! Today I am going to
give you a look into my past and make myself feel old. My only hope is that I make many feel the same or perhaps make you realize that your still just a boy. Some of yous might laugh some of yous might just have this comb straight through your hair.

        This may come as a surprise, but this year marked the 25th Anniversary of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. That's right! You heard me right! You are so old you probably already found you first gray pube! The SNES replaced the previous 8-bit consoles in 1991 with a revolutionary 16 bit and extinguished all that came before within all of three years and to this day the Super Nintendo is still widely regarded as one of the best platforms to every hit the market.

        Now, it might surprise you that I was only born in 1993. However, on the south side of Chicago, everything came a little late if you were lucky to get it at all. Luckily, my mother busted her ass to not only support us but to go above and beyond to make sure we had the best of everything, even if it wasn't always the most prompt.

         Between our mother and our father we had immense collections of Hot Wheels, WWF Figures, Superhero Figures, Comic Books, VHS Tapes, CDs, Sporting Equipment, Skateboards and Bikes, Video Games, and everything else we has our sights set on. Again, it wasn't because we had money it was because of mentality. They bought us the best because it was dependable, because they knew it would last us decades. We treated our possessions properly and we were rewarded with as much as they could put together. So, was it a surprise when we got these things? Actually, yeah. We didn't always get everything we wanted but they did come in clutch. This was one of those times we were surprised.

        When I was four my mother surprised me and my brother who was seven at the time, with a Super Nintendo Entertainment System. She started us off with three games including Super Mario World, Scooby-Doo, and Hook. Myself, my brother older brother Patrick and at the time my only of eventually four brothers as well as my cousin Samantha sank months of game time into Super Mario World. I had my first case of 'Rage Quit' with Hook and my first "this is bullshit" with Scooby-Doo, which at the time seemed like a game that was designed to lead you in circles. This was definitely not the first time I played video games as I played my uncle Rick's Mario Bros and Duck Hunt as well as my uncle Luis' Dr. Mario and plenty of others long before this, but it certainly would be far from my last.

        I became so infatuated with this console that I went from playing Street Fighter with my sister, to hours of "next match' and "later". I became obsessed with beating the system. It was not the video games I was obsessed with, I had plenty of other ways of enjoying my time. However, I found a special joy when I figured out the ways to conquer these games by using their own features against themselves. Yeah, I'm hardcore that way and all you '40 Bombers' need to get on my level.

        From there I went on to bigger and better things with Aladdin, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Mortal Kombat, and everything I could get my paws on. My passion for video games grew with each generation of platforms. It all started with this console and today, I own more video games than anybody I know and have no plans on stopping anytime soon.

        I'm sure I'm not the only one who the SNES influenced and hell this system will likely continue to be a defining experience for gamers of all ages. Regardless of age if you have no idea what the fuck i am talking about then you are the definition of a 'Noob" at its finest.

        Thanks for taking this journey down nostalgia lane with me and don't forget to leave a comment down below with your experience of the SNES, share this with those you know who can relate using the social media buttons just above the comments section, subscribe by email for notifications of our future entries, and check out our other stuff along the side bar to your left.

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Written & Edited by, Jack Flowers

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