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Where the 15 Minutes of Fame Never End
I’ve been playing a lot of MLB the Show lately, and it’s left me yearning for my past. In fact, I am certainly here to talk about the past. The past of great video games. I still remember the dark and rainy day in like 1995 when I got my PSOne. I played the demo disk until my hands were calloused. I loved every goddamn second of it. Crash Bandicoot was better than Mario on every single level. Taking down Dr. Neo Cortex? Are you kidding me? He was a mad scientist absolutely hellbent on ruining your shit, but Crash found a way to prevail every time. Tekken, Tekken 2, Tekken 3. Get out of here. I’d take that Big Three over the Celtics Big Three right now. It’d be too much fun.
Remember PSOne sports games? I’m talking about Gameday 98. Triple Play 2000. NBA Live games with Luc Longley. Hell, you had to dedicate an ENTIRE MEMORY CARD just to save the season mode in Gameday 99. This, of course, was a tall price to pay, but it was most definitely worth it to take the Pats to the promised land. Bledsode to Shawn Jefferson all day. At the same time, having to clear my memory card everytime I got this itch motivated me to go and beat Tekken 2 another five thousand times. Paul Phoenix was an American hero in the King of the Iron Fist Tournament; a poor man’s Apollo Creed. So the next time you go and fork over $64.00 for a masterpiece like another fucking Halo game, just remember it will never be as fun as these games were.