Gaming’s Gateway Drugs: Ancient Edition

But you don’t need to look further than the excellent 2007 documentary “The King of Kong” to see just how big an impact the game had on gamers when it came out. The simple fact that grown men were in a cutthroat battle for the world record score over 25 years after its release (and still to this day) is a testament to that.


Grown men have altered their lives over this

Ah, and don’t forget that this was Shigeru Miyamoto’s very first project. Not bad, if we do say so ourselves. This is obviously not the last time you’ll hear of him in this article.


This is easily one of the most replayable games to ever see the light of day. As if millions of dollars made one quarter at a time weren’t enough, Namco sees fit to release this game in one form or another on seeming every console and portable device ever. This would only be a problem if it wasn’t fun to play every single time.


Wakka wakka wakka

From collections of other Namco classics to the visually stunning Championship Edition (and even the Google logo, fer crissakes!), having fun eating dots and dodging ghosts will probably live on forever. Until video games are inevitably banned by our cyborg alien overlords and humanity is driven to slave labor mining precious xyqrzium to fuel their ships, that is.


Just about the only place Pac-Man wasn’t fun was on the Atari 2600, but minus the fact that the horrid port helped fuel the great video game crash of ’83 it’s OK. Because there was Pitfall!, dammit.


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Readers Comments (9)

  1. I’m a newer gamer. I started playing PC during the fourth gen, but didn’t get a console until the fifth gen. I was an N64 guy then. I still love the classics, though, especially the Zelda games. My favorite is A Link to the Past for the SNES.

  2. I started out playing NES and SNES. I’m dissapointed with the new gamers, because they probably haven’t experienced “true gaming”.

    They get too excited by saying “I finished Halo 3 on legendary mode”. Well, I could beat Super Contra on hard mode when I was five, how about that?.

    I guess my point is: being a gamer and how each person sees himself as a “gamer” totally depends on the generation one started playing. So, I would never ever call someone who plays iphone games a true gamer.

    Anyway, pretty much any snes game would be an excellent entry point to gaming.

  3. I started out with Intellivision, still love Night Stalker. Later on though, Megaman 2 and Final Fantasy 6 would further inspire my gaming needs.

  4. TraumaticTighearnan September 26, 2010 @ 12:55

    You just named every loved retro game there is.. I was expecting games from this generation.. =P

  5. @Traumatic — This is part one of a three-part feature. The newest games will be in the last part. 😉

  6. I miss those games. Especially the Atari games. I still have my NES though and I still play with it. I still haven’t been able to beat Mike Tyson. 18 freaking years and I still get my behind handed to me by a pixelated Mike Tyson. Also, my version of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out is the original version.

    I still play all my favorite games. Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man 2, Ninja Gaiden, Batman, Super Mario bros.1&3, Castlevania 1&3, Double Dragon II, Blaster Master, Punch Out, Battletoads, Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck and many others.

  7. @Dreamer_Lion
    I agree with you completely. The thing is that games now are just way too easy (seriously, even on “hard” mode). Also, game developers put so many training wheels like regenerating health, auto saves, checkpoints after every step you take etc. The only game that could compare to old games is Demon’s Souls (my personal favorite game this generation). Before, it was obligated to not get hit (especially the “1 hit and you’re dead” types of games) and not waste any of your lives. Now its just spawn at the last checkpoint after losing.

  8. Sega Master as a gateway drug… ’nuff said.

  9. TraumaticTighearnan September 27, 2010 @ 11:25

    @Joe Ahh, I see.. Apologies xD

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