Earlier this evening Keith and I were sitting on the couch. I was creeping around the internet, he was checking out some add-ons for one of his Xbox games.
I don’t really pay much attention when he plays but something caught my eye on the screen so I looked up for a minute. And started to think about how far video game graphics have come since we all started playing back in the 80’s.
I very vividly remembered the first game where the graphics blew my mind. I had to call my brother to get the name (which he surprisingly remembered!) but upon searching youtube for Ground Zero: Texas, I was taken back to the living room in my dad’s house the day we got Sega CD. It was one of the first games that used full motion video and was even directed by a Hollywood director. To say our minds were blown would be an understatement.
This started a whole conversation about consoles and games and favorites. For the record, my favorite Sega game was Road Rash III, but my favorite Nintendo game was absolutely, without a doubt, 100% A Boy and his Blob.
If you are not familiar with the game, your life sucks.
In the game you are the boy and your blob bops around following you wherever you run. He’s a little slow though so sometimes you have to wait a bit for him. His entire purpose is to turn into whatever you need and you accomplish this by throwing him jelly beans. Different flavored jelly beans turn him into different things (a hole in the ground, a trampoline, an umbrella, etc (except for the ketchup, those do nothing (like you would do anything for a ketchup flavored jelly bean?))) To get him to turn back into his blobby form and follow you again, you just give a little whistle.
The game is awesome. Incredibly weird, but still the best thing ever.
While searching for a video, I came across a video of a Wii version and I am 7 year old Katrina again, MIND BLOWN and now I need a Wii.