In the next entry, I get reminded of how much I liked using smileys back in the day, Haha :P (well, some habits do not go away I guess xD ) I always thought that smileys help in conveying emotion whenever typing in conversational tone. No matter how well written, interpretations can be many; the smiley helps in cutting down on those a little bit. Now that smileys and emoji are so much more common, they are reaching that point where even they can be ambiguous or cause misinterpretations. Well, whatever it is, EMBRACE THE SIMLEY!

This post recollects my fun times playing co-op 8-bit games with my brother, our quibbles and such. I also mention Felix The Cat, which I think gave me one of my first meditative experiences playing a game, just relaxing and enjoying, not chasing scores.

Me, My Bro, in those Glorious days.

Originally Posted – January 21, 2006 [ link ]

Well , we meet again. In this entry I would like to describe the special moments that I had while gaming in 8 Bit.

 I was actually very little (2nd grade) when my NES came to me, I and my bro always played together, as he had to set it up for me, and mostly when one played, the other watched and commented. My bro was a very good COMMENT-ator (if know u what I mean;)). He always would say “go this way, that way” and such things when he was watching, kinda like a back seat driver :D We instantly started with our 64 in 1 and enjoyed all games in it. Mario, as what u would expect, we liked very much and played a lot of; discovering all the secrets from the climbing bean stalks to the legendary one up tortoise :D

Awesomest Football game till date!

Awesomest Football game till date!

We would always play all the games with 2p, in 2p and CONTRA was what we mostly played in 2p (initially). The musics and SFXs are still stuck in our minds, even all the boss fights. We used to fight when one would die and immediately the other would take up the others Medal for an extra chance (usually me, afterwards saying, “ah I forgot”) :D I can say we played almost all the Contras ever made and completed all the NES ones. The thrill of finishing a game in one sitting is gone now a days. Other 2p player games that we enjoyed very much was TMNT3 which even now as I type I can recollect the sound effect of hitting BeBop continuously till he blinked red. We would fight together, one facing in each direction and clearing every one, but again fighting for the PIZZAs. River City Ransom and Double Dragon are also unforgettables. We also played Street Fighter, Twin Bee, WWF Steel Cage Challenge in 2p. Ah not to forget GOAL3! We saw that game somewhere and we were able to find it after many years when I was in 9th standard and we played it a lot. It’s a good Football Game with all those River City Ransom (type) characters with all fire kicks and such things, which was quite exciting! (no football game has matched such fun factor since then, all are Super REALISTIC now a days)

We fought over in many 1-Vs-1 fighting games, Co-Operatively planned and played Co-Op games. To mention all the 6-7 years of it is almost impossible.

Now onto my Single player ventures, I usually played NON-Horror games as they spook-ED me out those days, and I asked me bro to play games like Ghouls and Ghosts (I don’t remember the name), the one where the guys armor came off when he got hit and he had to save his girlfriend. The music was also very creepy. Not to forget JURRASIC PARK where in the intro the dinosaur opened its jaws and would salivate :? It’s music is one of my favs.

Such relaxing music and setting here.

Such relaxing music and setting here.

I, of course, completed Mario :D that was most proly the first one that I completed and then there was FELIX The Cat which I like very much. The concept of the game itself was nice and all the characters were also very nice. Even years later, all  of it’s musics are completely stuck in my brain. The stages in that all were very unique, sometimes I played only to get to some 7th or some stage where there was a boat stage which bounced very nicely and the next stage with snow. Now that’s called re-playability.

I liked Terminator2 game also very much (it’s the movie that I have seen the most times and NEVER got bored) The first stage was all exciting with jumping in synchronization to the Music, neither me nor my Bro could ever get past the third stage where the truck followed Terminator and we had to run in a bike, the truck always crushed us near a point.

I just looked at my collection to see what to say about next, each game reminded me some moments of fun and joy. But Its hard to recollect almost everything in one sitting. I will jump to the later stages of my 8-bit gaming and conclude it in the next entry which will surely come soon (not like the previous ones).

Kudos till then and have a nice time :D


 Well, one thing did change, I now put a space before starting a smiley! For some reason, never gave a space between the previous word and start of a smiley. Also, I think I mean  Adios, not Kudos in there, haha. We always called the Koopas in Mario as “Tortoise” as they were more common than Turtles in India. That Ghouls and Ghosts game is Ghosts ‘n Goblins in case you were wondering. Next to smileys, I really liked abbreviating You to U.

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