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  • 5 weeks later...

Back on topic, I picked up a few gamecube memory cards and plugged them in for the first time today.

Apart from having a million saves from loads of different (and often top notch) choice of games, it does also include the dates of many of the last time they were played. I've included a few pictures below.

It's just a bit weird to have someone elses effort on this little memory card, which hasnt been given any attention for a decade!


21/12/2005 - right before christmas ten years ago...

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Nostalgia with video games can be a killer sometimes. At the moment I seem to be reminiscing about a certain age in my life (around 1985-87) and I’m thinking of the games I used to play with my best friend from that time. And I think “wouldn’t it be great to catch up with him, play some Spectrum and C64 games”. Unfortunately he seems to have completely disappeared off the face of the planet, well there’s no trace of him when I search on Google or any social media platform. 

 

So I play Barry McGuigan’s Boxing in one player and raise a glass to him, wherever that crazy bastard is now....

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3 hours ago, gone fishin' said:

 

So I play Barry McGuigan’s Boxing in one player and raise a glass to him, wherever that crazy bastard is now....

 

Ah man. That’s kinda sad!

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I remember a random old episode of a podcast where one of the presenters talked about installing the original Quake 3 around 2010, entering a game and realising it was just two teams of bots and he was the only human player on the server. He then stated freaking out, wondering how long the server had been left running and how long the bots had been fighting endless team deathmatches... 

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On 12/07/2019 at 18:08, gone fishin' said:

Nostalgia with video games can be a killer sometimes. At the moment I seem to be reminiscing about a certain age in my life (around 1985-87) and I’m thinking of the games I used to play with my best friend from that time. And I think “wouldn’t it be great to catch up with him, play some Spectrum and C64 games”. Unfortunately he seems to have completely disappeared off the face of the planet, well there’s no trace of him when I search on Google or any social media platform. 

 

So I play Barry McGuigan’s Boxing in one player and raise a glass to him, wherever that crazy bastard is now....

 

Yep I relate to that kind of. My mate from that era is still around but he now lives in Australia (has done for many years). He popped back over to the UK recently which was great.... Mad days of Spectrum gaming relived.

 

He no longer plays games though... I was tempted to bring the Switch along to our meetup and show him an arcade perfect port of R-Type on that! :) Might have tempted him back over.... 

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I recently had something of epiphany with respect to gaming - in particular retro gaming of late.

 

I think we keep all our old stuff or crave older games and tech to cling on to memories of the past. Its almost we like to have a physical manifestation that we can touch in the hopes it will transform us back. Those memories will always be there. The first time you fired up something amazing. The visit to the arcades to see the latest and greatest games. 

 

I realised this. This is why I recently sold almost all of my old retro games and machines. I say almost because I still have a mini SNES (to play some of the games I never did back in the day) and a mini NES (again I never owned one back in the day and am playing catch up).

 

It feels kind of liberating and I'm creating new memories on my Switch and these mini consoles. 

 

What I think has gone today is the sense of socialism in gaming - where you sit on a couch together grab some beers/food and chat together whether playing against each other or as an observer. Online loses this as much as facebook does with catching up with friends.

 

So the Switch with its joy cons and split screen play is bringing that back a little.... and. I like it. :) 

 

Moving to a new city soon. There is a retro / gaming bar there. I will be frequenting. Creating new memories.... like the human connection in gaming. Online just doesn't cut it for me. 

 

And yes still crap at gaming in general but enjoy the challenge. Outrun on Switch tonight. :) 

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On 15/07/2019 at 17:11, MattyP said:

I recently had something of epiphany with respect to gaming - in particular retro gaming of late.

 

I think we keep all our old stuff or crave older games and tech to cling on to memories of the past.

 

I have to agree with this! My old games connect me to the past and I like to maintain that connection. Is it sad that a lot of my happy memories are centred on videogames? So, even with my modern 4k HDR tv I still have ALL my consoles connected up. Being able to fire up a PS1 game in a few seconds somehow keeps the memories more alive and more real. 

Playing Timesplitters with my newborn daughter asleep on my lap.
Ico (and many other games) with my wife.

Quake II on the PS1 with my sister and her boyfriend.
Endless Tekken with a room full of student friends.
A Christmas playing Final Fantasy VII.

My mum watching me play Tombraider. 
And now my two daughters and hours upon hours of Mario Kart. 

 

Is that just me?

(Before you worry too much, I don't just play video games, and I do have other pleasant memories!)

 

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As we move into more digital games, I really appreciate the physicality of my really old games. Picking up a Spectrum game box, reading the instructions (which are often either non-existent, hilariously awful or in such small writing that I struggle to read, even with my glasses) and I’m totally taken back to that time in my youth. 

 

I also get get a similar feeling from reading old magazines, reading the reviews and previews and remembering when I looked forward to my monthly copy of Sinclair User (or later, Your Sinclair).

 

One of the games that captures a bit of that is Retro Game Challenge in the Nintendo DS, as you completed a game’s challenge, the months would progress and you’d get a copy of a magazine hyping up an upcoming game (which you’d eventually unlock) as well as giving tips for games that came out a few months previously (so you’d go back to the games you unlocked and try out the hints!). What was brilliant was how the games “improved” and progressed over time, the graphics and gameplay becoming more sophisticated. Although it was set in Japan in the 80s, it totally brought back that sort of feeling of when I was that age (and that you and your friend were lying on the floor playing the games, something I see my son and his friend doing).

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I’ve gotten back into Lylat Wars the last few days. Played it to completion, and it gives you leaderboards at the end. There’s still high scores saved on the battery backup of that cartridge that my friend and I put up over 20 years ago. It was quite poignant seeing it. He used to live at the top of my parents road and we’d always hang out along with our brothers. I’ve barely seen either him or his brother in about 18 years, only in passing, we just drifted apart after school ended. Next time I bump into him I’ll let him know about it.

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1 hour ago, phillv85 said:

I’ve gotten back into Lylat Wars the last few days. Played it to completion, and it gives you leaderboards at the end. There’s still high scores saved on the battery backup of that cartridge that my friend and I put up over 20 years ago. It was quite poignant seeing it. He used to live at the top of my parents road and we’d always hang out along with our brothers. I’ve barely seen either him or his brother in about 18 years, only in passing, we just drifted apart after school ended. Next time I bump into him I’ll let him know about it.

 

This is exactly what this thread is all about.

 

In a similar, more up to date version of this, a friend of mine passed away in 2016 who loved videogames.  His name is first on my friends list alphabetically and periodically I still compare our trophies and lament all the games and fun and joy he's missed out on in the last 4 years.

 

 

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48 minutes ago, Droo said:

 

This is exactly what this thread is all about.

 

In a similar, more up to date version of this, a friend of mine passed away in 2016 who loved videogames.  His name is first on my friends list alphabetically and periodically I still compare our trophies and lament all the games and fun and joy he's missed out on in the last 4 years.

 

 

 

Oh man, that really tugs at the heart strings. What a sad, but incredibly beautiful way to remember your friend. 

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On 20/09/2020 at 09:27, phillv85 said:

I’ve gotten back into Lylat Wars the last few days. Played it to completion, and it gives you leaderboards at the end. There’s still high scores saved on the battery backup of that cartridge that my friend and I put up over 20 years ago. It was quite poignant seeing it. He used to live at the top of my parents road and we’d always hang out along with our brothers. I’ve barely seen either him or his brother in about 18 years, only in passing, we just drifted apart after school ended. Next time I bump into him I’ll let him know about it.

Similar to this - I traded in a load of old games that I was never going to play a few weeks back. Some of the cases had hand written passwords, cheats etc that my younger brother had written when he was 10 or so. Nostalgia overload!*

 

 

 

*I binned the lot. 

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