As I said in a previous thread, the way I got into Sony PlayStation after my decade long Nintendo fan boy-ism was through Dance Dance Revolution. But that wasn’t the only thing that kept me playing the PlayStation. It was mainly the Rhythm game genre that got me into the PS1. As much as I wanted to stay faithful to the Big N, Nintendo didn’t have any rhythm games, yet. Even though I got into DDR first, I would eventually work my way through playing other rhythm games such as Beat Mania and the NaNaOnSha games. NaNaOnSha were the guys behind Parappa the Rapper, the first big hit in the Rhythm genre. Then came a sequel called Um Jammer Lammy. Then came an obscure game that didn’t get a release in the US, Vib Ribbon… Continue reading
As you may have seen from a yesterday’s post, I picked up a GameBoy Pocket with a copy of GameBoy Gallery and Adventure Island. Well I’ve been playing it a lot yesterday and today, and I’ll have to say I’m pretty impressed with it!
I have no idea how this came to mind, but remember those water games back in the eighties…?
Yeah, for some odd reason, I reminded myself of these games. It’s simply a tank of water, a pump, some plastic rings and a set of hooks. The game is really simple, it’s a skill game where you press the button and depending on how hard you press the button the rings will get launched with an air bubble and you hope that you can get some rings on the hooks. Very similar to those ring toss games at fun fairs, except this is done with water, and made to look as if it’s a faux video game.
Ring-Toss was the most common Tomy water game that I used to see in the eighties and early nineties.
There were a few Tomy Water games based on actual video games.
There are plenty of Water Games that were not made by Tomy that took a lot of their ideas
I never owned any of the water games back as a kid, however in 1997, I received this GameBoy shaped water game, with shower gel inside, at Christmas; along with my copy of Lylat Wars on the N64, and a second controller. Made by Grosvenor, not Tomy, the game was pretty the classic ring toss game of old, except this time there were two pumps. These were on the A and B buttons on the GameBoy shaped water game (the d-pad is just decoration), the B button would control a pump on the left hand side of the screen, and the A button would control the pump on the right hand side of the screen. So yeah, Ring toss with two pumps! Well, at the time, with my N64 and all, a Water Game wasn’t terribly exciting, and the most use that it ever got was to use it’s generic smelling shower gel. But if I got this as a kid of 6 years old I would’ve loved the damn thing!
For some reason I wanted one as a kid, but never asked for it… Maybe there was just some toy I wanted over the Water game that I got instead, but I just look at these with rose tinted eyes and remember the late eighties and early nineties… UPDATE: After talking to Focus from the GameGavel forums about water games, he told me that he has one on his iPhone, so after a bit of searching, low and behold, there’s a water game app you can get on iOS and Android… Crazy… It’s fortunate that it’s free, I wouldn’t pay for it! >:P
|Water Bubble Ring Toss for Android…|
|Water Bubble Ring Toss of iOS…|
Not only were there advertisements on TV to inform us about what game to buy next, but there were TV shows about gaming. Be it either shows about a certain game such as the Super Mario Super Show, or a show that reads out reviews and challenges it’s audience to games such as Games Master.
|4 March 1923 – 9 December 2012
Rest In Peace Games Master!
“To be this good takes Sega” was a set of adverts I really remember well with it’s crazy mechanical and robotic themes with a dude living inside a huge American eighteen wheeler lorry. As much as I was a Nintendo Fan Boy at the time, they used to show these adverts a lot in the early nineties.
I got into reading gaming magazines when I saw a cover of Nintendo Magazine System with Super Mario Land 2 on the front of it, I had to have it! I needed to know what the next Mario game is like, and just as I saw this Magazine cover, this advert appeared on TV around the same time in winter of 1992. Just the crazy look on Wario’s face in this advert made Wario Mario’s next big enemy!
Sony’s “Double Life” TV ad in 1998 is by far, the darkest, but powerful advert I’ve seen, that makes people know that as much as society has a habit of labelling gamers as antisocial individuals, we have witnessed a form of art they are not aware of…
“Up to 6 Billion Players” was the slogan Sega used for their adverts when the Dreamcast started to release Online games such as Chu-Chu Rocket, Phantasy Star Online and a bunch of Football and sports games.
With the internet age on our hands, at least I don’t need adverts to tell me what game to get, websites, blogs, podcasts and game news and reviews can be seen on the web. However in Part 2 of “Before the Internet”, I’ll be blogging about TV shows about video games in the early nineties.