The phrase "back in the day" gets thrown around a lot in many genres, but not so much in gaming. If you were asked to reflect on your gaming experiences, what would be your "back in the day" gaming memory?
For me personally it would have to be when the hard choice was between the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation 1. Back then you had the new player on the block being Sony's PlayStation 1 (released 1994), and the established power-house of Nintendo releasing their new Nintendo 64 (released 1996).
For me it was no contest, because back then I was a Nintendo fan through and through (come on next gen console!). There were two key games that stood out for me on the Nintendo 64. The first was Super Mario 64. This game just blew me away, and must be mentioned because it could be its own "back in the day" story. It was easily the first real attempt at an open 3D platform game, and one of the reasons I was so strongly supportive of the of Nintendo 64 console.
The second would have to be GoldenEye 007. GoldenEye was great on its own merits. What really makes it a "back in the day" gaming memory for me though, was when my friends and I would set up both the PlayStation and Nintendo consoles in the same house. Five to ten guys in each room all with distinct views on which console was better, and which game.
In the Nintendo room was GoldenEye. It’s hard to imagine today, but back then we had four controllers playing split screen on a 34 cm television. Think about that, that's just over 13 inches. Most televisions now are easily 55 inches and that's no way a big TV. Everyone was so intently focused on playing multiplayer GoldenEye, that no one noticed or cared how small the screen was.
I would of course occasionally check out the other room and queue up for a turn on Mortal Kombat, and don't get me wrong, it was great. At the end though, I always regretted losing my place in the only queue that mattered, Nintendo 64 GoldenEye. "Back in the day" for sure!
GoldenEye 007 was my first introduction to co-op game play, and I believe it's why I love to play with friends online today. It will never be replicated to the same extent. This was a particular moment in time where I was still at school with all my childhood friends. In today's gaming environment of such choice and diversity, there must be groups of friends building similar gaming experiences across numerous scenarios of interaction.