Magic. It was pure magic.
I wish a camcorder had been facing me as my Sega Saturn powered up for the first time—I was a sight to see, let me tell you. In fact, there have been only a few other moments in my life when I have squealed as hard as I did. One of them being when I saw Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys in concert for the first time, and the other when Alistair gave me a rose in Dragon Age: Origins.
When those beautiful, sweet mid-nineties graphics came to life on my TV screen I started jumping up and down like a little kid does upon seeing his/her very first ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese. Guys, I was spazzing so hard I couldn’t even pay attention to what was going on in the game. All I remember was there was a dude named Edge, an empire, some ancient creature called a “beast” aaand…that’s pretty much it.
Y’know, maybe it’s just the giddiness talking right now, but new consoles? PSH. Who needs them? I mean, new hardware represents the industry becoming more innovative and moving forward—and trust me, I’m all for that–but I would be perfectly content if this console generation lasted another five years or so. Not only are there enough games on current-gen platforms to last me until I’m 80, but more importantly I feel there are so many worthwhile experiences to be had on umpteen-year-old consoles.
I tried explaining this to a younger cousin of mine—a dude who popped his gaming cherry with the 360—and he, in turn, tried explaining to me that he can’t stand the sight of “older and pointy 3D graphics”.
Sigh. Younger gamers tend to be so jacked up about the graphics and horsepower behind the PS3 and 360 that it’s not surprising most would scoff at the idea of touching a console over 17 years old. But can you blame them? If you hadn’t been brought up in the NES/SNES era, but in this powerhouse era of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, you wouldn’t have lived in a time when “earth shattering” graphics were considered those of the PlayStation or Nintendo 64. To some of us, those 8, 16 and 32-bit graphics are timeless. Sure, they may strain the eye from time to time, but we APPRECIATE them. When we turn on an older console, we look at those chunky, blocky bad boys and reminisce; it takes us back to our childhood, DAMMIT!
Whew. I had to get that out.
Ahem. ANYWAY. Right. My first time with the Sega Saturn was beautiful. I anxiously await the next moment when I’m allowed to turn it on and press its buttons.