21 Jan 2008

Goodbye Old Friends...

Nothing makes you feel older than saying goodbye to comforts from the past. Today I had the horrible experience of listing my old games consoles on eBay. The fact that makes this worse is that I didn't even do it for money - the prices of old consoles are a mere fraction of what you'd originally pay and you're lucky to get over £5 for certain machines. No, I am falling victim to the old problem of junk, space and trying to be an adult. In fact, forget the adult thing because I'm not trying very hard. The real problem is that my childish interests seem to take up too much space and then they are neglected. My gaming is only part time these days anyway - there just isn't the time each day to game like I used to. Gone are the days of starting after dinner and playing through to three or four in the morning. Damn, I miss those days :(

So it was with great sadness that I bid farewell to Playstation One, Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo 64. The first two are already sold, I put on "Buy It Now" listings and they went like hotcakes. I have to be honest, I am still in two minds about the Nintendo 64 having spent an hour playing Perfect Dark. Sure, it's graphics aren't that impressive by modern standards and the gameplay isn't that smooth (even though it uses the Goldeneye game engine) - but it still brings back great gaming memories for me. It also boasts one of the most impressive soundtracks that I've heard - sounding like a mix of Blade Runneresque Hip Hop and high octane movie music. Sad as I am, I did download the full album and I'm listening to it now. Oh dear.

I never bonded that well with the Playstation but it's the only ever machine I've had chipped and had copied games for. I enjoyed GTA on it and Aliens ("Play with the lights turned down!") but I just never spent enough time on it. The Gamecube was a great little machine and luckily my Wii is backward compatible so I can play my favourites on that. The N64 I own still has Perfect Dark which I've mentioned and Beetle Adventure Racing (a great VW game that I enjoyed) and Lylat Wars - a StarFox game. I may end up removing that auction - the strange thing is that an N64 seems to sell for a price double that of the PSone and Gamecube - not bad for a console first released in the UK in March 1997.