It’s innovator vs. imitator. Name brand vs. knockoff. This is Clone Wars.
What is it about being dropped off on a deserted island, forced into serfdom, and doing menial labor for hours that makes Animal Crossing so much fun?
y main co-op buddy is one of my best friends from college. We live several states away, and we never officially lost touch, but life happened, and eventually we grew apart. A few years ago, he messaged me asking how I felt about my PS4. Before I knew it, he’d traded his Xbox One for a PS4. When Borderlands 3 was released in September 2019, we both knew what we had to do. So, like the mature, responsible adults we are, we said screw it to our daily commitments, took time off work and stayed up all night playing video games.
Nazi teddy bears, a mountainous monster of kernaled shit, and plenty of refrences to drugs and alchohol, Conker’s Bad Fur Day was enough to give even today’s social activists violent aneurysms of rage. Not exactly what mom and dad were expecting from a furry, little Nintendo friend, is it? At least, that’s not what my parents had in mind when they bought Conker’s Bad Fur Day as my Christmas gift in 2001 when I was 11.
When I heard that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 were getting remakes, the opening lines to “Superman” by Goldfinger were the first thing to pop into my brain. I know I wasn’t the only millennial gamer this happened to, because when I looked the song up on YouTube, the comment section was full of people just like me saying “who’s here after the remake announcement?” The nostalgic rush that corny ska song gave me was overwhelming.
Since they were released in 1999 (Japan) and 2000(US), Pokemon Silver, Gold and Crystal have shaped the franchise in more ways than I think we recognize sometimes. If you have any love for Pokemon, take a trip with me and let’s pay tribute to the games that truly built some of the best features in the series.