Thursday, February 11, 2010

For The Love Of The Game Boy!

Well guess what, fun and fine-tailed bloggy-Blogsters?

I get to FINALLY introduce a new blogging segment I've been meaning to whip out there for y'all for the longest time....

A little something where I take a look and the fads, trends, culture, and goodie goodies of yore that I like to call....

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Let's start first with one of my constant companions over the last 21 years or so (Dayum has it really been THAT long??)

The electronicalistical equivalent of a tea-cup toy dog of fun, the original the one, the only...

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Nintendo Game Boy

Sure, there have been something like DOZENS of other niftier gadgets, gizmos and widget whatchamacallits in the video game world to tantalize your sweet "tech tooth" even more than this wonderful piece of fun kit...

(Even Sega's Game Gear which existed pretty much contemporary with it.)

But for those who grew up with it, or were around when it was first born, hold it in a special place in their hearts.







I mean seriously, folks, for its time it was a HUGE leap forward!

You really didn't have too much in portable gamming goods to choose from before that. Sure, the Game and Watch sets were good enough, and the then super-cool TALKING Tiger Electronics portable little game thingies were a step above that but...

...to put it simply, the Game Boy for its time was a whole new world. Think about it, there was a Nintendo NES 8-Bit regular console system in front of practically every American TV set at the time, and little more than four years after that first debuted, a kid could have virtually the same power of his beloved Nintendo in the PALM OF HIS HANDS (before he hit Puberty of course, then he had something else, a dirty magazine and some lotion. ;) )

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For just two batteries more he could have more than TWICE the fun of one of those other rinky-dink game toy thingies. For a not-so-small, but one time fee of between 150 and 200 bucks (by his grumbling gift-buying parents :P ) he could have a Nintendo that would go almost everywhere he gooooes!

In short, Game Boy was a "friend" who kicked My Buddy's ass! ;)








Yeah sure in the hindsighty analysis, it wasn't QUUUUUIIITE an exact translation of the Nintendo experience to a mobile platform. Yeaaap it only had a low sound system output and no background lighting, nor was it in COLOR like its gang-rival the Game Gear (For anyone else who owned both, do you have recall how many packs of double AA's you'd have to go through in a lifetime to power a Sega GG? Short answer LOTS! ) And YESSS it seemed bulky at times.

But, Game Boy was and IS quite durable. I say IS because my Game Boy, which is not officially old enough to buy its own beer (if it would ever get off its ass and get a JOB, oh and hands too :P ) is still truckin' along just fine.

For my purposes I get PLENTY of playing hours out of one 4-some of AA batteries, and other than the occasional smudges I gets all over the screen (Dayum Antoine's giant King Kong...ish hands!!) my Game Boy is still going strong.

There were and are still TONS of Mr. GB's adorable little gamepacks out there. Of course I dig Tetris I mean, who doesn't? But F1 Race has definitely got to be one of my all-time favorites, oh and if you can get a Mega Man for Game Boy or even a Castlevania then you can truly appreciate the GB experience! (Yeaaap, you know I gotta get my Castlevania fetish in there ;) )

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Oh yeah, I was also instructed by my pal Trish as I was composicating this post to inform you that a GB is quite friendly to stickers, and other decorative doodads. Much like the warrior braves and samurai of old (but nowhere near as manly and also prone to zits) the Gamer would regard his Game Boy as a kind of extension of his soul, even going so far as to decorate it in a personal way and turn it into a kinda high art object.

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Yes the Game Boy. Long surpassed by its ungrateful portable gamming unit chillens who NEVER CALL ANYMORE, it was indeed the noble ancestor who started it all. If you still have one that works, why not dig out your Game Boy for a little while and show it some love?


(Just don't take it literally...'cus that's gross....and if yours can actually fit in that space, I pity you fawl! lol )

Have a good one Daywalker scum! ;)

---Chet




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