May 16, 2020
Plaga Wine x Video Game Pairing
Remember old times when you were coming home after school, seating on your bed and turn on your NES, Sega or Atari and play? All of which would become the most iconic games of all times? Some of them continue to live on your iPhone or Switch for our greatest delight! Others however, will only be living in the back of our mind as greatest memories of our childhood. So, it's time to go back to the 80’s! Here’s the list of the most famous video games of your childhood.
Super Mario Bros
It would be hard to talk about iconic video games of the 80’s without mentioning Super Mario Bros by Nintendo. This was the “game changer” for any new platform games, which were very popular at that time. Super Mario Bros was also one of the first game with a scrolling screen, meaning that the player could see the environment move as he plays.
Created by the legend Shigeru Miyamoto, this was one of the most popular games of the decade and the most iconic for Nintendo. It was also one of the first popular single-screen platformer. The scenario as simple as it looks now, was highly developed back at the time. Mario, as we know it. is called Jumpman, has to save the princess from the evil Donkey Kong.
Prince of Persia
If Prince of Persia didn't really revolutionize the narrative or the genre of the platform games, it amazed the entire gaming community at the time with its very elaborate animations. While most games feature animated heroes on a handful of frames, Prince of Persia shows very realistic animation of his character when he runs, jumps or fights. This level of detail was achieved thanks to rotoscoping, ancestor of motion capture, which consisted of filming an actor and redrawing his movements in the game.
One of the most famous and influential game of the 80’s, Pac-Man developed by Namco in 1980 is still very popular. Its difference its every other game is its simplicity. That’s what made players fall in love with it. It became so popular that by the 90’s Namco had made $2.5 billion dollars from quarter, only with this game alone.
Shadow of The Beast
While most games of the 80s struggled in a mush of pixels, Shadow of the Beast offers in 1989 what will be experienced by many as a graphic and technical revolution. The game offered particularly fine animations and graphics. The players embodied Aarbron, a child who has been taken from his parents and who will be transformed into an animal over the years. Do not forget Amnesiac, that it after having found the memories of his past that he will rise up against his new master, the Beast Lord.
With more than 70 games to the series, Bomberman is one of the biggest franchise of all video games of history. It was first out in 1983 and created by Hudson Soft. The game has two kinds of modes of play : single player campaigns, where the player must defeat enemies and reach an exit to progress through levels; and multiplayer modes where players must attempt to eliminate each other and be the last one standing.
In 1984, the games that came out on game consoles and arcade machines were essentially the work of Americans, Japanese and French. And yet, it’s a Russian title that will become one of the five most notable titles in video games. Declined on all platforms since its creation and counting a staggering amount of clones in 2D or 3D, Tetris remains one of the most addictive and most significant games of the history… even 30 years after its creation!
In 1981, Namco develops Galaga, the sequel of Galaxian (1971). Galaga's gameplay involves the player in control of a spaceship, with either trying to destroy, collision with, or capture the spaceship, with the player progresses each time foreign forces are defeated. Galaga is one of the most successful games of the golden age of arcade video games. In 2011, the game celebrated its 30th anniversary with the release of Galaga 30 Collection for iOS.
The Legend of Zelda
Developed by Nintendo on NES in 1986, it is one of the most epic games ever. With Mario Bros, it is the second character games of Nintendo. It is also one of the first really developing an adventurous and narrative game. Since then, Nintendo has developed 19 games following the adventures of Link.
Created by Maxis in 1989, SimCity was remarkably popular and offered a unique, open-ended experience to players. It allowed them to design and build cities without a certain goal or endgame. Even in the first incarnation of the game, the number of options were insane.
This is a perfect time for throwback with your childhood favourite game and play with the ideal wine x video game pairing !
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