May 16, 2020
Plaga Wine x Video Game Pairing
Remember the old time when you were coming home after school, setting on your bed and ready turn on your NES, Sega or Atari and play what would become the most iconic games of all times ? Some, so famously iconic continued to live on on your Iphone or Switch for our, to our greatest delight ! The other, however, will only be living on in the back of our mind as greatest memories of our childhood. Time to go back to 80’s ! Here’s the list of the most famous video games of our childhood.
Super Mario Bros
It would be hard to tell about iconic video games of the 80’s without mentioning Super Mario Bros by Nintendo. This was “game” changer for any new platform games, which were very popular at time. Super Mario Bros was also one of the first game with a scrolling screen, meaning that the player could see the environnement 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 very developed back at the time. Mario, as we know it is called Jumpman, has 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 game itself, 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 today. Its difference from every other back at the time and its simplicity are what made players in love with it. It became so popular that by the 90’s Namco had made $2.5 billion dollars from quarters 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 a particularly fine animation and graphics. The player embodies Aarbron, a child who has been taken from his parents and who will be transformed into an animal over the years. Amnesiac, it is 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 serie, Bomberman is on of the biggest franchise of all video games history. It was first out in 1983 and created by Hudson Soft. The game two kinds of mode 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 or 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 more than 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 a 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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