Somehow, many years ago, I was in my old library, across from my middle school, in the town I grew up in. Even more without reason, I found myself looking something up on the fossilizing computer.
I came across two games that I played all the time as a kid, that we all played as kids. Those games were Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?
The feeling of double-clicking on those icons to fire the games back up after what had to have been at least 8-10 years since having previously played was a combination of both joy and horror.
Joy in that I was really excited to experience the games again, see all that I had missed over the years. However, actual nervousness over the fact that I knew these games most likely didn’t stand the test of time and that I’d surely be disappointed by how shitty they actually were.
The amazing thing? Outside of the two-bit graphics–which I knew would be the case– the games didn’t really skip a beat for me.
If anything, I found Carmen San Diego to be harder than I did as a kid. I’m not joking. Frankly, I’m not sure how any kids were good at that game. Did anyone know what the primary exports of these various South American countries were? If Carmen stole the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower, isn’t that on the fucking doofuses at TSA to let her know, “Umm, miss, you can’t bring national monuments on board with you, you’ll have to check that bag.”
Oregon Trail was as simple as I remembered it being–the only difficulty, that was difficult back then as well, was attempting to shoot those squirrels. The game was pretty straightforward and fun… shoot a few water buffalo, leave a few children behind either because of lack of room on the wagon or typhoid fever and call it a day.
Either way, it’s not often you get to run into RBI Baseball or NBA Jam or Carmen or any of these old school games and have them not let you down. It’s a great feeling when they don’t.
Polar Opposite of this Feeling?: Getting all geeked to play whatever the game is, and it either won’t load or won’t play or won’t start or whatever. You get nothing. And you have nothing.