Two Hollywood producers are about to bring gaming to the big screen. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are in talks to make a movie based on Blake Harris’ book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo And The Battle That Defined A Generation, which tells the story of the corporate battle that made the gaming industry what it is today.
Nowadays when I look at the game systems I have in my house, I can’t even make sense of where to start when I want to do something as simple as use Netflix or Amazon video. I don’t even bother picking up the control to actually play games because my mind can’t grasp the idea of all of the buttons.
But back in the day? That’s a totally different story.
Growing up we were late on the game system bus, pretty much because we couldn’t afford to have one. But one Christmas, aunts and uncles chipped in and got us a Nintendo system. And it was over. I can’t even remember the countless hours I spent shooting ducks and squashing mushrooms. Let’s not forget controller cramps. How many people remember blowing into the games when they stopped working? There wasn’t any scientific evidence that it worked, but it sure seems like it helped.
After Nintendo, I made the transition to Sega. Countless hours were lost my freshman year in college due to my Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter addiction. There wasn’t a dorm gaming tournament I didn’t enter. Although I was the only girl taking part in most of them, I earned the “respect” from the other gamers after I successfully whooped their asses.
After college, my love affair with video games ended. In my house sits an Xbox and PS4, none of which I ever touch besides to stream Netflix or Amazon. My son still laughs at the stories I tell him, because for him, it’s still hard to believe that his mother was a “gamer”. Maybe one day I’ll have to give him a run for his Microsoft Points.