Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Level Up (or is that down?)


My buddy Ray, in order to give me some more range in what I write about here on The Non-Gamer's Gamer's Blog, and just because he's a great guy, and a helluva friend, lent me his PS2. He even came over to hook it up, and gave me a game.

Ray got me the Atari Anthology, yeah, baby, kicking it old school. I think it was also a left-handed way of saying I was inept at gaming, and just old, period. The implication is that these would be the only games I would be good at. I can't deny that, I guess. I was damned happy to play Yar's Revenge on my HD TV.

Now when Ray told me he was doing this last week, I knew what I had to do. I had to get a copy of Justice League Heroes. On one New Year's Eve several years ago, Jeff and I played this game for about, oh, I don't know, six or seven hours straight while our respective other halves chatted and eventually slept. I had a blast. Not only was it a reintroduction to videogames for me, but it was also a cool superhero game that also played with the continuity of the comics. This was a DC Universe of characters and situations I knew. I loved it.

Once I knew there was a PS2 coming, this was the game I wanted. Well, that and the Godzilla and Ultraman games for the PS2, but those have proven slightly elusive, if not impossible. Why wouldn't you make a game for the whole world to play? Grrr… don't get me started…

So after warming up with some Atari, looking bright and colorful in high definition, I moved over to Justice League Heroes and enjoyed smashing Brainiac's robot minions with Superman and Batman. Hmmm… I guess Brainiac is the default bad guy for DC Comics videogames…

I had a blast. I confess to having to call Ray to ask how to turn it off when I was done, but I'm learning. More reviews to come, especially from the PS2 now too. Thanks, Ray!

3 comments:

Ray Cornwall said...

Actually, giving you the Atari Anthology was NOT a left-handed gesture, as I'm a righty. :) Besides, I own that game and the Activision Anthology of 2600 games, along with the Intellivision anthology. What does that say about moi?

Ray Cornwall said...

Actually, giving you the Atari Anthology was NOT a left-handed gesture, as I'm a righty. :) Besides, I own that game and the Activision Anthology of 2600 games, along with the Intellivision anthology. What does that say about moi?

Glenn Walker said...

Twas a joke, my friend, I was saying you thought Atari was more my speed. Honestly I make that joke myself more than anyone else. Chill. :-)