Growing Up in the 90's

My childhood memories
October 08, 2010
I'm newly registered here at this site, but I've been browsing for a while. There are many interesting and well-written articles here that I have enjoyed reading and I figured I'd give it a shot myself. Basically it's my first article, so go easy on me.

So I was born in 1991 in a relatively small town on the west coast of Norway. In case you still don't quite know where that is then I can say that it's in Northern Europe, and it's where the real vikings were from.

Growing up my parents had friends with children older than me. This was when I was about four or five years old and I was introduced to the NES. Many of you would say that the NES was before my time and you'd be right, but nevertheless I got one from these friends of my family who weren't interested in it anymore. I got hooked on mostly Super Mario Bros. 3 and Metal Gear: Snake's Revenge. Some of my friends at my age had an NES too, and we'd spend our days in front of the screen playing a lot of the old classics.

This was the time when Super Nintendo was still in stores. I can remember the transistion from SNES to Nintendo 64. These three consoles from Nintendo were the ones that really stuck with me later. On Super Nintendo there were Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Lion King and Dr. Mario. On the Nintendo 64 there were Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Pilotwings 64, Mario Kart 64, Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Pokemon Stadium that I really enjoyed playing.

It's funny being born in the early 90's because there's been a lot dispute on whether or not this and that generation REALLY grew up with NES or SNES or whatever. And us early 90's kids were always in the middle of things. Personally I would say that the NES belongs to late 70's/early 80's people. Now when it comes to my generation I would say it's a split between Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 respectively. We got the best of both of these consoles and the games they had to offer.
Now let's move on to another line of consoles. The one true enemy of Nintendo from the start was Sega. This was before my time. Sega was in the 90's, but was early on beaten by Nintendo. I've played some of the Sonic games and a few others now and then at friends' houses, but I never really got around to owning one myself.

If there's one console that my generation will definitely always remember then it's the PlayStation. This was the definition of coolness. Nintendo was great too, but the games were more child-friendly most of the time. The Playstation released by Sony Computer Entertainment had an entire new range of video games. You had Crash Bandicoot, the Tekken series, Metal Gear Solid, Dino Crisis, Ape Escape, Red Alert, Syphon Filter and many movie related games. James Bond games was always popular. It spawned yet a new competition for Nintendo, one that still lives today. Heck, they still sell PS2 games in stores, and it's a while since that console was released.

Moving back to the PS1 though, it had comfy controller with a vibration feature. I think it's safe to say that most people are more familiar with the DualShock controller as opposed to the original. This included the analog input that was used in many of the games. Besides this you could subscribe to the Official PlayStation Magazine (OPM) and get a free disc with several playable demos on it. This was useful for us to pick out which games were worth getting later.

That was really all I wanted to get out there for now, but I look forward to touch upon other 90's memories. Seeing it's a new decade then maybe some memories I have from the early 2000's as well.

- Chris
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