Ah the classic video game. More specifically, the classic hockey video game. Skinny guy, regular guy, or fat guy? Finding the right mix was a dilemma faced by players of Nintendo Ice Hockey. And this distorted yet iconic sound? Why it’s Blades of Steel, a game I spent countless hours playing in my youth. The fact that losing a fight resulted in a penalty made the game even better.
In case you missed it, check out Patrick Hruby’s look back at some of the best (and worst) sports video game innovations over the years. It’s a fond visit to the pixellated past, one that even stretches to include E.T. on the Atari 2600. Hruby is clearly a guy who loved the sports classics, including NHLPA Hockey ’93. And here’s a terrific example of Instant Replay increasing the joys of gaming:
What’s the only thing better than crushing Doug Gilmour at center ice, stealing the puck from his prone, splayed body, then using Jeremy Roenick to score the game-winning goal for eternal dorm bragging rights and/or beer money? Try replaying that goal, over and over, triggering the goal siren each and every time, until the whining, high-pitched squeal drives your furious roommate into the hallway, beaten and broken.
The beauty that is video-game instant replay is brilliantly (and foul-mouthedly) illustrated in this classic clip from Jon Favreau’s Swingers:
Just yesterday, Greg Wyshynski posted about his visit to 2K Sports and his interview with Rick Nash. It’s a good read that starts out with a shared love of video games, but goes off on some fun tangents — such as Nash’s heartbreaking revelation that the White Castle scene in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle was actually filmed in Brampton rather than New Jersey . . . disappointing news to Jersey-born Wyshynski, and to me too as another Jersey kid who dined on the occasional slider or five. Read more about it here; the series continues Tuesday and Wednesday.
That someone remade the Miracle on Ice’s final seconds using Nintendo Ice Hockey drives home the lasting impact of those early games . . . oh, and making all four USA players “skinny guys” was a touch of genius:
With this oppressive heat wool-blanketing the DC area, it’s best to stay inside. Why not play some video hockey? I just may go dig the old NES box out of the closet and make some heads bleed.