Video games of the 90s: What’s your memory?

Mike Funyak, Lifestyles Contributor

Video games of the 1990s have become symbols and trademarks of the time.  In a world when most households only started to have computers, video games of the 1990s pushed innovation, technology, and fun for everyone.

The 1990s marked the push for innovation in video gaming. It was the decade when graphics became a huge commodity for those playing video games. The decade also started the transition to 3D graphics. This was also the era that introduced gamers to various genres of video gaming that include first person shooting.

Notable video game franchises that were established in the 1990s include “Ace Combat,” “Gran Turismo,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Mario Kart,” “Mario Party,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Pokemon,” “Roller Coaster Tycoon,” “Sonic The Hedgehog,” “Spyro The Dragon” and “Crash Bandicoot.”

The 1990s marked the release of numerous home video game consoles that include Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Sony Playstation, and Nintendo 64.  Although the Sega Genesis was released in North America in 1989, the system was also popular during the 1990s.

This article isn’t here to write about what system or game is better, but to appreciate the video games of the 1990s.  For most individuals the video games of the 1990s triggered our interest in a new form of entertainment.

This new form of entertainment most likely created memories that are still fondly remembered to this day.  The evolution of the video game industry in the 1990s to present day is somewhat similar to how we listen to music.

Even with the modern day video games and consoles, the systems of the 1990s can still be found in numerous households.  These games are not only special but also have a bit of nostalgia.  In an age when single player and online gaming is not uncommon, the format of older systems such as Nintendo 64 have a charm and appreciation no other system of today can replicate.

This might be the case because playing the video games of the 1990s transports our generation back to a simpler time.  However without the innovation of the video game consoles and game of the 1990s, the world would be without the video game market everyone knows today.