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Ninja What!? [Nov. 21st, 2006|01:29 pm]
We all remember the Dot-Com bubble when any stupid idea with a domain name could become a hot business.

But during the 80's, there was the video game bubble. There were some weird games being made back then.

They just don't make games like that anymore... thank God. (And if they do, I really don't think I want to know about it.)

[User Picture]From: the_gneech
2006-11-21 09:33 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? That looks awesome! =D

-The Gneech
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[User Picture]From: spikedpunch
2006-11-21 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was about to say the same thing too!

And I never realized that the Atari 7800 had a rainbow pride sticker on it.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-11-21 10:25 pm (UTC)
Ninja Golf is attributed by many historians not to be an artifact of the 80s bubble, but of Atari's desperate attempt to reinvent itself with the launch of the 7800.

And while I agree with you that many ideas of that era were at best questionable (Decap Attack? Food Fight?) I miss the crazy variety and creativity the era spawned. Nowadays there are only the following games:

- the platformer
- the FPS
- the third-person beat em up
- the one-on-one fighter
- the driving game
- the GTA rip-off
- the licensed sports franchise game
- the never-ending RPG saga series

The extent of creativity today is either combining these genres (Sly Cooper, Jax, and Ratchet are all the platformer married to the third person beat em up, albeit occasionally with firearms) or forcing new franchises into one of them (Spider-Man is the third-person beat em up, The Godfather is the GTA rip-off, etc).

Yeah, the bubble gave us Ninja Golf, but it also gave us Archon, Auto Duel, Boulder Dash, Mail Order Monsters, and M.U.L.E. The level of creativity those games represent simply doesn't exist today - and with production budgets being what they are, no publisher is going to take a chance on them unless Will Wright designs it.
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[User Picture]From: fjmccloud
2006-11-22 03:33 am (UTC)
Platformer? What platformer?
There hasn't been a good platformer game in years. A new Mario game on a handheld maybe but that doesn't count.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-11-22 07:25 pm (UTC)
the lack of a *good* platformer doesn't mean there haven't been *any*.

but I agree - the genre's last great title was either Castlevania Symphony of the Night or the last Metroid before Prime, depending on your platform bias.
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[User Picture]From: octavius_rodens
2006-11-21 10:44 pm (UTC)
Could be worse, but you have to admit, Ninja Golf sound really hilarious.

Now that I think about Golfer and Ninja have a number of shared characteristics:

- Both value silence
- Both need to be able to launch projectiles with precision
- Both require focus and dedication

So Ninja Golf really isn't that much of a stretch.
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2006-11-22 05:50 am (UTC)
LOL, I learned of the Mystique games when I downloaded the Atari emulator (and got myself a stelladaptor and a joystick and set of paddles), and I was going to link to one of them here! You beat me to it. :)
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[User Picture]From: smack_jackal
2006-11-21 10:48 pm (UTC)
So in need a remake for a next gen console. With network play.
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[User Picture]From: fjmccloud
2006-11-22 03:42 am (UTC)
Actually, Ninja Golf is the one game on the Atari 7800 I actually wanted to play.

Even stranger, the date on that box is 1990. 1989/1990 was this strange nexus point in time, and you can prove it if you dig up old Sears catalogs from that era. You have the remnants of the old Atari 7800, the NES was in its prime, and the birth of TurboGrafx-16 and Genesis (packaged with Altered Beast). Arcades were still in their prime, and handhelds were coming out. Superfamicom was late 1990 in Japan, but 1991 here.

If you want an Atari platform that really sucked...well, there's the Jaguar. I even have the Jaguar CD and there are quite a number of sucky games for it. Not even the anthropomorphics of Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy can save you from the horrible gameplay (and lack of music). But there is a cheesy fighter called Kasumi Ninja. Silly beyond compare, and fun for that reason alone. :-)
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2006-11-22 05:24 am (UTC)


I want to marry the person who invented Dig Dug.

That is all. X3
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