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(AsiaOne)   Not to make you feel old, but the Game Boy turns 25 this week   (news.asiaone.com) divider line 61
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2014-04-20 07:28:53 AM  
Huh. Surprised it was that new.
 
2014-04-20 07:43:51 AM  

Confabulat: Huh. Surprised it was that new.


Same here.

I would have figured it was out a couple years earlier than that.
 
2014-04-20 08:02:59 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: Huh. Surprised it was that new.

Same here.

I would have figured it was out a couple years earlier than that.


No doubt. If anything about this thread is making me feel old, it's that I should have felt old cause of that. Yikes. I'm old.
 
2014-04-20 08:58:22 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-20 09:20:43 AM  
Didn't think it was quite that old.. but then I never owned or played one.
 
2014-04-20 09:28:33 AM  
Now if only my batteries lasted 10 more seconds, I would have officially beaten Mortal Combat......

/talk about a kid's "Nooooooo!" moment
 
2014-04-20 09:29:29 AM  
I still have my original red Game Boy from the Play It Loud series. It's the only original system in my console collection
 
2014-04-20 09:30:37 AM  
Many family vacations were wasted because of that satanic device. All I wanted to do was play Gameboy.
 
2014-04-20 09:34:29 AM  
My dad bought one for my brother and I right when it came out. Of course we were always fighting over it. One day my dad got tired of us yelling at each other so he took it away. Fast forward a couple of months, my dad was feigning for some Tetris and accused us of losing the Gameboy. He bought another one but we weren't allowed to touch it. He eventually found the first one in his closet somewhere and we gained back out Gameboy privileges. But now we had two. You could hook them together and play two player. It was awesome.
 
2014-04-20 09:37:16 AM  
The Batman game for Gameboy was fun, even if it was a screenful of black and white pixels.
 
2014-04-20 09:42:13 AM  
Many eons were spent playing Tetris on that thing.
 
Skr
2014-04-20 09:45:56 AM  
About the time I finally got around to getting a grey brick gameboy, I found out about emulators. Ended up not really using the gameboy much as the turbo and save state features on the emulator were pretty awesome. NESticle was fun too, not having to blow into cartridges. 'Course the icon was testicles but you take the good with the bad.
 
2014-04-20 09:50:18 AM  
What makes me feel old about that is the fact that I was 20 when it came out.
 
2014-04-20 09:50:36 AM  

farkingismybusiness: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x1131]


I was one of those cool kids, with that same light attachment and hard case. I didnt have the battery pack attachment so I used that spot for more games.

Of course now, Game Boy Advance is best Game Boy. SP was an awesome design
 
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2014-04-20 09:59:44 AM  

DanZero: Of course now, Game Boy Advance is best Game Boy. SP was an awesome design


Before the SP though, GBA blew some serious chunks and was mostly unplayable. You couldn't see squat unless you modded it or played only in direct sunlight.
 
2014-04-20 10:07:49 AM  

max_pooper: My dad bought one for my brother and I right when it came out. Of course we were always fighting over it. One day my dad got tired of us yelling at each other so he took it away. Fast forward a couple of months, my dad was feigning for some Tetris and accused us of losing the Gameboy. He bought another one but we weren't allowed to touch it. He eventually found the first one in his closet somewhere and we gained back out Gameboy privileges. But now we had two. You could hook them together and play two player. It was awesome.


I bought one for my stepsons. Then I had to buy them another one they could actually play with. The ex still brings that up, LOL.
 
2014-04-20 10:12:30 AM  

Wolf892: Originally the game boy was going to have a different name, it was going to be called the "Portable Nintendo entertainment System"

P-NES

But someone in marketing didn't like the first commercial script that started off with

"This holiday season give your son what he really wants, put a "P-NES" in the palm of his hands and let him enjoy it for hours with his friends!

P-NES, now you're playing with power!


Oddly enough, that was Penn State's recruiting pitch in the 90s.
 
2014-04-20 10:36:58 AM  
Not to change the subject, but any time someone says "not to" before a thing, they intend to do exactly that.
Bastard.

/old :/
 
2014-04-20 10:41:57 AM  

Wolf892: Originally the game boy was going to have a different name, it was going to be called the "Portable Nintendo entertainment System"

P-NES

But someone in marketing didn't like the first commercial script that started off with

"This holiday season give your son what he really wants, put a "P-NES" in the palm of his hands and let him enjoy it for hours with his friends!

P-NES, now you're playing with power!


Oddly enough, the Game Boy came out around the same time I discovered my Personal Nighttime Entertainment System and started playing video games less and less often.
 
2014-04-20 10:41:58 AM  

DanZero: I was one of those cool kids, with that same light attachment and hard case. I didnt have the battery pack attachment so I used that spot for more games.


Ditto. I still have it in my closet too. Every once in a while I pull the gameboy out to see if it still works. Other than a single row of frozen pixels, it plays nicely. Pretty good battery life with the latest generation of AA li-ion batteries too.
 
2014-04-20 10:42:16 AM  
I still have a red one in a box somewhere. Wonder if it's worth anything to anyone..
 
2014-04-20 10:45:42 AM  
I still have mine and over a hundred games for it..

I'm actually surprised that it's only 25 years, it feels like it's been much longer than that.

And have just about every descendant...heck I have an Advance SP and a 3DSXL on my desk right in front of me.

Problem is.. so many games for all of them, so many I never got/get the time to play... Pretty sad that I wish I could retire so that I'd get enough time to do so.  I still don't know how I managed to play all the games I've played when I was younger.
 
2014-04-20 10:46:24 AM  

Mister Peejay: Oddly enough, the Game Boy came out around the same time I discovered my Personal Nighttime Entertainment System and started playing video games less and less often.


The Harry Potter vibrating broom?
 
2014-04-20 10:58:23 AM  
Just took my Gameboy out and took a picture:
img.fark.net
Larger buttons, joystick, magnifying glass for screen, light, stereo speakers, and of course the Game Genie.
 
2014-04-20 11:01:51 AM  
Also turning 25 (but not this week)...

i.imgur.com

/knew one other guy with one
//ComLynx!
///2 hour battery life ftw
 
2014-04-20 11:08:40 AM  

imfallen_angel: The Harry Potter vibrating broom?


Holy shiat, that's a real product....

img.4plebs.org
The GameBoy was the only handheld I played a lot....I mean, a lot. These days I have a few GameBoy games and an emulator on my phone for gaming on the run -- they're better than most games from the various App Stores and it's one less thing to have to carry around; that doesn't count most SquareSoft games, they've done a pretty good job with their mobile ports.

For me, the GameBoy, NES, Genesis, and earlier consoles are the only ones worth emulation on a touch screen using the on screen controls, all the other consoles just have too many buttons to emulate with an on screen display (though the other consoles are great with a PS3 or 360 controller). Ever try emulating a PSX on an 4.3" phone using the on screen keys? It's infuriating, but it's awesome with the same phone over hdmi with the controller. Android Phones are my new legacy gaming and emulation centers.

/Or is it SquareEnix
//Off to the googles....nevermind
///fark it, I don't really care
 
2014-04-20 11:11:45 AM  
They need to makes a modern sequel to Super Mario Land.  That was a very different style than most of the others in the series:
www.gamespite.net
i.ytimg.com

/Still want a modern sequel for Super Mario Bros. 2 as well
 
2014-04-20 11:13:23 AM  

NeoCortex42: Just took my Gameboy out and took a picture:
[img.fark.net image 730x547]
Larger buttons, joystick, magnifying glass for screen, light, stereo speakers, and of course the Game Genie.


One of my friends as a child had all that. I preferred my Ice Blue Game Boy Pocket and some headphones over all that madness....and this
www.lukiegames.com
Link's Awakening was never the same after the Super Game Boy
 
2014-04-20 11:15:30 AM  

skeevy420: NeoCortex42: Just took my Gameboy out and took a picture:
[img.fark.net image 730x547]
Larger buttons, joystick, magnifying glass for screen, light, stereo speakers, and of course the Game Genie.

One of my friends as a child had all that. I preferred my Ice Blue Game Boy Pocket and some headphones over all that madness....and this
[www.lukiegames.com image 325x301]
Link's Awakening was never the same after the Super Game Boy


Yes!  Super Game Boy was awesome.  So was the Gamecube attachment for GBA games.
 
2014-04-20 11:26:05 AM  
Still have mine with the tetris cart locked firmly in place. It was the only way I survived years of church services.
 
2014-04-20 11:29:15 AM  

NeoCortex42: Yes!  Super Game Boy was awesome.  So was the Gamecube attachment for GBA games.


I never had a Gamecube. Other than the first DS, I haven't bought a Nintendo product since the 64. Other than missing out on some Zelda games, which I could probably play on an emulator these days, I've been over 13 since then, the games really haven't appealed to me all that much, and there's not enough exclusives to justify the even getting one (any of the Nintendo consoles post 64, imho).

I played a Wii and the only game I enjoyed was Tiger Woods Golf 2012 or 13....and that's available on the other consoles with motion abilities.

I should look into modding my old DS, haven't picked that thing up in years now so I might as well do something neat with it.
 
2014-04-20 11:31:41 AM  

farkingismybusiness: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x1131]


resource.mmgn.com

i.imgur.com
thegamershub.net
contra.kontek.net
 
2014-04-20 11:32:13 AM  
How did I mistype me for the.....I need to proofread a bit better.....

skeevy420: and there's not enough exclusives to justify the even getting one (any of the Nintendo consoles post 64, imho).
 
2014-04-20 11:33:08 AM  
followed by an html fail.....it is 420 dammit
 
2014-04-20 11:34:00 AM  
followed by a......Jesus Christ.....
 
2014-04-20 11:45:01 AM  
i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-04-20 11:47:16 AM  

skeevy420: I never had a Gamecube. Other than the first DS, I haven't bought a Nintendo product since the 64. Other than missing out on some Zelda games, which I could probably play on an emulator these days, I've been over 13 since then, the games really haven't appealed to me all that much, and there's not enough exclusives to justify the even getting one (any of the Nintendo consoles post 64, imho).


Well I guess that depends on how much is 'enough' and whether or not you like the exclusives. They are pretty weak for good 3rd party titles though.
 
2014-04-20 11:58:41 AM  

pyrotek85: skeevy420: I never had a Gamecube. Other than the first DS, I haven't bought a Nintendo product since the 64. Other than missing out on some Zelda games, which I could probably play on an emulator these days, I've been over 13 since then, the games really haven't appealed to me all that much, and there's not enough exclusives to justify the even getting one (any of the Nintendo consoles post 64, imho).

Well I guess that depends on how much is 'enough' and whether or not you like the exclusives. They are pretty weak for good 3rd party titles though.


That's the big problem with the past few Nintendo consoles.  The first-party games are usually very good, but they hardly get any of the big cross-platform games.  This ends up relegating the Nintendo platforms to being supplemental consoles.  People really into gaming will choose between Playstation, X-Box, and gaming PC, but then maybe get a Wii for the first party games.

Nintendo caught lightning in a bottle with the Wii, but I don't see them replicating that success any time soon.  The types of people that bought a lot of the Wii consoles will probably be perfectly happy to just keep using the Wii and not bother upgrading.
 
2014-04-20 12:06:45 PM  

pyrotek85: skeevy420: I never had a Gamecube. Other than the first DS, I haven't bought a Nintendo product since the 64. Other than missing out on some Zelda games, which I could probably play on an emulator these days, I've been over 13 since then, the games really haven't appealed to me all that much, and there's not enough exclusives to justify the even getting one (any of the Nintendo consoles post 64, imho).

Well I guess that depends on how much is 'enough' and whether or not you like the exclusives. They are pretty weak for good 3rd party titles though.


There's only so many times a person can play a game as Mario....regardless if the story is new or it's just an updated older game. To me, most of the Nintendo games are designed for children and most are pretty simple and easy, there's obviously exceptions, but that's generally the case with Nintendo.

It's my opinion that Nintendo should get out of the console market and just make 3rd party games for Sony and Microsoft. They're good at doing handhelds, but Nintendo consoles aren't in the same league as the other major players.

Nintendo: We have Motion Controls.
Microsoft: So do we, only ours is better AND has cameras, facial recognition, voice commands, and powerful hardware.
Sony: Yeah, we can do that crap too, but we'd rather focus on games that use even better hardware than Microsoft.
Nintendo: ........fark..........Here's Zelda, Mario, and Pokemon........please buy them......
 
2014-04-20 12:12:58 PM  
How old is the Atari 2600 again? (He wheezed)
 
2014-04-20 12:19:58 PM  

NeoCortex42: pyrotek85: skeevy420: I never had a Gamecube. Other than the first DS, I haven't bought a Nintendo product since the 64. Other than missing out on some Zelda games, which I could probably play on an emulator these days, I've been over 13 since then, the games really haven't appealed to me all that much, and there's not enough exclusives to justify the even getting one (any of the Nintendo consoles post 64, imho).

Well I guess that depends on how much is 'enough' and whether or not you like the exclusives. They are pretty weak for good 3rd party titles though.

That's the big problem with the past few Nintendo consoles.  The first-party games are usually very good, but they hardly get any of the big cross-platform games.  This ends up relegating the Nintendo platforms to being supplemental consoles.  People really into gaming will choose between Playstation, X-Box, and gaming PC, but then maybe get a Wii for the first party games.

Nintendo caught lightning in a bottle with the Wii, but I don't see them replicating that success any time soon.  The types of people that bought a lot of the Wii consoles will probably be perfectly happy to just keep using the Wii and not bother upgrading.


Yep. I game on PC, PS3*, and Android. I might get a PS4 after my next PC upgrade cycle, might. PC gets a lot of games, and the ones I like are better than the console version, like Elder Scrolls or Fallout....hell, Bethesda games are better on PC in general (mainly for all the unofficial bug fixes). Android is great for legacy emulation if your phone has dual cores+ and hdmi out.

For me, the Forza series would be the only reason I'd get any Xbox. Damn Forza is a good racing series....that's coming from a previous Gran Turismo fanboy.

The Wii was something special, until this generation where all the consoles have that ability, and the other two consoles have that ability and more. The only games I've really missed since not buying Nintendo consoles are Super Smash Brothers and Zelda. I figure the Wii and WiiU will be emulated fairly decently in the next coming years, so I'll just need to buy a few peripherals (controllers, motion bar, etc) for my PC to play them.

*Gotta get my PS3 fixed....it fell out from my truck and quit working.
 
2014-04-20 12:31:17 PM  
Well, game boy can finally start taking advantage of cheaper car insurance.
 
2014-04-20 12:48:50 PM  
Game Boy turns 25 this week.


Wouldn't that mean it's finally a Game Man?
 
2014-04-20 12:52:18 PM  

lack of warmth: Well, game boy can finally start taking advantage of cheaper car insurance.


Dammit. I missed that before I posted my comment.
 
2014-04-20 12:54:23 PM  

skeevy420: There's only so many times a person can play a game as Mario....regardless if the story is new or it's just an updated older game. To me, most of the Nintendo games are designed for children and most are pretty simple and easy, there's obviously exceptions, but that's generally the case with Nintendo.

It's my opinion that Nintendo should get out of the console market and just make 3rd party games for Sony and Microsoft. They're good at doing handhelds, but Nintendo consoles aren't in the same league as the other major players.

Nintendo: We have Motion Controls.
Microsoft: So do we, only ours is better AND has cameras, facial recognition, voice commands, and powerful hardware.
Sony: Yeah, we can do that crap too, but we'd rather focus on games that use even better hardware than Microsoft.
Nintendo: ........fark..........Here's Zelda, Mario, and Pokemon........please buy them......


I'm not that into Mario myself, but they do have other properties too. Again if you don't care for them that's fine, but if you enjoy most of their first party games then there is enough for the system to be worth your time.

Right now Nintendo's home console sales aren't doing great at the moment, and even with a surge from the upcoming Mario Kart and Smash Bros it probably won't be as big a seller as the PS4 or Xbox One. Still, they're not losing money the way Sony and Microsoft's gaming divisions are, they have a lot of cash in reserve. So even if they were willing to be a 3rd party developer, which I doubt they would, they're not even close to it being necessary. The Wii U is probably going to end up like the Gamecube. It'll have a number of good games and will turn a steady profit, but it just won't be a big hit with 3rd parties.
 
2014-04-20 12:56:58 PM  
Also turning 25 this year:

www.acento.com.mx

www2.pictures.zimbio.com

www.cinemablend.com

s1.ibtimes.com

www.beliefnet.com
 
2014-04-20 01:01:29 PM  
Yes yes yes, I'm old. Am I supposed to feel bad about that for some reason or something? If so, why?
 
2014-04-20 01:04:57 PM  
And I see everybody is conveniently ignoring all the cross-party games that are out (and will be coming out) on the Wii-U.
 
2014-04-20 01:05:52 PM  
www.4geekslikeyou.com


img2.wikia.nocookie.net

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2014-04-20 01:10:44 PM  

pyrotek85: skeevy420: There's only so many times a person can play a game as Mario....regardless if the story is new or it's just an updated older game. To me, most of the Nintendo games are designed for children and most are pretty simple and easy, there's obviously exceptions, but that's generally the case with Nintendo.

It's my opinion that Nintendo should get out of the console market and just make 3rd party games for Sony and Microsoft. They're good at doing handhelds, but Nintendo consoles aren't in the same league as the other major players.

Nintendo: We have Motion Controls.
Microsoft: So do we, only ours is better AND has cameras, facial recognition, voice commands, and powerful hardware.
Sony: Yeah, we can do that crap too, but we'd rather focus on games that use even better hardware than Microsoft.
Nintendo: ........fark..........Here's Zelda, Mario, and Pokemon........please buy them......

I'm not that into Mario myself, but they do have other properties too. Again if you don't care for them that's fine, but if you enjoy most of their first party games then there is enough for the system to be worth your time.

Right now Nintendo's home console sales aren't doing great at the moment, and even with a surge from the upcoming Mario Kart and Smash Bros it probably won't be as big a seller as the PS4 or Xbox One. Still, they're not losing money the way Sony and Microsoft's gaming divisions are, they have a lot of cash in reserve. So even if they were willing to be a 3rd party developer, which I doubt they would, they're not even close to it being necessary. The Wii U is probably going to end up like the Gamecube. It'll have a number of good games and will turn a steady profit, but it just won't be a big hit with 3rd parties.


Some of their properties I like, some I don't.  Some actually look pretty fun, but I'd rather get a new motherboard and processor/ram over a Nintendo console these days.  Something, Something older and spending money a bit more wisely.  I can't justify buying a console for maybe 10-15 games over a 4-8 year period, where I've already bought 8 PC games since changing sides.  I wish I had a spare $500 to get a new case, an fx-8350, motherboard, ram, and a ssd....I already have a good enough graphics card for 1080p gaming (MSI R7 260x...great card for a budget build)

I can agree with that WiiU comment.  I've even thought about picking up a cheap used GC just because...but I simply don't play as many games as I'd like to anymore.....plus there's Dolphin (Gamecube and Wii emulator) and I'd rather my hardware budget go towards a PC than a single use console -- I'm sure plenty of Farkers understand that.
 
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