So did you play video games in 1994? I was 11 years old and we had only Atari and some Commodore 64 games at that point. My parents were concerned about the influence of video games. My husband had a Sega Genesis system then (he was 12) and played TONS of Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog.
He remembers Mortal Kombat as being the big game of the year. It drew the neighbourhood kids to block parties where everyone would gather at one kids house to play. So even those kids whose parents disapproved were playing the game at a friend’s house. Winning was fun but the fatalities were the best part. It wasn’t as simple as it is today to look up how to do them. You had to figure them out and then share them with a friend. If you knew how to do fatalities, you were cool. Mortal Kombat 2 (mentioned below) included new kinds of “fatalities” including babytalities and friendship. Mortal Kombat caused a lot of complaints by parents who were worried about the violence. Of course the violence in the first two Mortal Kombat’s is NOTHING compared to what is available now (which is why the ESRB ratings are there.)
Sonic was Sega’s answer to Nintendo’s Mario. A fast moving hedgehog and his buddies, collecting rings while zipping around.
#ESRB20 Twitter Party
Join us tonight for a Twitter Party celebrating the ESRB’s 20th anniversary and have a chance to win Gamespot giftcards and a Nintendo Wii U system! Follow @TheOnlineMom and @ESRBRatings and RSVP for the #ESRB20 twitter party. I’ll be there as @callista83!