This is how we pick games before, what game has the most beautiful picture.

1 : Anonymous2021/09/02 10:14 ID: pgexym
This is how we pick games before, what game has the most beautiful picture.
2 : Anonymous2021/09/02 10:25 ID: hbarran

The nostalgia is killing me..

ID: hbb6xzk

same to me

3 : Anonymous2021/09/02 11:16 ID: hbaw0ed

The best part of a new game was the manual that came with it. That smell was pure bliss. Reading the ~20 page manual in the back seat of the car on the way home got you pumped. You got home, plugged it in and off you went instantly.

ID: hbb0hhr

I loved the manuals. They’d have a brief history of the storyline and bios for characters. Fantastic stuff.

ID: hbbf3br

Game manuals are what satisfied my gaming urge when my parents were limiting my screen time. Can't play today? OK well I guess I'll just obsess over my virtual world in a different way.

ID: hbbw8ji

Read it on the way home

ID: hbb3tik

Loved me the mgs manual the art inside was amazing.

Same with resident evil 1,2 and 3.

Miss that stuff

ID: hbbdjgi

Msg on ps1 was my first game in that genre. I bought it cause of the art and was worried I wouldn’t like it. It was amazing to play! wish I could get that feeling back.

ID: hbbc0ot

I remember getting Tony Hawk Underground on Christmas morning and reading the whole manual on the way to my grandma’s house.

ID: hbcaul6

I have a great memory with THUG2, my mom wouldn't let me get the game because it was rated T and I was still 9 years old. So when my birthday came close I asked my dad and he said he'd think about it.

When my birthday rolled around he told me that he talked to my mom, and he said he knew she didn't want me to play it bc she thought I was too young, so here it is! And pulled the game out from some hidden spot! I was PUMPED! Probably the happiest I've ever been to get a game as a gift.

ID: hbbwgri

I still remember at 9 or 10 years old sitting in the mall food court pouring through the Age of Empires 2 manual so exited to play for the first time later that night. A perfect age of childhood bliss before all the stress of middle school and onwards.

ID: hbcw32y

No you get it at midnight release, run home, put in game, and go to bed while a 50GB 'patch' downloads.

ID: hbbw7d8

Those old manuals are gonna be worth a load one day

4 : Anonymous2021/09/02 10:29 ID: hbas2qz

More like your friend had the game, you played it with him, and then knew if you wanted it too...

ID: hbbc1j7

How did your friend pick games?

ID: hbbefop

From his other friend

ID: hbc38f5

reading about it in a magazine like Game Informer, seeing an advertisement on TV or in a magazine, browsing through boxes in Babbage's/Electronics Boutique and reading the information on the back

5 : Anonymous2021/09/02 10:45 ID: hbatcr0

That’s how I still pick games…

ID: hbbb6wn

Same. It's how I discovered I love metroidvania style games too

6 : Anonymous2021/09/02 10:50 ID: hbatrhr

Pretty sure this is why I was hooked on LoZ. That gold cartridge called out from across the room at my local video rental store.

ID: hbc3f56

I rented games before I ever bought them. That said, I played a LOT of Metroid, Megaman2, and Gauntlet. I also still love Donkey Kong Jr. Rented it, it was fun for an 8 year old me...and it's still fun!

7 : Anonymous2021/09/02 13:07 ID: hbb7yds

The good old NES days.

You would browse the glass cupboard for ages before making your mind up, and whatever the game is you will grow to like it, because you will be stuck with it for ages.

I managed to find a few people at school who also own a NES so we swapped games sometimes so it helps.

Oh that Star War game on NES who the hell think it was a good idea that your character dies in 1 hit and you only have 1 life?????

ID: hbbyccz

I was browsing for gba cartridges when I was 9. Parents told me one pokemon game was enough, but didn't realise or care that FireRed and Ruby were two completely different stories, continents and pokemon.

Now the damn things are $50 a piece and I've been cheated for hundreds online trying to get legitimate copies. Amazon and eBay support are no help in that regard.

8 : Anonymous2021/09/02 11:48 ID: hbaz24q

i had a Sega Master System as a kid.

The one with Alex Kidd in miracle world built in.

I remember always running towards the sega mega drive (genesis) section of our local store, drooling at the cool games i could not have.

The design of this cover was particulary intriguing to me.

9 : Anonymous2021/09/02 13:04 ID: hbb7km5

And that was the only game you had for 6 months or so until you could beg for another.

I do miss those instruction manuals so much though. The art in them, pictures, cheats, and then gossping with friend and showing off the game that they otherwise had maybe never seen.

Pre modern internet age defenitely added an element of suprise and delight that is mised today with so many trailer, gameplay previews, reviews, etc of any given game you will play.

ID: hbc3wky

My dad's rule was that we couldn't get a new game til we beat the one we had. 3rd game ever bought was Mike Tyson's Punch Out. It took a loong tile but I finally beat that dude. Then my dad bought Too Gun cause he liked the movie. I cheesed it by flying above the other fighters lol. That game sucked. Then came MegaMan 2. Beat it that weekend, but I told dad I wanted to keep playing it. No rush for a new game. That was like 30 years ago and I still play it regularly.

ID: hbcee85

Good thing you didn't get Ghosts and Goblins, you would be set till the next gen

10 : Anonymous2021/09/02 11:51 ID: hbazdjp

My local store had one of those glass cabinets but it had revolving shelves inside all covered with different cartridges. I used to spend ages pressing the button and watching them all rotate by.

11 : Anonymous2021/09/02 16:41 ID: hbc2f79

Some Atari 2600 games had amazing artwork. They had to. Cause once you got home, reality set in. At that point, you would turn off the game and go back to staring at the box art, silently in your room.

Best game box art?? Castlevania for the NES and Chrono Trigger for the SNES.

12 : Anonymous2021/09/02 14:50 ID: hbbm4fk

Yes! I remember my mom letting me pick a game out and I chose metal gear based on the art.

13 : Anonymous2021/09/02 12:43 ID: hbb5301

In the store analyzing the back of the box like its the declaration of independence trying to find that perfect game

14 : Anonymous2021/09/02 12:44 ID: hbb58he

Where's my newspaper of game prices from Funcoland. Oooooo Super Mario Bros is .86 cents

15 : Anonymous2021/09/02 11:00 ID: hbaujea

99999 games in 1

16 : Anonymous2021/09/02 11:34 ID: hbaxnu2

I picked my first Zelda game, links awakening DX, because it had a cool sword and shield on the box.

17 : Anonymous2021/09/02 11:43 ID: hbaykla

Ah, that section where you can also find 99 in 1 brick games.

18 : Anonymous2021/09/02 12:11 ID: hbb1iwu

I remember seeing Zelda: OOT in a glass cabinet and I could not read English yet so I just saw the picture of a sword and a shield and I instantly knew it was the newest Zelda for N64. Best childhood game for sure!

19 : Anonymous2021/09/02 12:23 ID: hbb2uoc

This was a heavy punch in the feels, damn

20 : Anonymous2021/09/02 12:38 ID: hbb4k66

Yes, then we got home and started playing, and we never got through that second or third level…

21 : Anonymous2021/09/02 12:51 ID: hbb615t

I recall a Game stop manager said the same thing in the mod 2010's

Most of their sales being Madden, FIFA, or parents who buy a game based on the box alone.

22 : Anonymous2021/09/02 12:51 ID: hbb61px

Brings back memories of visiting the flea market as a kid and see all the awesome retro games and pokemon cards being sold. Good times.

23 : Anonymous2021/09/02 13:26 ID: hbbadum

I remember this for my very first game purchase with my dad; Duke Nukem 3D on a floppy disk.

Great feeling, now though? Just give me the download link.

24 : Anonymous2021/09/02 13:26 ID: hbbae07

I’ve never been to a place like this ever, but this is exactly how I bought a Nintendo DS in my dream set in the early 2000’s.

25 : Anonymous2021/09/02 13:34 ID: hbbbgwn


26 : Anonymous2021/09/02 13:36 ID: hbbbthd

I bought Legend of Zelda NES new at a flea market for $25. Mainly because it was gold, and I heard that it was good.

27 : Anonymous2021/09/02 13:43 ID: hbbcnlh

pretty sure most people still do this on the app store

28 : Anonymous2021/09/02 14:02 ID: hbbfdi3

In the 90s we picked Games based on their Cover.

29 : Anonymous2021/09/02 14:23 ID: hbbiahs

I remember when I first got pokemon ruby amd sapphire and the colour of the cartridge was just unbelievable at the time

30 : Anonymous2021/09/02 14:33 ID: hbbjr5h

And that's the reason the covers had really epic pictures(sometimes over-epic)

31 : Anonymous2021/09/02 14:49 ID: hbblzjp

I remember in the 80s, when pc games were becoming a 'thing', they had some of the coolest packaging. They also had stuff like coins and cloth maps. Cool shit. A lot of very creative people didn't get the appreciation they deserved.

32 : Anonymous2021/09/02 15:07 ID: hbbojmt

When I was a kid and it was my bday my dad took me to best buy and let me pick out a game. Any game I wanted. I picked up a game called everquest. Had a lady on it in chains and a lizard looking creature approaching her. Took the game home. My mom saw it and had a meltdown lmao. She told my dad we had to return it and pick a different game. So we went back and I saw this game called Diablo 2. Had never heard of it. But I liked the skull on the front. Went home and installed it and it's been my favorite game ever since.


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