From fish-eye lenses to Big Dog-style one-liners, 1990s video game ads had it all. And by “had it all” I mean “were absolutely ridiculous and almost hurt to look back on today.”
Blood! Guts! Angry brothers! Screaming parents who just don't understand! While there's some tangible Kickstarter fatigue in video games right now, a good pitch is a good pitch, and Strafe's making an awfully strong argument for why it should have your attention.
Nowadays many video game ads are loud, in-your-face, and teeth-grittingly serious. Back in the day, though, developer id Software made the original Quake—an unabashedly gore-spattered first-person shooter—look like the perfect Christmas present for grandma and the whole (weirdly creepy) family.
Remember the 1990s? It was a wonderful time, a time when Microsoft would pay Jennifer Aniston to beat a child actor at video games, all in the service of helping explain how to use Windows 95.
The Nirvana of Video Games? Video games need a grunge movement, or at least that's what Kotaku contributor and 90s aficionado Leigh Alexander argues in this excellent piece over at Gamasutra. It's a version of a talk she recently gave at a UK games convention, and it involves Paula Abdul.
Remember the 90s? What am I talking about, of course you do. But if you want to really remember them, like, vividly, watch these episodes of the 1996 edition of GamePro TV, which have been uploaded by the Oakland-based Museum of Art & Digital Entertainment.