Total RecallTotal Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends.  

Before the internet existed, millions of players toiled away in lonely obscurity to find the best way to beat the oh-so-hard games of yesteryear. Lots of us scribbled in notebooks, drew our own maps and called tips lines to figure out how to beat the games we were obsessed with. And then we shared this elusive information with others.

Chris Bucci went further, though. Back when he was 12, the guy behind retro enthusiast site Turbo Views videotaped and narrated his own guide for beating the first Mega Man game. It's a long watch but nearly every second is filled with a young kid's unalloyed love for this very tricky game. Things to love: pre-pubescent Bucci's slightly gruff voice when he gets dramatic, the philosophical nature of some of his tips and the fact that he's giving you some immaculate speedrun to try and imitate. Hell, just love the whole thing, damn you.

Spida1a RETRO: "Mega Man Tape" ('90 home-video project walk-through) [YouTube]