Video games are so advanced these days. Technology has come a long way since my childhood.
I grew up playing Nintendo and Super Nintendo in the late 1980s and early ’90s. I remember being awestruck by the graphics of Nintendo’s Mega Man II and even more amazed when Super Nintendo’s NBA Jam and Ken Griffey Jr. baseball were unveiled.
My favorite catch phrase from NBA Jam (“boomshakalaka”), is a term I still use in everyday life while I watch sports in person or on TV.
For the past three years, I’ve had a Super Nintendo system hooked up to a TV in my apartment. I’ve played countless seasons of Tecmo Super Bowl.
A few weeks ago, I had a few friends over to hang out for the weekend. One of my buddies brought an Xbox, but as we were hooking it up, Tim Winslow voiced his opinion about going a different route.
“Do you have an original Nintendo system?” he asked. “If you do, we should hook that up instead.”
I searched my entire apartment and finally found the Nintendo buried deep in the closest. Winslow’s request paid dividends.
Once we got it set up, we went through my games. Much to my delight, I discovered Bad News Baseball, my favorite game as I grew up. I literally played it hundreds of times. It was released in 1990.
During summer 1995, my dad, Nolan Soete and I played Bad News Baseball at least four nights a week. We had one rule: The winner of each game continued to hold on to his controller, and the loser had to sit out a game.
The verbal jousting, friendly banter and bragging rights from games won and lost would be the topic of discussion every single morning while we consumed a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
The rules were set in place again as my friends and I played Bad News Baseball for the next several hours. I may be 31, but playing that video game took me back in time.
It’s become a part of my daily routine. I haven’t been able to stop playing it since.
Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002 or by email at shaun.scott@puyallup herald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_shaun.