|Nominal - 2018-10-10 |
The 1991 world championship that never happened. The event wouldn't be held again until all the way in 2015.
Nintendo mania had peaked around '89-'90. By '91, Genesis had drawn away a significant portion and the SNES further split the base as Nintendo Power immediately converted over to all SNES coverage, leaving non early adopters out in the cold.
Speaking of, I was shocked when I was just reading the sales numbers for all video game consoles.
I had no clue the PS3 sold almost the same as the Xbox 360. 360s were everywhere, and I knew ONE person who ever owned a PS3. More shocking is you would figure that a heck of a lot more NESs would have been sold. The PS3 sold 30% more units?....huh
The NES absolutely dominated the video game industry like no console before or since (its market share was in the high 80%'s for several years) but the consumer base for games was much smaller at the time, so by modern standards its sales numbers aren't all that huge.
This just reminds me of the Wizard. Remember how at the end of that movie, the little autistic kid thinks he's going to do the championship competition on a game he's practiced before, but then the announcer is like "FUCK YOU, WE'RE MAKING YOU PLAY SUPER MARIO BROS 3, A GAME THAT ISN'T EVEN OUT YET, SO YOU WON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU'RE DOING!"
I kind of want that to happen in a real esports competition. Like, have the Overwatch world championship match stop five minutes in, and then everyone's console reboots and suddenly it's running a copy of Overwatch 2, which no one even knew existed, and all the characters are brand new and assigned to each player at random, and whichever team wins the match gets the million dollars and saves their parents' marriage. People would have seizures, it would be great.
PS3s were also bought in mass quantities for non-gaming processing clusters. I don't know how much of an impact that would make on the total sales figures. I remember in astroparticle physics some of the heavy numerical stuff was done on PS3 clusters.
i had the opposite experience - i knew a couple people who owned a ps3 and one guy with a 360 - but between the system's popularity and people having to buy replacements, i also would have expected the 360 to have outsold the ps3, too
The closest I've seen is with the new Soul Caliber game. It's not out yet but they are introducing it in exhibition tournaments for other games, as a kind of side-show tournament. It's really refreshing to watch pro level players who don't know the game yet just playing and having fun with it.
I don't know if anyones marriages are at stake though, at least not more than usual.
|twinkieafternoon - 2018-10-10 |
Somehow Mega Man mascot is more of a horror show than Mario mascot.
You know what always killed me? That part of the World Championships cartridge was a level of Rad Racer. Playing parallel to another player on another TV, you can't finish faster than them or outspeed them. If you don't crash, you won't finish any faster than someone else who doesn't crash. Like, of all the games they could have picked to get a score in, Rad Racer?
Mario kind of looks like the lady in the radiator from Eraserhead.
|Old_Zircon - 2018-10-11 |
Some of the carts used at this thing are worth two or three years worth of my income now.
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