Online Media and Role-Playing Games
Lucky to have been born in the 70’s, I have played many of the greatest games in history.
Games of which, in one way or another, paved the way to the video games we see today.
Nintendo had great success with the release of Donkey Kong in 1981, but this was indeed was
just a prelude of things to come. In 1985, they release the Nintendo Entertainment System
which, “Single-handedly revitalized the video game industry” (Nintendo.com). A lot of the
games that were released were revolutionary and even to this day, hold a place in “Video
Game Mecca.” If you owned a Nintendo, it was a must have to own games like Super Mario
Brothers, Metroid (the first game that had a woman as the primary character), Mega Man, and
The Legend of Zelda. For these games, not only were they unprecedented, but had a story line
and most important to many gamers, a significantly high replay value. Selling over 60 million
systems worldwide, Nintendo never looked back.
As new companies emerged like Turbo Grafx, Sega, and eventually mega conglomerates
like Microsoft and Sony, there was a scramble to include new genres to ensure that companies
stayed in this booming, multi-million dollar business of gaming. One of the genres introduced
was Survival Horror in 1995. Sony introduced a game called Resident Evil. The premise of
Survival Horror is that of a 1980’s horror flick in which you are alone and trying to escape the
misfortunes that have befallen the city. Capcom’s (also responsible for gaming greats like Mega
Man and Street Fighter) Resident Evil (1995) takes place in a fictional mid-sized city in the
Midwest called Raccoon City (www.capcom.com).
After numerous reports of people missing and once found, apparently eaten, the Special
Tactics and Rescue Squad (henceforth known as S.T.A.R.S) Bravo team was...