This post is a response to The Well-Red Mage‘s review of The Lost Vikings. If you love old school Blizzard games or have respect for that classic SNES then feel free to read the review here! I’m sure it’ll be worth your time.
On the day that my mother found out that she was pregnant she bought my dad a Super Nintendo and put it in the spare room that would eventually be converted into my bedroom. Needless to say that system holds a special place in my heart. I have fond memories of classic games like Super Metroid, A Link to the Past, and Super Castlevania IV.
I even enjoyed the more obscure mascot platformers like Alfred Chicken and Aero the Acro-Bat, but I had never heard of The Lost Vikings until around this time last year when I got Beta access to Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm.
The three vikings work together as a single hero, but can be controlled separately just like in their game. Baleog typically goes mid-lane and is the primary damage dealer of the group. He throws an endless amount of swords. Erik is still the speed demon of the group boasting the fastest mobility. He attacks with a slingshot. Olaf being the largest and tankiest viking has the highest health pool.
As they progress in levels they can learn an escape move where they jump into the air and float a short distance. They are temporarily immune from damage. The vikings can also do a spin move that temporarily stuns an enemy. When the three group up they can perform a “Longboat Raid” where they hop into their floating boat and fire a barrage of explosives at the enemy.
After playing as these characters a bit I became curious about their original game which inevitably lead me to your review. After reading it I feel that this game is definitely worth my time.
Connection. That’s how it all started. Electricity powering the first pong machine. The most simple game made for two players. Connect a second controller and play with a friend.
Fast forward past the crash. The Nintendo Entertainment system was released. Two controllers and and countless games to play alone or with friends. A challenge that created a hotline that gives strategies for beating games.
The age of the arcade. Flashing lights and beeps reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. A place to spend quarters and make friends. Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Franchises that are still around today.
And what do we have today? The internet! All you need is an internet connection and you have access not just to video games, but to other players. We live in a digital age of gaming.
Video games and game related content from media coverage to tournaments are at our finger tips. Gaming has developed into a community of sorts, a subculture. Many of us find personalities in the community that we like whether it be YouTubers or Twitch streamers, and develop subcommunities around them.
We the players, the products of this digital age. We interact with each other and our games in search of fat loot and reaching the next level. All of us are connected. We play for different reasons, but we all play, and we all have that connection whether it be electrical, digital, physical, or spiritual.
We play games for various reasons. We seek challenges in platformers like Mario and want to level up our party in Fire Emblem. At the core of our gaming experience is one thing, fun. We play games to have fun, and what could be more fun than sitting on the couch with your friends and playing some games?
It always starts the same way. You meet up with your buddies grab some snacks and gather around the old TV. You put the game in, the disc spins and the fun begins.
Everyone talks trash and gives each other a hard time, but it’s all in good fun. No one takes it too seriously at first. Everyone is just so delighted to be blowing off some steam in Smash Bros. or Mario Kart.
Then it happens. One of you breaks out ahead. You stole someone’s star in Mario Party or just got a triple kill in Smash. Suddenly the salt sets in. The tension, the conflict begins to build. Before you know it the controllers are thrown, the chips are everywhere and your close group of buddies are shouting vulgarities at one another before storming off in fits of rage.