Sports

Throwback Sports Video Games

Michael Fields
    Staff Writer

Video games have exploded on to the scene in the past few decades. They are a form of entertainment that allows the users to get away from their reality and everyday life for the some time and enjoy these elaborate video games. This form of art has transitioned significantly over the decades through unbelievable technology improvements. In general, users love to play video games, because they are so diverse. There are all types of video games. I am going to focus on sports video games, and the games that were extremely popular in the past, but obsolete now in the video game world today.

First there is Tony Hawk Pro Skater video games. Tony Hawk’s video games really exploded onto the scene when they were released starting in the early 2000s. I remember growing up and wanting to play all of the Tony Hawk games. This was intriguing, because I am not really into skateboarding at all. However, these games were so amusing that they still grabbed my attention.

I had many friends that were not skateboarders either, but these entertaining games from Tony Hawk really did change their perspective on the sport of skateboarding. The Tony Hawk series is the biggest selling skateboarding gaming franchise in video game history. If you were growing up in the 2000s, you had to know of Tony Hawk and his epic skateboarding games.

Next, I want to talk about NBA Street and NFL Street. These two street games brought a whole new perspective to the sports video gaming industry. Sure, people around the world have played streetball for decades, either basketball or football. Now, the streetball mentality had come to life on the screen through these video games. These games had players who were streetball legends, but there was also basketball and football legends on these games as well. Some of these legends include: Michael Jordan, Julius Erving and Jeremy Shockey. I remember wanting to play these high-octane games, because as the player you felt like you were actually playing streetball with these players and legends. NBA Street, in particular, was one of my favorite video games growing up.

Also, there was the backyard sports series. This series was backyard sports that consisted of basketball, baseball, and football, and others. The games took place in an outdoor setting where all of the characters were kids. There were “normal kids” which means that some of the characters looked and played like everyday kids in the games. Also, there were legends on the games. The twist is these legends were kids as well. So, these games had legends as kids like: Barry Sanders, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Cal Ripken Jr, Derek Jeter, Ken Griffey Jr, Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady. I used to love these games, because it was the first time that I had seen a sports video game where the athletes were kids. As a kid, it was so magnificent to see that. It really did stick out to me.

Lastly, I want to talk about the NCAA franchise who made sports video games. The two popular NCAA video games were the football and basketball editions. This was really impressive as well, because it was the only sports video games that had college players in them. That was something that really stood out to me as a user of these games. It was so stunning that you could play with college athletes instead of professional athletes. I will always love the NCAA games, because they were so astonishing and brought something to the sports video gaming world that they had not really seen before.

I was so fortunate to play these video games growing up. If you played these games growing up, you know exactly what I mean. I think that the games now are truly exceptional and so much fun to play, but I just wanted to shine the light on some retro sports video games. Some people may have forgotten about these sensational games, or were not able to play them so they learned a little bit about these epic sporting games.

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