Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Stuff in My Drawers Day: Christmas List

This is my joint birthday/Christmas wish list from 1990. Because of my September birthday and horribly delayed video game development cycles, half of the things I'd ask for for my birthday wouldn't actually come out in time. I hedged my bets by making my list a living document and adding/removing on the fly.

  • I didn't like Castlevania 3 much once I had it -- it was too hard to jump and I always fell down to the bottom of vertical game levels.

  • Hero's Quest 2 (later Quest for Glory to avoid trademark issues with the classic board game) was a great game featuring an impenetrable maze in the first town as a form of copy protection. (I did not win the contest to get a free copy).

  • King's Quest 5 was horrible, full of tiny, glimmering items to pick up that you couldn't go back to get when you needed them 8 hours later. Also, it featured a talking owl named Cedric who mainly just said, "If you're going in there, I'm waiting out here."

  • I definitely wanted an AdLib sound card for that great tinny MIDI music.

  • Gordon Korman remains my favourite tween author, although I stopped reading anything he wrote after about 2001.

  • I did get a bugle, and played it less than 100 times over its lifespan.

  • Clearly, my dad added Fake dog turd and BO Juice to my list.

  • I actually had that golf puzzle framed and hanging in my bedroom for many years. It currently sits in the downstairs basement with all of the other remnants of my childhood bedroom that were collapsed to make room for Maia's nursery.

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