One DOS to Rule them All

Some things are just outright underrated. Like Ladyhawke.

You’ve probably, at one point, stumbled across something and thought, Man, this is so cool! I can’t wait to tell all of my friends how neat this is! You get to the schoolyard and find Little Billy. You thrust your precious item above your head, Zelda style, and start rambling about how it’s “the coolest thing ever!” and “totally awesome, you need one.” Lil Bill shrugged and gave you an “eh.” This is how it feels to love something that’s underrated.

My first case I bring to the table: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.

This game is a gem. Haters begone.

The story is, yeah, a bit extremely confusing at times, and the whole Raiden thing was a pinch in the rumpus, but this game sorta set the tone for the fan favorite, Snake Eater. The controls were about a billion times less clunky than the first game, and you could actually aim in first-person. Who would’ve thought that actually aiming the darn gun would be helpful? Nobody is who.

Sure, the voice acting isn’t exactly keeping me from jumping off a bridge, but for a game released a little over a year after the birth of the PlayStation 2, it was about as good as it got. Just compare it to Final Fantasy X, released just five months before. That voice acting, although a new addition to the series, basically kept me from ever giving a darn about Tidus.

Overall, I’m in love with this game and feel like it deserves a lot more credit than it gets. Snake Eater isn’t everything, fanboys.

The other thing I wanted to bring up was DOS games. Like… the ones that aren’t Doom or Star Wars: Dark Forces.

When youngins like my peers hear “DOS”, their response is always something along the lines of either, “What the heck is that?” or “Isn’t that the thing that makes those annoying noises?” It kills me to see how quickly DOS has become obsolete and nearly forgotten. I wasn’t born in the age of MS-DOS, so I was never there to witness the release “new technology that would blow DOS out of the water.” I, as a teenager, became absolutely obsessed with the old technology, because I, as a teenager, wanted to catch up on all of the things I missed, pre-conception.

Some of my favorites are Ascendancy, Scorched Earth, and Monkey Island. These games amazed my feeble teenaged brain. The games are old, which obviously shows, but they were just as addicting and immersive as games made today. Especially Scorched Earth. That game puts you in a trance. I play it against bots for hours without realizing it!

These games are often fondly regarded as nostalgic throwbacks, but I can’t help but feel that they’re generally underrated. If you shuffle up to someone with your hecking Toshiba DOS potato and start repeatedly hammering your hands into the keys, they’re probably gonna scoot away. I’d bet that you’d have better results if you did an equally flamboyant shuffle to the same person whilst running PUBG at max specs.

Well, if you happened to read my last post about my laptop’s CPU, here’s a little update. I’m trying to scramble together some money to buy pieces for a PC. I’m thinking about going for an AMD Ryzen and a NVIDIA GTX 1080, but, like, money. With chemistry and the school musical, my work hours are minimal. It’s like school is trying to make me lose my job by teaching me how to get a job. Who wants oxymorons, class?

This has been fun. I love talking about some of the things that don’t get the love that they deserve. It helps me to remember that, no matter how insignificant, history is fascinating. Well, the tech kind, at least.

Here’s to another week. Have a good one!

Love, ShurikenKat. Not creative enough to come up with these italic outros.


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