Classic Friday! ESPN Extreme Games (1995)

Hailed from the SONY flagship called the Playstation, the 90’s were so good to kids like me. A kid who was more used to games on cartridges and floppy disks rather than CDRoms. Music was played on CDs when they weren’t played on cassettes. I say all of this because I want you to know where my childhood understanding of all this new technology came from, I had no idea that the Playstation was for video games. Don’t give me that look, you’re either old enough to understand where I’m coming from or young enough to stare at me blankly with that how-could-you-not-this-technology-was-ever-present sorta look. No, it wasn’t. When I was a kid,  I literally got excited hearing my neighbors got the new Playstation because I thought it was a toy train station. Not excited when my parents bought the NES, not excited when my brother got a SNES with Rocko’s Modern Life or the Ren & Stimpy game, not terribly excited when my friends boasted about having a SEGA Genesis with all the amazing Sonic games I could drool over today. When I was a kid, I got breathlessly excited because I thought it was a electric train station. Oh, what simple times the 90’s were…

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My childhood expectations, Minions. I present to you… SONY’s Play Station.

One of my earliest memories– once my hopes of ever having a scene from a very old movie replicated into my own childhood– was Playstation’s ESPN Extreme Games. This game has sports, a good selection of what means of EXTREME conveyance you wish to partake in, and best of all… Early 90’s Violence! You know what I mean, it was inescapable. Whichever platform you grew up with, you know for a fact that your favorite childhood game had many levels of violence in it. You all know exactly what I’m talking about. We’ll get back to that later! Extreme Games was like the Rollerball of sports related racing. You chose your profession EXTREME and you raced it all the way to the finish line, claiming countless lives in the meantime. Of course, because this game is “meant for kids”, no one actually gets hurt. You just get that abrupt stop, the flicker of temporary invincibility while your character recovers. Y’know, the usual stuff.

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Like any other arcade racing game you could think back to but… with people on death-bikes, rollerblades, and a washboard someone fitted with wheels to ensure their horrific demise.

This game had just about everything that could keep a 7 year-old could want; Anarchy and everyone-for-themselves mindset where any misconduct goes and the maiming of your fellow competitors– Wait. Did Tonya Harding personally work on this project?? All these years…   I have some things to think about. While you find that very unlikely, deeply consider giving us a like and a follow if you enjoy our articles! We greatly appreciate your support, Minions! Until next time!

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