1984 Video Game Notes

Here are the reference notes I made for the games released in 1984.

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Marble Madness

Original version: Marble Madness, released in 1984 for arcade

Did you ever play with marbles as a child? I did, but one day I lost all my marbles. Anyway, I’m going to show you Marble Madness today, as you no doubt surmised by the title of this article. Atari had a really good year in 1984, pumping out tons of innovative and interesting titles such as Paper Boy; I, Robot; and many others. If only such innovation had come in 1982 or ’83….

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Tetris

Original version: Тетрис, made in 1984 on the Elektronika 60

Recommended version: Tetris, released in 1989 for the Game Boy

I don’t know what I could possibly say about Tetris that hasn’t already been said many times. It’s considered the quintessential puzzle game and is incidentally one of the best-selling games of all time. It so profoundly affects players that many of them hallucinate in everyday life, seeing blocks falling in front of them. What’s more, Tetris is a perfect game (mirror).

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