Andy Sullivan: Against the Grain
I’m a gamer but sometimes I don’t get to my PS4 as much as I’d like. Okay, maybe a lot of times. Ever since I got my PS4 for Christmas, I was on the lookout for one of my favorite ‘90’s games, Bad Dudes. Back in the day, Rochester had two stores- B & J Grocery-One of which carried Bad Dudes. Problem was, the copies were almost always rented. That speaks to its popularity. I would try Boggess in Morgantown. I soon struck pay-dirt!
I immediately fell in love with the game. What can I say? I was a typical boy. Bad Dudes, Mike Tyson’s Punchout and Streetfighter were my go-to game rentals. Occasionally I’d also get an ice cream cone when I stopped. Ah, youth! Anyway, back to the game.
Bad Dudes was released on the Nintendo in 1990. I was 11 years old. I spent many an afternoon after school and many a Friday night playing that game, trying to beat that game. And I finally did! The elation one feels after beating a videogame is second to none. All those hours of hard work, the cheat codes and everything else, finally paid off.
I soon graduated to Super Nintendo. I skipped out for a bit and returned to gaming for PlayStation 2. I would then go back to Nintendo and get a Wii one Christmas. After several years of going Wii, Wii, Wii al the way from home, I went videogame dormant once again.
Then came the PS4. Once I got it and started playing, I soon discovered that I had gotten pretty bad at gaming. I got beaten quite a bit. Gone were the days of joystick/keypad and A, B buttons. I guess my patience wears thinner as I get older. Clearly I needed a tutorial. Instead, I once again backed away for a bit.
I was still looking for that Bad Dudes game. It was never made for any PlayStation unit. One day, I finally found it online. It was a mini game from MyArcadeGaming(www.myarcadegaming.com) As soon as I turned it on and heard the old-school music and the game intro, I was taken back. The gameplay is easy. There is a headphone jack for late-night/doctor’s office waiting room play. Just like the old arcade and Nintendo game, Bad Dudes from MyArcade is hours of fun!