Crash Bandicoot: Nostalgia and the Rise of Mature Rated Games

29 Aug

            I was many who had played the series as I was growing up, and I was curious about the Nintendo Switch version, and I see many things that came packaged together with the deal. It was a big hit and sold a lot of copies, but the game I played when I was a child was not what I was expecting. The format still looks the same but it was a little disappointing. But this is more about nostalgia then a review of Crash Bandicoot, more of a personal retrospective of the past comes to mind.

The game proved a little jarring as I hadn’t played it in a long time. The game is beautifully reinterpreted to fit modern standards. Somewhere I heard that the game was a interpretation of a Vietnam Vets life and the mask that followed Crash was the idea of his ego protecting him. It was supposed to be a journey for a Vietnam Vets soul, but the game is what it is. A lovable bandicoot that is conservation friendly, but it seems like the days of Crash Bandicoot are like Mario, long ago lost to the systems of old. But this came from the Onion, so this is not to be taken seriously. More of a laugh to me. (

It’s not a bad idea to keep reinterpreting old products, as Resident Evil 2 remake proved a financial and critical success. What the game proved is that I had outgrown something I fully never understood. It’s a hard game for me to think about and take seriously when there are so many games that are ridiculous but also serious at the same time. Crash Bandicoot and the license seems to be a children’s game, through and through, the way Narnia is still a children’s book until Lord of the Rings arrives in a young person’s life. What the problem with most games of the past hold for me is that the style of jumping across bridges as if I was playing a modern reinterpretation of Frogger, is why I often play more modern games over the old. Part of it is that nostalgia to me can often cloud over improvements made today, but sometimes, improvements aren’t always that great. Final Fantasy seems to be a parody of itself since it’s fame with FF 7. Is all of this bad? No. Nostalgia helps us remember where we came from.  

Even when I come to appreciate the nostalgia associated with my childhood, it’s nostalgia that can keep gamers from moving forward in appreciating the new development in video games with Mature content. The claim that video games represent a culture of “sexism and mysogny” by people like Anita Sarkiessian (Snotkesian to many), it remains another mystery as to why she’s an icon in the first place. But Crash is a representative of my childhood that begins to fade away as I think about the years leading up to this article. Childhood is something to hold in the past, but not as an adult. It does make us remember what “games were like” but nostalgia is cancerous as the “member berries” in South Park that makes people remember the old days as the town of South Park eats them. 

What makes Crash Bandicoot familiar is that the will to be a new man when the world remembers something different. It’s memory that can make childhood seem blissful and charming. I remember the only reason people coming over my place was to play video games because there families were too cheap to buy them one. It’s learning that you were just a side show and no one appeased the adult that would grow up with games. Two games elevated the matureness of games palate, from my own experience: Gears of War and Call of Duty Modern Warfare. 

It was like learning you could be a spy jumping out of helicopters or an everyday hero who was fighting off aliens on a planet that was more alien than they were. Mature rated games could present a problem for the kids who wanted to play something more dark. What the gamers wanted at that time, in the mid 2000’s, was something that elevated the heart rate. 

With America undergoing the Iraq war, gamers like myself wanted to be in the thick of battle. Mature games offer what most children outgrow when they get hair on there chest. It’s like when you watch Goodfellas for the first time at 17, and it was another new experience. The presence of becoming a man through video games is like shooting guns, and you can be another person. Video games do not even account for most reasons violent crimes are committed. So, fuck off with that “video games are bad” bullshit. Video games are just as effective as literature or any other art form. 

Nostalgia rating: 10/10

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