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For the arcade, don’t ask me why, but for some reason I was always drawn to Gyruss. Every time I would hit an arcade, I’d play a bunch of games but always look for Gyruss. Maybe it was something to do with wanting to fly but I also liked how the ship moved in that cool arc around the outside of the screen and everything came flying out of the middle. I don’t know anyone else who actually liked that game, but I was bummed when I stopped being able to find it at the arcades. ~Ray Culver
Favorite Classic Arcade Game: Gyruss
Favorite Classic Console Game: Super Mario Bros.
As far as my favorite classics, I have two, an arcade game and a console game.
Now one of my most memorable video game experiences was playing the original NES at my friend’s house as a kid and working every night to beat Super Mario Bros. It was by far the most popular and talked about game at that time and the big challenge then was to beat that dragon. We had gotten there a couple times before but got killed, so every time you made it to the last part, you’d get nervous, like something real was actually on the line. You would get all set and sit up straight, ready to go, and then you would just go and go and go and then all of a sudden it’s over and we got to see what the end was like and how it all wrapped up. I still remember exactly the night we beat that game for the first time. We talked about it a lot at school that next week.
I got into Zelda and Metroid and Punch Out and others after that, but even after finishing those games, nothing stuck with me like that night I first beat SMB. The funny thing is, back then it felt like it took forever to get through one of those games. But a few months ago I sat down with a girlfriend to play some old school NES and we pulled out Contra. I think it was less than an hour and we had gotten all the way to the end of that game. I hadn’t played the old stuff in a long time and it made me appreciate how far gaming has come over the years.
I see some of the stuff now and I don’t think we ever thought it could look like it does now back then. Getting to be a part of that process was blast and I look forward to doing more in the future.
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Ryan Culver is an actor who among many other projects played Nathan Drake for the PlayStation commercial for PlayStation’s All-Star Battle Royale. The guys not only nails the look for Nathan Drake, but is actually a man of action and adventure himself flying people all over the world.
Check out his commercial:
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