Thursday, August 29, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 60 - GoldenEye 007

When GoldenEye 007 released on the N64 22-years ago I doubt anyone expected it to have the impact that it did. It brought real mission objectives into FPS besides just "Find the keys" and its wonderfully fun split screen multiplayer cemented the Nintendo 64 as the social party box of its generation. It was also a licensed game that didn't suck, which was basically unheard of at the time. GoldenEye was magical and still holds up pretty well to this day. We take a look at it on day 60 of Eric Vs. 365.

There isn't much to say about GoldenEye that hasn't already been said. It was great. It was innovative. It was incredibly good looking back in the day. The single-player mission objectives were genre-changing. The multiplayer was addictive and fun and awesome. The unlockable cheats were amazing. GoldenEye was a near-perfect game.

GoldenEye had a big impact on my life, too. We played hundreds of rounds of multiplayer over the course of several years and it was awesome. My friends. My sister's friends. New people I wanted to be friends with. Everyone loved GoldenEye multiplayer. It was a common thing that could bring lots of different people together.

My love of GoldenEye even affected my eventual career path. Back in 1999 when Rare's next game, Perfect Dark, was revealed I was all ridiculously excited about it. So much so, in fact, that I started searching the Internet for info and found a fan site dedicated to it that was looking for staff members. I applied and got in and, even though I didn't actually end up writing anything for them, it was useful experience that helped me ultimately start writing for and eventually becoming the Xbox Guide for I originally wanted to be a fiction writer back in my high school days and didn't really plan on being a journalist, but that is where I ended up thanks largely to GoldenEye 007.

For this video I just wanted to tell stories and run around and shoot stuff, so I used the cheats. One thing I wanted to add to one of the stories, though, that I forgot to say in the video, is that when we camped out for a PS2 all night on October 25th 2000, I had to take my ACT test on October 28th. Most people, I think, would probably be more concerned with a big future-defining test and would want to study or rest or something. Not me. Securing a PlayStation 2 with Andrew, and buying Zelda: Majora's Mask for myself, was much more important. I never needed to study, anyway, so it wasn't a big deal. And I did VERY well on the ACT, thank you very much.

We'll eventually do a Perfect Dark video for Eric Vs. 365 as well. It'll definitely be multiplayer, but I can't promise if it'll just be me against bots by myself or if Andrew will be around.