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January 4, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The day I bought Bionic Commando For my NES, I finally understood video game addiction

Before the Internet, finding really good games was a hit-or-miss ordeal.
Without online ratings, reviews, and game play videos, it was difficult to discern a good game from a bad one. An indy electronics shop in White Plains let me try out Atari 2600 games, but in the aisles of Toys R Us, I was on my own.

If you shopped there in the NES era, you likely encountered their game aisle full of box art. I could literally stalk the NES section for hours looking at box art and trying to interpret the descriptions on the back when you flipped the tab up. These two-sided box displays were all I had to go on when it came to buying a new game. The Internet has made that ordeal much more palatable.

The price of games back then was fairly steep, so I always tried to choose carefully and make educated guesses about each purchase. There were good days and bad. I discovered a lot of great artwork adorned the boxes of dreadful games. However, the day I picked up Bionic Commando, I commended my selection skills and sat down to play a game that would delight me for decades!

As I sat mesmerized on the floor in front of the TV, this game took hold of me and I couldn't stop. Even today, it's mechanics are great and it's a ton of fun to play. So few games have this effect on me. It was a good day at TRU when I opted for this game!

Bionic Commando for NES What game did you buy back in the day without any idea if it would be good? Do you still play it?

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