I mean, I guess the title of this post is pretty self-explanatory, right?
I, Eric Bailey, being of sound body and mind, do solemnly swear that I have never played the Aladdin video game.
I also think it would be fair to say that the 16-bit adventure is a classic game, beloved by many owners and weekend renters alike. Both the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions have their loyal fans, and the debate as to which version is superior is always a fun one to behold. In fact, a Kotaku poll on the subject garnered well over 20,000 votes.
I certainly have no opinion on the matter, though, as I have never played either version. I have not even played the Tiger handheld.
I am wondering, furthermore, if I can start every single darn paragraph of this feature with the word “I,” thus cementing my Ego as top dog in the ol’ psyche. Stand down, Id: Your reign of terror is over.
I suppose I had my chance, and merely missed it. I owned both a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis. This consoles functioned. I played many video game cartridges on each of them. I was familiar with Aladdin, the animated film by Disney, and would have even considered myself a fan. Given the chance, I imagine I would have given the game a try. Even my fellow-gamer friend did not own the title, however.
I just learned, moments ago, that there was a Game Boy game, too. It was even enhanced for the Super Game Boy, which I owned. That might have been fun to play. I never got around to it.
I think “confession” is a loaded word, at least here in this context. This could be seen as implying that I feel a sense of guilt or shame about my lack of Aladdin gameplay. On the contrary: I view it with a dismissive shrug, happy to recall that I simply always had another gaming option more top-of-mind than this particular media-license choice.
I definitely played my share of ‘movie games,’ even Disney ones. I still remember the tone of bemused disappointment my mother had when she reacted to how quickly I had beaten The Little Mermaid on NES. Aladdin was just never enough of priority in my gaming life, I guess.
I suppose I could still try 16-bit Aladdin someday. Maybe I will, I dunno. But, alas, for the moment, it remains untried.
How about you? What’s your retro gaming confession? In my case, I think I have many… maybe I’ll share more, sometime. Until then, have fun out there.