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'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' (Atari)

"Ghostbusters: The Video Game" (Atari)

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A plethora of platforms

PlayStation 3 (Sony): You can get a used PS3 at Amazon.com for about $160. The console comes with a built-in Blu-ray player, and Sony offers free online play via the PlayStation Network.

Xbox 360 (Microsoft): Best Buy sells used Xbox 360 consoles for around $130. You have to pay to play online through Xbox Live, but the online community is arguably larger than that of other consoles.

Wii (Nintendo): Target sells the Wii brand-new at about $150. It’s an affordable console with lots of family-friendly titles.

Personal computer or Mac: Playing games on your personal computer is by far the most expensive option due to the costs involved with buying high-end graphic cards and overclocked processors. But computers also give you the option of downloading user-made game modifications, which let you drastically customize your gaming experience.

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Updated: August 13, 2012 6:29AM



You never think you’ll turn into “that person,” but it always seems to happen despite your best efforts to the contrary.

“You have no idea how good you have it,” you’ll say to a younger person, usually with your brow furrowed and your upper lip slightly snarled.

“Back in my day, things were different. Things were tougher.”

Every generation seems to think theirs had it the roughest, and that each subsequent generation simply is breezing through life on a cloud of carefree comfort.

Is it true? Sometimes.

Folks who lived without air conditioning in 110-degree temperatures sure had it rougher than we do now, and I’m pretty certain it was a pain in the neck getting around before the advent of automobiles.

But for my generation — those who grew up in the 1980s — one generational gap that is most assuredly true is the difference between the video games we played back then and the ones folks now enjoy.

Back then, we were lucky if our graphics resembled even basic shapes, much less the high-resolution imagery of current games.

Our sound effects consisted of generic bleeps and bloops, and you controlled the game’s main character using only a single button and a joystick.

But despite all the technological drawbacks of the time, video games of the 1980s were wildly entertaining.

We didn’t know better graphics and sound effects were on the horizon, so we enjoyed what we had, limited as it was.

Back in my day, things were different.

Modern marvels

Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or an inexperienced newb, these modern-day masterpieces are sure to keep you occupied for hours on end.

“GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME” (Atari): In this 2009 title, you help the Ghostbusters rid New York City of evil spirits and pesky demigods using only your wits and a nuclear-powered proton pack.

The game also features the voice talents of Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray — the actors who portrayed the Ghostbusters in the original 1984 film.

“THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM” (Bethesda Softworks): For a sword-swinging, magic-wielding adventure of epic proportions, check out this 2011 game.

Create your own character and embark on a quest to defeat a dragon god that is prophesied to destroy the world.

“THE SIMS 3” (Electronic Arts): Real life getting you down? Check out this 2009 computer game, which lets you create your own virtual world complete with marriage, kids, a career and that dream mansion you’ve always wanted.

“DEAD RISING 2” (Capcom): When it comes to battling the undead, no game beats this 2010 title.

You’re trapped inside a shopping mall with hundreds of thousands of zombies, and you must fight your way to freedom using only the items you find scattered throughout the many shops and restaurants.

You can even save other survivors along the way, assuming you’re the compassionate sort.



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