Jump! - Created by Jake Murray
Every video game enthusiast has moments in their gaming history that they look back on and remember with picture perfect clarity. The moments are different for everyone. It might be the first minutes of popping in a new game on launch night, the first time watching a favorite cut scene, or beating a seemingly impossible level or boss. These nostalgic moments are the reason that we play video games, and the memories are perfectly etched in our minds
The artist, Jake Murray, created this piece as a tribute to one of those defining moments for him. He describes the piece and the nostalgia as follows:
“Like a lot of kids who grew up during the 90s, I LOVED video games. The first time I saw Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on my cousin’s Sega Genesis, I was completely hooked and would not rest (or let my parents rest, rather) until I too owned a Genesis.
Well, eventually I got one, and to this day I still have fond memories of sitting as close as physically possible to the TV screen trying to get Batman to make the jump over those damned rooftops. I remember getting so engrossed in the game that I would lift the controller high over my head every time I attempted to make Batman jump in hopes that the motion would cause him to glide just a liiiiiiiitle bit farther and land safely on the other side of some bottomless chasm. It never worked, of course, and I soon learned to just sit and move my thumbs.”
I think we all understand what Jake is talking about. I remember a similar moment for myself, which was my first time playing the Nintendo 64. The game was Star Fox 64, the setting was a birthday party. Crouched around the TV in the dark, flying through the decaying rubble of Corneria for the first time, I was blown away by the action. We must have played that first level at least 20 times. And that moment that Falco calls out for help, “I could use some help here Fox!”, I would lean forward every time as I boosted to try to save him.
It’s such a simple part of the game, but I will always remember it.
What unforgettable gaming memories do you have?