The first game I ever played was Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt on an NES in my dentist’s waiting room. I knew I liked video games, but it wasn’t until the first video game I ever owned, Crash Bandicoot, that I realized I LOVED video games. Colorful, fun, and engaging, Crash Bandicoot is the perfect entry level video game and probably had a lot to do with who I am as a person today. It’s a bouncy zaniness that I still embody and its probably why orange is my favorite color. I’ve put countless hours into those three games but out of all of them, the third one, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, is the best. I love Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back for its insanely asinine secrets, but Warped has the best gameplay and the most extra stuff to do. There is still a picture of me absolutely losing my shit when I unwrapped Crash Bandicoot Warped on my birthday. If you ever needed proof of my passion for video games then this photo will serve:
Despite being the pioneer of 3D linear platformers, Crash isn’t the most amazing game. It’s not the greatest at anything, but to this day it is still an extremely enjoyable experience for anyone who can wield a controller. Not even a slew of terrible games could keep Crash from being a beloved icon in many gamer’s eyes. Its no great loss if you’ve never played one of the three, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth playing if you get the chance. But at the end of the day, nostalgia will always cloud even the keenest of eyes and Crash Bandicoot: Warped will forever be one my favorite games of all time.