Last Updated: 12-22-99 --- (Blah blah blah.)
"I just had the strongest memory --
coming home from school and going to the fridge... ice cold bottle of milk...
big piece of chocolate cake. Just the simplicity of it... I can't think of
anything that'll make me feel that happy again."
-Charles Van Doren, as portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Quiz Show
erhaps I am overly sentimental. If history
is of any relevance I am without a doubt so. However, something broader than
that needs to be said on the subject at hand -- the subject of webmastery; the
subject of classic videogaming; ultimately the subject of nostalgia. So I'll
drop back a bit from where my narration presently stands. Oh boy, a chance to
|I do not pretend to love the American 1980s. An
entire era of pop-culture fixated upon high school bears little
resemblance to my proverbial cup of tea (although I must give due notation
to Perfect Strangers, The Cosby Show, and the beginning of
They Might Be Giants.) It is probably befitting, then, that the
greatest love I extracted from that period was, in point of fact, an
import -- and an amplification of the situation's irony that it has
probably had a greater influence upon me than any other single
Okay, so that's dramatic. It is not unfounded, however. My staunch belief in the universal human potential for heroism comes not from religious doctrines (Christian pontifications of an entirely separate, paternalistic god make no sense to me anyway) but the experiences of toppling evil on countless fronts that the Nintendo Entertainment System accorded my youth. Moreover, the system supplied an outlet of common interest to a remarkable number of people, such that I cultivated an inordinate number of friendships, and by way of which NES aficionados became as unified an interest group as any short of the Star Trek fandom.
|The lost-then-found nature of the experience is, I
admit, a cliché -- akin to by and large every experience of "rebirth" that
has ever been of any significance to anybody. However, as the SNES era
dawned, the majority of what I call "NES Preservationists" were far too
young to weigh the conflicting standards at hand. Moreover, videogaming
did not disintegrate in one fell swoop. The SNES featured numerous quality
titles, and for that reason the gaming public was happy to accept it.
Players did not know their ideals were soon to be abandoned -- they had no
choice but to get lost. |
A few years went by, after which, in my own life, a remarkable thing took place. I looked around the gaming realm and realized that, while I was running around the modern scene with my head up a certain private orifice,
|It is difficult to describe the experience in
universal terms -- mainly because each such sensation is relative to the
individual. That suits me perfectly, for I don't want to define it. I
don't want to apply weeks of intense cognition only to understand
something less than I understand it now. This I know, and this I choose to
believe: the "NES Renaissance" is very much the experience Fiennes/Van
Doren was describing -- the sudden epiphany -- the "just ha[ving] the
strongest memory." Really, that is what this entire preservationist
retinue is championing -- even when we dissect games mercilessly in review
form, we are, in effect, declaiming upon their multifaceted natures, their
inherent uniqueness, their worthiness to be reviewed. How many original
things are left to say after one has talked about three N64 games? Not
many, I would imagine.
Well, we're championing their aesthetic quality and the somewhat unearned
Oh, and welcome to The NES Enshrined (bienvenido al NES Enshrined)!
Select Your Destination From The Following Choices:
Recent Updates - A
documentation of recent updates to the site. This one rather speaks for itself... My site can count. I'm very
Game Reviews - Reviews and informative overviews (varying in length) of the one hundred and fifty-five NES games I own.
Pedantry - Read on as I probe down to levels of gaming profundity that don't really exist. And when you're done, slam your head into a wooden button to learn the real truth (it'll make sense when you're finished.)
The Stump - A haven for views, theories, and other NES-related epistles -- open, I should add, to whatever you might like to contribute.
NES Media - Devoted to the many alternative forms of media (movies, print, etc.) that have made the NES the marketable superior of pretty much every other video game system -- before or since its time.
Site History - Yet another totally practical tangent moulded to utter lunacy in mine hands (speaking in Shakespearean jive is fun.)
Acknowledgments - My homage to the many people who have helped both myself and the Shrine in various ways.
All About Dief - My bio -- suitable for those who, for reasons beyond my understanding, want to know more about me. (The title of the bio is a reference to the film All About Eve.)
(Dief says upon reception that accolades are not the true rewards
of his work. Then he goes backstage and points mockingly at his fellow webmasters
while dancing around like a lunatic.)
The NES Enshrined is history's first recipient of the
Similarly, this site has been named the
for November of 1998.
This site is honored to receive
for April of 1999
Questions, suggestions, commendations, condemnations, and proposals of marriage are welcome here. Solicitations, on the other hand, ARE NOT!
Graphics from Ultima: Exodus, and courtesy of what is now The Internet NES Database!, maintained by Michael Melanson.
This one rather speaks for itself...
My site can count. I'm very