Have you ever gone back and revisited a beloved game or movie from your childhood, only to discover you were a stupid child and that the game or movie is actually utter crap? I realize that posing this question to the kind of people visiting our site is kind of dumb, but if you have, then you know what kind of sad moment of realization I had when I replayed The Bouncer. Squaresoft’s first offering to the PS2. The Bouncer is a beat’em up that mixes in RPG leveling elements and a fucking horrible story that branches off depending on choices you make. Nostalgia is a funny thing, and I am going to be more careful going back to pieces of my past from now on. I am not so much frustrated with the fact that The Bouncer is a bad game, so much that I am frustrated with my memories from childhood being tainted. The game sparked creativity in me, and I loved it. I used to gaze at it with wide eyes and open mouth, like a stoner watching the Food Network.
The Bouncer hasn’t been my first disappointment when going back to old movies and games. Ready to Rumble, for example, was bad upon re-watching, and a reminder that kids are dumb (and that I was no exception). The Bouncer stands out in my mind as being particularly painful, however, simply because of the memories. I never actually owned the game; rather, back when Gamestop (now EB Games) still had demo setups, my ever-attentive parents would use it as a daycare. One day, The Bouncer was there, and four hours later I had finished playing it.
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