Every so often, a game comes along that really gets some mainstream publicity, and this public attention can have an impact on our ordinary, non-game related lives. Most commonly, it comes in the form of a game such as Mortal Kombat or Grand Theft Auto III, fueling the debate on violence in the media. But Bad Dudes affected our lives in a much different way. Its plotline (that the president had been kidnapped by ninjas) terrified Americans everywhere, but also made them more aware of the threat posed by ninjas to our democratic society.
Back in the late 80’s, life for me revolved around Double Dragon. My brother and I would go to all the places we knew of that had a machine — the creepy arcade at the mall, the Chuck E. Cheese knock-off place where we always went for our birthdays, and even the “surprisingly dirty for being in such a nice neighborhood” convenience store. They wouldn’t even give us change at that store, so we’d have to go to a different store, get quarters, pretend to be interested in their Gauntlet machine, and then leave to go play Double Dragon. I even wanted a Sega Master System, just so I could play a decent version of the game at home. Double Dragon was just that awesome.