I am a HUGE (American) football fan. The regular season kicks off tonight, so to celebrate it, I thought I would discuss a football game I played as a kid – John Elway’s Quarterback. Previous to this, the only football games I had played were ones that my uncles owned – Mattell Football and one of those vibrating football tables:
I was only a kid – maybe 5-9 when I played those two older games. I didn’t really know how football worked at that time. My knowledge was pretty much limited to touchdowns, field goals, sacks and interceptions. The fine details of the game were a bit beyond my interest. Those two electronic games were perfect for that because that’s all they focused on. John Elway’s Quarterback for the NES really helped to teach me more about the game.
In this game, similar to every game now, you had to be familiar with those fine details. You needed to understand receiver routes and plays, but you were really more the head coach. You called the plays and your team tried to carry it out. This is the screen where you made your decisions:
As a kid, it didn’t make too much sense, but it did the more I watched football on TV. As I look at this now, however, it’s very basic stuff. I really did enjoy this game and I got to be pretty good at it. I like these older games better than the current-day football games. They are just too complicated for my liking. I miss the days of the simpler play. There were many other football games on the NES as well and they were all fairly similar. We just happened to have had this one and so it’s what I knew.