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Gaming in the Philippines: Part I
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The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago of 7,100 islands located in South East Asia. A colony of Spain of 300+ years in the late 1500s, an American Commonwealth in the 1940s, and a Japanese-occupied territory during World War II, the Philippines (and the Filipino lifestyle) has been influenced by its neighbors and colonial fathers – from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, and especially to the games we play.

As far as the Filipino customer is concerned, “Made in Japan” has always been synonymous with high-tech and quality products. From TVs and stereo systems, to oven toasters and rice cookers, Japanese-made products have always made a big splash, and the Nintendo Family Computer wasn’t any different.

In a little over three months, video game stores were coming out of the woodwork. One was at every corner. Bikes were strewn all over parking lots; kids were screaming as Mario fell through the holes; more kids were screaming over their playmates’ shoulders, telling them where to go; and even more kids were arguing over whose turn it would be. At 25 pesos an hour, a group of kids normally pooled their meager summer money of five pesos each to gain entry.

Game consoles have always been defined by their games, and the most notable game of all was Konami’s Contra. Probably every kid who ever held a Famicom in the Philippines has played it – and definitely every kid who knew the infamous Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start) has completed it.

(The code was probably the most popular of all in-game cheats. I mean, every kid from every block knew about it. It started out as gossip and eventually became an Urban Legend.)

Being the first to finish a game meant that you had bragging rights. You were asked to go from house to house to show off your gaming skills. You were a celebrity. However, it was nothing compared to finishing RPGs. Completing games that involved any text meant that you were a Gaming God.

Most of the titles that came out were Famicom cartridges; hence, they were all in Japanese. Six- to ten-year-old kids everywhere had to figure out what was going on without a manual and without game tips from NPCs. Most just got stuck since they didn’t know what to do with the items that they had. Most saw it as frustrating; I saw it as a challenge.

My journey through Metal Gear was quite memorable, to say the least. It pretty much exhausted my imagination figuring out what to do. From the Key Cards that unlocked doors to using the antenna to get a better signal, trial and error reigned.

By and large, Nintendo was a hit in the minds of the Filipino people. However, this didn’t normally translate into profit for the Big N since most, if not all, retailers sold bootleg game cartridges. You had ‘10 in 1’ and ‘100 in 1’ that featured compilations of various titles and their mods. Filipinos viewed these carts as ‘value packs’ – they provided the best bang for the buck.

The bottom line has always been the same: Pay as little as you can while getting as much as you can.


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This tread takes me way back with the Konami’s Contra mention. Its the only code I remember. I must have played that game 100 times. Also remember 1942, double dragon and megaman.


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oh yeah!!!


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