As someone who grew up on 8-bit video games, there's something unique and simplistic about them that's missing from today's games. Back then all you had to do was jump, kick and shoot your way across a screen, occasionally memorizing some action combo to defeat a major villain and advance to the next stage. It was amazing because you didn't have to do anything. You didn't have to read a manual, talk to some idiot through a headset or spend hours training, feeding, housing and massaging your character before actually playing the game. You just put the game in the system and pressed start. That's it. Done.
And yeah, I probably sound like an old fart, but I miss those 8-bit games! Even moreso after watching this fun little viral video that re-creates the first Iron Man movie inside a fictitious 8-bit video game. C'mon, how can you not want this to exist for real? With all the work that goes into creating unsuccessful movie tie-in games, you'd think one studio would be like, "Screw it, let's just put out an 8-bit game online and see how it does."
Yes, let's do that. And when you do, make it better than this cruddy Die Hard 16-bit game. Put a little work into it and they will come. [via @DustinMSandoval]
UPDATE: Right after we tweeted this, AgentM from Marvel sent us links for two similar games you can play on their site right now: Captain America: Shield of Justice and Avengers: Skrull Takedown