Our first holiday feature is a weekly series called “The 25 Days of Christmas NiGHTS.” My cousin, Brett, decided that it would be awesome to sit down, relax with a warm drink, and enjoy the euphoric NiGHTS demo. He has been writing a journal and taking one photo a day since December 1st. Hit the jump for Brett’s photos and journal for the first week:
Hey, all you TSS readers, and welcome to my “25 Days of Christmas NiGHTS blog!” I’m not particularly trying to beat my high score every day, or trying to “link” as many times as possible. My only goal is to play the game once each day, and merely have fun. Sure as the days go by I find myself scoring all “A” ranks and improving my skills, but all I want is to share my fun with others.
I was fortunate (yes, fortunate) to receive a Sega Saturn several Christmases ago. I believe it was the first year that they were sold. However, at the time, I had never heard of NiGHTS Into Dreams. I was kept busy with Sonic 3D Blast, Virtua Fighter 2, NHL ’97, and Clockwork Knight.
Many years later, when I had already moved on to the PSOne, my cousins (Brad and his brother, Alex) starting mentioning a Saturn revival and that we should seek out rare games. I was all for it and they introduced me to games like House of the Dead, Virtua Cop, Sonic Jam, and NiGHTS. After extensive and painstaking bidding, Brad could never secure a copy. It wasn’t until a trip to an obscure game store on the other side of St. Louis where we found NiGHTS and Saturn zappers.
NiGHTS quickly became one of my favorite games for any platform. I will defend that statement to this day. The simple child-like imagery, bright colors, and superb music is appealing to me on many levels. It’s simple and I love it. Two years ago now, my cousin brought me another Christmas gift, that he found at a garage sale, Christmas NiGHTS. It’s only two levels (but they never get old) and the “Presents” are especially fantastic.
For this Christmas, I decided, “What better way to just relax and have fun during the holidays, than playing Christmas NiGHTS? Even better, why not every day and take pictures to share my experience.” That’s what the “25 Days of Christmas NiGHTS” is all about: recalling a simpler time and enjoying myself.