Name calling at its Worst?
Everybody knows the Plug N Plays and pretty much everyone grew up wanting one for their birthday. Maybe you saw them on the store shelves at Walmart or Target; Pac-Man, Namco 6-1 Games, Batman. When you here the term Plug N Play in gaming there are three things that come to mind; first the obvious (needing to put this in here for everyone’s tech sake) to simply plug in a device to a computer and use it with out the need of drivers or really anything else, The SECOND is Jakk Pacific Plug N Play, those are the ones that everyone saw on the shelves at Walmart and Target such as Pacman, Batman, Spiderman and so forth… then there is the last one BOOTLEG, KNOCKOFF, just to name a few. These are the ones that you find at flea markets, swap meets and other back world places but that doesn’t mean you can’t find them anywhere else either.
First off Jakk Pacific Plug N Plays were fun to play and somewhat what cheap to buy some more expensive than others depending on the game or license product you find. I remember the surge back in the early 2000’s when they hit store shelves and people where buying them up as cheap birthday gifts and then they started to wane a bit and you could find them on the clearance aisle for cheap. These games are not the best games you could play but they were decent for what they were.
And then they were lost in the darkness…
Until another surge of Plug N Plays came sweeping through…You would often find Player Choice (Now named Power Player or Power Racer) with over 100,000 games in 1 at thrift stores. Now nobody knew where these came from, well I certainly didn’t at the time but wow how about that over one hundred thousand games in one little controller, at the time that sounded awesome but to my surprise it was all Nintendo games in different formats. I thought this was cool and at the time most rental places had PS2 and Xbox games so Nintendo was a little hard to come by. I would see these every where and then different looking Plug N Plays would start to pop up here and there as I started going to different thrift shops. I didn’t know there were so many!
Now I have always called these types of Plug N Plays, well Plug N Plays and nothing else. I have heard over the course of many years that they are called BOOTLEG and KNOCKOFF consoles which to my dismay they are. But that doesn’t mean we should call something such as this a derogatory name. Yes you heard right, I feel that calling them BOOTLEG is a derogatory name. Now call me a hypocrite but Knockoff sounds a bit better but not by much. I know what you are all thinking, they are taking the games we all know and love and ripping them to their console with just a few simple editing tricks such as; wiping the Nintendo logo away, copying one game and changing the sprites in every copied game, ect).
There are tons of these everywhere but still I don’t think name calling is the right thing to do just because the console and games are crap and yes I have played many that have been. Call them by there name even if you have to find out what it is or simply call it a Plug N Play. If I went in to Game stop, Vintage Stock or Game Xchange, you wouldn’t here me calling the Xbox a load of ^*& do you? These people would look at me in the worst way. The same goes for Plug N Plays. I dislike the Xbox and I do have one I think the PS is far greater but I don’t go around calling it crap. I simple call it by its name. Now I will have to say that a lot of it has to do with YouTube. Click-bait at its best if you will. I would rather watch a video that said “The Top Ten Worst Plug N Plays Ever!” then watch a video that had the title “The Top Ten Worst BOOTLEG CONSOLES Ever!”
Lets Be honest with ourselves, they may have slightly different names to attract those that don’t know best about video games but we as gamers know that these so called “consoles” do not play CD, DVD, BLU-RAY at all. They have built in games in them that aren’t the best. For Example the PSXBOX I believe it is called doesn’t play PS or Xbox games nor does it have any of them built in. Now its OK to get make fun of it for the laughs (being a hypocrite now) but calling it a BOOTLEG is just taking it to far. Somebody took the time to make this and maybe this was the best they could do. Maybe this was an attempt to sell to unexpecting customers that didn’t know better. Who is to say? All I know is that the name calling is at its worst when you refer it to BOOTLEG or really anything other than Plug N Play.
I hope that I have gave you something to think about. What do you think? I want to here from you!
Stay Retro my friends,