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Prepare the nostalgia and check out interview with Luiz Curado, winner of the Supergame championship in 1992

Prepare the nostalgia and check out interview with Luiz Curado, winner of the Supergame championship in 1992

In last month we posted in our social networks a video – watch under – of a report on the First Brazilian Olympics of Videogames, made by Supergame in 1992 and counting with 18 rivals – 17 boys and a woman

We realized that the nostalgia of this event hit so much in our readers, so we searched and located one of many rivals, Luiz Reginaldo Almeida Fleury Curado, who gained the championship within the Grasp System class.

He gave us a detailed account of how this was unforgettable expertise that counted as a prize a trip to Disney! Put together the nostalgia and come again to the 90s with the reminiscences of the Luiz of this unforgettable event!


Luiz, tell your story with video games and the Supergame championship

I ought to have been 5 or 6 years previous when my father brought me and my brother, from Christmas current, one Atari 2600 . Next to the videogame got here a cartridge, Bobby is Going Residence which I should have performed hundreds of thousands of occasions.

Bobby is Going House

Virtually all the boys in my business additionally had an Atari. Loads of them I ended up attending to know concerning the online game. I keep in mind one among them commented that there was a boy who had a recreation referred to as Jungle Hunt which I had not performed yet, and who stated it was actually cool. I grabbed my shoebox, the place I stored my “Atari tapes” and went to that boy's house. When he answered the door I asked if he needed to vary tapes. And that day began a friendship that lasts until immediately.

A number of years later, at college, a pal requested me if I might take the online game at my house to play. He stated that his mother would not let him play through the week, so he had taken the video game to high school, hidden in his backpack, to play at my house after class.

On that day my father, watching us both enjoying Alex Kidd in Miracle World asked me which video game was that. And I replied that it was the Master System the online game that each one the boys have been enjoying. I explained to my father what the differences have been from that online game to Atari, that the Grasp System had 256 colours, that Atari 16. That it was an Eight-bit online game, a new era of video video games.

And I keep in mind, how if it was immediately, the day my father took me to the mall, saying that we might go there to have ice cream. We walked into the American Shops, he requested me what video game I used to be enjoying with that good friend of mine that different day. I showed the Master System on the shelf. He asked the seller how much it value. And requested him to get one, which he would take. And that day I gained my Grasp System.

Along with the online game, my father additionally stated that I might select a recreation. I chose Choplifter a less expensive cartridge, 1 mega. There was additionally the R-Sort of 4 megs, nevertheless it was far more costly, and it was out of the question to take it.


I keep in mind fondly that day, because I am conscious that my father, at the moment, couldn’t give me that video game. Cut up the cost into as many installments as attainable. However even with out circumstances he did it for me, because I knew it was something I needed very a lot.

After some time, the Mega Drive appeared. An aunt needed to buy for my cousins, and she or he asked me to help her with that buy. It was me, this aunt, my mom and my brother. My aunt purchased one for my cousins, and my mother additionally bought one for me.

Then came the Super Nintendo. And all of the boys in Goiânia only stated that in VideoGamia had arrived one, and that it was potential to pay to play in it. Videogamy was a video games store that opened within the metropolis, the first of its variety. I went there to satisfy that video game.

It was on a 21-inch flat-screen TV with stereo sound. And I was speechless once I saw Mario getting into the first Tremendous Mario World citadel, as a result of the sound was loud and made the partitions of the shop vibrate. It was a direct passion. Now I needed a Tremendous Nintendo.

But as I stated before, we didn’t have such a very good financial condition. Although I had an Atari, a Master System and a Mega Drive at residence, we did not even have an electronic video cassette that everyone had at residence. My father stated that I already had three video games, and that I could not afford another. That even was very costly …

Then VideoGamia determined to do a Mega Drive championship. The sport was Sonic and anyone who arrived on the finish of the game quicker would win a Tremendous Nintendo (truly, the Japanese console, the Super Famicom). My brother and I saw the chance to get the dreamed SNES. And that day we made a deal: one among us would win that championship.

Sonic The Hedgehog

And we educated. We educated lots. I figured that on championship day would have a variety of boys screaming in our ear simply to take our concentration off, so I educated at residence with the TV sound at most quantity. To train my concentration, my focus. To be attentive to the sport, and solely to the sport, even when the world was falling around me. I needed that videogame, and the way I needed it!

On the championship day there were two TVs. My brother and I have been placed aspect by aspect to play. And as soon as we started, the boys started yelling that we have been enjoying simply the identical. To take a look at one television and the other was the identical, one appeared to mirror the other. Who was profitable the championship until then was a boy named José Guilherme (who a couple of years later was the champion within the Mega Drive class of the Supergame contest). He had come to the top of Sonic in 30 minutes.

I didn’t win this VideoGame Championship. I was second. However my brother gained. And that day we turned recognized all through the town as “the brothers of the video game.” I arrived on the finish of the game in 28 minutes and a half, and my brother managed in 28 minutes. And the house owners of the video retailer, Abel and Meire, whom I keep in mind very fondly, gave my brother the much-anticipated videogame. I acquired, for the second place, the cartridge The Revenge of Shinobi which I performed till I might not be on Mega Drive, and that until at the moment is one in every of my favorite games.

The Revenge of Shinobi

The sport stores, in Goiânia, started to appear all over the place. And, as was inevitable, there was an enormous championship in the metropolis, sponsored by numerous corporations. The championship was Mega Drive and was going to be held at a serious shopping center within the city, Bogainville Mall. And a video retailer, GameMania figuring out that my brother and I had gained the VideoGamia championship, contacted us saying they needed to sponsor us. We might decide up whatever recreation he needed. We might play within the store as a lot as we needed. And on the day of the championship we might wear a shirt with the identify of the store. On that day I used to be getting into a staff, together with different boys, the dream of every gamer.

In this league once once more I discovered Jose Guilherme. And in addition many good players. Amongst them was Eudes Shiraishi, owner of Video games Membership, then the town's largest gaming retailer. He was additionally collaborating within the championship. I managed to qualify for the ultimate, and in addition Jose Guilherme. The sport of the final can be chosen between QuackShot Decap Assault and one other I can not keep in mind. It will win the championship who came to the top of the game quicker. In order that they raffled Decap Assault, and I gained. José Guilherme took second place.

Decap Assault

The prize was a trip to observe a Components 1 race in São Paulo. As I was not entitled to the companion, and I used to be not even 15 years previous, I most popular to take the money from the trip and save for someday to purchase a Sega CD .

Then got here the championship of the magazine [ActionGames. And the championship labored like this: anyone who needed to qualify for the final must take a photo of their report and send it to the magazine. There were several categories, and you can hit the photograph of a recreation from Grasp System, Mega Drive, Nintendo or Super Nintendo to attempt to qualify. The Master recreation was Area Harrier and it was the one I chose to hit my document. As soon as once more we performed together, me and my brother. We sent our photographs and we managed to qualify, each of us. We competed in the championship with the others, I went to the final and I was second. My brother was in fourth place.

What I needed most, on this championship, was not the prize, however the title. Throughout my historical past with the video game, I needed to be the champion. But I used to be not. Cláudio Tomé dos Santos, a paulista, played better than me and took the deserved first place. And subsequent to the prize, the title of champion.

Championship Motion Video games

Then came the championship of SuperGame . And now, the qualifying spherical to play within the finals in Sao Paulo would occur for a number of months. And there can be two classes: Grasp System and Mega Drive. Every month there was a special recreation to hit the photograph and to qualify.

All of the boys from Goiania just talked about it, they have been hitting their data and sending it to the magazine.

In the second month, the surprise: I used to be capable of qualify for the Master System class. And that month, within the Mega Drive class, Jose Guilherme was also capable of qualify. The next month, to my shock, two other boys in my business have been capable of qualify in the identical class as me: Márcio and Dani.

I keep in mind at some point when he rang the telephone and it was Eudes, owner of Video games Club, wanting to speak to me. He stated he needed to sponsor me for the Supergame championship. He stated that I might decide up his recreation from Grasp's, Mega's and Tremendous Nintendo's. I might play NeoGeo if I needed to play in the arcade machines, he would give me the chips. He also stated that if I found a recreation in another store, and he didn’t have that recreation, I might get it. And he would pay the lease.

And I did it. I performed all of the Grasp games I might discover in the Goiânia stores. I performed Mega Drive, I performed Super Nintendo.

José Guilherme was sponsored by Games Membership, as have been Márcio and Dani. As the two had certified for the Grasp System category, they proposed to train with me. However quickly within the early days I noticed that their intention was to know my methods, not share their strategies with me. I informed them, then, that I might practice alone.

Sweeping the videogame video stores of Goiânia, I found uncommon video games of Master System. They might discover out and ask our sponsor to name me saying that I ought to lend the game to them to coach as properly. They usually took these video games with me and they didn’t give me again.

As I couldn’t rely on the games, to coach, I began to videotape some performs. I might put the video to spin, take control, sit in front of the tv and memorize the performs with the video game off. It sounded loopy, but that's how I educated. I recorded my performs on Sonic, Paperboy, Sonic 2, and a number of other different video games.

Once we went to São Paulo to play the championship, I made it some extent to get there sporting the Video games Club shirt. It was the least I might do for Eudes, who loaned me video games from his music store, which allowed me to play there once I needed to, who paid for rentals I made at other corporations. It was the least I might do for somebody who held out my hand, who believed in me.

On the championship day there can be a semifinal, and solely four members would go to the ultimate in every category. The games no one knew what it will be. It was then introduced that we might play in the semi-final Gauntlet a recreation that had not yet been launched in Brazil that neither I nor anyone else had played there before. At the least not within the Grasp System. I had this recreation on Nintendo, but I by no means had a Nintendo.


In the championship, what was value was the rating that may be on the display when the organizing committee decreed the top of the drums. Regardless of how many occasions you died, what was value was what was on the display on the time of “stop.” When you died, your factors can be zero.

The semifinal began. Beside each participant was a controller controlling the time. I noticed several individuals dying and beginning the game once more from the start, with the rating zeroed. I used to be preventing for it not to occur to me.

Then one of the inspectors introduced that it was one minute to finish the semifinal. I appeared to the aspect, and saw Dani and Márcio drop management, saying they have been stopping to get the rating that was on the display. That they had much more points than I did. And different members have been in entrance of me.

And it was at that moment that I closed my eyes, and asked God to assist me. And once I opened my eyes, the phrase Bonus Stage appeared on the display. It was a stage where you gained numerous factors, but you had to discover the best way out for the points to be counted.

The prosecutor began the countdown to complete the semifinal, and I used to be choosing up all of the rafters I might, looking for the best way out . “Ten,” “9,” “eight,” the prosecutor stated, and I ran to the exit. When he lastly shouted “One, it's over!”, I walked in the exit, and the dots began to spin on the display. The prosecutor was alarmed, saying that he could not see the score, that he had to stop that rely. Someone stated he couldn’t stop turning the numbers.

When the numbers stopped spinning, the surprise: I used to be in second place, and I might go to the ultimate. Dani had come first.

To everyone's surprise, there have been three Goiás in the ultimate of the Grasp System class. Márcio and Daniel Pontes, the youngest of the rivals present, additionally made it to the final. And Jose Guilherme had additionally qualified for the final in the Mega class within the first place.

They stated then that the ultimate recreation can be drawn. They usually introduced that it might be Sonic 2 .

Márcio and Dani celebrated this selection because that they had played this recreation lots. They have been assured, and came to ask me if I knew that in the event you went from any part in lower than 30 seconds, you’d get 50,000 points. Should you went from the stage in additional than 30 seconds, probably the most you can win was something in the 1,000-point vary. The strategy was clear: to maneuver from the phases as quick as potential, in lower than 30 seconds.

I made myself misunderstanding about this, and considering that I did not know the technique Marcio sang victory, as if he had already gained the championship . He stated that for my comfort, he can be the champion, Dani would take the second place, I might be third. The three of us would win the first three awards, which have been journeys to Disney.

He just didn’t rely on one thing.

I used to be not capable of transfer from the primary part in 30 seconds, however I used to be not capable of transfer from the primary stage to the subsequent. I managed to do this within the second part, in the third, and in several others. Márcio and Dani did not do this. Once they couldn’t reach the 30 seconds within the first levels, they pressed the online game reset.

I keep in mind that the whole press was surrounding Dani in the ultimate because he was the favorite. He had been the winner of the semifinal. A single photographer had sat down next to me, wishing me good luck.

I keep in mind the prosecutor saying that there was one minute left before the ultimate, and I keep in mind listening to a reporter ask Dani what number of factors he had. 5 hundred and a few thousand. It was once I heard somebody shouting: “ The opposite one is over one million factors! ” “ The opposite one is with more than one million points! 19659002] And then got here that heap of reporters with flashes, cameras and camcorders throughout me. I appeared away from the television and appeared away. Dani, Márcio, and Daniel had launched their controls and have been taking a look at me with their mouths open.

I dropped my control and acquired up, tears streaming down my face.

And I gained the championship in the Master System category

19659002] It was very troublesome to get the mark to go to the final?

I don’t say troublesome, but laborious. In the qualifying levels, the perfect was to realize the maximum score in the recreation. However for that, typically it was needed to go away the tv on for an entire week, enjoying from 10 to 12 hours a day. In some video games, it was theoretically unattainable to succeed in the maximum rating: this must depart the television on for an entire month.

And I also had another sort of unforeseen: the sunshine might fall at any moment, because it had already occurred before. As well as, it occurred to different boys, who have been also beating footage to ship to the magazine, to show off the clock of sunshine of my house, because they knew that I was making an attempt to beat my document. play the final?

As I stated above, I educated so much to get to the ultimate. I played all the Grasp System video games I might find, I performed Mega Drive games that would enhance my reflexes, like the Shadow of the Beast .

She was born of that want to have a Tremendous Nintendo, there within the Championship of VideoGamia, and was strengthened with the will to win the championship of Supergame, something that I had not obtained in the championship of the magazine Motion Games.

Shadow of the Beast

Immediately's video games tournaments are big, with millionaire prizes and even world professional leagues.

I see that the championships of yesteryear are very totally different from the championships of right now. I want to have participated on this more organized era or was it value extra the enjoyable with out dedication? At present, you play towards each other, and beat the one with the perfect strategy. The championships of yesteryear have been fascinating as a result of it was just you and the sport, and gained the one which made the perfect rating, or that achieved a better end result. Immediately there’s a winner and a loser. Before, everyone was a winner. The victory was not gained upon the defeat of another player. I'm grateful to have participated in that era the place the video game was taking its first steps.

Play one thing in the present day, do you still take pleasure in video games?

I consider that each time has its time, and at this time my life could be very totally different from the one by which I participated in the videogame championships.

I am presently married, I’ve two young children, I work all day. At that time I solely studied, had all the time on the earth.

At the moment the time I’ve is counted. But even so once in a while I nonetheless find some time to play. I have at residence an Xbox 360, a PS4 and a Wii U. The PS4 alone I play, because the games, for probably the most half, will not be for youngsters. Wii U is exclusive to boys. They love Sonic and Mario, particularly Super Mario World, which for them is the perfect of all of them.

With the present wave of retrogaming, lots of people in the 30's and above have come back to play video games of that era, whether in emulators and even in the unique machines. How do you see that?

I see it as a nostalgia. Individuals play these previous games as a result of they convey back reminiscences of a previous time, of glad occasions. It's like taking a look at a photograph and remembering the moment when that picture was recorded: this brings up an entire set of feelings, reminiscences.

I notice the current launch of the video video games of formerly Master System, Mega Drive, Atari , Super Nintendo. And I find that very fascinating. What are the perfect reminiscences you have got of the Grasp System and the Mega Drive? 19659002] I keep in mind very fondly these two video video games, and particularly the Master System. This can be a online game that reminds me of those days in my childhood when my pal from faculty took his Master hidden in his backpack to play at my house after faculty. Also, once I consider this video game, I keep in mind that day when my father, even without circumstances, purchased one for me. I keep in mind that it was the Grasp that made attainable my classification for the first Brazilian championship of video games, the championship promoted by the journal Action Video games. And I also keep in mind that it was additionally the Grasp that qualified me to compete within the Supergame championship finals.

Mega Drive, in flip, was a video game that I fell in love with from the primary moment. Which has accompanied me for a few years, which has given me memorable moments in my life, with their unforgettable games, with the moments that I spent enjoying them with pals. And it was Mega who allowed my brother to win a videogame championship in Goiânia, which had a Tremendous Nintendo prize, and that allowed me to realize in that same championship the second place.

It is troublesome to point out my favourite games on the Master System, as a result of I’ve many different issues to do with the Grasp Revenge of Shinobi.

What are your favorite video games on these consoles and why? favorites. However let's go! First, without a lot thought, I put it on the prime of the record Alex Kidd in Miracle World . Not solely because it is likely one of the video games that my pal took to play after class, which has a relation with the reminiscence of those occasions, but in addition because it is an interesting recreation, lovely, very properly made. I can say that it was the game that made me need to have a Grasp System.

In my listing of favorites I don’t omit the two games of Sonic, and especially Sonic 2, which was simply the sport chosen for the final of the Supergame championship. Each are implausible games, which have their very own allure; usually are not a mere copy or a decrease version of their Mega Drive counterparts. Quite the other!

And the identical I can say of the model of Citadel of Illusion for the Grasp, that it is a spectacular recreation, unique, and very totally different

Persevering with the listing of favorites, I additionally embrace R-Sort, Shinobi and Golden Ax, games that had a superb adaptation of the arcade to the console. And in addition embrace classics like Cloud Master, Fantasy Zone 2, Astro Warrior, Aztec Adventure, Marvel Boy, Fortunate Dime Caper, Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, Kenseiden and top-of-the-line Master System games, for my part: Golvellius – Valey of Doom. What a recreation!

And the way to not keep in mind the revolutionary 3D glasses, the feeling of enjoying Maze Hunter 3D and Area Harrier 3D with them? How can I not keep in mind the fantastic translation work executed by Tectoy, which translated into our Phantasy Star language? And the variations of games with characters beloved by the youngsters, which made potential the unique and exclusive manufacturing in Brazil, of Monica within the Fort of the Dragon? What an exquisite job, Tectoy! The Grasp System brings me many good reminiscences, and I simply should thanks for doing all this for us gamers of that era!

Now, talking about Mega Drive, how not to keep in mind classics like Sonic, Altered Beast, Golden Ax, Moonwalker, The Revenge of Shinobi, Thunder Drive, the varied Streets of Rage? How can I not keep in mind Kid Chameleon, Quackshot, the duo ToeJam and Earl? And the way do you not keep in mind fantastic RPGs like Phantasy Star, Shinning Pressure, Sword of Vermilion?

Sonic's songs are so lovely, so partaking, that to this present day are etched in our memory. They are additionally part of the repertoire of the Video Video games Stay world tour. I had the opportunity to be in one of the live shows of this tour, when she went by way of Brasília, the place I stay, and I confess that I used to be thrilled to listen to the Inexperienced Hill Zone music being played by the Brasilia Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by the pictures of my beloved character operating via the immense display of projection.

And it was not out of sheer nostalgia that emotion. It was enjoying Sonic from the Mega Drive that my brother and I gained that videogame championship in Goiânia.

Concerning the Supergame Championship, did you get to know the legendary “Boss”? What did you consider him? And the “driver” was there?

When the Chief arrived, there was an enormous transfer at McDonalds, which was the place chosen for the ultimate of the championship. Now I miss the reminiscence a bit, because this occurred in 1992, however I don’t keep in mind talking to him. However I keep in mind him coming to congratulate me when the championship within the Master System category got here to an end.

He was being very harassed that day, and he was smiling on a regular basis. It was an enormous surprise that he appeared within the last, no one knew he would do this. And he was, at the time, a character who ultimately turned a legend in that era, because of the magazine Supergame. If there is something that I remorse, it is that I did not take a picture with him in order that I can show here on this interview.

Concerning the driver, I confess I didn’t get to see her … I don’t assume I even received out of the automotive. As the Chief himself stated, with so many boys there, I feel he thought it greatest to not danger …

The legendary Chief in a rare appearance within the Supergame event

What are probably the most challenging games of that period, in your opinion?

This query could be very fascinating, however for me the answer just isn’t is so troublesome: compared to the games of this new era, I can say that almost all Master System video games, and in addition Mega Drive, have been quite difficult. And I say this as a result of at that time, with uncommon exceptions, there was not the famous “continue” found within the new video games. So, should you have been enjoying and dropping all your lives, you would need to begin over from the beginning of the game.

Who does not keep in mind arriving at Alex Kidd's fort, dropping their last life, and having to start out over once more? Or that of R-Sort 7, where by carelessness you have been hit by a shot, it might be virtually unimaginable to maneuver to the subsequent degree?

Who performed Alien three, Sol-Feace and Shadow of the Beast on Mega Drive , you’ll certainly keep in mind having gone via dangerous morsels. Within the Grasp, I keep in mind a recreation that was unimaginable to play: Again to the Future.

In your opinion, what’s the largest difference between videogames of that time for the current era, apart from the technological advances? of immediately are rather more elaborate, and making a comparability with those of that point could be very troublesome. The games of this new era fascinate by its magnificence, by the storyline, by the very properly labored songs. Once I begin to play something on the PS4, for instance, typically I get out of control and I even overlook the game.

However even with so many good factors, I understand that the video games of the brand new era have a problem … They are very long. Actually, too long. To get to the top of a recreation, you will have to spend many hours in entrance of the tv. And typically, too many hours. When the sport is lastly over we are uninterested in it, and we not often play it again.

At the time of the Mega Master, we played the identical recreation not as soon as, but dozens of occasions. All right, let's face it, the games have been much shorter. They did not have immediately's graphics, the same richness of detail. But that they had their allure. That they had their magic. And it was this magic that made us return to them one, two, dozens of occasions. It was this magic that made us finish the sport and really feel like dwelling that adventure as soon as once more. Quem vivenciou aquela geração sabe do que estou falando.

Tem algo que gostaria de falar, relembrar sobre o torneio? Algum fato marcante?

Tive a sorte de ter pais que sempre estiveram do meu lado, me apoiando, me incentivando, inclusive na época em que eu comecei a encarar os video games com a seriedade que os campeonatos exigiam. Tive a sorte de encontrar pessoas que acreditaram em mim, como o Eudes da Games Club. Tive a sorte de encontrar pessoas dispostas a tornar realidade o sonho de uma criança, como fizeram o Abel e a Meire da VideoGamia, de quem ganhei meu tão sonhado Super Nintendo.

O que tenho a dizer sobre esse torneio é que ele foi e sempre será uma das grandes lembranças que carregarei na minha vida. Porque esse torneio foi para mim não somente um desafio, mas também uma superação, algo com que sonhei durante toda minha infância e juventude. Agradeço a Deus por ter me ajudado a realizar esse sonho.

Eu me formei em Ciência da Computação, fiz mestrado em Inteligência Artificial. E segui esse caminho porque os jogos sempre me fascinaram, sempre me encantaram, e a vontade de descobrir que inteligência era essa que conseguia fazer frente à nossa própria inteligência, que era capaz de nos desafiar, de nos fazer rir e chorar na frente da televisão, me fez seguir por esse caminho.

Com o videogame aprendi a ter persistência, ter paciência, a lutar em busca de um objetivo, a aceitar as perdas e reconhecer as conquistas da vida. Eu devo ao videogame minha carreira, e muito do que tenho hoje talvez tenha sido fruto daquele primeiro Atari que ganhei, quando criança.


O Blog Tectoy também aproveita esse espaço para homenagear Dionisio Cason, um dos competidores do campeonato da Supergame e que na época tinha 36 anos – ele aparece no vídeo da reportagem.

Infelizmente Dionisio faleceu recentemente, aos 69 anos de idade. Ele era conhecido como um dos maiores gamemaníacos dos anos 80 e 90, deixando seu nome registrado em vários recordes em revistas da época, inclusive no Livro dos Recordes do Grasp Membership da Tectoy – confira mais abaixo.

Deixamos aqui nossa homenagem para essa verdadeira lenda dos games!

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