The video game version encouraged pyromania, as it was so bad there was a huge impulse to throw the disc, the Wii it played on, and everything else it had ever touched onto a huge bonfire. Everything about the game was wrong, from the appalling AI to the – imagine Gollum in a Next suit, with worse hair.
In the ’90s, Nintendo and Sega were embroiled in a fierce console war. Their mascots, an Italian plumber, Mario, and a blue hedgehog, Sonic, were the faces of the video game industry. Platforming games were the dominant genre, and with Mario and Sonic leading the way, Sony needed a mascot of their own. Their answer was Crash Bandicoot, released in 1996 for the PlayStation. This sassy, shirtless marsupial was oozing with character, and would go on to become one of the best selling games for the console.
In that respect, Monday and the Natinal Video Games Day before then are not just about playing video games, but celebrating an industry whose day has finally come.
Despite his hiatus from the video game world, Crash has a special place in the heart of anyone who grew up playing his games on the PlayStation, and the response to the trilogy remake is testament to the fact that even after all these years and his few appearances, Crash is very much still alive.