For quite a lot of us, video games have been present in our lives since our childhood; we grew up with them, cherished every moment we played with our gaming systems, and remember those games that made our child selves say the well-known “Wooooow!” once our brain comprehended what was happening before our own eyes: “You can fly!”, “You can climb onto the walls!”, “You can run super-fast!”. The list of astonished impressions went on indefinitely.
And so, these attractive time suckers happened to stick along with us through the course of life. Due to this, we have seen how gaming has evolved throughout time: the 2D to 3D switch; the refinement of said 3D; the inclusion of new mechanisms and features that expanded the gaming experience; and the rise in numbers of gamers, developers, consoles, and gaming media.
Virtual Volleyball: 1988-2003. It’s… arousing to see how much graphics improved over a time span of fifteen years.
Nowadays, video games are known (and therefore judged) by everyone. Thanks to the Internet (and great sites such as WikiGameTacos), people from different places can now participate in an active discussion so that they may enrich their knowledge about everything game related. This has become so popular that, even if you don’t own a modern gaming system, you know that the general consensus is that Skyrim is a very good game while Mass Effect 3’s endings weren’t that varied. Criticism -- be it positive or negative, our own or someone else’s -- has now become the bread and butter of a lot of active and passive gamers. To think that game reviews were once primarily found in magazines … it gets me a little nostalgic.
But it’s natural. Nostalgia hits us all, eventually, with its remedy ranging from a simple look at the old yearbook to actions that make the term “mid-life crisis” look pale in comparison. So, making a retrospect about some old games isn’t that bad, huh? Sure, it might be biased and outdated, yet sometimes it’s good to look back at the roots of gaming. As for whether the games I’ll talk about are actually good or not, you might assume the fact that you don’t remember much as a kid made me believe they were good and that the nostalgic factor is what makes some of them bearable to me today. Hey, sometimes those two things are all there is to the reason I like them.
But is it always just nostalgia and ignorance, though? Are current games superior in every aspect to their predecessors, up to the point that it’s not valid to argue that some old games performed a certain formula better than recent ones? I would say “of course not”, yet opinions will vary from person to person.
So, how about you find out for yourself? I invite you to tag along on this “trip”, contrast my impressions with your own, and do some personal research about the games of the past. Perhaps you might find an old and forgotten mechanic or perk that you really like and suggest it to an indie game developer.
Well now, here’s how this is going to work:
Any other clarifications I need to make shall be appended to this page.
With some luck, I might finish this before I turn 21. No guarantees, though.
And so, without any further ado, we shall begin on the next issue.
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