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Old 04-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Maybe the younger ppl wont know what Im talking about, but to me gaming has gone downhill from a certain standpoint

Yea the Graphics are life like, and the sound in 5.1, and online play is great, But I miss the days where if you wanted to play games ( for me in the mid 90s - 2005 ish ) You would go to a friends house and play "a game" Games now are so lifelike and technical, it almost seems like work sometimes, or maybe thats just me getting old and missing the simple things.. Grabbing a case of Mountain Dew and playing Goldeneye for 10 hrs on a Saturday, playing Dreamcast Soul Caliber Tournaments, Getting 120 stars in Mario 64, Playing games til you die with no save option, or whatever you can remember.

Im not against the new generation of gaming , but it seems with social media ( Facebook, Netflix, ) and basically having your "video game console " do everything your computer does took away alot of the fun to actually have your opponent sitting right next to you.. Im 33 So I guess Im old ( or old school ) but I do Miss the time when Game consoles were all they ever were
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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You mean games that were difficult and required you to think and didn't give you a checkpoint every two seconds or an achievement for simply completing a level or require you to pay additional money for DLC which should've been part of the game in the first place? Yeah, I miss games like these.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:15 PM   #3
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I played Quake online in the mid 90's.
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You mean games that were difficult and required you to think and didn't give you a checkpoint every two seconds or an achievement for simply completing a level or require you to pay additional money for DLC which should've been part of the game in the first place? Yeah, I miss games like these.

Lol that too!


Just in general, Felt like a much better atmosphere back in the day when you had friends over all competing to win the mission, the race, the level, or whatever.. Not saying you cant do that now, but Online play killed alot of the fun of actually wanting to be in the same zipcode as your opponent
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I played Quake online in the mid 90's.
Not talking about On;line PC games you play by yourself anyways... Talking about Gaming in general
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Not talking about On;line PC games you play by yourself anyways... Talking about Gaming in general
I wasn't playing alone. I played with the other people on the server. And we could type at each other.
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me & my buddies played the sh!t out of Goldeneye and Halo!!

here i came into this thread thinking it was going to ask if we missed only have 3 lives to beat a game.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:33 PM   #8
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me & my buddies played the sh!t out of Goldeneye and Halo!!

here i came into this thread thinking it was going to ask if we missed only have 3 lives to beat a game.

Lol Yup!!
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:34 PM   #9
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I know what you mean I remember the times going to my buddies house to play streetfighter on Nintendo. There be about six to eight of us and we play for hours lol was alot of fun. Dang that was back in highschool now im 36 wow time flys
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I know what you mean I remember the times going to my buddies house to play streetfighter on Nintendo. There be about six to eight of us and we play for hours lol was alot of fun. Dang that was back in highschool now im 36 wow time flys
yea I dont know what it was, but gaming seemed to be more fun back in the day, and I dont know if it was a mix between the games, everyone being in the same room or what, but I do miss those days.. Waverace, Rush 2, Goldeneye, and even FF7 would keep us busy for months lol
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #11
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Truthfully I don't really miss the way gaming Used" to be because I still buy Used games for my older systems and still enjoy playing those. Sure its nice to put on some Bioshock or some other Fancy Pants Shooter (that is what FPS stands for right ) with accurite character models and shading effects and all the things that make a game great (or wait didn't it used to have something to do with actually having fun regardless of what the damned thing looked like) Atari 2600 for the win.

In truth I don't per say have a problem with modern gaming In fact in a lot of ways it is better then ever having access to Additional content (When DLC is done right not punishing the buyer for pre-ordering and not waiting on a Game of the Year edition). The ability to play with any of my friends online no matter where they are (except that seems to be mostly limited to sports games which I don't care for and Twitch games or FP/TPS which again not really my favorite). However I do miss having my friends over to the house and making a weekend of beating battletoads by handing off the controller as we died and trying in turns to advance that very challenging game and when we succeded at it having that shared memory of how hard we worked at it as a team. Modern day Co-Op has nothing on that as its just 2 or more people playing their own way as a team.

But yes there does seem to be something wrong with gaming now vs then but it could just be the nestlgia settling in. Oh well I may head home tonight and throw on some xenogears or tales of destiny on the old PS1 and get back to ya.

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Me & my buddies would literally play all day back during the summers in high school.

We played Goldeneye non-stop…..we’d plant mines all over the map and they’d all go off @ the same time…..so much lag @ that point it was crazy. I’m sure we’re not the only ones that played to the point where that little joy stick wouldn’t even stand up straight by itself anymore.

Halo we’d start playing @ 8 am and go until my buddy had to start work @ 3. he worked in town and we’d be playing @ 2:55 yet when he needed toleave. Up until a few years ago we’d still get together and play halo for 6 or 7 hours on a Friday or Saturday night while the wives took care of the kids.

So much swearing and hitting each other. We always talked about recording ourselves and putting it on youtube.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:47 PM   #13
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Me & my buddies would literally play all day back during the summers in high school.

We played Goldeneye non-stop…..we’d plant mines all over the map and they’d all go off @ the same time…..so much lag @ that point it was crazy. I’m sure we’re not the only ones that played to the point where that little joy stick wouldn’t even stand up straight by itself anymore.

Halo we’d start playing @ 8 am and go until my buddy had to start work @ 3. he worked in town and we’d be playing @ 2:55 yet when he needed toleave. Up until a few years ago we’d still get together and play halo for 6 or 7 hours on a Friday or Saturday night while the wives took care of the kids.

So much swearing and hitting each other. We always talked about recording ourselves and putting it on youtube.
Sounds all to familiar... Reminds me of how many profanities, and bruises Video gaming used to leave
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I think there's certainly a trend toward easier, more mindless games, but there's still a vibrant core of gamers who enjoy difficulty and aren't scared of it.

Demon's Souls, Catherine, and the older Ninja Gaiden titles (i.e. not NG3) are unapologetic about being difficult.

Downloadable titles like Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV, Hotline Miami, I Wanna Be The Guy, and more push the limits of difficulty to extremes that even the old school games never imagined.

Bear in mind that a lot of those old games were difficult because of terrible control schemes or a desire to simply defeat the player as quickly as possible (inherited from arcade roots, where more plays = more money), or simply bad design (see: Castlevania II's completely impenetrable requirement of squatting in a corner with specific things equipped for 5 minutes).

This new breed of difficult games doesn't use any of that as an excuse, and instead promotes difficulty as a virtue for its own sake, which is way better than many older games.
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I remember playing Super Mario Brothers, back in those day you couldn't jump online and look for hidden items or levels you had to wait till the next day when you got to school to "share" information on you friends....like Benny said when you 3 lives are done game over.
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I think it's just a maturity thing in conjunction with overexposure. I just don't feel the NEED to play games immediately these days. I have the patience to wait and enjoy at a reasonable pace. And, these days there are SO MANY good games all coming out a the same time that picking and choosing takes some of the excitement out of it. Add to that the fact that we inherit more time consuming responsibilities as we get older and it all kind of just blends into the "fog of life."

I remember back in the 90s I would have a full month between most games that I was really excited to play. These days I seem to hear of games coming out every other week that I want to play and I just have to say "not yet." I'm sure teenagers with no responsibilities feel differently... as would I if I could just sit at home and play all day.
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I remember playing Super Mario Brothers, back in those day you couldn't jump online and look for hidden items or levels you had to wait till the next day when you got to school to "share" information on you friends....like Benny said when you 3 lives are done game over.
Thats another huge thing I forgot about... No Internet for cheats, or walkthroughs, hints and tricks! If you wanted to know you had to actually PLAY the game or go drop $10-$20 on a guide from babbages or Software etc lol
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Ah yes....the days of blowing into the cartridge and hoping the title screen would pop up
But seriously, those were definitely the best days of gaming for me. Ill never forget when Super Mario Bros 3 was released. Mario being able to fly was a big deal. Or when that new issue of Nintendo Power arrived and they would preview new upcoming games. No trailers, no gameplay footage, just a few pics. I remember being floored when they released the first pics of Super Mario World. Damn I'm old!
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I can't say I fancy the idea of playing the same stretch of a game 100 times in a row or playing for hours only to get sent back to the start because of a lack of checkpoints. I play games for fun and relaxation most of the time, and enjoy challenges and find satisfaction in difficult games, but I find little interesting in obsessively repetitive activities or wasting hours of my leisure time to the effect of experiencing nothing new. Demon's Souls and Dark Souls were fine, but I did not enjoy Catherine at all. It did not interest me.

I suspect that much of the nostalgic feeling is simply that...nostalgia. It's pretty common to long for the "good old days" whether your considering gaming or something else. Playing in the physical presence of friends probably had a lot to do with it. It might be interesting to see if you can still perform at the same level when you are 45 years old compared to when you were 15 years old. Your appreciation for that type of difficulty might not be the same 30 years later, whether it's due to maturity and other life obligations and interests or reflexes and ability to learn how to perform new tasks.
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Man, Ghosts and Goblins was infuriating but I still have an NES so I get to revisit most of my fave games when I get nostalgic.

But yes, games are so much easier as a whole now.
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