To Be or Not To Be? – Old Vs. New

I must admit that I am a sucker for buying games for my older consoles, most notably my Playstation 2 and Nintendo 64. It seems however that the world of HD gaming, wireless controllers, exceptional graphics and movie worthy storylines have put me in an awkward position. I despair of my older games, but I don’t wish to sell or throw them away. ‘Old skool’ games don’t seem to make me laugh or cry with joy anymore as they once did. I’m positive that the new world of gaming has me completely in its grasp and it feels great!

Every so often I will pop in to GAME or Gamestation hoping to find a good bargain; of course whilst looking for something new and exciting. I often find myself wandering over to the ‘retro’ section and before you know it I have swooped up the four for £10 deal. Many of the games I purchase are either re-purchased or bought in the hope of seeing something spectacular but I end up playing them for five minutes before quitting and barely stopping myself from chewing on the disk*.

I believe I have now reached the stage where games of a certain age no longer cut it, not even those games that I played constantly for hours as a child. I found that playing with a wired controller was unusually unbearable, generally because every time I waved my arms around in frustration the wire would pull from the slot and I would be left with the usual ‘Please Connect a Controller’ screen. Unless these classics get a new lick of paint, my money is going elsewhere or at least until I change my mind on the topic. Thoughts on this topic are welcome.

*Although games such as Grand Theft Auto and Tony Hawk will remain in my Playstation and PC for years to come. No chewing of the disk allowed.







8 responses to “To Be or Not To Be? – Old Vs. New”

  1. Mark P avatar

    Don’t talk to me about buying retro games. They’re the reason Steam loves my bank details. O.O

  2. Noozles avatar

    Totally agree… A select few are still playable, but some games are best left to memory

  3. Ninja avatar

    I usually do the same thing when I hit Game. Bargaintastic! 😉

    Hmm, most of the time it’ll be to track down games I never played (on the PS2, my only “retro” console that’s got stock) but I do use XBLA for the same reason. There are some classics out there, Gunstar Heroes being one. <3

    But yeah, sometimes memory betrays and then comes the realization that games that were happily played for countless hours were actually rubbish and that children can have terrible taste. Facepalm moment commences.

  4. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    The only older titles I buy now are Xbox 360 games that I hadn’t bought on release day. Some classics will remain as classics in my mind for fear that the reality might shatter the illusion. Although, part of that can be blamed on having too many games at present to play… but I struggle on. 🙂

  5. Danny avatar

    While I must admit that many of my retro purchases are left on the shelf or in the very bag I brought them home in, I occasionally have spells where I do get round to playing a lot of them. There is definitely more of a social pressure to play and experience the latest games which often leads to many retro games remaining unplayed though.

    The exception to this is what I like to call “comfort gaming”, where once a year I’ll load up a game I have completed numerous times and either play through all, or at least a large part of it, of it again.

  6. Amber avatar

    The main reason for me ‘disliking’ old game is the visual aspect. Shame, because many of them I enjoyed as a child. Harry Potter PS1 titles for example just don’t cut it for me anymore, the new HP titles are much more visually appealing and scrumptious. :o)

  7. Dean avatar

    I ‘ve often wondered about this coming from a film studies background. I mean classic films from the 50s or even the 30s, although technically inferior in someways, are still incredibly watchable, more so than modern films if it happens to star my idol Humphrey Bogart. In the case of Japanese films of the 1950s, well films have never been that good. I genuinely believe that to be the high water mark of cinematography.

    But with games, even titles from a few years ago can suddenly become unplayable – even if you know they are classics. As gaming develops as an artform its becoming more conscious of the importance of its own history, but it’s a past that seems much harder to return to than in cinema where a digital restoration can do wonders for an old film. I just managed to dig out my Mega Drive after 10 years in storage. Most of the games couldn’t hold my attention for more than a few minutes, although the original Sonic somehow still feels remarkable playable.

    Ninja’s right about taste. I recently bought James Pond on PSN, a game i spent many hours on as a child. My god! What a dreadful piece of drivvel. It seems like its been designed by a playful puppy randomly hitting the keyboard during a Windows Paint session! I cannot believe i ever liked that game.

  8. Jamie avatar

    Without attempting to sound too harsh, as a budding Games Journalist, the visual aspect of a game should mean roughly the square root of diddly squat. When you look at some of the ‘older’ games, Final Fantasy VII STILL holds it’s own against today’s games. The story’s immersion, the love of the characters, the heartache at the end of “Disc 1” and the sheer amount of hours needed to complete the game still stand head and shoulders above many of today’s games. In comparison, the gameplay visuals are atrocious, but that does not deter from an amazing game.

    I could list, quite literally, hundreds of games where the gameplay is so good, the graphics will never matter.

    Complaining about the older consoles having a wire is a moot point. Some say that feels archaic, but unless you didn’t grow up like a lot of gamers having to play with a huge joystick and one button, I don’t see where any issue would be. Many gamers prefer a wired controller on their 360 (using this console as an example) as the controller is lighter, and the button inputs register a fraction quicker. They also don’t have to worry about their battery running out at any point mid-battle.

    Unfortunately, your article seems to resonate all that is wrong with the modern gamer. Without actually saying it, it would appear the “Old skool” (as you put it) games don’t interest you anymore for the simple fact you cannot get a pointless number to pop up on the screen.

    Gamers such as this are the reason single player games are getting shorter and shorter. Many game players will consider a game “Finito” once they hit the end credits, or gain all achievements/trophies. For a game to truly be enjoyed, as they were last-gen and with a handful of games this generation, multiple play throughs (And if available, story-arcs) need to be explored fully.

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