Submitted by jslash 657d ago | opinion piece

5 Reasons to Love Modern Gaming

MMGN: "Take us back to the glory days", "bring back the Golden Age", they say. No one can deny the effect of nostalgia and the special place in our hearts for titles from eras long gone - I'll happily admit that many titles on the SNES/N64/PS2 hold a special and irreplaceable place in my heart. But times have changed, the year is 2012 and the modern era has provided gamers with many new features that previous generations could only dream of. Gamers are very critical people (look at the shtick the once-mighty Capcom are copping over Resident Evil 6), and whilst finding contentedness within what you have can prove to be a very difficult thing, here's five reasons why you should love modern gaming: (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Yodagamer  +   657d ago
I still prefer the consoles of old, i loved pixel graphics and still do, as for dlc it's kinda a 50/50 for me, some of it's awesome and some of it is kinda unneeded.
ThanatosDMC  +   657d ago
Old Snake's butt is #1... if it's not, then im confused.
cpayne93  +   657d ago
Online gaming replacing splitscreen isn't a plus imo, it's a minus. I'm at college and I still get people together for smash bros and mario kart. You just can't beat playing together in the same room, I feel disconnected from people when playing online. I think we should still have both.

Aside from that, gaming becoming more casual in general, and the fact that there are just too many shooters nowadays, makes me perfer gaming of old.
AznGaara  +   657d ago
You speak the truth. I play a lot of fighting games and nothing replaces sitting side by side with your opponents. I also remember going to a lot of 16 player LAN parties with Halo 2. Sure online is convenient but nothing beats seeing someone's face after a head shot or hopping off your seat to trash talk to someone across the room. Great times.
cpayne93  +   657d ago
Oh man, I have some great memories with halo 2. I never actually owned the game, but I had plenty of friends who did and the co op and versus on that game was incredibly fun, actually the best game in the series imo.

But yeah those awesome moments like getting a headshot in halo, or grabbing the hammer for smash bros, or crossing the finish line in a racing game right before your buddy, none of it is quite as fun when they aren't sitting next to you.
jslash  +   657d ago
I never said it was a plus, I agree with what you said about playing together in the same room and feeling disconnected online. It's simply that split-screen gaming isn't as relevant as it used to be, and online gaming is extremely convenient and can still be a lot of fun.
cpayne93  +   657d ago
Yeah but the creation of online gaming is what slowly lead to split screen being less relevant. It didn't have to be that way, but the focus for the multiplayer shifted that way. In other words, it seems that getting one good thing is making us lose another. Still happy online gaming came about of course, I do enjoy it.
ShaunCameron  +   657d ago
My reason to love modern gaming? I can play at my own pace thanks to most games having different difficulty modes.
StrawHatPatriot  +   657d ago
One could argue the graphics are causing major shifts in what developers release, knowing that many games nowadays have large budgets - so large budgets=do what works, which leads to less variety/less sequels.

A console doing more is nice, but I like where the Wii U is, because having al lthe multimedia that you might not even use/need can make it feel like you dropped a bunch of money (PS3's $599 price tag)
AznGaara  +   657d ago
It's visually brilliant - This is completely subjective. Sure a games can push more pixels now a days but I rather have an amazing art style over uber-realism. For example, I think Wind Waker is more "visually brilliant" than Battlefield.

Online gaming - Already made my point.

Digital distribution - This is a good thing. The more options for people to buy games from the better.

Consoles have more to offer than just games - I felt like he just threw this point in. It honestly has nothing to do with GAMING.

DLC - DLC is something this generation really fumbled with. There are some games that do it right like GTA4, Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3 and etc. but other were just wtf like online passes (not season passes) and on-disc content.

Overall I admire his points but when people say "bring back the golden days" they mean in terms of game mechanics. Not DLC, not online, not graphics but mechanics. Bring back the difficulty, bring back the need of skill, bring back the exploration, bring back the stories that didn't have 5000 explosions in it. That's what people mean.
Kratoscar2008  +   657d ago
1) I can give you that but graphics isnt all.

2) Maybe but i prefer to kick my friends ass in their faces (Not to mention i dont have to deal with the CoD kids)

3) Okay.

4)I buy consoles to play games so this is irrelevant to me.

5)I prefered when i had my money worth on the first purchase not now when the games are up to 90$ on DLC. But well we have day one DLC and DLC (Disc locked Content)

This generation has more cons than pros, in this gen we have seen horrible things and these pros just not make up for it.
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Somebody  +   657d ago
1. I'm not gonna lie: I love my games to have brilliant graphic. I also like games that are not brilliant graphic wise. I have BF3 with all effects on running on my main gaming PC while my old, beat up Celeron laptop is playing Soul Reaver 1+2 and Battle Realms (Thanks, GoG). Current gen DX11 and ancient DX7 graphic : why choose when I can enjoy both of them?

2. Online...fun a times but can easily become repetitive. Not that important for me personally.

3. Digital distribution...after finally getting a Paypal account this year, my Steam game library have ballooned up from a paltry dozen games to nearly three times that. I even dared to buy games that received poor reviews during sales. e.g. I bought Binary Domain dirt cheap during Steam Summer Sale and I've already replayed it three times.

4.This year I found myself watching less and less TV.

5. DLCs...I love those that expand the singleplayer story and couldn't care less about those that are just multiplayer items.
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3-4-5  +   656d ago
I love sprites and SNES style graphics. I even love the N64 style, but we do get some great graphics with modern games.

Great Art Style > Great Graphics

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