Submitted by LawlessSXE 892d ago | article

What Defines A Classic?

OnlySP.com writes:
'The current console generation is home to a number of initiatives that see earlier games lumped under the prestigious banner of Classics. The respective online stores of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 feature subsections for the games on their predecessors, while the HD Remaster efforts (at least on the PS3 in PAL regions) carry the title of Classics HD. Most consumers see it as convenient branding to better distinguish them from more modern products, but when you consider the nature of what has historically been termed ‘Classic’, one might begin to consider this mass cataloguing, irrespective of quality, as sacrilegious. With this feeling at the forefront, the question coalesced: “What defines a Classic?”'

OnlySP explores the question as it applies to video games and whether the classification should be granted as indiscriminately as it has been to date. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Culture, Demon's Souls, Deus Ex, Dev, Final Fantasy VII, Industry, LittleBigPlanet, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, PS3, Shadow of the Colossus, Xbox 360)

dboyc310  +   892d ago
Originality and the experience one has through the first play through.
bubblebeam  +   892d ago
Agreed. There are so many excellent games that have come out this gen. I can't imagine even half of them will earn the "classic" status (not the Xbox platinum/ classic badge).

I think it is mostly story oriented games. As graphics and gameplay show their age, but story doesn't.

I'm talking about Bioshock, Heavy Rain, The Darkness, Alan Wake etc. Those will definitely be remembered as classics. Although, I'm not sure how long after the games release it can be called a 'classic' lol. I'm a bit confused on that front.
Picnic  +   892d ago
That 'sounds' good and loads of people will agree with you on it. But some arcade games don't tend to have great stories. One of my favourite recollections is playing Outrun 2 on the Xbox. And when you're talking about Sega, they make graphics that don't really age anyway.
Techs specs may improve but it doesn't make old Sega games seem hideous, it just makes some other developers seem hideous, whether they have a great story in them or not.

As for gameplay, that depends on how the original compared to different genres of the time in the first place.

For me it nearly always comes down to who made the game - and if they created it especially for one console, preferably their own, that probably gives them extra points as well.

For my personality a classic is always a bit quirky in some way- but probably not in a self consciously pretentious way unless it is done with a wink.

It is almost certainly to do with the personality/history of the people or studio making the game and, in some cases, the console that they are making it for. I'll give it to Bioshock, for at least the first game, Heavy Rain - OK. Alan Wake- Probably at least the hallmarks of something classic there, from the makers of another classic series Max Payne 1 and 2 (but 3 is not quite the same kind of classic to me). Little Big Planet, yes. Jet Set Radio Future on Xbox. Paper Mario- The Thousand Year Door. Luigi's Mansion was a classic to me - something different. Silent Hill 3. Metroid Prime... I can go on.

What most of them have in common is a belief in exploring quirky situations, chnaging you a bit and putting you through the mill. They're all Alice in Wonderland remade really.
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bubblebeam  +   892d ago

I completely agree with you. I didn't want to write too much in my first post, but I think in general it is games with epic stories.

It isn't exclusive to that though. It could be that the game-play was wacky and imaginative, or just over the top fun. Portal for instance. Quirky, funny and original.

It's too hard to say which games are more deserving of this 'classic' status, as everyone will have different opinions.

I'd suggest Beyond Good and Evil myself. Love that game.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   892d ago
"what defines a classic?"
The Little Mermaid 2 if you go by the EU store on PSN.
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majiebeast  +   892d ago
90% of the fps coming out this generation will never be classic's in my opinion. For me Dishonored and Bioshock are classics of the fps genre because they dont rely on multiplayer.

I dont know what it is with this generation, but there is not much i would call a classic. Maybe its because i grew up on the Snes/ps1/ps2 or the severe lack of good quality Jrpg's especially from Square enix. Or the over saturation of fps games.
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KrisButtar  +   892d ago
i agree. i started gaming on the nes,i can name a ton of classics from then till now but this gen does seem to be lacking. even though i own a ton of games most of them had their roots from the earlier gens
godofboobees  +   892d ago
The market is flooded with fps' I can count with two fingers that are classics. This generation barely has anything that defines classic and honestly the ps3 has more classics this generation than any other console this gen
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Canary  +   892d ago
The same thing that defines a classic for any artistic medium: the test of time.

That's all that matters. That's why can appreciate art that's thousands of years old. For games? I'd say anything 10 or more years older that people still play and love qualifies as a classic.
Picnic  +   892d ago
The test of time, if it doesn't happen very quickly, has a habit of being of little or no use to the poor dead soul who waited all their life not to be regarded as irrelevant though. Vincent Van Gogh's torture and financial dire staits no doubt keeps on turning every few years in to somebody more comfortable's new yacht.

I hope that everybody who has made all the videogames that have given me so much pleasure can feel how relevant they remain to me and others, no matter what sales they got.
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Y_5150  +   892d ago
I can name games like Uncharted and inFamous being classics someday in the future.
tweet75  +   892d ago
if the game stands the test of time well .....is it still as enjoyable to play 20 plus years in the future?
josephayal  +   892d ago
What Defines A Classic? PS1 Games
Cam977  +   892d ago
Mgs4? Heavy Rain? Uncharted: 2? AC2? Dark Souls? Do I dare say Cod4? It's been drowned out now due to the yearly releases.
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wishingW3L  +   892d ago
good reception and age.
MasterCornholio  +   892d ago
A farting Mudokon.
WeAreLegion  +   892d ago
Why would someone disagree with this?!? Both Oddworld games are classics!
knifefight  +   892d ago
Something that's really old but still really awesome.
Reaper9937  +   892d ago
Classics IMO:

Grim Fandango
Vagrant Story
System shock 2
Uncharted 2
SolidDuck  +   892d ago
I think it's diff for each person, and I don't think there are specific things that classify a classic. They don't even have to be well rated games to be classified classics. For me, demons souls, cod 4, borderlands, fallout 3 and dragon age origins. And one that is a terrible game but a classic to me is, me and my friends would do a little drinking and play deadliest catch Alaskan storm. Competitive LAN party crabing, while wasted, it's a classic for me.
CanadianTurtle  +   892d ago
In the future, many games that we are playing today are going to be considered classics. Even if they are "overlooked" now, people will respect them in the future.

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