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IGN: 10 Reasons Why Video Games Were Better in the '80s

You may be too young to remember, but the 1980s represented a simply awesome (and awesomely simplistic) decade of video games. The medium was innocent and goofy and as a result, so were the games. So how great were the '80s? Like, totally great. Let IGN count the ways!

MariaHelFutura1240d ago

They make some pretty valid points.

dedicatedtogamers1240d ago

One thing I definitely agree with: games were hard. Actually, I take that back. What they should have said was "games were instantly fun". Not all games were hard. I was 5 when I beat Mega Man 2. I was 4 when I beat Super Mario Bros., and I wasn't (and I'm still not) that great of a game player.

However, games back then were fun within the first 5 seconds. You didn't slog through a 15 minute introductory tutorial. You didn't slog through another 15 minutes of cutscenes. You dropped a quarter (or turned on the console), pressed Start, and you were having fun within 15 seconds.

THAT is something gaming nowadays has forgotten.

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OneAboveAll1240d ago (Edited 1240d ago )

Very valid points. Back then games didn't hold your hand. If you died 3 times without getting extra lives you had to start all over. No checkpoints.

If you beat Contra then you were the baddest mofo in school.

Most importantly, you got bang for your buck. A nice box with protective sleeves for your game, a nice manual with more than 2 pages and more often then not the game you just purchased came with a Poster to hang on your wall.

To top it all off your console always worked. My NES still goes to this day. Already went through one PS3 and 2 360's.

TheFinalEpisode1240d ago (Edited 1240d ago )

I agree on everything except for the "more bang for your buck" part.Tthe price to make games has changed dramatically, GTA4 for example cost $100million to make. Back then the whole videogame industry was probably cheaper. My point is if they are going to make better games then its fine to cut back on a few unnecessary extras that don't really add to the gaming experience.

SaiyanFury1239d ago

I agree that games provided more "instant fun" back in the day. I started gaming back in 1986 and games were fun. Games are fun today too, but the reason they're not "instantly fun" with tutorials and the like is because games today are much more complex these days. Back in the days of the NES, you had two action buttons on the controller. These days on an average controller, we'll take Sony's DualShock 3 for example, you have a D-pad, two analog sticks, two buttons when you depress said sticks, 6 face buttons (I factor in Start and Select), and 4 top buttons. That's a far cry from 2 action buttons on the NES controller. Also back then, Start only paused the game (sometimes Select did) and Select was typically only used in simple menus. It's kind of hard to compare games from yesteryear, to games today. Albeit I do agree, games were generally more difficult back then...

NYC_Gamer1240d ago

80's gaming was very limited gameplay and story wise compared to now

dedicatedtogamers1240d ago

80s was limited in story? Go play Zork, Wasteland, the Ultima series, or the dozens of adventure games that came in the 80s.

thorstein1240d ago

Indeed. What about Golgo 13?

cpayne931240d ago

I don't know if I would say 80s was better, definitely had its advantages, but I would say the best games were made between 95 and 05.

AngelicIceDiamond1240d ago

The 80's? I wouldn't know I wasn't born yet.

animegamingnerd1240d ago

same here i was born in 97 all i know about the 80's is the video game crash and the rise of nintendo and i think sega to

thebudgetgamer1240d ago

HA, when you were born I was on my way to college.

cpayne931240d ago

Grab yourself an emulator then. I was born in 93 but ive played a ton of nes and snes games.

GREW50ME1240d ago

#11 There were no $20 prima or brady guides... only the booklet that came with the game, and sometimes a hint or two in Nintendo Power or Gamepro.

guitarded771240d ago (Edited 1240d ago )

Nope, there was the Official Nintendo Player's Guide... I saved my $20 up for it and bought it so I could have the maps to Zelda and Rygar. That book was awesome.

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