Submitted by TheWhyButton 886d ago | article

Gaming: It's Not Like It Used to Be

Lets all take a trip backwards in time, shall we. All the way back to the first time we ever played a video game...

Well, I don't know about you guys, but some of those memories are the fondest that I have. I can remember my dad and I bringing out the good old Nintendo Entertainment System and playing "Sesame Street The Game". I two years old when I started playing it, and I don't think my dad realized what he had done with just this one simple game. (Dev, Industry, Microsoft, Nintendo, Retro, Sony, Xbox 360)

hennessey86  +   886d ago
I've been gaming
For over 20 years and yes it's nice to look back on the classics and memories you have, but gaming is definitely getting better with each year that passes and I hope that trend never ends.
Root  +   886d ago | Well said
I don't know I've felt it's gotten worse

Yeah we have better games, and the tec we have now is amazing but the feeling off certain games just isn't what it was like when you booted up your N64 and played on Banjo, the feeling when you got three Aku Aku masks in Crash Bandicoot or when you completed your first game on the SNES.

DLC, Cut content, high DLC prices, developers ruining games for a bigger audience, developers screwing over their loyal fans, developers lying to us, horrible PR stunts, bad games like COD selling millions while good worth while games get left in the dark, developers going after COD like sales, all this casual crap and how "anyone" can be a gamer when it's a load of rubbish

I could go on

I just felt gaming back then was a lot more isolated and developers knew who there target audience was...there wasn't this whole "please everyone" crap
ape007  +   886d ago
games are getting better in gfx, polish and immersion but when it comes to single player experience, past games are definitely better but there are still great SP games coming, GTA V, Watch Dogs, bioshock infinite, KZ ps4 and MGS GZ

BTW, i see that bioshock, GTA V and MGS GZ hold up very well against PS4 gfx, they still look Damn Good IMO, 360\ps3 gfx are nowhere near as outdated against ps4 gfx as (let's say) san andreas to GTA V

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hiredhelp  +   885d ago
Ok well i love the retro days i think many like us retro gamers do if i was to play a ocean game thats right kids OCEAN back then they were making AAA games along with codemasters,activision. I know i couldnt possibly complete a game right off the bat like we possibly could today's gaming.

Now i love todays gaming i mean wow 8bit to 16bit,32bit,64,128bit,and so on we no longer in 2D scroller land we in world today of evolving landscapes open world physix lighting true to life animation.

Now even thoe all that is amazing stuff the gameing industry is changing just like the world but in a bad way as well as good.
DLC cool but at a price huh locked content.... ? Whatever happened to the reward system play game complete unlock stuff make game replayable. Its all to do with easy money.

But hey its not all bad...?
hellvaguy  +   885d ago
Its just blind nostalgia. Games are 10 times better than before. Ive watched everyone of my friends claim gaming used to be so great, but then when we fire up the old NES, they either get bored or frustrated because of the difficulty/save points within 10 minutes flat. Never fails.
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BootHammer  +   886d ago
I love the advances with newer tech and get psyched for each every new platform launch but the era of old school Nintendo and Sega will always be my favorite.
angelsx  +   886d ago
I just wana see how will look the games after 10-15 years . . .
profgerbik  +   886d ago
You said it brother.. I agree with Root, gaming seems to be getting worse and as more markets are open for games to be on it's only become more competitive which will only make it worse as well.

Also games now just aren't as good in a creative sense. Back in the day there were so many new games and they all were doing new things but now everyone is mainly doing the same things being less and less creative each time around.

Just not as many good games being made in mass, as there used to be in my opinion.

Gaming community has changed greatly also since back in the days, people have become extremely spoiled which isn't helping developers at all and limiting their creativity because people only want what they have had, most just seem so afraid of new change.
Fateful_Knight  +   886d ago
I've been gaming for 33 years approx., so i know exactly how it feels, that sense of wonder and excitement. It still exists every time i start up a new game. The trick it to explore different genres, not just shooters. If there is a game coming out that has a unique hook to it, that makes it stand out from the pack, then pick it up. Realism that comes with advancing tech is a good thing. Gameplay that comes along with that new tech should also be advancing as well. If you primarily do MP then you're going to get less and less of that wonder and exploration excitement. SP is where you'll find it.

Gaming has always been wonderful and will continue to be so. Just choose your games wisely and have fun.
Goodfella78  +   886d ago
ive been gaming around 30 years and to this day i always start and finish a single player campaign before even looking at the online side of the game,to me thats old school habits,and for me that will always be the way,and in my opinion the graphics,physics,speed improves,but you dont seem to find much innovation in gameplay to get really excited about these days......
hellvaguy  +   885d ago
In 30 years not much innovation? So all games are still 2D side scrollers and no1 plays on the internet huh?

What rock have you been living under?
smashcrashbash  +   886d ago
It has gotten worse. Just because gaming has changed doesn't mean it has changed for the better. Sure we have gotten advancements that have benefited gaming but we have also lost a lot along the way.It reminds me of Scrooge from a Christmas Carol. Sure he was wealthy because of the things he did but he also lost a lot of good things along the way.The worst thing is the crippling hatred that has fostered between gamers. We use to be able to critize other consoles and games without making a federal case out of it and being at each others throats.Without resorting to lies and over exaggeration and drama just to make the other games and consoles look bad. Just say anything good about the new DMC and see the amount of attacks you get.

My friend and I had two different systems back then A Sega Genesis and a SNES. I argued that Mario was best and he thought Sonic was but it never came to the point of threats and blows like how it seems to be now. I still played his Genesis and he played my SNES. It never divided us.Look at the fact that Sony just announced the PS4.So many negative things have sprout out against it including outright lies. Not ever the Wii U had so many lies told against it the first time it was announced.Why?. I mean look at the Dreamcast.Was anyone happy that it failed when it had so much potential? No. So what is with the wanting games and consoles to fail. Despite my dislike and disappointment with Microsoft and Nintendo I NEVER wanted them to fail so my console of choice could dominate.Gaming is declining and just because people have opted to accept the dark paths it is going down doesn't mean I will be silent about it or accept it. We need to get rid of certain trends in gaming before it is too late and better, heftier and longer SP is the first thing to fix.No more excuses for short or lesser SP with excuses that MP is better. If you want to only work on MP the give me that only and charge me less money not give me a 5 hour long tutorial for MP and call me name when I complain
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Tetsujin  +   886d ago
"The great thing about these days were that gaming was literally all about fun. I would go over to my friends house every day, and we'd sit down and play all these games together. It didn't matter if it was a one player game, or a multiplayer game, we could sit there and watch them play for hours, exploring every crack of the game looking for secrets, sharing our idea's with one another. When we were told to "go outside and play", we would take our Gameboys and battle each other in the tree-house, using that good old fashion link cable. These times in gaming were so much simpler, and it was all so new to us. Being children and having such creative and naive minds only helped the experience that much more. We'd stay up all night, our parents would tell us to go to bed, and we'd agree, but normally we would just wait a few minutes before turning the TV back on again. These were great times in my life, one's that I sometimes wish I could revisit. The sheer amount of nostalgia gets me all giddy just thinking about it!" (From the article)

I agree 100% with the author; gaming today is nothing like it was back when I was growing up (90's), same for TV and music. Back then it was based on having fun, and Sega vs SNES at the end of the day was based on games with current technology to push for better games. Now it's all based on false info, who has the highest achievement/trophy score, whose online service is better, and my all time favorite - nitpicking at multiplat titles based on certain attributes 90% of the people have little to no knowledge about (screen tearing is the biggest people argue about yet don't know what it actually is). Gaming back then also bonded people together - now because of the internet it separates us as gamers and in some cases cause segregation; also flamebait articles do nothing outside causing more drama between gamers which then some find other hobbies because they get sick of the "professional trolling."

If I had it my way, I'd put the new gaming generation on what we had back in the 80's-90's to actually remind them where gaming took off, and how fun factor is more important than "I don't like this game because the blades of grass don't have ladybugs crawling on it."
2pacalypsenow  +   885d ago
The biggest change was during the Ps3/360 era imo, gaming got much more mainstream and greedy thanks in part to DLC and the Internet
smashcrashbash  +   885d ago
I think Microsoft had a big part in that with exclusive content. They used that to lift themselves up but instead it basically dragged us down. People saw the potential to keep certain content away from others for big wads of cash.They basically started that trend.
SDF Repellent  +   885d ago
What are you talking about, it is Sony that started this with their exclusivity of such titles as GTA, Metal Gear, and Final Fantasy. They also have bought exclusive contents from titles like Assassin's Creed, Batman:Arkham, and just recently, Destiny from Bungie. It goes both ways. The best option is to get all the systems so you can pick and choose the best versions with the best contents to play and it will be a non-issue.
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delboy  +   885d ago
I agree with all of your guys, well except for that DMC is a good game. lol
Back then, games were made from gamers for gamers, but not anymore.
Today is all about making money, so don't believe in lies when they tell you how they care about the player.
Good thing is, you still can find great games today, it's just a bit harder.
Picnic  +   885d ago
A few things happened:

Games (and music) in 1999 were often as 'C-razy' inventive as Crazy Taxi. It was like a golden halycon age that had carried on all the way from the late 80s. Rare fans would have been ecstatic - barely would they have finished Banjo Kazooie than Donkey Kong 64 was on its way - then Conker's Bad Fur Day. Series like Silent Hill, Shenmue and Jet Set Radio were on the cusp of being invented. Studios tried all sorts in those days and Sega sadly got burnt the most.

Sega stop making consoles, leaving a gap for Microsoft to enter the market. All subsequent Sega titles end up scattered around various consoles making it more difficult for anyone to have the full Sega experience - quirky, fun, uncluttered in an arcade kind of way, any more. Even if you had all consoles you wouldn't be playing Sega games on a Sega console custom made to make the most of their aesthetics.

Microsoft realised that all their attempts to create a platforming mascot had fallen on deaf ears. They later ploughed on to attract a younger, more innocent, market with the Kinect but it does not help for some Xbox buyers to derride this laudable aspect. If they were so truly 'hardcore' (rather than simply with a taste for bloodthirsty games) in the first place then maybe the Dreamcast would have sold 3 times as much.

Nintendo steadily sell fewer consoles each generation from the NES to the Gamecube. So they basically decide to start again with a relatively basic console for the time (yes the NES was also basic for much of the time that it was out - compare it to the Commodore Amiga launched in the second half of the 1980s). True to form the Wii starts off on the greatest imaginable high.

End of the optimistic (for kids) 90s, end of Sega as console manufacturers (forever more making arcade-style games unfairly seem like the poor relatives of other types of games), some Japanese series running out of steam and not having enough to replace them, and generally an end to massively novel/interesting Nintendo exclusives.

But some indie/downloadable games go some way to making up for this.
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Max-Zorin  +   885d ago
Back then everybody knew how to have fun regardless of what console it was. And all we had to do was beat the game or whatever mode to unlock the extra content. Now, people with different preference just have black hearts and hate each other. You say you like whatever system for whatever reasons, you still get attacked even if you weren't being obnoxious about your preference. And it seem like every company decided to go to the dark side and charge for basic things like alternate outfits, characters, modes, etc. It's tragic.
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SkullBlade169  +   885d ago
I don't really think there's an issue. I still have my retro consoles around and there is an active scene who still develop retro style indie games.

I do prefer the old style of gaming but it's not like you can't get the same experience today still. I hardly use my PS3/360 at all actually, for modern games I generally use my PC. The TV is usually occupied by my Master System, Super Famicom and Mega Drive/Genesis.

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