Christopher Buecheler writes:
Gamers, especially those of us who've been pursuing the hobby for more than 20 years, are often a nostalgic bunch. Even the younger members of our ranks -- people who can't recall a time before 3-D graphics, let alone a time when text adventures were popular -- will often fondly reminisce about their early gaming exploits and the titles they loved. There's nothing inherently wrong with this, and I'm not here to tell you to stop. If I was, I'd be proving myself a giant hypocrite, as my "Top 10 Favorite Games Ever" list contains fewer titles released in the 21st century than in the 20th.
There are times, however, when nostalgia can go too far; it can begin to tint our perception of modern gaming and invariably reduce the amount of fun we get out of our hobby. We play games to have fun, right? Surely I'm not the only one ... so why is it that many of us consciously, willfully drain the fun out of our present experiences by comparing them so strictly to those of our past?