Submitted by GamingForever 695d ago | opinion piece

5 Things Gamers Don't Have to Put Up With Anymore

Things that gamers had to deal with in the past they no longer have to deal with now. (Culture, PS3, PS4, Retro, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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badboy776  +   695d ago | Well said
Memory Cards
pedrof93  +   695d ago
shivvy24  +   695d ago
hey i miss memory cards , the days when you save a game and take it to your friends house and play the game together ! lyk dis if you cry evertym !
SilentNegotiator  +   695d ago

You can do that with USB now. And that isn't proprietary so it isn't overpriced.
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wagnus  +   694d ago
"Console Expansion Packs" lol nintendo.
komp  +   695d ago
Batteries in controllers?
theWB27  +   695d ago
Controllers still have batteries unless you have some alternate controller that runs on air. Controllers before batteries were still wired and ran off the power of the system.
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RioKing  +   695d ago | Well said
Microsoft says hi
FullmetalAlchemist  +   695d ago
Xbox One controller still uses AA batteries
http://kotaku.com/is-it-too... its in the last bullet point.
theWB27  +   695d ago
@Rio and Fullmetal
The DS4 still uses a battery. 3.7 V lithium-ion battery that's built in and rechargeable. It was a joke at the comment of controllers still using batteries as if some don't.

So in essence...controllers still use batteries. The ones that don't..were wired. Like we used before the 360 introduced wireless controllers as a standard on consoles.
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Krew_92  +   695d ago
*Non-rechargeable batteries.

(Without need of purchasing any attachments/accessories...)
RioKing  +   695d ago

haha I know that DS1,2,3,and 4 all technically use batteries, hell most devices out there do!

But I meant removable ones where you go to your local store for more. Where I work Microsoft sells two "official" versions of their controllers; one for $49.99 (I believe) that uses removable batteries, and a $64.99 one that has a built-in rechargable battery...just like the DS3 (but more expensive, of course)

mrmarx  +   695d ago
paying for wireless adapters
DragonKnight  +   695d ago
theWB27: The 360 didn't introduce wireless controllers as a standard on consoles. Wireless controllers are as old as Atari 2600.
iron_spider   695d ago | Spam
s45gr32  +   694d ago
I don't miss that at all. If that's what you mean if not well my bad
LKHGFDSA  +   694d ago
ahhahaha yeah f***ing Wii and Xbox still using them.
jeffgoldwin  +   694d ago
Using AA sized rechargeable batteries is definitely a benefit with ms/wii (plus the also have battery packs that fit in that slot too, so you have choices). All batteries slowly lose charge capacity after hundreds of charge cycles. Imagine if you told someone they couldn't replace the batteries on a power tool, lol.

Always better/cheaper to replace batteries vs a new controller/cell phone/power tool w/e.
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FSAB   694d ago | Spam
andrewsqual  +   695d ago
Old pc dvd style trays. Like the one on the Fat PS2 and ..... Xbox 360.
Krew_92  +   695d ago
Yeah I understand. Every time I open my original PlayStation 2's disc tray it vibrates, surprised it still works even from 2002.
iron_spider   695d ago | Spam
mydyingparadiselost  +   695d ago
Memory cards are still needed on handhelds. We've only come oh so far...
meganick  +   695d ago
They're only needed on the Vita, which are overpriced. The 3ds has some built-in memory, and they all come with memory cards, so you don't really need to buy another memory card unless you really want to.
thechowderp  +   694d ago
the 3ds doesnt need memory cards because the games are memory cards
FSAB   694d ago | Spam
Firan  +   695d ago
What?! Where is your data? Where is it saved? There's no memory card...

Damn, your skills have improved. Or rather, your hardware.

- Psycho Mantis
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   695d ago
I read it in Mantis voice. Classic.
Heisenburger  +   695d ago
I love Otacon's moment during the return to Shadow Moses.

I love not having to switch discs.
killacal13  +   694d ago
Seriously, who disagreed with this comment? like.. what do people disagree with in it? ohh never played MGS4 huh ?
arronax-1  +   695d ago
I bet it's been a LONG time since anyone even heard of those two words.
AceBlazer13  +   695d ago
remember having to leave my tv on over night if i wanted to beat a game and hope no one turned it off and beating games in 1 run or at least try
FlyingFoxy  +   695d ago
It became irritating running out of space on those, Dreamcast's VMU was the last great memory card though.
Infamouskat  +   694d ago
The Vita uses Memory Cards...
Speider  +   694d ago
Yeah. Thank the internet gods for cloudsaves.
Goldenarmz  +   694d ago
I remember way back on PS1 days with memory cards, i had Xenogears saved on it, made it to the last disk. And my sister ended up throwing it out. All those hours wasted cuz of a dumb memory card. I do not miss those days.
Lwhit6  +   695d ago
Someone unplugging the controller when you're playing.
Godmars290  +   695d ago
Now all they have to do is say, "Xbox off".
RioKing  +   695d ago
you missed an important F-word after xbox
pixelsword  +   695d ago
Yeah, but if it did that, I'd get one.
s45gr32  +   694d ago
LoL a lot easier for parents. All they have to say is xbox off bwahahaha.
GodGinrai  +   695d ago
Blowing cartridges..which actually made them worse.
jeffgoldwin  +   694d ago
Haha no way some wouldn't work unless u blew the dust out of them.
WeaseL  +   695d ago
Waiting for demos on magazines
DeathDealer   695d ago | Spam
ramiuk1  +   694d ago
haha yeah i miss that dude.
i miss gamesmaster with p moore.
how fast u can do a lvl on sonic etc.

im 32 and i think i can safely say i grew up in the best gaming era.
james pond-robocod
mortal kombat
snake rattle and roll

the list is endless
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levian  +   695d ago
Controller cords dangling from a console sitting on top of a TV.
levian  +   695d ago
And then someone tripping on the cord and the console falling off.

I lost SO many saves on my SNES because of this.
Jaqen_Hghar  +   695d ago
a man's dog used to always try and walk between the TV and a man and would always trip on the cords! Though a man was probably a boy then.
1OddWorld  +   695d ago
They would dangle right in your food or knock over your drink, or some ass hat who didn't watch his step would trip over the cord and yank your console to the floor. My PS2 took a licken and kept on ticken through all the abuse.
PigPen  +   695d ago
A stick and a button for a controller.
JussBlazn  +   695d ago

Fighting games still use a stick and buttons.
PigPen  +   695d ago
You seem like the only slow person that didn't get that. The Atari had one stick and a one button controller.
1OddWorld  +   695d ago
Atari 2600
mydyingparadiselost  +   695d ago
This is a decent list. I'm playing through Breath of Fire III right now and that game makes me realize just how far forward gaming has come. Not being able to save just where ever is a big pain, the battle system and exp. gaining moves slower than a LA traffic jam and I still need the memory card, even on the PSP. Still a great game but gaming has definately become more convenient as a whole.
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TheHybrid  +   695d ago
Now if we could just get rid of disc swapping and add digital sharing
jeffgoldwin  +   694d ago
DRM would have done that (just needed to load from disc 1 time), but a lot of peeps didn't want it. You can still go disc free if you buy digital though like on Steam.
RioKing  +   695d ago
I'm curious to see what a list like this one will look like in 10 years...
Nicholasgliss  +   695d ago
Bye bye loading.....
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RioKing  +   694d ago
ahhh it will be nice :)
Nicholasgliss  +   695d ago
No more black consoles, beige will be the new standard.
Jaqen_Hghar  +   695d ago
grey is due for a comeback like Dreamcast and PS1 lol
killacal13  +   694d ago
Nooo please, black is the new black, and the old one as well.
webeblazing  +   694d ago
goodbye ingame unlockables, free mp, split screen, adventure games.
ala_767  +   695d ago
Hell I totally forgot about the memory card!!! Technology does change fast.......
fattyuk  +   695d ago
Not having a memory card for the ps2......

and having to leave it switched on for weeks at a time as I had the 2nd island opened on GTA3.

And I dont have to put up with scratched disks anymore (thank you blu ray)
zep  +   695d ago
lol back on ps1 i have no money for a memory card and everytime me and my cousins play tekken 2 i have to play aracde to unlock all the character 1st lol fun times and yeah finished crash bandicoot without saving i don't know about the password cheat back then so i have to do it the hard way
jeffgoldwin  +   694d ago
"And I dont have to put up with scratched disks anymore (thank you blu ray)"

You mean thank you digital downloads wont get scratched. Blu ray is a bit more resistant, but still will scratch. Hehe it's not some alien alloy.
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ShowGun901  +   694d ago
true, but ive NEVER seen even 1 scratch on any of my +40 ps3 games, and lots of them are used from gamestop... although, I bought a copy of mario galaxy from gs used, got it home and there was enough little scratches in it that it wouldn't play... Blu ray is leaps and bounds better
jeffgoldwin  +   694d ago
I buy a lot of used games from gamefly.com on dvd format. About 25-30 so far. Each has been in mint condition. I read that they have a resurfacing disc machine that they run them though. Makes sense I guess, not sure if that's true, but I don't see how else they all come with not even 1 scratch on them.
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No FanS Land  +   695d ago
1 joystick first person shooters. how did we enjoy Goldeneye???? Better leave it to nostalgia!
Horny  +   694d ago
I used the c sticks to move and the analog to look around. Made it so much better that way.
isarai  +   695d ago
Tripping over controller cords, the happening was like watching your life flash before your eyes when you're about to be part of a car crash.

the component cables slowly but surely separating further and further down the cable till you end up with three separate cords that meat at one end.

Proprietary AV cables, so they won't be a pain in the ass to find when these consoles are old.

Scratched discs, Blu-ray discs are scratch resistant, you'd have to go out of your way to scratch one of these babies.
fattyuk  +   695d ago
I'll have to admit.... the original Xbox did well with the snap cords on their controllers! But then shafted you for a DVD playback kit!
Relientk77  +   695d ago
Wired controllers lol

I love wireless controllers, its just so convenient
Xof  +   695d ago
I love how Nintendo's version of a wireless controller is "plugging a wired controller into a wireless controller."
BosSSyndrome  +   695d ago
Or... yknow... the gamepad.
s45gr32  +   694d ago
That doesn't make no sense
Xof  +   694d ago
I was referring to the Wii. The Nunchuck, Classic and Advanced controllers all have wires you plug into the (wireless) Wiimote.

It's silly.
mrmarx  +   695d ago
i used wired on xbox 360 tired of replacing batteries plus its lighter
TotalHitman  +   695d ago
I remember when wireless controllers was a big deal at the start of the 7th generation. Good days.
clarkdef  +   695d ago
Awesome article, really refreshing to read something that isn't flamish... Hey who thinks N4G should create an extra tab for non flame news?
mgszelda1  +   695d ago
Password screens, or only what lives u earn or have from the start to finish the game. I'll tell u what i do miss. Unlocking stuff like weapons and costumes by doing something hard, instead of earning a digital trophy or paying $10 plus for dlc
s45gr32  +   694d ago
I am glad I am not the only one that remembers free unlockables like remember trying to get the boutique key for resident evil 3 nemesis to change Jill Valentine costume.
Dogswithguns  +   695d ago
It's the other way around, PS2 is better than anything, no need DLC period!!! ...no need to put up with loginggin either... enough said.
wenaldy  +   695d ago
RF/ Coax cables.
Network adapter.
ShaunCameron  +   695d ago
I miss cartridges. No loading times. Everything flowed seamlessly from one part to the next.
SpinalRemains138  +   695d ago
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I think it's safe to say we don't have to worry about writing down our save game passcodes anymore.

Those were the days. Passcodes for certain progression points.
I'm pretty sure every gamer wrote it down wrong at least one time out of hundreds if they were in a hurry or what have you, and had to resort to an older code. That sucked.
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BosSSyndrome  +   695d ago
The arcade mentality was lost with the NES.
Tetsujin  +   695d ago
I'd say PS2 era; Ninja Gaiden, Bionic Commando, Mega Man 1, and a ton of other NES games were harder than the arcade games themselves.

If anything I'd say NES is what brought difficulty modes, however I wouldn't say Arcade Mentality was lost during that time.
BosSSyndrome  +   695d ago
I say that because that's when games were not solely about points and getting the high score, but rather having fun playing the game and the adventure. Final Fantasy, Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, etc. all started on NES. Maybe I just have a different interpretation of what the "Arcade Mentality" is.
ShaunCameron  +   694d ago
I say it was lost once the industry made the transition to 3D. The PS1/N64 era. Because the 16-bit era still boasted Super Ghouls & Ghosts, Contra 3, Mega Man 7, SMB: The Lost Levels, etcetera.
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s45gr32  +   694d ago
I believe it was at the middle or end of the PS2 era that arcade mentality ended not during the nes.
bigboss716  +   695d ago
Yeah thats right :D
bigboss716  +   695d ago
None of that Memory Card stuff.no more wired controller unless u have the option of getting that.i wouldn't buy a wired one again lol
Samuel-Rodrigues  +   695d ago
Solid Snake: "Gaming...has changed."
flamehaze42  +   695d ago
I hate autosaves and prefer local gaming or solo. I only play online for practice.
SpinalRemains138  +   695d ago
Blowing into cartridges and subsequently rusting the contacts. Lol.
ShaunCameron  +   694d ago
The funny thing is that the 16-bit era cartridges were so durable that it eliminated the need to blow into them.
Tetsujin  +   695d ago
Channel 3 or 4

Batteries in cartridges dying

Waiting on the next Nintendo Power for the 3 digit code from Star Tropics.
SpinalRemains138  +   695d ago
Waiting for the next Nintendo Power! Love it. Haha good stuff.

I was an early adopter, and if I remember correctly, that magazine was published and mailed out like every 3 or 4 months. When the new issue finally arrived with all the new Adventures of Link and and Metroid tips, it was like a celebration. I remember waiting for every issue like Christmas.
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zep  +   695d ago
i hope region lock will be gone for good screw you nintendo
maniacmayhem  +   695d ago
I remember when the wavebird first dropped. It was like a revolution in the making. There were wireless controllers before but they were all crap.
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