The latest generation of gaming consoles offer a plethora of modern tricks and features – some stuff you can’t believe you ever lived without. Life wasn’t always this way of course, but was it really all that bad?
Gaming was more fun 10 years ago in some ways because nobody cared about graphics, it was all about gameplay and having fun.
Gaming was more fun 25 years ago, because games were much better, hardcore and underground. Now it's just like Hollywood.
Completely agrees with you back in the it would mean something if you are a gamer now games are pretty much an interactive movies with just one purpose keep your gun loaded at all times I really miss the old days but still there are some cool games like rayman , sly cooper and nintendo games plus some sony games like lbp ico and shadow of the colossus
I've been gaming since the dawn of time, I remember pumping quarters into those first Pong machines, and gaming has never been better. Those ancient games were for the most part just games, they rarely had any real story or meaningful characters. Those are what makes a game an experience rather than just a way to pass the time.
Nobody cared about graphics? Where were you?!?
Yeah, seriously. What rock did you live under? The 16 bit console war just as focused on graphical comparison as it is today. Even the manufacturers used to coin terms like 'blast processing' (Sega genesis) to refer to how to their systems produced better graphics than the competition.
I mean, Legend of the Mystical Ninja was one of the best SNES games ever... but the likelihood of that game being made in today's market is very low. Game devs used to have more freedom to take risks, and here's hoping that we'll get to a point where they can do that again.
@bennissimo Isn't that what a lot of indie developers do? (taking risks) *I'm not trying to be a jerk
@beast, lol you obviously were not around back then...genesis does what Nintendont, blast processing, intellivision sports games vs Atari sports games...the companys themselves were duking it out...where do u think this started ?!
Haha that is so wrong! I am getting tired of that phrase...so according to you for example half-life 2 is a bad game because that game had the best graphics on market. The reason for ganes being so much worse is because of the publishers sucking money out of consumers buying cod and assassins creed every year and it is those games that is destroying the gaming market...because they do not need to iterate or make a new fresh ip cause they make money anyway!
* Level design was better * Music was better as it was of many various genres and not just 2-3. * Unique Sound Sources for games as opposed to everyone using an orchestra which = most games sounding too similar. * More options for the gamers to play and increase replay value. All that stuff is now DLC.
Gaming was more fun 40 years ago. Tennis for 2 is all I need.
Huh. I didn't expect there to be real reasons on this list. I thought it was just going to be another "dude, it's just nostalgia" article. I have a problem with #5... ... ... He played Shining Force EXA. Eww.
I played it too. My therapy continues to this day...
Good article. I would have added that games, for the most part, were tested before release and did not require constant patches and fixes.
The code was also a lot simpler, to be fair.
when games were all about having fun and being challanging. Now if a game isn't 1080p it sucks.....
@TRD, no just the version that isn't 1080p sucks...why would ANYONE buy an inferior version is beyond me. Don't give me the old "xbox live is better then psn" BS, last gen I would agree however psn has leapfrogged xbox live with 100million consoles connected, PSnow (overpriced but technically impressive), remoteplay, and the most next-generation feature on ANY game system (including PC) SHAREPLAY !, if u haven't tried shareplay please do yourself a favor, it is awesome ! Hopefully it catches on so MS implements a similar feature, it is the main thing I miss on my Xbox Juan...and don't give me " on xbox u can share gamer tags to share games", ps3 and 4 does that. It truly is not the same
I still believe the XB1 is an overall better entertainment device, and thats everything from the TV aspect to the NFL intergration and yes xbox live. Its great that your games run at 1080p but that resolution argument doesnt mean anything to me. Not once in my life nor will I ever play a game and in the middle of a fight wonder what resolution is that tree in. its just completely dumb for "gamers" to worry more about that than anything else. Lucky for me I have a friend with a ps4 and I agree shareplay is pretty boss but there isnt anything else on the ps4 that makes me wanna spend my money on it. I still think XB1 is a better console for me and my family.
You know I can really attest to this. Although at the age of 24, I could never experience the NES in all of its glory, but I can easily remember back to my Genesis and SNES days Beating Super Mario World, Gunstar Heroes, Sonic 2, and Donkey Kong Country countless times with friends. When the PS1 came out it was life-changing for me with the Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, and Metal Gear Series. The PS2 should just be it's own generation because it's something that probably will never be repeated again. It was a time before DLC, before run-of-the-mill yearly shooters. Back when gaming didn't require you to pay more to get the full experience. The glory days and I will always cherish those.
I love the reason "everything was fixed by blowing on it" xD Wouldn't really say the original PlayStation start-up made gaming "better", but it was pretty epic haha.
You guys are completely blinded by nostalgia. Graphics always mattered. SEGA and Nintendo fans argued about graphics all the time. And consumer trust was at an all-time low in 1983, when the industry crashed. There has never been a better time to game. Not only can you play all the new stuff, but you can play any of the old consoles, too! It's great!
Gaming is about innovation, not about your latest shiny model airplane. In the 80s and 90s there weren't really that many locked genres in gaming as there are today. Sure, there were types of games like "shoot-em up" or "Beat-em up", but it could mean anything. For example, an Amiga game called Awesome had shooting in three or four forms, plus modifying your spaceship and what not. Now you always have FPS as it is, except with some flying or sliding as an added extra. Whereas in the early days they would invent an XYZ or ABC or whatever the letter combination for the new game type was, or mix the earlier ones up to create something new. It wasn't just about adding a mecha, jetpacks or vehicles, but about going where we have never been before.
You're telling me Team Fortress 2 is the same as Battlefield 2 and Warframe is like gears of war? Mk
Gaming back in the day (10+ years ago) was great because the industry was making new leaps and bounds. We went from 2d to 3d, the analog stick, games on CDs, a lot of those innovations were mind blowing. Plus back then we were kids experiencing this stuff for the first time. Games are easier now not because devs dumb it down, but because we old people are used to it. We know how to beat those zelda puzzles and we already know how to quarter circle high punch. Games were hard not because they were challenging, it was because we experienced those things for the first time (and we were kids).
I dunno, I sure can't beat Megaman 2 now, at least the way I did back in the 80s. Don't even get me started with Ghosts n'Ghoblins...
ummmm we still have innovations today.Games going digital (Steam), VR, the rise of indie games. We make leaps and bounds everyday.
Many games nowadays are easier because they hold your hand with regenerative health and checkpoints every 100 ft. of walking distance. There is also infinite lives, while back then this was rarely the case and you'd have a real challenge. Sorry man, welcome to the next generation of "gaming" I mean interactive movies. Expect it to get worse when mobile developers dump their "games" (interactive cartoons) on home consoles.
@sharp Megaman 2 was one of the easiest megaman games in the classic series. I don't play games like I did as a kid because now I know what to do and what works. @Sclavius Of what you listed, the only innovation I'd consider mind blowing would be VR. Especially if it somehow reached Sword art/.Hack levels within our life time. Digital distribution isn't anything new. We were able to download games long before the Xbox360 hit and indie games aren't really that new either. Back in the day, there were several small companies that made games for the sega/nintendo systems. Enix, Sunsoft, hudsonsoft, are a few of the companies that started out small and got bigger over time (and eventually died out). @Zero_Gamer I only agree partially with the hand holding. Games were hard back then because of the limitations. It had nothing to do with hard core mechanics and what not. They didn't have the resources to do what they wanted. I'm sure they would've liked to have back up saves in castlevania or something. The whole limited lives/continues thing was a mentality from arcades that lasted forever and it wasn't till recently (360/ps3/wii generation) that we got infinite lives and regenerating health in the mainstream. I don't hate these mechanics at all though. Yeah, it's easier than the health pack system of the past, but regenerating health does keep the action going. Where I agree is that games spoil today's younger gamers. Back in my day, I had to play the game and get good at it in order to UNLOCK COSTUMES AND CHARACTERS. I didn't just have to pay $5 to get what I want. Limited lives also adds to the tension in some games, cause if you messed up, you'd have to start all over and no one likes that. Death in today's games have no consequence. You just get up and start from where you left off. I guess my main problem with games today is the environment. It's a lot more aggressive than before. Hell, you can't even share your opinion without getting hate mail. Then there's the whole thing with the social justice warriors, Bro gamers and their COD affecting the gaming space because those companies want that COD money, hackers and death threats, several companies shutting down, games being released incomplete and buggy, cash shop/pay to win/disc locked content/pay walls...
Since we have retro gaming and current gaming, there is no better time to game. But if we could only have one or the other, days past were best. It was just more fun.
Not even going to read the article... Ive been gaming for almost 40 years... Was it Better ? Nope, its still fun.
It was only better because your simple child brain didn't know any better.
Earthbound, nuff said
There wasn't as much hate back then. I blame the internet j/k.
good ol nostalgia blindness. For people who actually believe that gaming was better back then, I want you to imagine a magic button that reverts technology back to your childhood. Would you push it? A world without Skyrim or Half Life 2, or The Last of Us ect. No 3d worlds or matchmaking or GTX 980s? all you got is 16 bit and chiptunes. Which was awesome back then. But with VR and constant innovations of that nature, its never been a better time to be a gamer.
I was younger when Half Life 2 came out, so I guess this article still has a point.
The only thing I'd miss, is Skyrim. It would be worth it though, if I could get my high-quality turn-based RPGs back. Of course, I'd only turn technology back to the PS2 days, since that's where we "left off".
None of this 'patch first, fix later' mentality, or chopping game content out in favour of DLC.
Exactly. Those 2 things you mentioned are the worst things about modern gaming in my opinion.
Oops, I actually meant to say "release first, patch and fix later". :P
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