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Gamers Today Don't Realise How Good They've Got It

'Bloodborne' taking two minutes to load? Hold your Twitter heat there, fella. Did you never have a Commodore 64?

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kalkano1142d ago

Funny, I thought they didn't realise how bad they've got it. Yeah, technology has come a long way. But, as far as gaming goes, that's led to more bad than good.

DragoonsScaleLegends1142d ago

I know right, 2014 will be remembered as the year gaming tried to commit suicide.

nX1142d ago (Edited 1142d ago )

Not quite as bad but yeah, the last few years were pretty rough. While franchises like CoD, Assasin's Creed and even FIFA hit a low poin, microtransactions, season passes and DLC hit an all time high in the most negative way possible. However games like Bloodborne, The Witcher 3 or The Last Of Us also showed how awesome gaming can be so I'd still say gamers these days have it better than it was 10 or 20 years ago.

It's just that some developers/publishers tried to exploit the business part of it recently but that's exactly where we as customers come in.

freshslicepizza1142d ago

technology moves at a steady pace and consumers expectations grow. it's only natural. that's why when they strip away features like backwards compatibility (or a standard hard drive as was the case with the xbox 360) consumers get vocal about it.

yet we still have the same issues we had 30 years ago. load times, frame rate issues among other things. however as technology advances so do the problems. online issues, glitchy games that don't get enough testing, and dlc being held back from development.

one thing many seem to ignore is how many games we have, how many platforms we have to choose from and the prices of games compared to 30 years ago.

joab7771142d ago

It's all relative. There's good and bad, bit it usually depends entirely on perspective. And BB's load times are fine now.

shmowboyfebop1142d ago

Shut your reasonable mouth.

SmielmaN1142d ago

At first BB's load times were a mild annoyance. After a while I used that time to think of why I died there or tried to repeat the path/remember enemy location/enemy attack patterns. Glad they shortened the loads tho

AnotherProGamer1142d ago

there was a lot of bad in the past too but nostalgia only lets you see the good

I remember having to $80(with inflation that is 132$) for a game that was less than a hour long and the gameplay was really bad

ShaunCameron1142d ago

A less than an hour-long video game was compensated by its difficulty which artificially lengthened it, though. Also since a lot the games back then didn't have a battery-backed save system or passwords, they had to be beaten in one take.

Talgrath1142d ago

The fact of the matter is that most of the old video games were garbage too, we just remember the best ones and forget the bad ones. Nostalgia also colors our memories of the games we played. Pick a favorite era of gaming and I can give you a list of absolute garbage longer than your list of great games by a long shot. As someone who has played since the NES days, I've found that (generally) gaming has only improved.

iceman061142d ago

True. There were a LOT of "middle-ware" (not AAA budget) titles that were just awful. There were some gems too. I think that was due to publishers rushing to grab a chunk of the industry as it was rapidly expanding. (much like the Atari era before it) I WILL say that I miss the creativity that came with those risks. However, I guess our indie studios are now the middle-ware devs of old. So, it's not all bad. The older you get, the more nostalgia bias has a way of coloring your thoughts. From the "one that got away", to movies, music, and games, we somehow always see them as better than what they were. (no doubt that some do hold the test of time)

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DEEBO1142d ago (Edited 1142d ago )

I say the same thing about how good they got it.

But they didn't get to see arcade's and really the started of it all.

When new systems came out you can see the jump/upgrade from a 2600 to a NES/SEGA but now the jump isn't really that big.

One thing i wish i had as kid was then internet.
DL games from my house,voice/video chat and streaming and endless porn(yes i was,am a perv)
I'm like you lucky bastards but i did have more fun outside then kids now and even though i am grown i can still play games so maybe I'm the lucky one.

joab7771142d ago

The jump is different now. Its like traveling from point A to B. Ya go halfway and it was a long way, but each halfway point gets less and less. If reality is point B for gaming, each jump will seem smaller and smaller.

But it's fine, b/c we have broadened our scope in the process. VR and AR are pretty cool tech, and that jump is quite massive, especially considering the real world applications.

sactownlawyer9161142d ago

I agree with you. Im 33 and when I was growing up in the summer we would be gone on bikes all over the neighborhood playing sports and stuff. No cellphones just be home by dark. Now that I am grown there is no way I would let me kid do that.

christian hour1142d ago

Rule of diminishing thirds, look it up. The advancements are greater each time, just to a detail most people won't notice or appreciate.

Had a great nostalgic kick out of this article. Cassette load times, Bullseye tv show and Angel Delight. Have fond memories of trying to play Dark Foces 2: Jedi Knight on pc with a 56k dial up connection.

As the author said, it does not apply to all gamers, but there is a sect of us out there who seem very self entitled and feel like the world is owed to them for any slight discrepancies in a service, and sometimes it feels like the industry actually panders to them.

cpayne931142d ago

Nothing beats the late 90s in gaming imo. Ocarina of Time, Mario 64, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goldeneye, half-life, the list goes on and on.

New experiences and genres were being created or recreated. And the jump from 2d to 3d was insane. Still the most exciting time in games imo.

But the commodore 64 was a pain in the butt. Never owned one though.

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Psychotica1142d ago

I only had tape on my old Commodore Vic-20, I had a 5 1/4 disk drive for my C64. But the load times of Bloodborne still annoy me, it just adds to the frustration after you die.

n4rc1142d ago

load "*" ,8,1 (there was more im sure but i forget lol)

good ol days... my introduction to gaming was on a c64

Shineon1142d ago

I remember games were harder to beat because you couldn't save and you only had a certain amount of lives,now you can save your progress and you have unlimited amount of lives.No need for game shark or game genie anymore

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ShaunCameron1142d ago

Every other game of the day was either 2D side-scrolling or top-down. Now, nearly every game is 3D.

pompombrum1142d ago (Edited 1142d ago )

Yeah.. because because locking content behind paywalls instead of rewarding players for playing the game is really so much better /s

Talgrath1142d ago

Arcades had the same thing, run out of lives? Pay in some more quarters.

pompombrum1142d ago

Really? That's about as stupid a comparison as you can get.

christian hour1142d ago

I think I spent about 100 pound (old irish punts that is) on metal slug in my local arcade one summer.

Definitely way more expensive than the version I just paid 3 quid for the other week on a psn sale.

Don't even get me started on how much I spent on a cadillacs and dinosaur arcade game...

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