MWEB GameZone writes: "We discuss the ways that old-school gaming was better than what we see now in the modern era. Can you think of any other ways gaming was better back in the day?"
Really miss those sweet demo discs!
Those demo discs were nice but im sure massively producing them were bad for the environment and costly
Now we can just download demos and beta. I like that better.
Yeah! It especially made magazines a better purchase. Sometimes I would buy issues off the rack just because of the demo disc inside.
When taking off nostalgia goggles I still prefer modern gaming to whatever era old school gaming is since that era seems to change with each passing year
I definitely prefer modern gaming as a whole too, but the point of this is basically the things that were better, not saying everything was better :)
Yeah certain aspects of things will always be better at a certain point in time. However that point in time will also have flaws too
1. Complete games (no DLC/season passes) 2. Couch co-op/split screen multiplayer 3. Demo discs 4 . No microtransactions 5. No loot boxes 6. Instruction manuals 7. Cheat codes 8. No downloads, patches, or game installs
Going to the bathroom and spending way too much time there reading instruction manuals! Good times!
That didn't actually make anything about gaming better and I say this as a teen from the 80's. I am sure if gaming went back to the way it was 20 or 30 years ago, people would grow tired of it quickly.
Made it a whole lot better !!
Obviously that's subjective because I truly prefer gaming today as apposed to years ago.
Some games had loot box type mechanisms. But only in the form in ingame currency and not being able to be purchased with real money for both ingame money and loot boxes
glitches that didn't hurt the game were great since they couldn't be patched
Great list. I'd also add responsiveness vs. resolution/graphics. This has much to do with the changeover from CRT to thin panels, and geez I do NOT miss the extreme weight of those tube TVs. But because of the technology (almost no input or scaling lag) gaming felt a lot more responsive. PC gamers have always cherished high frame rate and response, but for some reason the switch to HD made console gamers forget. Even fancy converters like the OSSC or Framemeister don't fully compensate for the lag of modern panels (although they get close).
Most of time I prefer retro gaming. But still love modern games as well.
Better professional journalism and fair scoring of games. None of this clickbait rubbish, marking games up or down to create controversy clicks. If a game was poor at release, it got scored as so, and didn't get points for potential. Also, no comments sections for trolls in magazines eh? No console wars, as it is today. If I wanted to play Phantasy Star or Sonic, I went to a mate's house and played, or swapped him my SNES for a while so he could play Mario or Super Metroid. Gamers loved games back then, not the brand.
You win the thread.
There were actually pretty cool things you could do with memory cards that you can't do with HDDs. My friend and I used to play Tekken 5 at his place and I could face his characters with custom costumes with my own as they were on my memory card. Having the complete game is the number one thing I miss though. I also miss instruction manuals, not needing updates or patches and being able to play games right away once they're placed in the system's disc drive or cart slot, oh, and demo discs.
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