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5 Reasons There's Never Been A Golden Age of Gaming

TruegameHeadz writes:
"Today, our little topic will be the mythical creature called "The Golden Age of Video Games," or more commonly known as, "The 90s." Lately many gamers across thousands of forums have been bitching about the reality show called "WCG Ultimate Gamer." They hate the people on it. They hate the games being played. And they hate how gaming has become less of a social taboo. Of course, they also bring up the topic of the "good ol' days."

I haven't watched the show, so I have no idea if it's bad or not. I only have two reasons to turn on the TV, outside of playing video games; House and Gordon Ramsey. However, when I read someone arguing about how great video games were in the 1990s or 1980s, I have to wear my goggles and a rubber suit because there is so much bullshit being spewed.

The sad reality of it is, we are so much better off now than we were 15 or 20 years ago. Games have improved greatly, and it isn't costing us a fortune just to get a mere afternoon's worth of entertainment. I'm going to shatter the myths of the "Golden Age of Gaming" because..."

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Timesplitter143062d ago (Edited 3062d ago )

Games ARE becoming more casual, even though I agree with the article on many points.

There are just as many casual games as there were before, but now the casual games like Guitar Hero or Call of Duty 4 are WAY more popular, and this will affect the direction game designers will be taking in the future.

By the way, I think casual games are not really games that don't require skill. What makes a game casual, in my opinion, are the reasons why people play them (to show everyone online you're the coolest kid around, to break stuff in GTA and laugh at it, etc). It really depends on the person, not the game. But certain games can better suit the tastes of casual gamers. Just saying.

"Real" gamers (sorry for the expression, but you know what I mean) enjoy well made and original games. Up until quite recently, games were becoming the most awesomestest sub-culture in the world, composed mostly of intelligent libertarian nerds who wanted a break from all that hip superficial lifestyle and had a passion for good stories, strategic gameplay, innovation and the whole video game lore. But now it's getting torn apart by people who just wanna "kill stuff online" and show everyone they can play guitar... hero.

Whenever some form of medium/subculture expands to reach a broader audience, it instantly gets watered down because it reaches people who aren't passionate about it, and because these "casual" games sell more, devs will want to make more of these games, which is bad for us. Broader audience = more simple tastes, less complex, more neutral, etc. Gaming, and many other subcultures, should stay with the people that love it as it is.

Things like Six Days in Fallujah getting canceled happened exactly because gaming is getting casual. Now, everyone has an eye on us and we must be restrained by those over-sensitive people who think they know what's better for us.

Timesplitter143062d ago (Edited 3062d ago )

(sorry can't edit anymore)

But we can't really blame them. It's only normal that devs want to make more money. And while "casual gamers" are spending hundreds of dollars on Rock Band accessories and buying every iterations of their favorite FPSs, "hardcore" gamers are too busy complaining about graphics and pirating all their PC games, so they're not helping at all.

bitboi3062d ago

Video gaming is definitely changing and as long as it's still around for years to come, i'll be a happy camper!

TheMART3062d ago

Well he's wrong on many things in this article. As a gamer that played all through the 'golden age of gaming' and playing all consoles, and the stuff that lead to consoles.

Like the MSX-1 (yes with tapes), the MSX-2 (Solid Snake Metal Gear was born on that system) and Amiga 500...

"Back then, there were only three noteworthy genres; platformers, shooters (vertical and side-scrollers), and beat-’em-ups. "

Wrong, so wrong. There also was a mighty genre RPG. I still remember SD Snatcher and Fray on my MSX-2. Oh and don't forget the sports games were you had to allmost 'wank' the joystick hahahaha

Best memories are on the MSX-2&Amiga 500. But heck, every gen has its special things. This gen its just a lot about pretty graphics and online systems back then there was no online at all. It was SP and offline co-op stuff. Hack&Slash in Golden Axe wohooo

I still own the systems from back then. Yes it was the golden age of gaming if you ask me.

Cajun Chicken3062d ago

Oh jeez. The Amiga, that's one thing I can agree with you on for once.

nostalgic_noob3062d ago

Games stopped being fun once Microsoft entered the spot.
Im not hating on anything but Microsoft pushed the gaming industry into becoming a copy of the Hollywood industry, but who knows maybe the future will look brighter.

DMasta7183062d ago

Microsoft also pushed Online gaming. Look where it's at now. At least give credit where its due.

nostalgic_noob3062d ago (Edited 3062d ago )

"DMasta718
Microsoft also pushed Online gaming. Look where it's at now. At least give credit where its due."

Sorry but Sega revolutionized Online gaming, the ps2 furthered it and it was inevitable to become the future. All Microsoft did was Add the concept of Selling DLC which is something I am opposed to take for example Fallout for the ps3 people spend almost 100 dollars to play a game but only to be left out of the full story because the developers were paid to leave the ending out so it can be exclusive to another console.DLC is one reason why gaming wont be as fun as they used to be.

ThatArtGuy3062d ago (Edited 3062d ago )

The "Golden Age of Video Games" has been set by many people in the industry, gaming historians, and authors as the period of 1980-1985. This was when even grocery stores had arcade machines for people to play. When was the last time a top 40 song was specifically geared to an obsession about a game?

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