Has Gaming Lost its Way?

Since I was born, video games have always been a huge part of my life. Hell, my first gift was an NES regardless of the fact that I was too small to know what it was. I fondly remember my uncle first teaching me how to play with an Atari 2600 before I moved onto the gray VCR looking NES. My first time playing the NES, left a lasting impression on me; I wanted to win, I didn’t want a game to tell me what to do. Like most gamers, the first game I played was Super Mario Bros. and to me it was an experience I’ll never forget.

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pat_11_52922d ago

I can totally relate to this, I feel like gaming isn't what it used to be. It might just be that I've gotten older but I haven't had that "WOW THATS AWESOME" moment I used to get all the time in a long long time.

GWAVE2922d ago

I tend to get the nostalgic "WOW THAT'S AWESOME" feeling when I play handheld games. They just tend to be more like the old games, since HD graphics aren't a big deal.

blizzard_cool2922d ago (Edited 2922d ago )

The thing is that you're not 7 anymore, you know a bit 'bout gaming and you played a lot of games.

But I must say that games like FFVII have a simple charm that makes you go :-3

-Alpha2922d ago (Edited 2922d ago )

Very true. Handhelds have that simplistic nature to games. There is something charming about playing an RPG like Golden Sun or FFVII that isn't available with games like FF13 or games with the Hollywood voice overs, etc.

I wouldn't say gaming has lots its way, but with me I'm just older and I have developed an understanding of the industry-- before I didn't know much about what gameplay was, what an RPG was, etc. Every game was fun because I simply had a chance to play it.

Nihilism2922d ago (Edited 2922d ago )

Games have gotten too serious, games trying to be art, i'm 24 and I love pokemon...I will buy the games as long as they make them, why?, because they are senseless fun and they play just like they did 10 years ago. I don't want another game set in a world with the threat of nuclear war...we already live there. Bring back the escapism of the N64 days. Bring back platformers. Where the F is rogue squadron these days?

* goes back to benchmarking because graphics have consumed gamings soul *


I LOATHE online gaming. I only play single player games or offline MP with bots...not enough games have them. If they give you an offline mode it provides unlimited replayability...but they need to sell you those map packs's all part of the master plan, make you feel like your 'missing out' if you don't have it...

SeanRL2922d ago

I don't think all of gaming has lost it's way. Larger companies like Activision seem to have no idea how to produce a great game the makes you go "wow". But companies like naughty dog seem to get what's going on.

UnSelf2922d ago

the secret to reestablishing that lost WOW feeling is in tryin a new gaming genre.

try it, i used to hate RPG's and now Fallout 3 is one of the best games ive ever played

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Alcon Caper2922d ago (Edited 2922d ago )


"Now far be it from me to say let’s all just de-evolve but I feel that nowadays game designers and companies rely simply too much on what a game looks like graphically and not enough on whether or not the game is playable."

I agree. I definitely do not get the satisfaction from playing games nowadays as I used to. Although many impress graphically, I think they have totally lost the magic and imagination and depth that games used to have.

Sierra's Roberta and Ken Williams games forever!!

pat_11_52922d ago

I miss Kings Quest, point and click adventure games were great. I realize companies like Telltale games still make them but they really aren't the same as they used to be.

Alcon Caper2922d ago

Tell Tale games? I'll have to check em out. thx! bubls

bangoskank2922d ago

I was just playing some oldies the other day and found myself getting hooked.
Not just because of nostalgia but because the gameplay was designed very well and was addictive. The graphics don't hurt the experience for me either. I believe that we are spoiled by the amazing visuals in some of today's games. They leave nothing to the imagination as where the old-school 2d sprites urge you to be more creative and allow you to interpret what characters sound like, what the world would really look like, etc. That's my 2 cents.

Godmars2902922d ago (Edited 2922d ago )

Am more than a bit tired of investing two hours if not more into a game before it actually gets interesting. Really hating that online is becoming required.

pat_11_52922d ago

I really agree with that. Final Fantasy 13, that was the total deal with it. People kept telling me it might become a great game but apparently that was like 20 hours in. I miss the days when games were awesome as soon as I put the cartridge in the console.

Godmars2902922d ago (Edited 2922d ago )

The first Wild Arms had at least a two hour intro, a gameplay tutorial, that made you forget that it was. I mean when the opening credits start rolling when they do, its literally a surprise. As are several plot points.

In comparison, not that it saying much, FFXIII's twenty hours is something you trudge just so you can trudge through the rest of the game.

Inane_Asylum2922d ago

There's a good reason why I play classic games as much as, if not more, than current-gen ones. Fallout 1, StarCraft/Brood War, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Metroid 1, all timeless classics in my opinion...

Bellcross2922d ago

The answer is yes, the market is being flood by the same generic shooter after shooter with a few exception, Uncharted 2 is the gem of this generation so far it broke the stagnant mold that most of us are tired of. I wish more developers would be more creative on story and character development rather than concentrating on online multiplayer for everything they make.

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