Loss of Innocence

As gamers grow older games can lose a little bit of mystique. So says Edge columnist Mr. Biffo, who's all nostalgic about videogames of old and a time when the industry was more innocent. He describes: "On occasion, being a gamer has felt a bit like that sequence in The Time Machine, where the guy is strapped into his seat, and watches the dress shop window opposite his house."

"One of the saddest aspects of growing old as a gamer is that the games lose a certain degree of mystique. When I was younger it felt as if games were a window on to elsewhere, that they'd been punted into our universe from some other dimension. The people behind them were alchemists – weird geniuses with their brains wired into some elemental, unexplainable form of inspiration. Of course, thanks to the retrogaming boom of the last few years we all now know that Matthew Smith and The Oliver Twins et al weren't sorcerers at all – just computer boffin-y blokes who had watched far too much Monty Python."

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hanstolo3602d ago

I always like when "older" gamers like me get sentimental about the games they used to play when they where younger.
I fully agree with him.

Mecha1053602d ago (Edited 3602d ago )

Being only 16, I have experienced many classics from the 80's and 90's. They range from NES to DOS games and even arcade games. When I finally got the chance to play them again recently, I (like you said before) felt sentimental about them. Ahhhh, so much nostalgia.

Mecha1053602d ago

It makes you think of the kids of this era who are just so inclined about graphics and power. You realize that these kids never got a chance to play the classics mostly because they're too stubborn to even try it because it's "old".

ChickeyCantor3602d ago

me and my brother talk allot bout this and we think its a shame allot of younger gamers dont even know say......double dragon 2 is......while this was a really good game >_>
these days its all about POWERRRRRRRRRRRR.

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I remember being amazed by Comodore64's graphics and sound capabilities compared to Spectrum's. The same can be said about Amiga500 compared to C64 and Amiga 1200 compared to Amiga500.

It was about power then as much as it is now. And I don't mean that it was ALL about power then, nor do I mean that it is so nowadays.

It's just that VIDEO evolves at a steady pace and GAMES evolves erratically.

Or to put it another way, in VIDEO GAMES:

1.) We have VIDEO, which is pixpixel2Dsprite3Dmodellightin g/normalmaps/bumpmaps/vertexsha ders/specular/blahblahblah

2.) And we have GAMES, which is
adventures, platformers, sandbox, sims, FPS...

Now, the first was constrained by technology and the latter by human imagination. And human imagination is always ahead of the technological progress since there would be no progress if it was the other way around. Hence the feeling that the days of the video-game pioneers were more creative and full of life. It was truly new experience then, when those genres were coming to existance.

After the burst of human imagination and creativity at the birth of a new "medium", it came down to a slow pace with rare and sudden breakthroughs.

You can always assume that graphics will be a generation better every 5 years, but you can never know when that new "genre-defining" game will come.

Sometimes those two come together, like in the case of FPS.

The same was with movies. Look at literature, it had to pass thousands of years for a novel to emerge. It took thousands of years for Shakespeare to happen to theatre.

The days of birth are over my brother gamers! Here comes the age of refinement.

I wish us all to live at least a thousand years!

Oh, how smart I am, thank you God.

Now back to that little green thingy. :D

PS I really have no idea if anything I have said up there made any sense. :P

ChickeyCantor3602d ago (Edited 3602d ago )

ofcourse its always been about power but because of this now, allot of games of the past wont be acknowledged.
When was the last time a kid said: double dragon 2 for the nes looks FUN, and not : omg last gen gfx i rather hang my self.

edit: i mean power as in its always been an important element with gamers.
but these days i couldnt care because power is taking over the Fun factor( not saying you cant have fun with the consoles of these days but im talking about the gamers)

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Ah, yes, sorry, I misunderstood. (as usual)

You meant it's all about power with kids these days, not industry. My bad.

Well, I have nothing to say about that, it's true and sad in a way. My friends (who are not even kids) are mostly the type that begun playing games with PS1 or PS2 and when I showed them some old Amiga games, none were impressed! Haha, I was all excited about my emulator and all they said was: "that's cool, come now, let's play God of War!"

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It's not that old games are better. It's that we were younger and more prone to total immersion.

Now, being an "old" gamer myself (28), I have experienced the same symptoms as this guy. BUT! I have found a cure! I can't tell you what it is, since it's illegal in most countries :D

But, I can say it's green, grows in nature, has leaves, starts with an "M" and ends with an "A". hehe :)

sleekblackroadster3602d ago

i never understand why its the only one they use the slang name with..

Gorgon3602d ago

My feelings exactely. I've been playing since the ZX Spectrum/ Commodore Amiga/Atari ST times, so its a lot of time. Games like Halo, Ninja Gaiden and other things completely fail to grab my attention. And most of the times stuff like Stalker and Bioshock end up beying a little disappointing too. Getting old and more demanding sucks...

ChickeyCantor3602d ago

" Games like Halo, Ninja Gaiden and other things completely fail to grab my attention"

not with those games with me but i can completely understand what you mean... i have the same problem with allot of games these days and go back to oldschool games..and have hours of fun.

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Hi Gorgon!

Wat are the games that really grabbed your attention in Playstation era that you can remember? And you sidar?

The first that come to mind in my case are Tomb Raider, GTA, Ico, ShadowOfTheColossus...

btw, I feel the same about Ninja Gaiden. I haven't played Halo any more than a few minutes so I really can't say anything about that one.

ChickeyCantor3601d ago

PS1? because you are talking ps2/ps1 games >_<
crash bandicoot and panzer bandit.rival school...and some more.
but i was thinking way more back snes/sega era
super probotector/contra, ninja gaiden trilogy,Zelda 3, Metroid 3....and lots lots more XD
yesterday i played Shadow of the ninja ...>_< dying @ the same spot over and over shows how hard the damn game was.
and it was for the nes too.

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Yes, I know that you were thinking about older games.

I was just curious to know what recent games did grab your attention, in playstation (PS1/PS2) era. "After" the old games. After you became older and more demanding as Gorgon put it :)

ChickeyCantor3601d ago

SOTC was awsome i wanna play ICO but dont have a PS2 anymore.>_<

Gorgon3598d ago

Sorry to answer so late! Maybe its to late already...

Anyway, I've been a PC gamer always, and have little experience with console games with a few exceptions. I think the last game I REALY enjoyed was Knights of the Old Republic...yep, a few years ago. Honestly, I've been getting disappointed at later games. Not that STALKER or Bioshock aren't good. They ARE good. But they are not DA S@&IT.

For consoles I would say Shadow of the Colossus was the best thing in PS2, and its a DAMN GOOD GAME!!! I hope they make a sequel or something similar.

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crippler6663601d ago

Manic Minor
Jet Set Willy
Chuckie Egg
Kung-Fu Master

Some one should update these games, I spent hours on these games as a kid.