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."