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What Could Have Been

Game Informer's Jeff Akervik: "Over the past year I've been slowly working my way through my pile of shame – the games I own, but have, for one reason or another, neglected. Suffice to say, it's been a very enjoyable journey as I've played through some truly great titles. And while a couple of the games in said pile were purchased as a result of my own eager anticipation, most were obtained thanks to a healthy dose of high praise by fellow gamers. But from where does this high praise emanate? Why do certain games strike a chord with a select group of people and miss the mark with others?"

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RedPawn2499d ago

Very good article, and I see where the author is coming from. I know I have thought of such things in reverse.

I just played Diablo II for the first time in July-August, and thought it was a great title that I could sitdown and catch up to.

Resident Evil 4, I played it a little after it's release, on GameCube, and still thought it was okay at best.

When Ocarina of time came out, I thought it was a great game, but LttP was the pinnacle of the series. I really didn't think Mario 64 was all that great, even for setting a milestones in other 3D iterations.

RedPawn2499d ago (Edited 2499d ago )

Matter of fact, all younger gamers who get suggestions from someone who's been around, remember you have to put it in the perspective of when it was released.

MidnytRain2499d ago (Edited 2499d ago )

I didn't start playing games until the Sega Genesis/PS1 era, but I do think nostalgia can take ahold of a gamer's memories. This was a very good article indeed. It's a shame these kinds of stories don't get the attention they deserve because people actually have to read them and can't comment on the headline.

RedPawn2499d ago (Edited 2499d ago )

Honestly I think this is the most petty Gen in gaming ever. Nostalgia is an amazing human tool we all can create, which helps remember the days of when devs could subliminally say (F*** IT.) I've found it hard for devs to actually be creatively expressive, because it seems they have a certain graphical expression they must meet, or no one will check for it.

Capt-FuzzyPants2499d ago

He really did a good job of explaining how most feel about games. FF4 is my favorite FF because it was the first FF i played. I love 6+7 too. They are all great games but 4 is special. KH is my favorite game of all time. It was the first game with a great story that i played. Everything I played before KH was a crappy racing game, Spyro or Crash Bandicoot. I enjoyed these but they had pretty weak stories and that type of gameplay is not great to me. I really liked Crash but KH has great gameplay. I miss games like FF4 and KH theres just nothing like it on this gen. Square really needs to pick it up and give me my special game for this gen. So far it looks like the Last Story is going to be the game that will give me something new and different and will leave me wanting more. Now adays I have to play games that came out before I was born or at a too young age to play games. Games now need to start being as good as Chrono series, FF7,6,4,9 and even 10.

RedPawn2499d ago

Man Final Fantasy IV is my fav too, and I've played them since the beginning. Crash Team Racing was like the second coming of Super Mario Kart(With Mode 7 LOL!)

Great Taste My Friend!

Capt-FuzzyPants2499d ago

I think Im in love. Just kidding. I hate talking to my friends and the only games they have played are CoD. And the people that have played FF havent played the earlier ones. I wish people would actually try to play a game that actually takes skill and strategy.

ThatArtGuy2499d ago (Edited 2499d ago )

The reverse can also hold true. Some newer gamers won't even attempt to play a true classic simply because it's older than them, which is unfortunate.

ChickeyCantor2499d ago

I remember when I met my best friend and we talked about some games we played in our past. At some point in our friendship I mentioned Illusion of Time ( Illusion of Gaia for the Americaaaans ). And the guy freaked out as he, like me, thought that we ourselves were the only people we even knew who played that game. ( and till this day i still don't know who else played Illusion of Time)
Those are the moments I NEVER get with people who never played games before the Ps1.
Most new people I know are hyped about the new Ps3/360 titles, but when i ask them about some classic, they look at me as if i had some drugs.

Its a shame really t_t.