Critic Confession Time: These Are the Classic Games We’ve Never Played

VICE: Do you know how many games come out every year? I'm not even talking about the ones that make the App Store every single day – well over 400, since you asked. I mean titles for home consoles and computers, sometimes heavily marketed affairs that you might see an advert for on late-night TV, or perhaps even an Underground poster in support of; and indie releases that tend to come out through strictly digital distribution means. Bloody loads, is the answer. Too many. Wikipedia reckons there are already over 700 games available to play on the PlayStation 4 alone. That's a console that launched in November 2013. Get your head around that. Nobody can play all of those games.

Not even professionals.

And professionals are guilty – if guilty is quite the right word – of missing out on what the wider industry, players and programmers and publishers alike, considers to be "the classics".

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pasta_spice1137d ago

OK I get that people cant play every classic game for a variety of reasons, but some of these reasons are so moronic I can't believe they were written by people who write about GAMES for a living.

"I've rarely encountered a fanbase that so regularly and delightedly informs you that Dark Souls will ruin other games for you; that once you've played it you'll immediately think less of anything else that isn't Dark Souls. I quite like other games, as it happens, and the idea of playing something that will cause me to drastically reconfigure my opinions of my personal favourites puts me off."

REALLY? You don't want to play Dark Souls because you don't like the fanbase? And you're scared that you will like the game so much that it will ruin other games for you forever? What sort of bullshit reason is that!

"And when you've got a kid in the house who enjoys watching you play games – or, preferably, playing alongside you – then a dark, violent fantasy action-RPG renowned for making its players invent fantastic new compound swear words isn't exactly the most feasible leisure time option."

If you don't want your kid watching you play an adult game, then don't play it in front of them! Wait till they go to bed FFS.

"So today, Super Mario 64 is a game that I can love more in the act of not playing than in the act of playing."

WTF does this even mean?? You love the game because you.....haven't played it? And you think playing the game will ruin that love? I don't even...

"Unlike the majority of the gaming industry, I don't wish to return to childhood, nor do I believe that the perspective of a child, or any appropriation of childlike innocence or naiveté, can provide valuable insight into adult lives or emotions."

Wow patronizing, much? Sorry for liking games from my childhood! Sorry for enjoying nostalgia! I guess I'm not as "mature" as this author who just spent an entire paragraph claiming Nintendo must be patronizing and fake for making games for children.

"What can I say? I am a sucker for the pretty shit, the shiny and new high-definition things, and Valve's supposedly seminal first-person shooter is just so... square. Time is incredibly unkind to video game visuals, unless they're Tetris, and I fear that if I started Half-Life right now I'd only wind up writing an article about the minor flaws it inevitably has"

This one is ridiculous too. You OWN Half-Life and you want to play it....yet you won't even give it a try because it's graphics aren't pretty? I understand playing a game THEN being put off by the graphics. But this person is already judging it and predicting they will write a negative article about it, while they haven't even taken it out of the box.

Artemus1137d ago

Yep, I was facepalming right through my skull the whole article. No wonder most game journalism these days is a joke.

Artemidorus1137d ago (Edited 1137d ago )

I class myself as a casual and played all but one.

Sorry but they shouldn't be in that position. It proves once more game reviews as of recent are shite.

Baka-akaB1137d ago (Edited 1137d ago )

There is no excuse whatsoever for a pro to on miss those . And it's not even surprising . You can often catch them reference stuff they clearly didnt play , to criticize or praise games