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The Zen of Old Video Games

Video game nostalgia is a tricky thing. If you're feeling nostalgic for a particular game from your childhood or want to dip back into a so-called classic game, it's not nearly as easy as going back and watching an old movie or TV show. Between the fact that many classic games aren't available on current, mainstream platforms and they have a hard time holding up to current standards, classic video games are losing their appeal.

As video game standards have improved over the years, so have our own standards. To go back and forth between a game from 2018 and a game from 1988 can be a difficult and frustrating experience.
Most older games can't live up to the hype they launched with, and even in the rare case that they do, they can be a pain in the ass to get your hands on. Maybe this is one time we should just embrace the letting go.

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strayanalog153d ago

‎"Video games are inextricably tied to the hardware they were developed for and harder to appreciate with each passing second." Yes, as are different mediums.
There's different eras in film, but that doesn't stop people from enjoying them. Same goes for art, but that doesn't stop people from studying them.‎
Point is, classic gaming isn't for everyone, just like older black and white films are not everyone's cup of tea, but there will always be an aficionado for both when someone is that passionate.

It's just a matter of personal preference, so - for me - no, let's not let them go. Let's play, cherish, and/or study them, because it's okay to remember where you came from and why you play in the first place.‎

Derceto152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

Huh, who knew? I have no trouble firing up my NES, C64, Genesis (to name a few), or transitioning to my current systems.

"Most older games can't live up to the hype they launched with..."

Got a particular laugh from this one, because today's can right?. Let's see how many people are playing most of the trash that is released today, in about 20 or 30 years. hint: not many

I had no idea I was doing it wrong this entire time though. I'll try to have more of "a difficult and frustrating experience", so I can meet your idiotic assessment.