Classic Gaming: A Rant

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tyler @ 11:23 am April 23, 2010

Most people today play games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3. But a lot of you people will read this and say something along the lines of “Ome-ga, no dude!? I play games that are different and a lot of people don’t really play like Fallout 3 and Oblivion.” Oh really now? That’s cool, and different, seeing as they were being hyped up and discussed about all over the internet and video game magazines starting when their development was first announced, even now that they are both released talked about all over the place. They are definitely not unheard of. On top of that, they are both sequels to superior games. Morrowind is better than Oblivion. Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 are both better than Fallout 3. Don’t get me wrong though, people. These newer games are great games and very well made, and people who like them aren’t wrong. It’s just a matter of personal of preference. My only point is that nowadays it seems that developers sacrifice content and/or creativity so that they can focus on stunning HD visuals and/or great online multiplayer.

In general the newer games are, it seems the less hours of single-player game play it has. Even games that don’t have multiplayer seem to have less game play hours compared to older games. Sure, there are DLC’s for newer games, but this seems to just give developers an excuse to make a the initial game at release not that long and also the DLC’s are just more money for the gamer to have to spend.

Call it old fashioned, but the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis era was the best era in the history of video games. Chrono Trigger, Super Mario World, Phantasy Star IV, The Lost Vikings, Earthbound, Legend of Zelda: a Link to the Past, and Super Metroid. All these games had either deep immersing plots or fun quirky ones, and sometimes both. The characters on these games were memorable and unique, not cliché like so many of the characters from today’s games. The villains on these past games too are great. They were evil, cunning, and sometimes hilarious and goofy. Other than the SNES and Genesis era, we have the NES era and the PSX and N64 era (no, my order of discussion here is not chronological). The NES games were all games that you could just pick up and play. Mario, Final Fantasy, Metroid, and Zelda all have their roots in this system. The PSX and N64 have some of the most highly praised games to this day. If you were Final Fantasy VII and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are both receive praise from countless games as perfect.

I can go on about this for days, but at this point all you readers are probably feeling like my ranting is some kind of cruel punishment for that piece of bubble gum you stole from the grocery when you were five. If I were to go on with this, you will probably feel like you are in Hell with Satan telling you about his tastes in video games while you are there waiting hours to relieve yourself by unleashing the most voracious piss in your life. My rambling is done!