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I’ve seen this belief popping up more and more lately, and it irks me
a lot. I think it’s extremely ignorant and fallacious to base a game’s
quality on its age without having played that game beforehand. Now, I
can understand someone playing, for example, Final Fantasy VIII and then saying its graphics suck when compared to that of, say, Final Fantasy XIII. However, some people will claim Final Fantasy VIII is a far better game than XIII.
Those people would undoubtedly tout gameplay over graphics, and I would
agree with them. Some of that bias may be based in nostalgia, but some
of it isn’t.
Final Fantasy VIII
My favorite game is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
However, I’m willing to admit it’s pretty much a crappy game by today’s
standards. It hasn’t aged well. I have my own personal reasons for it
being my favorite game. I would still rather play it than any of the Zelda games that followed it despite the fact that some of them are probably better. I am biased in that regard.
Some games are timeless. It saddens me to know some inhabitants of Earth haven’t ever experienced the joys of Super Mario Bros. 3.
Even though it’s almost 25 years old it’s still better than most games
released nowadays. I played through it again recently. Time hasn’t
touched it, and it never will.
Super Mario Bros. 3
My point is this: history matters, and self-professed “gamers” should
respect it. If people are willing to label themselves as “gamers” they
have to be intelligent enough to acknowledge that all this shiny stuff
they have now exists because of past events. Call of Duty wouldn’t have happened without games like Quake and Doom. Uncharted developer Naughty Dog more than likely wouldn’t be around today without the success of Crash Bandicoot. No Space Station Silicon Valley, no Grand Theft Auto V. Have some respect, “gamers”, and if you can’t, shut up.
Also, as the old adage goes, don’t knock it till you try it. I too used to be a young dummy who didn’t “get” old games like Pong and Adventure
when I used to watch my mother play them. As I got older I grew to love
both games. I went online and learned more about games from the 70s and
80s. I read books. I still read books, which is becoming an
increasingly rarer hobby for a person to participate in as the world
becomes increasingly dumber. I guess that would also contribute to my
15-year-old nephew enjoying Resident Evil 6 and then having the nerve to call Mega Man 2 a “stupid game.” I weep for the youth of America.
Anyway, history, folks. Respect it. Embrace it. If you can’t do those
two things, don’t talk to me. I don’t want to be your friend, and I
also think you’re a moron. Like the friend I had that argument with who I
am no longer friends with. Video games are my life, and I will forever
treasure them–be they one or 40 years old. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m
going to go play Super Mario Bros. 3 again because that game is fricking awesome.