We all know how powerful nostalgia can be when it comes to video games and the like. The games we played when we were young greatly influence our taste as young adults and beyond. The old consoles we played our games on are not obsolete to us; they’re a critical part of our past. I know plenty of people who would happily take an N64 over the next gen consoles that have been recently revealed at E3. (Yeah Xbox One, I’m looking at you.)
Speaking from personal experience, I’m a 90’s kid. I was born into an era of bad music but fantastic games. I was born in the Pokemon, Legend of Zelda (I’m talking the first 3D ones, at least), Yu Gi Oh and Monster Rancher generation.
Seriously, does anyone remember Monster Rancher? That game was amazing.
Oh yeah, and Beyblade.
Anyway, I digress. It’s sad to see so many kids that are born in THIS generation who are so obsessed with how a game LOOKS compared to how it plays. Graphics have overridden gameplay in recent months with big titles focusing on things like textures and maps. However, a couple of days ago I experienced something rare and absolutely magical;
A kid came into the local game store and was taking a gander at the DS section. I paid no mind until he started talking to his friend who’d come in with him and said. “I can’t see the case. I’ll go ask the guy if he has Pokemon Diamond or Pearl,”
I know it’s not exactly Red or Blue but it’s a start. Diamond and Pearl could even be considered ‘old’ at this point and it’s so refreshing to see a kid WANT to play Pokemon as opposed to a game like Modern Warfare or Far Cry. Not that I’m having a dig at either of those games – in fact Far Cry 3 is in my list of ‘to be played’ games – but it was just unusual to see a child investing in a franchise that’s seemed to mainly grow with it’s 90’s followers. It made me smile, that’s all.
I guess my main point was that it doesn’t take age to love a good game but the big gaming companies that keep churning out the same highly textured blobs of unimaginative plots are drowning the few gems that are released every so often. That’s why I implore you, maybe even BEG you, to please invest in any indie developer you see potential in.
Buy their game on Steam. Don’t want it? Send some encouraging words to the developer. Kind words can work wonders for people who are tackling a BIG franchise on a very small budget. I’m not saying every indie game is good but I’m saying that the majority of them are really promising. Some polish and hard work could really make the word of difference to an industry where game sales are falling. Bad games make for bad sales. So why not make good games for a change? Seems like the most logical step forward. I’d love to see a modern game with all the mechanics and deep plots we loved (though didn’t always understand) as children and teenagers. I’m an RPG kind of person so something with lots of options and character attachment would keep me happy for months…So long as it had replay value.
Anyway, at the end of the day it’s all down to personal preference. Whether you like shooters, sci-fi, adventure, strategy, RPGs or fantasy it doesn’t matter. I think we all deserve good games we can not only respect for being modern but love for making us remember what made our childhoods so special.
ashenrenegade, signing off…Nostalgically.