Originally Posted by shim
is gaming of yesteryear better than the current games out on the market.. whats your thoughts about this?
Do you know, I think most likely games are better these days. I think what's changed is us. In our youth, the novelty factor of games was so much greater. We are so surrounded by technology these days, and have been so swamped with aliens, demons, magic, war, dragons, magic swords, race cars, space ships, pirates etc etc that it is so hard to have a game come out now that pushes the envelope.
I am not saying its all been done, but it feels like it sometimes.
There are many games around these days which are potentially mind blowing in terms of size (x3, oblivion spring to mind), story (the witcher?) and now graphics and sound. I think it would be hard to argue that games from 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago are better, but I think how we hold those old games in our mind is critical.
When we first went down to the dungeons in the Bards Tale, or found all the secret stashes in Wolfenstein, or got smashed by caco-daemons in Doom, they were firsts! We were on the edge of brand new experiences. Those games set standards not easily erased. They are etched in our minds as eternal benchmarks that many latter games can not surpase due to the psychological significance of those experiences.
I think new games are generally better in so many ways, however the games of our youth defined in part who we are. The significant impact that they had on us and our expectations forever give them an edge in our minds.
To minimse further ramblings, I think objectively, games today as a whole are so much better on all fronts (generally), but subjectively, the indelible influence of the games of our past, means that there will always be high benchmarks from which we compare the games of today.