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Topic: Do you miss the good old days of gaming (80s and 90s)?

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Don

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When I was younger, I was so much more into video games than now. Every game is an adventure. I remember the first time playing Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, Zelda A Link to the Past, Super Mario 64, etc. So many good games back then. Even movie based games were fun for me too, like GoldenEye, Mickey Mania, Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage, Batman Returns, etc. I remember staying up late at night to play a game. However, the good old days of gaming died for me after N64 with Paper Mario being the last truly memorable game that I played. While there are still many good games today like Super Mario Galaxy, Call of Duty, Twilight Princess, etc., today's games just don't feel the same anymore, it's like watching cartoons that I loved as a child enjoying it but aren't the same anymore. Maybe it's the changes in today's games or maybe I just outgrew video games somewhat. I still enjoy them but they're not the same anymore. Anyone else who had fond memories of childhood gaming days feel the same way?

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Sean_Aaron

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I think http://www.wiitalk.co.uk/news/1058/arcade-memories-of-youth/">this">this">http://www.wiitalk.co.uk/news/1058/arcade-memories-of-y... article will answer that question, however I will say that I'm a good example of the target market the Wii was aimed at: someone who fell out of gaming.

I sold my Playstation before moving to the UK because I really couldn't be bothered with getting a new one and chipping it so I could play my NA/JPN collection (damn Sony and their bulls**t internal power supplies!) and then I saw the PS2 and Xbox as rehashing the same stuff that had been on the Playstation so I really wasn't interested in consoles any more and contented myself with nostalgia trips to the arcade of my youth through MAME. I got the Wii because of a classic pinball collection; then I actually decided to look at game franchises and genres I had never played or maybe never liked before in the 8-32-bit console eras and it's really been an eye-opener for me (and income drain).

So I guess I have the opposite opinion Don, I think it's really great to see gaming companies responding to the challenge of the Wii and putting out new and interesting stuff on the WiiWare service. It feels closer to the glory days than the Playstation did! But I do still miss the old arcades...

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SeniorDingDong

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I miss the classic NES & GB days - who doesnt ? - and the PC games around 1997-2000.

Around 1998, many 3D games ended to look like horrible shit and the developers could still pay enough time and attention for the gameplay and fun. You will nev er ever find games like Outcast, p.o.d., Battlezone, CMR 2.0 or Freespace 2 this days.

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I miss the early days of Atari 2600, Intellivision, and Colecovision. That was when it was still all so new to me. But the NES period was all four years of high school for me, so that was pretty cool too.

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she_gamer

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Sometimes I miss the early days of my gaming life: 3 games on the super nintendo: Mario kart, Super Mario World, and Donky Kong Country. I had only those 3 games for years, and because of that I was able to master each one. I'm pretty sure I was the only 3rd grade kid in my class who had fully completed Super Mario World. Now, it feels like I gotta rush to finish each game that I buy so I can justify buying another one. I guess that's why, like Sean Aaron, Wii hit the mark with gamers like me. Just the chance to re-live those days when gaming was such an enjoyable experience. Not that it isn't now, but some of the magic is lost, just like everything else when you grow out of childhood. Ok, so, to end on a less depressing note, I'm still crazy about the new games I'm able to play now, like Okami, Paper Mario, Klonoa, Super Mario Galaxy. Even Wii Sports, cause it gives me a chance to play video games with my dad, and we haven't done that since the days of SNES, when he could actually keep up :)

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Stuffgamer1

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I do miss the old days to a point. Not the part where my parents had a lousy one hour limit to play time per day, though. That sucked. The "magic" of gaming she_gamer spoke of simply isn't as strong as it used to be, and I'm unsure how much of that is due to me growing up and how much is due to trends in the game market. I must say that Nintendo does the best job of capturing the "magic" of all the console makers, and it's tragic that so few current long-time gamers seem to understand that. I'm tired of trying to explain it to my friends, because they just don't listen.

So what I want to know is this: Will today's kids be having these kinds of conversations 10-15 years from now? Talking about missing the "magic" of the PSWii60 era? A strange thought, I think. But I also think it's strange to reminice about Atari 2600, Intellivision, and Colecovision, so I'd say the answer is "yes." It really is relative, and there's nothing we can do about it, no matter how old it makes us feel. :(

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Knux

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I miss the SNES,Sega Genesis,and N64 days. Those days were the pinnacle of classic games.

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Sean_Aaron

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The first game shop I can recall was in Chicago after the Atari 2600 came out; it's quite difficult to imagine today because the 2600 was such a ground-breaking development.

The shop had a series of tables each with a VCS and a colour TV, and each with a selection of games to play. You could just go in there and try out games. Tons of people would come in and crowd around stuff like Activision's Fishing Derby, Maze Craze and Adventure. I loved going there almost as much as the arcade. I have no idea what the shop was called or how many 2600s they sold on the back of the in-store trials, but it was pretty cool and I've not seen the like since.

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she_gamer

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Stuffgamer1 wrote:

Not the part where my parents had a lousy one hour limit to play time per day, though. That sucked.

Ditto.

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Will today's kids be having these kinds of conversations 10-15 years from now? Talking about missing the "magic" of the PSWii60 era?

Absolutely. Like Stuffgamer1 said, it's all relative. Everything is "magical" when you're a kid. You don't care about developers or innovative technology. Everything is what it is, and that's just fine.

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Sure I miss the good ol days of the 90s but you know what I do when I miss the good ol days,I grab my five VG systems I played throughout my childhood which was NES,SNES,Sega Geninsis ,PS1 and my N64 then I go to my old bedroom turn on the old tube television and play some of the best games all day long. :)
and one more thing,you will not believe how many flashbacks you'll get from doing that. :D

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LEGEND_MARIOID

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Sometimes. BUT I enjoy gaming MORESO now because its about me AND my family now. Its a great laugh. That's not to say I don't have the odd hardcore game in my library.

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KoKoO_Psy

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I miss the 90's period!
So many rad things.
Thanks to VC though, and emulation, i never have to forget the 90's, and the awesome things it created.

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SeniorDingDong

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Stuffgamer1 wrote:

[...] Not the part where my parents had a lousy one hour limit to play time per day, though. [...]

Same here D:

I think my first playtime even began below an hour... shitty 45min or even 30min. Later I could beg it up to 60mins. If there hasnt been a limit I would have spend every second in front of the PC, because it was that amazing back then.

These days, due to pure irony, both of my parents found games they can enjoy and spend lots of time in front of their own PC* and pump(ed) hours in games like Rollercoaster Tycoon, Anno (dad) or Luxor (mom). My mom even outclasses me in duration of daily internet usage. Seems like my plan about fixing them went too well...

*back then, we only had only one PC and no internet of course.

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Turbo_Genesis_64

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It's normal to miss the classic era so many great games that felt so fresh and new back then.

I've expressed this before, but the difference between old video games and new video games is kind of like the difference between the Star Wars Trilogy and the Star Wars Prequels. On the one hand, the newer things are obviously more flashy and advanced, but on the other hand the older things were the orginal innovators and at their core still BETTER!

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Adam

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I miss it. I dislike how seemingly every game since the N64 has been based on solving rudimentary puzzles. Older games tend to focus more on action, which makes them much more replayable.

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Adamant

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Indeed, gams seemed to have much more of a soul back then.I play a lot less newer games than I used to, and new releases that actually catch my interestseem much further between. Games have not only become less imaginative, but also far too involving to my liking. I only got a Wii this generation, and find it's library much more interesting than the other two's. The Wii is far from destroying gaming, it's digging it back up from the rut it fell into.

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Stuffgamer1

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LEGEND+MARIOID wrote:

Sometimes. BUT I enjoy gaming MORESO now because its about me AND my family now. Its a great laugh. That's not to say I don't have the odd hardcore game in my library.

Gaming used to be MORE about my family than it is now. I remember long sessions of Super Bomberman 2 (still the best Bomberman game EVER, by the way) with my brother and dad, Mom intermittently cooking and watching. And since the NES and SNES are in the living room, there would always be somebody around even when I played single-player stuff. Now I just hold up in my room solo the vast majority of the time. It seems probable to me that we're talking about different kinds of family, though. :P

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metakirbyknight

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I really didn't grow up during the EARLY days of gaming, but now I revisit the roots of my fandom and I love it more than my friend's copy of Kirby 64 I almost stole. I did hear about the SNES though. Never played it.

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Turbo_Genesis_64

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weirdadam wrote:

I miss it. I dislike how seemingly every game since the N64 has been based on solving rudimentary puzzles. Older games tend to focus more on action, which makes them much more replayable.

Once again, I have to agree with the wise Adam. I remember when Super Mario 64 came out everyone was like this is the best game ever and I was like this is kind of boring compared to Super Mario 3 and Super Mario World! Fortunately, Super Mario Galaxy is a big improviment over the earlier 3D Mario's.

Some games have converted to 3D easier like the brillant Zelda's and Metroid's.

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she_gamer wrote:

Sometimes I miss the early days of my gaming life: 3 games on the super nintendo: Mario kart, Super Mario World, and Donky Kong Country. I had only those 3 games for years, and because of that I was able to master each one. I'm pretty sure I was the only 3rd grade kid in my class who had fully completed Super Mario World. Now, it feels like I gotta rush to finish each game that I buy so I can justify buying another one. I guess that's why, like Sean Aaron, Wii hit the mark with gamers like me. Just the chance to re-live those days when gaming was such an enjoyable experience. Not that it isn't now, but some of the magic is lost, just like everything else when you grow out of childhood. Ok, so, to end on a less depressing note, I'm still crazy about the new games I'm able to play now, like Okami, Paper Mario, Klonoa, Super Mario Galaxy. Even Wii Sports, cause it gives me a chance to play video games with my dad, and we haven't done that since the days of SNES, when he could actually keep up :)

For only having three games when you were growing up atleast you had some classics!

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