PS1 Nostalgia Trip: What We Miss Most
Twenty years of PlayStation. It's still difficult to believe.
There's no denying that we've come a long way since the mid-90s. Anyone who tries to deny it is blinded by those attractive rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia.
That being said, you have to take the good with the bad. It's equally blind to say that everything about the industry and the PlayStation brand is better today. So, with that understanding, what do you most miss about the glory days of the original PlayStation? Sure, the technology is ridiculously outdated by today's standards but there's more to this hobby than pretty pictures.
To be frank, I really do miss memory cards. You can crow about the Cloud and the fact that a hard drive lets us save just about whenever and wherever we want. I get it. But here's a rebuttal: Firstly, being able to save constantly drastically reduces the challenge of any game. Secondly, I really miss being able to take my memory card to a friend's house and show off my progress in a game. Your save data is supposedly far more protected and far-reaching than ever before and yet, it's not so easily trasnferable as it used to be.
And yeah, despite the inherent positive side of downloads, patches, and updates, I still miss the push-and-play days. You can start a game just as fast as you could in the original PS1 days (or close to it, depending on the game). But there will inevitably be a patch or update or something that will hinder things. Because I rarely play online, these updates usually matter little to me. I could also do without the constant urging to play online or utilize social media to "bolster" my experience. Even when playing a campaign, you still feel hounded every now and then. Just leave me alone.
And lastly, I miss some of the so-called archaic gameplay systems. Yes, I'm talking mostly about turn-based mechanics and yes, I will always maintain that they're a perfectly viable gameplay system for a dozen different reasons. Won't get into that here, though...what do you miss most?
12/5/2014 Ben Dutka