The Golden Age Of Gaming Simply Can't Be Compared To Today
Before everyone over the age of 30 loses their minds, let me clarify the title. I don't want anyone to misinterpret.
I don't mean that today's video games offer superior experiences in every possible way when compared to the old classics. Obviously, everything today is technically superior but it's always arguable to say that every aspect of this hobby is better now. What I mean is that the two vastly different eras of gaming simply aren't comparable in any way.
There's just nothing to talk about. I realized today that in truth, playing video games in the 70s and 80s was a completely different experience than playing video games today. Sure, one can say we're still sitting there holding a gamepad and controlling something we see on a screen, but that's about where the similarities end. There was a reason it was predominantly a boy's hobby back in the day; there was a reason very few females participated, and a reason why few over the age of 13 played. Video games were toys. The only exception to the rule may have been those adults who loved electronics and gadgets and all that, and found the Atari to be relatively cool. My father was like that.
But it really doesn't make any sense to compare a game of today to Super Mario Bros., for example. I mean, why? No, better yet, how? Interacting with virtual worlds is such a different thing nowadays. The simplicity is gone. People can whine about that all they wish and many can attempt to prove things were better way back when, but it really is a pointless endeavor. There are no comparisons to be made because the very nature of this hobby has changed. It has changed at its center, at its core. It just feels different. So when we pay homage to the products of yesteryear, let's keep them separate from modern games, shall we?
3/7/2013 11:33:28 PM Ben Dutka