As well as the OzChat Posting Board
, one of the other forums I frequently... er... frequent is the Penny Arcade Phorum
. One of the subject of most of the rants going on there at the moment is "Why videogames suck so much these days"
. Don't get me wrong, video games rock
, but these days the market is being inundated with so much crap
that it makes me wonder whether these game developers actually realise that their game has to be good
to make them money. Graphics seem to be taking pride of place over gameplay
, and the quality of the CD-filling FMV sequences seem to take preference over the story actually being told. But I think for myself, there seems to be more to it than just this.
I think for me, it was the step up from the Commodore 64
to the Amiga
... I remember vividly saving for weeks until I could afford the latest release, whether it was 'Skate or Die
', 'Spy vs Spy
' or 'Paperboy
'. I would then rush home, pop the cassette in the datasette, PRESS PLAY ON TAPE
, then go do something for 20 minutes while the game loaded. Once loaded, I would play the game until beaten or until I needed sleep. The technology was new, the graphics were great, sometimes I'd just leave the chip-music
playing just so I could listen to it. It was an uber-happy time of my life.
Now, I have a disposable income which has been spent on over 50 games across 4 platforms, any of which can be loaded in 5 seconds, played for one minute, then set aside. Over 2000 MAME
roms at my disposal, and all I want to do is play Galaga
. The exceptions are exceptional... Xenogears
and Final Fantasy
rock my werld on the PSX. Conkers BFD
, likewise on the N64. My DC gave me many hours of enjoyment through Skies of Arcadia
and Soul Caliber
. And I'm battling through Monkey Island 3
on the PC. Nowadays, if the game doesn't eat away a chunk
of my life, it hardly seems worth playing, let lone buying.
My point is, I think, that enhanced graphics and 3D hasn't neccessarily driven the nail into the coffin of decent gaming. I dont care if a game's been done before: I enjoy every Final Fantasy
game I play. I just think that the answer is different for everyone depending on their gaming history and what attracted them to games in the first place.