"Video games are dead," and other phrases that make you look like a complete tool

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“In certain cases when something reaches its apex of popularity, some people will start to think it’s cool to dislike it. You know, a bit like the way so many people claim to hate The Walking Dead and go on about how much better the comics are, even though they’ve never read them. What a bunch of dicks.”

– Socrates, 440 BC

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend recently while trawling through the endless number of baby photos, pictures of cats, and thinly-veiled racist rants that is social media: a seemingly increasing number of people, mostly under 20-year-olds sporting fluffy soul patches and full sleeve tattoos, are loudly proclaiming that video games are, for one reason or another, “dead.”

I’ve seen quite a few jerk-bag statements like this keep popping up, so I thought that as someone who owned a Spectrum 48K and an Atari 2600 as a kid (I’m old and gave gamer street cred, deal with it), I’d use my many years of gaming experience to examine some popular phrases and explain why those who use them are complete tools.

Starting off, this first one is from the perspective of someone who truly loves retro games...

Published Sep. 18th 2015
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  • Durinn McFurren
    I've never heard anyone seriously state that video games are dead...
  • obliviondoll
    "$115 for a console game!" - a.k.a what New Zealand and Australia have been dealing with for the past decade. Particularly fun with Australia, where at one point $120 was a normal price for a new release game WHILE THEIR DOLLAR WAS WORTH MORE THAN THE US DOLLAR.

    Good times...
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    "I think my younger self would have exploded". It doesn't get anymore true than that. My younger self had no clue what gaming would become today, let alone even the remote thought I'd be working in the industry.
  • katlaborde
    Featured Contributor
    Wow! I love this article! Every point you made was spot on. My personal favorite was debunking the statement that games focus more on graphics today than ever. I like how you mentioned the 90's FMV craze which was based around trying to make video games as real as possible. Of course, most of them ended up looking like bad B-movies instead.

    And damn, for an old guy, Socrates definitely knows whats up. :P

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