Blizzard is refurbishing old games: Is this a good idea?

Blizzard wants to make our old games new again. Is this a good or bad thing?

Blizzard Entertainment is seeking a new Senior Software Engineer for their classic games. It would seem the gaming giant wants to refurbish their old games like StarCraft and Warcraft 3. I can’t tell you how many times I look back at old games and wish I could play them again. But my computer always gets messed up when I try to play them. From the job requirements, it looks like they may be doing some reworking of old code and trying to make the game smoother for modern technology.

Is this a good idea on Blizzards part? Well, let’s look at some pros and cons.

One of the pros is that many gamers who were fans of older games will be excited to hear they are getting an upgrade. Few companies would take the time and go back to get them working on our modern computers. Then a pro for Blizzard themselves is that they will attract not only an old audience back, but a new audience as well. This means more cash in their pockets.

Now let’s talk about some cons. Sometimes older games aren’t as fun as we remember. Like when you find your childhood candy and it just doesn’t taste the same. We sometimes play games to relive our childhoods, only to find out the game is trash. It didn’t really have a lot of personality to it or the controls were weird. The fact we even played the game as a kid really boggles our mind. Childhood=ruined.

There is also a chance Blizzard could want to rewrite a storyline or try to make the controls handle differently. If they do that, then it will be like taking an old movie and remaking it. It usually works out horribly and it shouldn’t happen.

Either way you look at it, at least they are creating more jobs. It’s also really cool to see a game company care about their old games.

What do you think? Is this a good move for Blizzard? Or will it hurt them more than help them? Sound off in the comments!

Published Nov. 4th 2015
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  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I'm 99% sure they are just going to make them run well on modern OS's. I haven't tried WC3 since I updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but I have a feeling it wouldn't run anymore. I don't think anyone should expect any graphical or gameplay changes, just making them run.
  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    I would love for them to remake Starcraft: Brood War into a 3D environment. If it kept its old art style, had some better pathing, and stronger AI I would pay full price for the game. Not gonna lie.

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