“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...