Back to the Classics: Revisited

So today's games aren't as bad as I thought... but the fact that I was under that impression is a problem in its own right.

 Okay. Here it is folks. My follow-up article to Back to the Classics: Why We Are Missing Out With Today's Games. Let me start by saying that I was interested in this internship mainly for the experience. I was also hoping that it might rekindle my love of gaming because up until a few weeks ago, I really wasn't that interested in video games anymore. That isn't to say I wasn't playing them. Simply that I had been losing interest for a long time. Now let me apologize because my original article was half-baked and frankly, not a good representation of what I was actually trying to say. Honestly, it was written mostly in frustration and it wasn't as well-formulated as it should have been. And even worse, it was a generalized critique of the very interests of my audience. But, I have to admit, I am so thrilled I wrote it because the discussion it sparked really got me thinking and I ended up with some fabulous game recommendations. What I started to realize as I read the comments (and I read them all) was that I had given up on the gaming world prematurely.I should have realized that the Indie games were more my style. But instead, I latched onto the few games I still liked and decided to ignore the gaming world. Which was probably the worst decision I could have made because it meant that the only things seeping past my blinders were the over-advertised mainstream games like Call of Duty. The games I could only really escape by becoming a hermit in Siberia.And the more I locked myself in a world where all I saw were those games, the more bitter I became. Essentially, I had trapped myself in this endless cycle. But the responses last week were the jolt I needed to get out of it and start looking again.And then E3 happened...It came at the perfect time. Honestly, I had promised a response article that I wasn't sure I could deliver. Even with the fantastic responses I had gotten from my first article, I was still feeling a bit hesitant to accept that I had really missed so many great games when I felt like I had had plenty of opportunities to hear about them. And then I watched the E3 live feed and I reported on Watch Dogs, Deadfall Adventures, and Transistor.And my whole world changed. Dramatic, I know. I am constantly talking about games now and I keep looking things up online. (I'm still way behind gamers that have been this interested for years, but this is a big change. Most of my friends didn't even know I played video games before this internship.)Basically, I realize the error of my ways now and I concede that there are a lot of fantastic games out there that I was completely oblivious to! But let's think about this for a minute... I know I wasn't alone when I posted my first article. And that's what's important to talk about here. So time for a translation. When I said things like "Back to the Classics" or "I miss the days when Pacman was hot stuff," what I really meant was that I wanted to go back to a time that seemed to have more quality games. Games that weren't advertised all over television or that weren't generic first-person shooter games. I wasn't necessarily saying that I thought Pacman was intellectual. (And that was a huge miscommunication on my part!) I was simply trying to say that I felt like I had lost interest years ago because the games had gone downhill and, honestly, I still don't think I'm the only one who felt/feels that way. There are a lot of people out there playing video games. But there are also a lot of people who used  to play video games. I wonder what would happen if we managed to keep all those people interested. If we stopped losing gamers that were only exposed to Call of Duty or Halo. Would our Indie games be the norm? Would AAA games be more about quality because that would be what was bringing in the money?A lot of gamers get defensive when someone starts attacking the industry.I understand why. It's hard to hear something you love being talked about in a negative light. But those are the voices of gamers that are shrinking away from the industry. Gamers that might just leave altogether if they feel like no one is listening to them or worse, if they feel attacked. And a lot of them are making good points. If we take the time to have these discussions, we might just reinvigorate the passions of gamers who are ready to pack their bags and devote their attention to a new geekdom. And even if we don't save the gamer who is complaining, we might just save the gamer who is listening.So thank you to all you wonderful people who took the time to comment on my post and give me recommendations because those are the sorts of comments we need. Ones that provide a solution rather than a defense. And please, if you are reading this, let me know what you think or if you have any game recommendations. Because I am ready for some incredible games!


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Published Feb. 1st 2018
  • Josh Avni
    I'd love to suggest some games for you to play (some of which I might be able to loan you), but first I need to know what platforms you have available.
  • ErinV
    Okay. So I have Wii, PC, and PS2... which really isn't much, but I'm up for any suggestions! Glad to see your comments. They have all been really interesting reads and very informative! You should consider doing the next phase of the internship!
  • kdwill13
    For the Wii I would suggest getting a gamecube controller and getting Tales of Symphonia (a gamecube game) and its sequel Tales of Symphonia 2 (a Wii game, uses a wii-mote and nun chuck). Also for the Wii: The Metroid Prime Trilogy, Metroid Other M (crappy story and dialogue, but a fun game), Legend of Zelda games, Super Mario Galaxy, Wii Sports Resort, Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kirby Epic Yarn. These are your safe games. You can also download older games off the Wii online market (have to buy Wii points from store) I suggest getting Super Mario RPG. For the PS2: Persona 3 and 4 (may have to order off amazon), Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts 1-2, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Jak and Daxter series, Ratchet and Clank Series, Sly Copper Series, Prince of Persia series, Devil May Cry 1 and 3, God of War, Digital Devil Saga 1-2 (they never made a third), Disgaea Series, Dynasty Warriors 5, Beyond Good and Evil, one of the Sim games, Dance Dance Revolution (don't have to use a mat, but more fun that way), Tales of the Abyss. I have a rather niched preference in games, but these should be enjoyable. And I don't play PC games but you can get a lot of the games on consoles on the PC. I recommend downloading Steam which will allow you to purchase games online.
  • kdwill13
    Love the fact that you redid this. Not many people would. And, like last time, I do understand where you are coming from. There are some hiccups with the things stated though. First advertising. Games were advertised far more back when we were growing up, and even before we were born, then they are today. Super Smash Bros. Sega Crash Bandicoot Spyro the Dragon Legend of Zeld
    There are plenty more, trust me. And as much as I dislike shooters, I have to say that Call of Duty and Halo aren't the ones to be mad at, its the ones that try to copy them in a bid to take their market. Both of them are really good games for that genre. I think they are overdone (especially CoD), but they are by no means generic or bad. Well, except maybe CoD. I am glad that E3 has changed your mind and I hope that you will immerse yourself into the gaming world more in the years to come.
  • ErinV
    Love the youtube videos!! I'm really glad I redid the article. And I completely agree about the advertising. I think it's more about how the game is advertised than how often it is advertised and I think you made some great points in your comments on the original post when you pointed out that covers for video games will have shooters on them simply because that's what sells. Personally, shooter games just aren't my thing. I like a few of them, but all in all they typically just tend to frustrate me. (Which, to be honest, is probably due to my inability to do anything from the 1st person pov. I get caught in a corner and turn in circles until I get killed. It's really quite pathetic.) But that's not the point. I agree that some of the bigger names aren't as bad as their spin-offs, but I still think they could do better if audiences demanded it.

    But, in all seriousness, thank you for all of your fantastic comments. The way you provide constructive criticism is one of the reason I even redid this post. You really got me thinking and I wish that there were more gamers out there that would comment on things like you did.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    lol I completely understand. And reading this, I'm glad you wrote your other article also. This is an amazing followup and I'm really happy for you.

    I run into an issue that I don't like to, all the time. Arguing with other gamers. I just want to talk with other gamers about my deepest passion, which is just video games in general. Instead, I get called an idiot for loving games that get bad reviews, or other similar reactions.

    I finally came to a realization that I am nothing like the typical gamer. Sure I get tired of seeing the same old stuff, I still enjoy that same old stuff though. I've been playing games for thirty years and I still love the crap out of them.
    I don't read reviews to find out what I want to play tho. When I read a review I'm looking for things they mention that I know I'll like. I consider the things they think are bad but that sure as heck doesn't stop me from playing a game for myself.

    I follow every gaming site, big and small. If I find out about a new site that covers gaming, I'm there.

    Half of the games that I go around hyping up and talking about are the same ones that everybody else talks trash about. It's pretty weird for me, that doesn't stop me from loving the games that are hated on.
    I play everything I can get my hands on.

    This article rocks. I'm glad you found a new appreciation for the games.

    I'd really love to know what you think about this article that I wrote. I try to explain how much I love video games in it.
  • ErinV
    Thank you for the wonderful compliment! I'm glad you liked the article. I read yours and have posted my thoughts on it. Hope you enjoy!

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