I have a confession to make: When it comes to my entertainment, I like to remember what year I'm in. You'll rarely see me go back to play a game that was released over five years ago, and almost never play a game that was released over ten years ago.
Granted, some games can be said to age well, and they're still being played today. Such games have their audience, but I'm not their target audience.
Enjoy your games.
I cringe every single time I hear the words remake, reboot or re-release. I feel it's just a way to draw more money from the fans who liked the game/franchise when it was first released. Here's how I see it:
1. Yes, we all enjoyed the game when it first came out in 1997, but if you go and buy it all over again, you'll probably be disappointed and ruin the memory of the game.
2. A lot of people are fond of a certain game, as nostalgia to the circumstances that surrounded the time they used to play that game. My guess is, circumstances have changed a lot in all of our lives since the game was being played by a widespread audience, so the general experience will inevitably be diminished once the nostalgia element has been satisfied. Some may even be disappointed.
3. No matter how great the game was, it's a safe bet to say that there have been better games, in both gameplay, game mechanics, storyline, scale and overall entertainment value between that time and now.
Bigger, better, bolder
I don't shy away from my criticism of Nintendo: They have more franchises than they know what to do with, and instead of allowing them to grow with their audience, they insist on remaking, rebooting and restarting a predictable selection of games. Granted, they were amazing at their time, but I don't think they can stand up to today's competition.
You can call me out on how I loved the Worms series on the PC, Twisted Metal, and a few other games I thoroughly enjoyed. You can even try to make a big deal out of how I'm looking forward to the upcoming Worms game on Steam, but I say only this: I'm not getting any new Mario, Zelda, Star Fox or Donkey Kong title until one comes out that clearly isn't a remake, cheap ripoff or gimmicky title.
Instead, you'll see me looking out for games that acknowledge the technological developments of the last decade, and respect me as a gamer who owns a current-gen console. I'm looking at you, Twisted Metal, Halo: Reach, Killzone 3, Gears of War 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.
I'm talking bigger, bolder and better. That's the direction we're heading in as a community of gamers with systems and games that were nothing more than an impossible fantasy just one decade ago.
And yet, most people are gravitated toward this...
Pictured: I sense a disturbance in the force, like six million seasoned hardcore gaming veterans letting their inner child take over at the very sight of this...