Did your team win the Super Bowl? Do you care? :P
Anyway, it’s another week and another discussion. This time, I was pleased to have Vexed_Alex, Gandysampras, Mxyzptlk, and Silverdragon1979 on board to talk about the recent influx of retro games, which I like to call the “Retro Renaissance”. The question I posed to them is below. Read on to find out their responses!
The Retro Renaissance: If you are a retro gamer, this past year has been great for you. There have been many great retro games that have come out on XBL, as well as games that were made specifically with the retro gamer in mind, like Mega Man 9. But one thing that concerns me is the fact that it almost seems like creativity in the gaming industry has somewhat stalled. Many of the most anxiously awaited titles are just sequels or prequels of existing games....A main reason for buying a PSP is the chance to run emulators on it....Possible new IP's on the Wii are hinted at, but then never heard of again. Being a retro gamer myself, I love the chance to play all these old games, but I wonder where are the great new ideas? Do they exist, but just the excitement for these retro games overshadowing them so they seem to be overlooked? Am I just making stuff up? Do you like pie? Contra with 2-4 online co-op? I'm sold! Mxyzptlk
BurgerTime. Someone needs to bring BurgerTime back damn it. And Chase H.Q. And Q*Bert.
Actually, I can think of quite a few classic titles that have been resurrected over the years only to disappoint. I'm looking at you Golden Axe and Spy Hunter. Sometimes it's better to for these to stay nothing more than fond memories. Of course, titles like Bionic Commando: Rearmed and Pacman: Championship Edition are great examples of doing it right. Those are the exceptions rather than the rule however.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s discussion! As always, let me know if you’d like to be on a future panel!