The love for gaming has only grown in recent years with all the new epic games coming out and the evolution of consoles. However, some things just make you pain for a simpler time, when arcades reigned king and joysticks were the major parts to controllers.
Destroying of the Enemy
With everything being online now, the satisfaction of seeing the defeated face of your opponent as you blow them away seems to be stripped from the equation. It makes one long for the days when tournaments were held at the arcade, and a crowd cheered you on as you button smashed away.
Tournament of the Kings
Speaking of being face-to-face with your opponent, that element has been stripped entirely from modern day gaming. For all you know, the kid you just destroyed is a 40-year-old man or a 7-year-old girl. It really takes the fun out of winning.
Modern day gamers mags are filled with ads and nonsense spewing about how bad games are. It’s almost hard to remember when gaming publications actually contained interesting columns and exciting news as to what would be next in new generations. In the days of Nintendo Power, every new issue brought excitement and page turners.
Unless you buy a console or pay for an online game, there aren’t many ways to enjoy a round of gaming. Back in the day, a quarter meant you could race down to the arcade and have fun with your friends. Now, if arcades are still around, they contain sad, middle-aged men longing for the glory days.
Upgrading your player to an invincible power house used to be as simple as a secret combination of buttons. Unfortunately, up, down, left, left, right turned into having to traverse the world to find a specific spot to enter a code that you have to buy.
Game Play Over Graphics
Back in the age of retro gaming, the graphics could consist of bars and pixels or blurry figures and it never mattered as long as the game kept the player entertained. Now, billions are spent making the game look photo realistic and all the explosions actually burn your skin off, actually making a game with replay valuable became a hassle.
Accessories Sold Separately
When Atari and Sega dominated the console scene, the accessories were plain and simple: control, console, and game. Now it seems like building a bomb when it comes to tricking out your console. With everything from headsets to motion boards, your pockets have never felt lighter.
With retro games, a bug in the game could be fixed by simply taking out the cartridge, blowing it out and inserting it back in. Now with discs being the major form of games, one little nick or scratch means time to buy a new copy. Games have gotten so fragile over the years.
With so little concern over the damage putting ink directly on the game that came with cartridge games, the cover art seemed so creative and intense. If you lost the packaging, it didn’t matter because the game itself looked epic. Nowadays, these flimsy CDs have to be simple, which means losing the box means you might as well be playing a Sharpie-designed mix tape.
Stop, Wait a Minute
The glory of a pause button is one that seems to have been lost in time. With modern gaming came pausing stopped being an option. Most RPGS refuse to allow pausing during story parts, which means a potty break now means missing the best parts.