As a gamer from the late 80’s until now, I feel that people have forgotten the true essence and the relative concept to solid games/gameplay. Playing the older or original games from whence games we all know and love today allow much more appreciation for our current era of gaming. Many people are extremely strong critics of Nintendo. However, it isn’t the Wii U or the intricate graphics of their games that keep Nintendo afloat, it is family and fundamentals. They have various titles but, Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Kirby, etc, will always be around. Those characters and their corresponding games are as timeless as the systems we discovered them on.
The retro games also allowed for a much more dedicated and proficient gamer due to the fact there was no memory card or internal memory hard drive. Retro games are still going strong though. Revised copies of titles such as Madden, Metal Gear Solid, and Streetfighter are going as strong as the day they were released. For the retro gamer, it isn’t about achievements but, about solidified gameplay. Gamers from the 80’s were easily able to identify the kind of gamer they would later be. Some went the path of the strategist or role player/action rpg with Final Fantasy, or the first person shooter with Duke Nukem and Doom; while others went with sports from Techmo Bowl to Madden. The two biggest genres of gaming which are booming nowadays is the FGC or Fighting Game Community, and the MOBA players or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. MMO’s or Massive Multiplayer Online games are consistently maintaining an ever expansive population as well. The fact still remains, if it wasn’t for our revolutionary games such as Streetfighter, Sword of Mana, Breath of Fire, Mortal Kombat there would not be League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and the Marvel Vs. series.
No matter the route we choose to take, we must always acknowledges the origin or games. When you grow as a gamer you also find more to the mechanics and stories of games you played from the past. The older games also allow you to apply the strategies and tactics to the newer titles or our time today. If possible, play an older title of a game that might interest you. You may find the original games to be much more challenging than you expect. Have fun and game on!!!