“Why would anyone play an old game?“
There’s no argument here, I already feel like I’m wasting my time writing this. I’ve never once thought “I’m not playing that game as a newer one is out”. What an absurd thought process.
Last week, I was speaking to one of my closest friends. I was explaining to him the I’d bought Gears Of War 4 and, as he’s a huge fan of the series, I was trying to convince him to get it himself. He’s a tight-arse, which explains why he’d hadn’t already picked it up but I thought I could twist his arm into buying it. As part of my argument, I’ve told him that as well as the full Gears Of War 4 game, you get every previous Gears Of War game bundled with it. I spoke about this briefly in a previous post. I’m talking Gears 1, 2, 3 and Judgement.
“That’s 5 games for the price of 1!” I violently screamed at him.
His response baffled me. He instinctively replied without batting an eye, “Why would anyone want them? They’re old”.
Even now, I’m lost for words. I won the argument that swiftly followed, but I’m confident that he only agreed that he was in the wrong just to shut me up. Either way, it got me thinking. Are other people this way inclined?
I’m going to confess something now, I was born in 1994. I know what your thinking, and I totally agree; I’ve missed out on some of the best times the game industry has had. I’ve missed out on huge classics from the late 80’s to early 00’s. I’ve missed a lot of good things but it hasn’t stopped me from going out of my way to experience these delights. My Dad had a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive that I vaguely remember playing, but my first true console experiences came from the Playstation. My Playstation and Gameboy Color were the only consoles I owned until late-2001, when Santa brought me a PS2. But despite not owning a ‘proper’ Nintendo console in my youth, I still loved going around my friend’s house and playing on GoldenEye 007.
From my early teens, I’ve been acutely aware that there was more to gaming than just playing what is current. I knew that there were games out there, that despite being more than a few years old still deserved my time. As I’ve grown older, I’ve gone back to titles that I’ve missed, regardless of age. My biggest example is that I first played The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time when I was 19 years old. This game was released way back in 1998 and although it’s widely considered one of the best games ever made, I first got my hands on it a staggering 15 years later – in 2013 – and I quickly understood what all of the fuss was about.
I just don’t understand the logic behind this age-discrimination lark. Do people turn their noses up to The Shawshank Redemption because it’s 22 years old? Do people refuse to watch The Godfather because it’s almost half a century old? Of course not, they’re fantastic films that will live on forever. So people refusing to play a game because it’s a little aged seems idiotic to me. They really are missing out on some great titles! Even if said games are actually older than the player…
It’s not just games that are decades and decades old either. Me and my friend are talking about Gears Of War; a video-game saga that’s been one of the most successful in the past 10 years. He won’t play most of the originals as he’s already finished them, and the nostalgia of playing them again doesn’t interest him. Which is fair enough, I suppose. However, he hasn’t played Judgement; and even though it’s a prequel/origin story that doesn’t really relate to Gear Of War 4, I can’t believe he’s never going to play it because it’s “old”. Gears of War: Judgement was released in 2013 and is just over 3 years of age. No, it’s not a classic but would you completely write it off just because a newer game in the series is out? My buddy’s answer was a resounding “Yes“. What about Dishonored 2? Would you be happy to jump straight to the sequel if you haven’t played the first? Bearing in mind that the original Dishonored has a remastered version available on current consoles. “Yup“. Yeah, you read that right, he’s totally skipped it and jumped straight into the sequel whilst having no desire whatsoever to play the preceding title. I know that I shouldn’t judge people on what they play, how they play or when they play, but it’s just so strange to me. People are entitled to do whatever they want but because the latest game in the series is out, there’s apparently no point to try the first one? I just find it weird.
I’ve had a little bit of a ramble here, I know, but now that we’re playing on 8th Generation consoles, would you refuse to go back and play something on say, a 6th or 7th Generation system? What about a classic on a 5th Generation Nintendo 64? Please tell me I’m not going mad! If you are like my friend who prefers to stay ‘up-to-date’ with his gaming collection instead of playing decent games that he’s missed, I hope I’ve managed to sway you into the other direction!