Basically, I miss the times when Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo were the only consoles around. If you take any game originally for the SNES or Genesis and look at its sequels for later consoles, you will notice a key difference; the new one blows. For example, Super Mario World for Super Nintendo was, and in my book, still is one of the greatest games around. In fact, when it was first released in the United States, it actually came with a pair of UV ray-resistant glasses, so when you looked at the screen, your eyes did not melt out of their sockets because of its utter awesomeness. Fast foward fifteen years and what do we have now? Mario fucking Sunshine. I'm not quite sure of the plot of this game, but I think it has something to do with ridding the world of pollution, that's right, the bad guys went from insane, Italian plumber-hungry turtles led by a gigantic megalomaniac monster to stray trash. If you are a parent and you bought your kid this game, just make sure you send in the free rebate for a complimentary serving of quiches and a glittery baton.
One of the main reasons today games are easier is because to beat them, all the gamer needs is skill. To be fair, skill was needed to beat games back in the day as well, although, so was luck. I am of course referring to the complete inadequacy of the console itself. Before SNES was NES. I never owned one personally, but I have played many a game on this system. And from what I've experienced, whether you hit the bad guy or not, made the jump from platform to platform, or scored the winning point was entirely dependent on the NES and what it felt like letting you do. At any given point while playing a NES game, you could fully expect it to completely forego the rules of any understood physics. This includes your character falling through the ground, time looping over and over as it repeats the same jerky second, the game freezing completely, odd and annoying noises sparking up from supposedly nowhere, and perhaps if you've been playing too long- the console itself overheating and bursting into flames most likely killing you and anyone else in the room. But that was always part of the game, luck.
And soon we will have the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 out in stores. I deeply hope the current downhill trend of video games does not continue. Microsoft and Sony constantly strive to make the games for their souped-up system more and more realistic as they try to (unsuccessfully) balance graphics for gameplay. Someone should tell them they are making video games, which by definition are an escape from reality. So quit making your games real, and start making them real frustrating, like you did back in day. I want to be swearing my ass off at the TV because the game keeps locking up. I want to have a heart attack from the utter elation I experience once I beat the level I've been working on for hours on end. I want to be covered in flames because my game console exploded into my face since I played it for two days straight. Why? Because THAT is entertainment.
This post has been edited by schwaeg87 on Jun 28 2005, 12:57 PM