Abyssal Pixels: The Good Old Days
I’ve never been one for nostalgia because I didn’t grow up with the games that are now considered nostalgic. If the majority of gamers think nostalgia they think Mario, Zelda, crappy NES rip-off games and Pac-Man. When I think nostalgia, I think Age of Empires II, Counter-Strike, Sonic 2, GTA San Andreas and Comix Zone (I’m one of the few people that enjoyed that game). The reason why I have such an unorthodox list of games is because those were the only games I owned and as a poor as hell child, I only got a new game every second month or so. That sucked as a child because one time I bought 50 Cent: Bulletproof. The horror.
Nostalgia doesn’t always have to be about certain games, it can also be the way in which we played games. Back in the day, you played a game to just play a game. You didn’t have to earn achievements or do insane activities; you only played the game because it’s the only game you own that you haven’t finished 60 billion times already. I still remember getting Pokemon Gold after playing Pokemon Yellow for literally hundreds of hours on a GBA emulator I got from one of my friends. I was so ecstatic just to play something new and fresh for a change.
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We have also become extremely competitive in the past few years. In the days of CoD4, most people were not very good at FPS games and online matches were actually fun to play. You would have people laugh at themselves for not seeing you or just having a nice balanced game where everyone was basically on the same skillset. You did get your legends, but they were few and far apart and it was still loads of fun playing with them. Nowadays when you enter a CoD lobby, it’s full of prestige masters that have diamond plated cock rings who can kill you from a mile away with a hairpin. What then happens, the experience changes from a good old fun time to you being killed every second by a guy called XxXQuIcKSkOpIRXxX 69. It’s infuriating.
People have started taking the online scene way too seriously and would rather keep their kill ratio high than have some actual fun with the game. I’m not one for competitive multiplayer and would only do it when I’m really in the mood for it, but when I play one match I’m over it because there would be a bunch of kids running around with snipers. Running. With Snipers. It has all become way too complicated and competitive. The days are gone where you could quickly join a lobby, shoot some dudes for a while, talk some bullshit and have a good time. That’s not possible anymore and it pisses me off. If you have a group of friends then it might be more tolerable, but it would still be a bunch of running sniper children everywhere.
There was also a time when the game industry wasn’t as brutally messed up. I’m not talking about the gaming crash of the 80’s because that was pretty intense, but rather a time where we didn’t get taken up the butt by publishers on every single new release. Back then, if you bought a game then, well, you bought the game. There was no need to pay extra to unlock the Hard mode or to be able to play online. Also, you didn’t have to fork out cash for meager DLC packages every second week, but rather buy a massive expansion much later on for the fraction of the cost.
Gaming has become way too complicated and confusing and I, for one, miss the good old days of playing GTA San Andreas and driving through the entire map on a BMX. Sure, gaming is growing at an insane rate and these things were bound to happen, but it doesn’t make them any less shitty. I long for the days of old where gaming was just about having fun.