You’d think that it should be a pretty basic aspect of any product introduced to the current market, but it’s really shocking just how many games in 2016 ship broken, requiring days or weeks of server tweaks to get the multiplayer working, or even enormous day one spots to fix all of the bugs which made it onto the disk. Now, if you do not have a decent online connection in your house, some games are genuinely unplayable, and many others seriously the27offsuit.
What if you do not have an Internet connection? Well, then you have got half a game. That is not an issue we faced when Street Fighter II released on the SNES in 1991. Games had to work right out of the box.
Going back and enjoying Worldwide Gladiators today is as simple as popping the capsule into your Genesis and turning to the power. It works now because it did then; exactly as it should, and without any fuss. This is only one of the many great things about retro gaming; if you have got the sport and the hardware you are pretty much all set. You don’t need to download drivers, or updates, or patches. You put in the game, and then you playwith. Just like you should.
#2. Games Used to Be More of a Challenge
Today, anyone who keeps up to date with the newest trends in gaming will likely know of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, and the reputation these games have for punishing difficulty. Gamers flocked to the Souls series in droves, eager to perform with a title that challenged them refused to hold their hands. There’s no elongated tutorial segments. There is little in the way of help. You can not pause. And each enemy can make mincemeat out of you unless you learn that their attack patterns and behave accordingly. It is exciting for a game to provide us with an uphill struggle such as this, but then, I am old enough to remember a time when every game was like this. And worse.
Modern games have a tendency to spell things out to the player, frequently to an almost insulting level. Popping a disk to a PS4 in 2016 means waiting for the set up, then the day one patch, and then when you eventually get a control in your hand you spend the next two hours being walked through the early stages of the match like a child on his first day of school.
Nostalgia may seem like a cop out answer; after all, looking back to the past with rose tinted spectacles is frequently what fans of whatever retro are criticized with. It’s easy to dismiss nostalgia as a way of justifying the opinion that everything was just far better on your day, but the simple truth is that nostalgia is an exceptionally strong agent and it should not be ignored.
Nowadays, we watch rubbish films and bemoan the use of clear CGI, but we’ll happily sit Raiders of the Lost Ark and not bother mentioning that the Allied at the end seems like he’s made out of plasticine. We listen to the appalling pop music of our youths with a reflective smile on our faces while turning our noses up at Justin Bieber’s most up-to-date video. And we will talk about Final Fantasy VII as though it had been second coming of Christ, completely ignoring all of the flaws in the game that we would hang a contemporary game out to dry for. Nostalgia is a powerful enough influence to make us think that Sonic the Hedgehog was really ever good. Now, that is serious.