Sorry for the delayed blog posts. I’ve been working night and day on our sister site Freetiful.com, a place where users can find and post free events. I meant to post this last week, but I got oh so distracted. So let us begin with whatever this article is about…
About a week ago I ventured to a dollar store to grab some things for a BBQ. Upon checking out, I was given a compliment by the store clerk. She said, “I like your shift”. I was shocked as I thought I put on a random shirt because everything else was in the dirty laundry pile. Then my brain clicked, I was wearing my “Gamer Nutrition Facts” t-shirt. The shirt is indeed quite funny. It lists random things gamers need and use in both video games and real life, from kills to pizza. This is single-handedly the shirt that I have received the most compliments on. I’m shocked. Now back to the dollar store event. I smiled and said, yeah I got it from a convention(Anime Central). She then began to energetically speak about how she is more a retro gamer. Here is a small paraphrase of her words:
I have an old Sega Genesis(or SNES, I forgot) at home. I still bust it out and play all kinds of games on it. I try to get my niece excited about it, but she is all about the next generation graphics. She sometimes asks me, “What is that?”. I say, “Honey if you’re not squinting your eyes you’re not experiencing true art. …
This is sometimes an age-old argument of retro gamers, that many new and modern games do not actually match or exceed the gameplay values of that of the old age. She began to continue saying that new games simply try to look more realistic, but are not as challenging. When her niece questioned her about going retro instead of 720p and above, she simply reminds the girl that games are supposed to look fake, not realistic. After all, they’re just video games. Will 3D models get a better story out than Minecraft blocks or pixel models? Sometimes, but often not.
Huge budgets are often spent on large teams of 3D modelers, artists and engine developers, but currently I’m still of a more retro gamer than anything at the moment. That little trip to the dollar store reminded me that quality does not always mean graphics, although they do not have to hurt the game’s gameplay value. The HALO series is a good example. It has glorious graphics, great story, awesome online support and gameplay. Sure it’s a First-person shooter, but it is one of the best in it’s field. A minecrafted or de-made HALO will probably not do better than the current one, unless you can always have Master Chief unmasked in the game.
But enough of my tangent. Do you feel the same way about Retro games? Let us know in the comments below your opinion.
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