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In the 19 years I've been a gamer, I think game quality has stayed relatively static.
Every improvement is met with a matching deterioration.



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There is more variety now than there ever was. No matter what kind of gamer are you their is something for you out there. There are more price points too for people interested in playing games catering to wide spectrum of budgets. Also more devices can play said games than ever before.

So i'd say things are much better now. 2013 has been the best year for gaming for me in recent memory and we haven't entered the goodies Q4 brings. Both big and small games.



green_sky said:
There is more variety now than there ever was. No matter what kind of gamer are you their is something for you out there. There are more price points too for people interested in playing games catering to wide spectrum of budgets. Also more devices can play said games than ever before.

I agree, the biggest difference is the sheer amount of games available to play.  When i was a lot younger, we had an atari 2600 and an Intellivision and a coleco vision.  There were only a few games for each system.  It was even more expensive back then to be a gamer.  So we traded games with friends and family to get more choice.  Either way, there are more games for either the XB1 or the PS4 at launch than a lot of the systems had in their first year or 2 back then. 

Today, gamers can play not only the 10's of thousands of older games that now exist, but they have 100's more each year to play. 

This is truly the golden age of gaming.



think-man said:
Lafiel said:
A game with completely new mechanics (that work very well) always has more wow effect than one with just subtle evolutions. But as there already have been thousends of games it's just pretty hard to come up with something very fresh that also works better than conventional mechanics.

Back when you were a kid you had a lot of these "I've never played something like this before" moments, nowadays most games are evolutions of these games you played before.

Yeah I think thats what it boils down too.

Completely agree.

I think if I took a long break from gaming it would help to make games feel new and refreshing again.



I agree with the "When you're a kid, you are easier to impress" theory.



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kljesta64 said:

1990 : arcade game cant rembember the name you fly with an airplaine and kill dinosaurs (also my first game ever)

(...)

Prehistoric Isle?

 

OT: Long gone are the 16 bit days, when devs put effort to match the quality of first party offerings.



nintendo games tend to keep the quality over years. recently with the wii, many of them raised in quality and that's why I love them so much. the same can't be said about many others: sega and square are a shadow of their former selfs, capcom releases more content through dlc than what comes in the disc... the list goes on.



Depends which game. Overall I'd say they're better. While I love certain gems from previous gens I have more PS3 games in my permanent collection than either PS1 or 2.




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Are they as good? No. They are much, much better.

If you judge the entire industry by the progression of some popular brands, you might reach that conclusion, but as a whole things are much better now.



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I think you're right. Games haven't gotten any better since 2002. XD



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