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They're better. We've been gaming for too long and scene too many things. There's nothing like the early days, regardless of whether you started forever ago and continued, or started in a recent gen and started going back.



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...depends...your average AAA games ? Nope, not at all !
Handheld and smaller scale games ? Hell yes !



For us older gamers, games are certainly not as good as they used to be. Games have gotten a little better as far as visuals, physics and the like but at the same time, the value of games have gone down. Especially games that include dlc for things that aren't necessary (additional weapons, costumes, etc.) that could have easily been included in said game for free or the purchase price.



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soulfly666 said:

Right now? No they aren't. It's not necessarily anyone's fault though. Gaming is reaching an age where there have been so many thousands of games made, new releases are mostly just repeats of prior ideas. You aren't ever going to be able to re-create the feeling you had when you played Super Mario Brothers 3, Doom, Quake, Duck Hunt, SM64 etc....when they were new.

Also we are in a current wave of game releases being all about dev's and pub's wanting to be rich and not caring nearly as much about release quality. That also will pass though. What I think is going to happen is technology is going to cause a revolution in gaming and the freshness will be restored. Possibly Virtual reality or something of that nature.

It will be very very interesting to see what comes from John Carmack's move to his new job as Head of Technology with Oculus Rift. He is a visionary genius, (no pun intended) and the Rift seems to have lots of potential to reinvigorate gaming. For someone who has given more to the gaming industry than most everyone else, I wouldn't be surprised if he breaks new barriers again.


One thing I forgot to say in my post...I like Handheld games nowadays overall (3ds, Vita) A LOT more than older handheld systems' games.  I like a lot of Independent games and like the whole movement for that a lot too.  My statement quoted above was mainly about AAA console and PC releases.



yes they are. If people back then,played the games we have today they'd probably have a heart attack.



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Todays games are lame. In the old days reflexes, brain and hand eye coordination where tested to the extreme. Anybody ever get to lap the game 13 times round on Nemesis (Gradius) will know this ;)



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no its not just part of growing up its because the games became shitty.

Do you like RPGs? Play xenoblade when I played it I felt like I was sitting in front of my SNES and everything was fine.

Todays games are usually overpriced they are made for dumb people (everything has to be explained) to repetitive to linear (goldeneye/perfect dark stage design VS modern shooter "corridors") focus to much on VISUALS etc.

Todays games are made for dudebros and people who want to be cool (thanks to PS3 and 360 gaming became cool) not for gamers anymore because there is simply more of them out there.
Even a COD producer/dev said in an interview a week or so ago that (most) people who play COD are not gamers they are people that play COD and maybe FIFA/Madden so called mainstreamers.

He added that when he asks people if they play games they always say "no just COD and or Madden/Fifa"

The reason why games are "bad" now is because they are not supposed to be real games.
Its like Transformers. It's a popcorn movie its not art or a masterpiece.



JazzB1987 said:
no its not just part of growing up its because the games became shitty.

Do you like RPGs? Play xenoblade when I played it I felt like I was sitting in front of my SNES and everything was fine.

Todays games are usually overpriced they are made for dumb people (everything has to be explained) to repetitive to linear (goldeneye/perfect dark stage design VS modern shooter "corridors") focus to much on VISUALS etc.

Todays games are made for dudebros and people who want to be cool (thanks to PS3 and 360 gaming became cool) not for gamers anymore because there is simply more of them out there.
Even a COD producer/dev said in an interview a week or so ago that (most) people who play COD are not gamers they are people that play COD and maybe FIFA/Madden so called mainstreamers.

He added that when he asks people if they play games they always say "no just COD and or Madden/Fifa"

The reason why games are "bad" now is because they are not supposed to be real games.
Its like Transformers its a popcorn movie its not art or a masterpiece.

Well said.



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For the most part, no. I know I sound like one of those bitter old men who claims everything was better back in his day, but I truly feel this way. Most modern games just are nowhere near as fun to me as many retro games, with a select few exceptions (Minecraft, Starcraft II, a select few Wii games, Gears online). Just feels like many games of the modern era have been watered down immensely to make way for more horsepower. and not that horsepower is a BAD thing, it just should never be the number one priority over the gameplay. And that is what it seems most developers are doing these days. As a result, we tend to get these games that look very pretty, and lean heavily on having this epic story, but are hugely lacking in actual freedom in gameplay, are super easy and hand-holdy and feel more like walking through corridors of interactive films.