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Do you remember when video-games could be challenging and not be criticized for being "too tough for today's gamer"?

Do you remember when a game could not succeed with excellent graphics alone? Games needed good gameplay, music, and challenge, too.

Do you remember when 3D graphics were just a legend?

Do you remember when Sonic the Hedgehog was the fastest mascot around, rather than a poor little rodent struggling to reclaim his fame?

Do you remember when GameFAQs and IGN didn't exist? Back then, if you needed help for a game, you either had to ask your friends or buy those massive, dusty Player's Guides Wal-Mart used to sell.

Do you remember when video-games were not part of mainstream culture?

Do you remember when arcades weren't just limited to the back corners of movie theatres and laundromats? Do you remember paying money to play Mortal Kombat and then losing in Round 1 because you didn't know how to play?

Do you remember when lousy movie-based games were the exception rather than the rule?


This is what I remember. What do you remember?
I remember when both me and my friends were jealous of each other because I had a SNES and they had one of those Sega consoles. Because -good- cross-platform games were rather uncommon in those days, we'd always go to each others houses just so we could play the games that we didn't have access to. I'd play their Sonic and Shining Force, they'd play my Mario and Final Fantasy.

And there's another one. Remember when two-player modes were almost always competitive and they were actually fun?

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An interesting topic this, i've got a few to add.

Remember when multi-player games were designed for people to play with their friends, not needing you to play online? Some games these days are online multi-player only, which is disappointing.

Or when games were complete and you didn't need to buy downloadable content which makes you pay out more for the game you just bought?

And especially, remember when there were only instruction manuals, not long, boring tutorial levels to learn how to play a game?
And we liked it, too!
Renember when you never had to reload?
Or frequantly fight bosses 10 times you're side?
Ah, those days ruled!

Do you remember when it was absolutely amazing to play a game that had more than one weapon?

Do you remember when you weren't trying to rescue the princess, but rather you were trying to get the best score?

Do you remember when people were completely awestruck by the crude polygons in the first 3D games like Starfox?

Do you remember when people didn't instantly insult each other for owning a different console than them, but rather became friends with them and enjoyed the games on both sides of the fence?

That's what I remember, anyways. Too bad people have changed, as the views on games seems to have changed with them.

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Remember when multiplayer games were when you passed a controller around to your friends when you died?

Remember when we loved the NES, even though it was competing with the Genesis?

Remember when portable games were bringing your NES to your friends?

Remember that day in the future where your Best Friend's step dad had an NES? And he brought it over and you beat Metroid on your own?
Originally posted by Mr ESC450
And especially, remember when there were only instruction manuals, not long, boring tutorial levels to learn how to play a game?

i know, game have far too much pointless tutorials now days. and super mario galaxy 2 had a whole freaking dvd !
Ah man, I was born a little past that time. I still remember the N64 generation, thoughad... Too bad gaming is a dying industry nowadays. :c
is it ?
hell no! I'm sure the industry is bigger than ever these days.

also on topic: I remember when there was like no loading times and when gameplay in general was much faster-paced.
*Kiseki rechecks current time period

Oh yes I was incorrect.
Also I agree, I miss the no loading screens and such.
Originally posted by Camerin Neede
Do you remember when video-games could be challenging and not be criticized for being "too tough for today's gamer"?

Do you remember when a game could not succeed with excellent graphics alone? Games needed good gameplay, music, and challenge, too.

Do you remember when 3D graphics were just a legend?

Do you remember when Sonic the Hedgehog was the fastest mascot around, rather than a poor little rodent struggling to reclaim his fame?

Do you remember when GameFAQs and IGN didn't exist? Back then, if you needed help for a game, you either had to ask your friends or buy those massive, dusty Player's Guides Wal-Mart used to sell.

Do you remember when video-games were not part of mainstream culture?

Do you remember when arcades weren't just limited to the back corners of movie theatres and laundromats? Do you remember paying money to play Mortal Kombat and then losing in Round 1 because you didn't know how to play?

Do you remember when lousy movie-based games were the exception rather than the rule?



Finally! someone that feels the same way!

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Remember when you played games with your friends and they didn't cuss you out when you were winning? (Fucking online gamers. #w{>=(} )

Remember where you used to fool around in the game instead of beating it 100% and never playing it again?

Remember when games lasted a long time and couldn't be beaten in 20 hours?

Remember when game consoles had high build quality?

I do. I miss those days.
Originally posted by pkhaxor
Originally posted by Mr ESC450
And especially, remember when there were only instruction manuals, not long, boring tutorial levels to learn how to play a game?

i know, game have far too much pointless tutorials now days. and super mario galaxy 2 had a whole freaking dvd !


...It did? I thought it was just a Mega64 joke >_> But still, if there are tutorials, it's to widen the range of people that can play it (girls are more tutorials-persons than men, and it is true that at first, men were more into gaming than boys).

Originally posted by moltensnow
Remember when games lasted a long time and couldn't be beaten in 20 hours?


Eh, I hope you're not talking about NES games here. Most of them were short. Namely SMB 1.

Summing up:

Remember when you had to play and die at a game, and then slowly get better and then eventually GET IT RIGHT, thus leading into the usual victory dance that would make you embarrassed if you weren't alone?

Remember when all games were for casual gamers, yet, were for hardcore gamers? (it is funny isn't it =P)

Remember when 99% of external gimmicks and gear were purely fail?

Remember when you had to blow in the cartridges to make them work instead of an annoying mish-mash or color, or on the alternate, a flashing white screen?

Remember when frustration was more synonym with funny adventures, pride and accomplishment, rather than giving up?

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I miss the old days. . .I really do. Because I had a SNES, I was suddenly the best friend of every boy on the street. I was my cousin's favourite person when I got my N64 for Christmas, and we used to race to beat games.

Nowadays, there is so much competition in the video-game world that the spirit of gaming has died. I'm afraid to tell people I play Mario games because some people think Mario to be 'kiddy'. While I have nothing against FPS games, it seems that you're not a gamer anymore unless you play online FPS games.

I miss the days when I used to spend time with people I didn't know but who shared the desire to play old games.

It's why I spend my time here.

Remember when games focused on the single player instead of multiplayer?

Remember when rare was still working with nintendo?

Remember plugging in a cartridge 3 times in your snes so it finally would work?

Remember when consoles only had 2 controller slots instead of 4?

Remember when gameplay was one of the most important facts instead of graphics?

Remember when you actually had to practise to be able to beat a game?

Remember when gaming wasn't so casual?

Remember when game company's tried to optimize all aspects of a video game console whilst still making a very fun to play game?

Remember when you couldn't play videogames online?

Remember when video games took quite a while to beat?

I really miss the good old times. Sometimes I really wish I could go back to 1991 or 1995. :(

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Remember when video game commercials were over the top and awesome and actually about the game and were not all about families playing a game?

Remember when games were actually accepted by most people and were not just for nerds?

Remember when casual gamers didn't exist?

Remember when video game music was actually GOOD?

Remember when could play hours after hours on a single game even after midnight?

Remember when you actually knew level-layouts and stages from top to bottom?

Remember when we still play and remember these games even after 20 years, and CoD, GTA, Sports games and party games are just somewhere in a box never to be played again?

Those were the times :<
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Although this happened before my time I still remember it.

Remember the awe we all experianced at the end of Metroid when we discovered the great space hero Samus Aran was infact a girl?

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Do you remember when we just needed to insert the game cartridge and play?

I really miss these old times where there was no menus, no boot screens, no functions like internet, opening mp3, etc. The only thing that you needed to do was to insert the game cartridge on the console, and just play!


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