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(Short List)   Avengers save the earth, all 8-bits of it   (shortlist.com) divider line 8
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2014-07-23 04:22:01 PM  
I'm 36. 

The sound of the NES is in every sense the sound of my childhood. It is hot summer afternoons spent mowing lawns for $20/pop, swimming at my best friend's house, and playing  Rygar,   Legend of Zelda: Adventure of Link,and   Startropics until my eyes almost bled. It is the sound of not caring who was President, not knowing what unemployment meant, of seeing  The Wonder Years  from the kids' perspective, and not from the parents'. 

When I hear 8-bit music, when I see something like this, my first thought is 'holy shiat, this looks AWESOME!!', in a way that the glossiest, sexiest, most photo-realistic modern games can't even hope to imitate. It isn't even close. I'm instantly 12 again, and already thinking in my head how to talk my dad into buying this. It's not a thing of reminiscence, it's a thing of being instantly transported to a place, time, and way of life in which I was completely, blissfully happy. 

I loved 8-bit games, on a visceral level that you have to have experienced to truly understand. I played them for days on end, and the good ones never got old, or stale.  Double Dribble. Rampage. Blades of Steel. Battletoads.  I played those games with my friends on a thousand afternoons, in between games of basketball, biking in the woods, and finding turtles in the creek behind my house.  

At first, newer systems and games seemed that much more awesome. When the SNES came out, I was as wowed by  MarioKart, Final Fantasy 2, Pilotwings, Super Metroid, Legenda of Zelda: Link to the Past as anyone else. Those were great games too, and like every kid my age, I almost immediately forgot my trusty NES for newer, better enthusiasms. 

But one day, somewhere between the N-64 and the PS2, the constant drive for bigger games and better graphics stopped being exciting. All at once, gaming just kind of got stale for me. My friends still seemed to love it, but for me the storylines began to be recycled, the games were canned, and the endless sequels were banal and unenticing. Maybe I grew up. Maybe I got old. But...maybe not.

I can never decide if my ambivalence is because of nostalgia, or because the games back then really were better. I'm normally extremely skeptical of the 'things were better back in MY day' argument, but in this case I do have to wonder. Certainly, no one will ever be nostalgic for whatever POS game it was that came out at the same time as the Avengers movie. 

Sure, someone will surely be nostalgic for  Minecraft one day (and rightly so), or  Portal, or  Skyrim, or any one of a hundred other very innovative and well made games. But excellent as  Skyrim is, does it really even come close in the fun category to the Megaman  that this imitates? Will someone make a  Wreck It Ralph! about the games of today?

I feel like the answer will be 'no'.
 
2014-07-23 05:11:22 PM  

whistleridge: I can never decide if my ambivalence is because of nostalgia, or because the games back then really were better.


Most of those games are available on current generation consoles via digital download, or via emulators on the PC.  My experience is that most of the games don't hold up, due to lack of things we take for granted such as unlimited lives, saving, etc.  The older games also tend to be highly repetitive and unforgiving compared to today's games.

If you're really jonesing for old school game play with modern features, check out the indie game scene.  Lots of games that harken back to the 8-bit days in either visuals or gameplay, but with modern touches to make them more enjoyable.  Super Meat Boy is a good place to start.
 
2014-07-23 06:05:09 PM  

whistleridge: I can never decide if my ambivalence is because of nostalgia, or because the games back then really were better. I'm normally extremely skeptical of the 'things were better back in MY day' argument, but in this case I do have to wonder. Certainly, no one will ever be nostalgic for whatever POS game it was that came out at the same time as the Avengers movie.


Were games on consoles better than the current breed? I think in many ways. Big developers were still attempting to establish genres of gaming and create control schemes and tropes of systems for development and similar, and art direction was needed to convey all of those. Now, I recommend the indie development crowd on computer for refreshing games with brilliant art and sound. Superbrothers, Noir Syndrome, Don't Starve, Nidhogg, Gunpoint, and Fez all need to be played for wonderful blends of unique gameplay and great art direction and sound and music. I think all of the developers of those, amongst thousands of other developers, all realize increased processing power is not intended solely for smoothed and plasticine terrain.
 
2014-07-23 06:40:46 PM  
I loved me that Emma Peel!  Disappointed by the link :(
 
2014-07-23 10:10:11 PM  
Post your favorite 8-bit game!

upload.wikimedia.org

8-bit games forced you to use your imagination.  That was its greatest strength.
 
2014-07-24 03:09:16 AM  
Thanks! Now I don't have to watch the movie!

/The graphics were awesome
 
2014-07-24 08:17:39 AM  
That looked more 16-bit (SNES) not 8 or is this one of those that's the joke moments?
 
2014-07-24 05:26:17 PM  
Liked it a lot, but it also reminded me how stupid that movie was in parts.

Like everything about the Hulk. "Oh, I need to get angry." "Oh I'm angry now, now I'm a mindless machine of murder and destruction, even to my team mates!" "Meh, what did I say about angry? Forget that, I can Hulk when I want to." "Oh and now I can control it and am perfectly sentient too!"

Then Thor just randomly trying to kill Captain America, etc, etc, etc.
 
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