It's Hard to Get Nostalgic About Games You Didn't Grow Up On

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Yeah, come talk to me when you remember playing games on cassette tapes. Having to rewind or fast forward to certain parts of the tape to access your information was an exercise in patience.

Makabriel:
Yeah, come talk to me when you remember playing games on cassette tapes. Having to rewind or fast forward to certain parts of the tape to access your information was an exercise in patience.

That and remember the brilliant idea of us buying those new 90min tapes thinking oh joy how much storage we can get out of those! Next we learn about tape stretching and why consistent baud rate matters as our newly saved programs will not load. Ouch! Now I have to retype the whole thing again.. at least I printed out the program before saving it...whew!

C64 and Apple were cool as you could use the catalog command to get a program list where Atari it was a counter on the device... bleh.

Saving up to get my first 5.25 floppy drive and then learning about using scissors to cut a notch to use the other side heh.

Modems were still pretty rare, I remember having to drive 30+ miles to get to the nearest Sears that sold games in one corner of their store. Seeing people crowded around the TV to play Pitfall, wait you can stand on their eye to avoid the chomper? Hmm. I remember playing with a friend and seeing Link get his boomerang and I was like woah, that is cool!

I have nostalgia for many computer type things, consoles, computers, arcades etc. It was a great time, things felt exciting and new with even more new things just around the corner. Also the pace that things came out felt about right where you could still keep your footing with change without feeling like the carpet was pulled out from under you.

I remember this arcade I think was called the Crystal Palace, the din of arcade sounds all combined together to make this weird harmony of music. Each instrument - an arcade cabinet could easily be picked out for its distinctive tunes, beeps and blorts it would emit.

At that time it was on TV about how kids would spend their lunch money at the arcades and it was the new menace our youth that must be stopped! lol

Really, so many memories. I should stop here while I am ahead heh.

I am glad that many of the devs are doing remakes while still forging ahead making new games. There have been some really neat and wonderful games that have come out and I am definitely looking forward what is coming next : )

I'm still waiting on my Captain Claw remaster.

Damn game is horrible to try and run on anything but XP.
:/

Yeah, I find it no surprise that Mr. British Stuffysmug over here was raised on Commodore systems. He bashes on Nintendo and its fans all the time and isn't big on other classic companies like SEGA either; maybe it's jealousy because of how friggin' dry his own childhood must've been.

I mean... Commodore stuff? Really? Christ, I guess I am fortunate to have been born late enough to grow up with an NES and SNES side-by-side. Earlier than that and I would've been stuck with a damn superkeyboard like him, playing games off of cassette tapes and having to fiddle around in a command prompt just to get the game (more than likely some dreary text adventure) to start up. Yeah, no. I played Wolfenstein 3D and Scorched Earth on Win3.1 back in the day; that's about as arcane as I wanted to get.

NES/SNES -> Game Gear -> PS1 -> GBC -> N64 -> Dreamcast -> PS2 -> GameCube -> GBA -> DS -> Wii -> 3DS -> Wii U, by the way. With PC interspersed throughout.

It's hard for me to get nostalgic generally, as my first console was a second-hand Xbox I got in 2004-ish. I had LEGO Star Wars, so I guess I'm a bit kinder to Lego games because of this, but I didn't really have anything long-lasting. It wasn't until I got my DS as well Pokemon Platinum and the Sonic Classic Collection (No, I don't molest animals. Fuck you for asking) that I got into game franchises that were both long lasting and had at least halfway decent gameplay.

VinLAURiA:
Yeah, I find it no surprise that Mr. British Stuffysmug over here was raised on Commodore systems. He bashes on Nintendo and its fans all the time and isn't big on other classic companies like SEGA either; maybe it's jealousy because of how friggin' dry his own childhood must've been.

Or perhaps he can just recognize the fact that old Nintendo/SEGA games aren't fucking perfect. If I have to hear one more arsemuncher drooling over Ocarina of Time...

I was born in 1981 and grew up with Nintendo (the first one) and the first Game Boy. I'm positively delighted that younger generations are appreciating 80s games and that some are developing new ones in homage to them. The 16-bit revival is hella cool, producing beautiful visuals despite the limitations (there's something Zen about it).

On the other hand, some of those games were ridiculously and stupidly hard (still stuck in the coin-eating arcade mentality) and I'm flabbergasted that some people are so in love in crappy controls, no save states and ridiculously unforgiving difficulty settings. Shrug. There's nothing beautiful about the first 3d games with giant blocks for hands and I certainly hope that we won't get a revival for THOSE graphics (eg.: I can't go back to play Mario 64 or FF7 unless they give them a graphical update).

The only game that brought out my nostalgia in recent years was 2011's Mortal Kombat reboot.
MK 1-3 were a big part of my childhood (I used to destroy people at the arcade and I even won a few MK tournaments) so this was pure joy, especially since it was arguably the best fighting game of the last generation.

I'm waiting for that Resident Evil 2 remake, hopefully they won't fuck it up.

Vanilla ISIS:
The only game that brought out my nostalgia in recent years was 2011's Mortal Kombat reboot.
MK 1-3 were a big part of my childhood (I used to destroy people at the arcade and I even won a few MK tournaments) so this was pure joy, especially since it was arguably the best fighting game of the last generation.

I'm waiting for that Resident Evil 2 remake, hopefully they won't fuck it up.

Fuck it up or not I just can't wait to see this monster again:

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