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Comic 538 - Nostalgia

Posted on Wednesday, the 26th of October at 12:00 AM, 2022 in 2022

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DanVzare Wed, 26. Oct 12:00 AM, 2022 edit delete
"Gaslight" is my new favourite word.

Ok, moving on from that. Surely I haven't been the only one to notice people saying things like "old game jank" and how since it's an old game, you have to temper your expectations on the controls. I mean, seriously, what on earth? Modern games control like the original Prince of Persia, in that they're overly animated and incredibly clunky! You can't do anything until the overly long animation has finished!
I mean of course some really old games ARE super clunky or have stupid control layouts that make them feel clunky, but whenever I hear the phrase "old game jank", they're never talking about THOSE really old games.

Old game jank? More like new game jank in my opinion!
And that's just about how games control and feel. Don't get me started on the number of times I've heard the "people only like that game because of nostalgia" argument. I mean sure, it's true for some games. The first Sonic the Hedgehog game, honestly, isn't very good in my opinion, and the second game should've at least had a password system. But I've played plenty of old games for the very first time, decades after they released, and found them to be way better than any modern game released at the time of playing.

And I never compare games to their contemporaries. I always compare them to every game I've ever played ever. I never think "Oh, well it was released in the late 80s, so I'll give it some slack." No, I'm never like that. A game is either good or bad in my opinion, regardless of when it was made. Gameplay doesn't get dated, and considering the trends in the indie scene, neither does graphics, music, or sound.
So I'm constantly comparing old games to modern games, and modern games to old games.

So when I say a game is fun, just know that I mean it.
When I say a game is unfun, then that's probably just a matter of taste.
I also know the difference between a game that I dislike and a bad game. For example, I like Sonic R, but I know it's a bad game, likewise I dislike Dark Souls, but I know it's a good game. Most people don't seem to make that distinction.

Ok, so with everything I just said, I obviously believe that older games are better than newer games. But of course that's going to be the case, there's many more old games out there than new ones, because those new ones will eventually become old games as even newer games are released. I mean, old games encompass everything from 1980 to 2010, while new games encompass anything from 2015 to 2020. That's 30 years worth of games vs 5 years. Of course I'm going to say that older games are better, there's simply more of them.

I mean just look at Thief: The Dark Project, Half Life, Star Craft, Resident Evil 2, Pokemon Red and Blue, Medievil, Grim Fandango, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid. It's not like all of these games suddenly came out the same year or something. They were all spread out over a large period of time.
Wait, hold on a second...
Well... that destroyed that argument. They did all came out in the same year. 1998 to be exact.
I guess old games WERE better.