#1 Edited by sdharrison (476 posts) -

The whole Disney Infinity thing got me thinking broadly about how much I would have loved these games today as a kid.

It's with a frustrated nostalgia that I think back to what most of us grew up with. PS1 was just figuring out how to make things playable, and the N64 made blurry cool again. I would have KILLED for a mediocre open world spider man game. The idea of some type of digital fucking toybox?! All I had was that gameboy Terminator 2 game nobody could beat the first level of. Jesus christ.

I'll have no way to relate to this generation. Gaming is so vastly different. It's enjoyment based, and offers instant reward. It used to be about hating yourself and wearing No Fear.

#2 Edited by JasonR86 (9729 posts) -

I got two things for this thread. First, Colecovision son! Second, "back in my day...!" etc. etc.

#3 Edited by sdharrison (476 posts) -

This isn't another "REMEMBER NES HAHA" (though that is fun)

But it is crazy to think how spoiled rotten these glassy eyed consumers are now. I'm jealous of their youth, sense of wonder, and free time.

*edit* And no, mercifully I don't remember Colecovision lol

#4 Edited by zFUBARz (637 posts) -

Yup, the coolest thing I had as a kid was a GT snow racer for a long time.

Eventually I got lego and such, but I can't imagine the worlds I'd have built if young me with all that time and energy had been given minecraft.

#5 Posted by Raven10 (1925 posts) -

You know other than the fact that in the 90's the US was in a vast economic boom so you were much more likely to be able to afford these things, plus when you bought a game that was it. No need to beg your parents to buy the latest DLC or microtransaction. Yea, I would have loved this Disney thing. Would have probably loved Skylanders as well. But at least I got an entire game for $50.

#6 Posted by zFUBARz (637 posts) -

@raven10: or $90 if it was a good nintendo product.

#7 Posted by JJOR64 (19070 posts) -

The game does some pretty neat. Really thinking about getting some of the Pokemon figures if Pokemon Rumble U comes to the US, which it will most likely.

#8 Edited by sdharrison (476 posts) -

@zfubarz said:

@raven10: or $90 if it was a good nintendo product.

I remember my Dad getting me Turok for Christmas and that was the sticker price at Radioshack

Crazy.

#9 Posted by coakroach (2492 posts) -

Please, I had Pokemon Silver as a kid.

That game blew my fucking mind when I was eight.

#10 Edited by Bollard (5870 posts) -

@sdharrison: One, you aren't supposed to swear in thread titles so you might want to edit that out (although, thinking about it that was probably a rule made for when forum posts showed on the front page, which they stupidly no longer do. You might be alright now.)

Two, if you genuinely grew up with a PS1 you would know it was the shit. No, seriously. Crash Bash (Well anything Crash related, eg. Crash Team Racing)? Spyro? Ape Escape (Have you seen the shit they call Ape Escape games now? Kids have no fuckin' clue.)? Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 (Again, have you seen how crap that franchise has become?)?

#11 Posted by dungbootle (2428 posts) -

Glad kids are able to have fun with cooler and cooler tech

#12 Edited by HolyCrapItsAdam (448 posts) -

I don't see kids as lucky, I see them as spoiled. I work as a store manager at GameStop and I can't even begin to tell you how spoiled rotten and bratty most kids are now a days. I see so many parents just buying them as many skylanders toys as they can get their hands on, buying their 5 year old an iPad 3 and their 8 year old an iPhone 5. I see all the 10 year olds coming in and buying Call of Duty and Battlefield and all these other Mature rated titles that they have no business playing. Parents now a days are just lazy and could care less about their kids well being. They just give in and get them whatever will shut them up the fastest.

I was never able to own or even play a mature rated game till I was old enough to buy it myself and the same goes for all my friends growing up. We actually went outside and played and developed social skills and used our imagination whereas the kids of today only know how to act based off of what the see and hear in Call of Duty or on some YouTube video.

#13 Posted by churrific (486 posts) -

I don't know if I would call it "lucky" since some of my favorite memories involved the arcade. But kids these days, one $60 payment for a copy of SFIV and you can play as much as you want. I probably spent over $1000 in quarters playing SFII, and I never owned a copy of the original my entire life.

#14 Posted by Dacnomaniac (444 posts) -

@sdharrison: Kids!? Am I the only guy that's not a kid that's buying Disney Infinity!? IT LOOKS AMAZING!

#15 Posted by stryker1121 (1591 posts) -

@jasonr86 said:

I got two things for this thread. First, Colecovision son! Second, "back in my day...!" etc. etc.

ColecoVision, yessir! Showing my age here but this was my first gaming system. There was a side-scrolling James Bond game I played to death, and a platformer called Squish Em Sam. Boy were those shitty games...ah the memories.

#16 Posted by JasonR86 (9729 posts) -

@jasonr86 said:

I got two things for this thread. First, Colecovision son! Second, "back in my day...!" etc. etc.

ColecoVision, yessir! Showing my age here but this was my first gaming system. There was a side-scrolling James Bond game I played to death, and a platformer called Squish Em Sam. Boy were those shitty games...ah the memories.

One-on-One Dr. J vs Larry Bird, 2010, Tapper, Donkey Kong Jr, that fucking Smurfs game, Pitfall motherfucking 2! That system was awesome.

#17 Edited by ArbitraryWater (12134 posts) -

If I was a kid in this decade, I would be ALL OVER skylanders, and to some extent I still consider it devil magic that you put a toy on a stand and the toy shows up on the tv box.

That being said, I've done the "You damn kids" routine to my younger brother more than a few times whenever I've seen him playing FIFA or Halo or whatnot. He's been lucky to have inherited my vast collection of quality titles, because I had it hard. They didn't have video game websites back in my day (or rather, I was young and my parents wouldn't let me on the internet) so I bought games that looked cool from the box. Sonic Adventure 2 was my first gamecube game, and let me tell you sonny, that camera is still utterly terrible. AND I LIKED IT. Now you have intuitive user interfaces and microtransactions this and another thing!...

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#18 Edited by stryker1121 (1591 posts) -

@jasonr86 said:

@stryker1121 said:

@jasonr86 said:

I got two things for this thread. First, Colecovision son! Second, "back in my day...!" etc. etc.

ColecoVision, yessir! Showing my age here but this was my first gaming system. There was a side-scrolling James Bond game I played to death, and a platformer called Squish Em Sam. Boy were those shitty games...ah the memories.

One-on-One Dr. J vs Larry Bird, 2010, Tapper, Donkey Kong Jr, that fucking Smurfs game, Pitfall motherfucking 2! That system was awesome.

Oh jesus the Smurfs game! Never did get past that skull I don't believe..

#19 Posted by deathstriker666 (1337 posts) -

I'm glad how high the standards are today. Mediocre shooters are still better than anything you'd find 10 years ago. Remember when you had to pull out the grenade and THEN you could throw it? Or when checkpoints were few and far between in every level? Or when every game seemed to have a completely different control scheme then the next? That shit is unacceptable today, unless it's some "HD" remake or rerelease.

But it seems some people just can't take off their rose-tinted glasses. If you loved the original CoD/Halo/MoH so damn much why don't you keep playing it? No one's forcing you to buy the new one.

#20 Edited by BigBoss1911 (2543 posts) -

@deathstriker666 said:

I'm glad how high the standards are today. Mediocre shooters are still better than anything you'd find 10 years ago. Remember when you had to pull out the grenade and THEN you could throw it? Or when checkpoints were few and far between in every level? Or when every game seemed to have a completely different control scheme then the next? That shit is unacceptable today, unless it's some "HD" remake or rerelease.

But it seems some people just can't take off their rose-tinted glasses. If you loved the original CoD/Halo/MoH so damn much why don't you keep playing it? No one's forcing you to buy the new one.

A game being less challenging doesn't make it better. Most FPS games today are simple point A- point B CoD knock-offs, Id prefer to have deeper games like Quake or Perfect Dark any day then the majority of what we have now.

#21 Edited by Jams (2966 posts) -

If you're a kid today, just imagine how many free or $3 on sale games you could get? You could go such a long ways with $20 that you got from your grandma. That wouldn't get you shit before.

#22 Posted by Sergio (2261 posts) -

@sdharrison: I see your point, but then again, I hate the Transformers movies and the first G.I.Joe move was terrible. I liked what we had as kids better.

#23 Posted by manicraider (87 posts) -

I remember feeling this way about all of the smartphones and tablets the kids have these days. It was an event for the entire family just to get one desktop computer in the house. Now everyone in the house can be texting or watching videos or playing games all at the same time. It's funny how much things have changed.

#24 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (3791 posts) -

@jams said:

If you're a kid today, just imagine how many free or $3 on sale games you could get? You could go such a long ways with $20 that you got from your grandma. That wouldn't get you shit before.

Buying CoD on a SmartThing, might make you a sad panda, though..

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#25 Edited by Jams (2966 posts) -

@jams said:

If you're a kid today, just imagine how many free or $3 on sale games you could get? You could go such a long ways with $20 that you got from your grandma. That wouldn't get you shit before.

Buying CoD on a SmartThing, might make you a sad panda, though..

I wasn't talking about mobile devices. Sorry I mean the one true gaming platform and Steam sales.

Wayward Beta 1.1.1 | HTML5 Survival Roguelike Game

I would have fucking devoured a game like that back when I was a kid and it would have cost over $50 to do it.

#26 Posted by JasonR86 (9729 posts) -

@deathstriker666 said:

I'm glad how high the standards are today. Mediocre shooters are still better than anything you'd find 10 years ago. Remember when you had to pull out the grenade and THEN you could throw it? Or when checkpoints were few and far between in every level? Or when every game seemed to have a completely different control scheme then the next? That shit is unacceptable today, unless it's some "HD" remake or rerelease.

But it seems some people just can't take off their rose-tinted glasses. If you loved the original CoD/Halo/MoH so damn much why don't you keep playing it? No one's forcing you to buy the new one.

A game being less challenging doesn't make it better. Most FPS games today are simple point A- point B CoD knock-offs, Id prefer to have deeper games like Quake or Perfect Dark any day then the majority of what we have now.

I remember when games didn't have endings. They were infinitely long until you may come across a kill screen.

#27 Posted by deathstriker666 (1337 posts) -

@bigboss1911 said:

A game being less challenging doesn't make it better. Most FPS games today are simple point A- point B CoD knock-offs, Id prefer to have deeper games like Quake or Perfect Dark any day then the majority of what we have now.

I can pull up a bunch more examples, but that'd be just me ranting about poor gameplay design. CoD knockoffs? If you knew anything about CoD, you'd know it runs on a heavily modified version of ID tech 3. It runs on DOOM. Need I say more? The same point A-B nature has been a hallmark of all FPS games, it was the same today as it was 2 decades ago. I'm perfectly satisfied with the games of today, pity you can't.

#28 Edited by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

Fuck your Terminator game, I got Stargate.

#29 Posted by Mezmero (2076 posts) -

The fact that my niece is growing up in a world where video phones are a common thing is already haunting enough. Growing up I'd only ever think about them because of sci-fi movies and 80s cartoons. Get off my lawn.

#30 Posted by Branthog (5597 posts) -

For as much as we were marketed to by corporations and monitored bye everything and everyone back in the 80s, I actually feel sorry for kids, today. Every moment of their life has to be planned. Every ounce of risk and fun has to be ripped out at school, at home, by parents, teachers, all sorts of authority. On top of that, they get to be constantly monitored and marketed to. And all of this is on top of the just simply general suckiness of being a kid (high school is ass, people suck, hormones, being temporarily insane for a few years, etc).

The only thing kids have today of any real meaningfulness that we didn't in the 80s was that they seem to be constantly getting blow-jobs in class and we didn't have girls in our class sending us naked pics of themselves by phone.

#31 Posted by zFUBARz (637 posts) -

I was at a hockey game today, and I was thinking about how much freedom I had as a child, when my brother was playing I pretty much did whatever I wanted as long as I showed up by the end of the third period so they didn't have to come looking for me.

#32 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3089 posts) -

The N64 was the first console I ever owned and I loved it. I wouldn't trade my childhood with it for anything.

#33 Posted by Aurelito (721 posts) -

Don't forget online gaming. I never got to play an online game because I didn't have a PC, and I didn't have a brother who could play co-op with me. Today the idea of online gaming is so queer to me.

#35 Edited by bitchypixels (67 posts) -

In a way don't you think we're lucky? We got to experience tech and video games on their journey to where they are now, all while maintaining some sort of "normal" childhood. All these kids know is social networks, iPhones, and staying inside and "murkin n00bs!!!!". That wide eyed innocence we experienced is lost on today's youth.

I wouldn't call that lucky at all.

#36 Edited by DarthOrange (3908 posts) -

@sdharrison said:

PS1 was just figuring out how to make things playable, and the N64 made blurry cool again. I would have KILLED for a mediocre open world spider man game.

Did you ever play Spider-Man on the PS1? That shit was amazing and has more Spider-Man fan service then any Spider-Man games made today. Plus, if you played it when it was new the gameplay and graphics wouldn't have bothered you so it was just a fantastic game all around. Sure it wasn't open world but it still had sold web swinging in areas that appeared to be open at the time.