Posted by PenguinDust (12455 posts) -

 

 Q*bert was just a figment of your imagination

Nostalgia plays a big part when avid gamers begin discussing their favorites.   But, of course that means that our opinions are potentially corrupted by our own memories.   What appealed to us as children might not be as much fun as adults, or what we were willing to excuse in our youth might be unacceptable now that we’ve grown.   As we age, our views change due to increased experience.   When I was much younger I sunk quarter after quarter into the arcade machines of the day without hesitation.   Just 5 minutes of playtime was enough to keep me coming back as long as there was change in my pocket and batteries in my Walkman.   And, yet when I look at Microsoft’s Game Room, I’ve no desire to spend even $3 for the (mostly) same experience I had as a child.   Some of that saddens me.   I’m not upset that Microsoft might not get that bit of my money (they get plenty already), however I wish I could recapture the joy I received from discovering those new games again.  

Now, let’s make one thing clear.   I have no desire to go back in time and relive the 80’s again.   There will be no Hot Tub portal in my future if offered.   But, I wouldn’t mind reliving those initial experiences again as if they were fresh.   The problem is I’m also unwilling to abandon all that I’ve learned since the arcade scene was (semi) relevant.  I know what I like these days and it’s taken me a long time to get here.   I’ve sampled and satisfied my game cravings with a lot of different genres over the years and while many, many have been worthwhile; I can’t say that about all of them.  But, it’s been a learning experience and that has made me a more prudent gamer today.  

 ...a two liter bottle of Shasta and my all Rush mix tape...

So, maybe the whole idea is moot in the end.   In order to relive those fresh discoveries and enjoy them again with the same elation, I’d have to regress back to my naïve and impressionable youth.   Does this mean that all of those games wouldn’t hold up today?   That’s a good question and one I am not sure I’d like to know the answer to.   But, if Lunaca Inc. could perform some pinpoint memory reconstruction and I could eliminate just one game experience from my past I’d choose to relive Strider (coin-op) for the first time again.   Honestly, I am not sure that I’d find the game as engaging these days as I did in the late 80’s, but I am curious to see what I would think of it with two decades of additional life behind me.

What about you?   What one game would you choose to have eliminated from your memory either to relive again or just because it was so awful the first time?

#1 Posted by PenguinDust (12455 posts) -

 

 Q*bert was just a figment of your imagination

Nostalgia plays a big part when avid gamers begin discussing their favorites.   But, of course that means that our opinions are potentially corrupted by our own memories.   What appealed to us as children might not be as much fun as adults, or what we were willing to excuse in our youth might be unacceptable now that we’ve grown.   As we age, our views change due to increased experience.   When I was much younger I sunk quarter after quarter into the arcade machines of the day without hesitation.   Just 5 minutes of playtime was enough to keep me coming back as long as there was change in my pocket and batteries in my Walkman.   And, yet when I look at Microsoft’s Game Room, I’ve no desire to spend even $3 for the (mostly) same experience I had as a child.   Some of that saddens me.   I’m not upset that Microsoft might not get that bit of my money (they get plenty already), however I wish I could recapture the joy I received from discovering those new games again.  

Now, let’s make one thing clear.   I have no desire to go back in time and relive the 80’s again.   There will be no Hot Tub portal in my future if offered.   But, I wouldn’t mind reliving those initial experiences again as if they were fresh.   The problem is I’m also unwilling to abandon all that I’ve learned since the arcade scene was (semi) relevant.  I know what I like these days and it’s taken me a long time to get here.   I’ve sampled and satisfied my game cravings with a lot of different genres over the years and while many, many have been worthwhile; I can’t say that about all of them.  But, it’s been a learning experience and that has made me a more prudent gamer today.  

 ...a two liter bottle of Shasta and my all Rush mix tape...

So, maybe the whole idea is moot in the end.   In order to relive those fresh discoveries and enjoy them again with the same elation, I’d have to regress back to my naïve and impressionable youth.   Does this mean that all of those games wouldn’t hold up today?   That’s a good question and one I am not sure I’d like to know the answer to.   But, if Lunaca Inc. could perform some pinpoint memory reconstruction and I could eliminate just one game experience from my past I’d choose to relive Strider (coin-op) for the first time again.   Honestly, I am not sure that I’d find the game as engaging these days as I did in the late 80’s, but I am curious to see what I would think of it with two decades of additional life behind me.

What about you?   What one game would you choose to have eliminated from your memory either to relive again or just because it was so awful the first time?

#2 Posted by HT101 (1151 posts) -

I would love to wipe my memory of when I played the Ratchet and Clank games for the PS2.  Being able to go through those games again and experience all of the craziness those games offered would be something special.  Also, being able to wipe out my memory of some of the RPGs I have played so that I could go back and play them again and experience them once more.

#3 Posted by Binman88 (3684 posts) -

Zelda OoT, so I could play it again (though I'd also preferably be twelve years younger playing it like the first time round).
Might go with Alone in the Dark (2008 version) because that's the crappiest game I played that I can remember off hand.

#4 Posted by gunstar (250 posts) -

I would probably chose something like Banjo-Kazooie. Mainly because I love the game but now playing it just feels like a waste because I know where everything is and what is the most effective way to do it in. I miss exploring the lands and getting frustrated wondering where that last jingo is (I CAN HEAR HIM). 

#5 Posted by MikkaQ (10270 posts) -

I'd love to see what it's like to play over-bloated hyped "classics" like Halo and FF7 for the first time again, without all of people's fuss about it so I can try and judge their true worth objectively.

#6 Edited by Claude (16254 posts) -

I thought about it and it would have to be The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I've tried to play that game again, but my memory is too strong. I can't go back.
#7 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

I am the most forgetful person I know and if I haven't played a game in a year or two it usually is like a brand new game.  If I haven't played it in 3+ years it is as good as new in my memory.  I replayed Fable before 2 came out and it was as good as a brand new game.

#8 Posted by Icemael (6312 posts) -

Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Gold, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Fallout 3 and Dead Space are five games I'd really like to wipe my memory of and play through again. Goddamn those games were good.

#9 Posted by inkeiren (989 posts) -
@Icemael: Absolutely. Fallout 3 was amazing. It still kind of blows my mind that LIAM NEESON was in it.
#10 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4585 posts) -

Any of the Myst games, just so I'd have to figure it all out again.

#11 Posted by Bombs_Away (1010 posts) -
@PenguinDust: Strider is amazing! Even today I play it on my Megadrive. My controller is old and stiff though so it can be a real bitch to play.
 
@XII_Sniper: And I only played Halo 1 for the first time this summer, without any of the hype surrounding it. In my opinion, the opening level on the ship is amazing, but when you're running all around trying to find the marines after that it is really boring and tedious. After that though, when it got more linear, it was still a great game.
#12 Posted by RetroIce4 (4392 posts) -

All my N64 games and PS1 games too. Only if I could forget.

#13 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3645 posts) -

TonyHawk Pro Skater 3, or maybe I just played way too much of it 

#14 Posted by artofwar420 (6263 posts) -
@HT101 said:
" I would love to wipe my memory of when I played the Ratchet and Clank games for the PS2.  Being able to go through those games again and experience all of the craziness those games offered would be something special.  Also, being able to wipe out my memory of some of the RPGs I have played so that I could go back and play them again and experience them once more. "
I agree with the Ratchet and Clank games, I would love to play those again, for the first time.