64 Bits of Crazy
[still haven't gotten to that long-ish post I was talking about this morning] After having a conversation about this with a friend this morning, I hit upon the reason I am so hell bent on finding every single video/computer game I used to play before, say, 1993. Itís not the nostalgia. Itís the simplicity. Todayís games are all about the graphics. It seems the better the graphics, the bigger the sales. But better visuals do not always make for better gaming. My son has played and completed all the recent Zelda games. When I introduced him to Legend of Zelda (available for the Game Cube) he pronounced it as "ugly but hard." In fact, he thinks that the gameplay on the original Zelda is far superior to the newer Zeldas. It's only the graphics that make the games superior. I'd much rather spend my time solving looking under pixelated carpets and walking through a forest of square looking trees than gawking at beautiful graphics that are just hiding bland substance. I have been steadily taking backward steps in my gaming. First, it was the Atari joystick games. Then we bought the Arcade pack for the GameCube, along with the Sonic pack. Last week, we got the GBA attachment for the GameCube so we can play all the original Mario games. And now, I am drooling over this over this. Each side of my conscience is sitting on their respective shoulder whispering in my ear. Buy it. Don't buy it. Come on, it's only fifty bucks. Your kids need new school clothes. You can play Pirates. Pirates. Dream House! The voice on the left is winning. That's the one saying buy it. Make it stop. Update: Reader Forrest sends this graphic: [click for bigger] Remember the C64 theme I had here a few months ago? Maybe I should bring that back. Update: I'm the current high bidder! Thanks, sweetie!