As I embark on the 40th year of my life, I can’t stop thinking about today’s youth and how shallow they are about our culture. The word classic is in our vocabulary for a reason. It represents creativity that stands the test of time. You can’t ignore the 90’s if you are into Hiphop. You can’t ignore the history of film if you are a movie buff. Finally, you can’t ignore retro gaming if you are a gamer.
Time and time again, just like on the last Warzone, I’m reminded of my age. While some men and women hitting their 40th year may dip into a bout of depression, I’m just happy to be here. I’m happy to have witnessed the beginning of MANY things. I saw the first arcade game, the first blockbuster film and the birth of Hiphop. Being there from the beginning, I have an automatic respect for the classics in each genre. I try to take what I’ve learned or what I’ve enjoyed and pass it on to my son. Film, music and gaming is like American Culture 101. I’m STILL dipping back into the 90’s to pick up joints that I missed. I’ve heard many tracks from Illmatic but I don’t own it, so it’s in the queue for pay day.
My son enjoys the benefits of having access to a PS3, 360 and Nintendo Wii. I tried to get him to play Final Fight Double Impact and he said, “It looks stupid.” So based on the games looks, he refuses to play it. What he doesn’t realize is that without Double Dragon, there’d be no Final Fight. Without Final Fight, there’d be no Castle Crashers or Shank. Everything is linked to something. There’s 6 degrees to everything in video games and I’m sure I could map it all out just like Jack Black’s character did in School Of Rock with music. I see this same mentality with other youngstas when it comes to games. My man Nick McCandless from thegameraccess once told me that he refuses to play anything on any system prior to the PS3. I asked him why and he had this to say:
I do not find the entertainment value that a next generation title has plus I was not brought up on the older consoles
I told the youngsta to play some classics! He also mentioned that he really just got started this gen. My whole thing is, if you love something, why wouldn’t you dig through the history? Even if it’s just for the knowledge. I’m not expecting everyone to hop on Ebay and order an Atari 2600, but emulators are available and free on the internet. I do Retrovision so you don’t have to dig. I’m digging for you and bringing back some of the past that I enjoyed so maybe you can relate.
And what’s with the pixel counters? Just LAST GEN no one was counting pixels. Now they are using this as a reason to NOT purchase certain versions of games. Again, if you were a PS2 gamer, you had 480i and sometimes 480p. That’s it! You never complained back then, but now it matters because we have high definition televisions available? Please, don’t make an excuse for your shallowness. Genesis games used to be 320×240 and no one gave a damn because they were too busy enjoying them. Atari 2600 games were 192×160! This is why the Final Fantasy XIII argument is so stupid. Beauty is in the composition and sharpness is in the resolution.
It’s not right to ignore the past because we learn from it. I guarantee that nearly 100% of all developers played games in the 80’s and can appreciate them. These are the same guys bringing you the Heavy Rain, Mass Effect and God Of War type games. They know their history and I bet still use it as an inspiration. If you want to know where you are going, learn about where we’ve been.
Check out this link for stats on some of the consoles you may never have played: http://www.gamingdump.com/consoleevolution.html