I find it really cool that classic games are still going strong in the current gaming market. There seems to be a certain place in every gamer that still loves the games they played as a kid. Fond memories or making all the trades in Legend of Zelda for Gameboy or Playing Bloody Roar for PlayStation or even collecting all the Pokémon. With almost all major manufacturers they have repackaged the original games many times and with the release of each new gaming device or console they look to resell that same game. If you were to look on XBOX360 or PS3 and even iOS and android devices you would find a hundred or so classic games from NES to PSOne and Sega.
With modern games coming out looking and playing much like modern movies with CGI to match how are these games still viable? Is it the fact that we look back at these games with certain nostalgia or are they truly great even by today’s standards? The answer isn’t exactly simple but the short version is YES.
They are held in high regard for being innovative and advanced games of their time and also a memory of simpler times. I remember logging hundreds of hours playing the original Pokémon Red as well as the original Zelda for Gameboy( the big Grey one with the greenish screen) and eating Oreos while watching my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. Also being the first games that i ever beat will also place them in their own category for me.
I think KISS says it all when it comes to the classics. They worked with what technology they had available and I am sure if they were released now they would be full of top notch cut scenes and 3D graphics but the fact that they weren’t allowed the user to be introduced slowly into a world of gaming with simple controls and cute graphics. What made these games great were the use of the simple controls and complexity of the environment that was presented to allow players to discover and build their own style of playing. Zelda allowed the user to select items for two slots but allowed the different combinations to change the way the gamer approached each new task. With Pokémon the user could level up and select the four moves and Pokémon they wanted to use having millions of combinations of teams as well as moves.
Great games all in all and i will continue to support them through the years and hope that games will always learn from their predecessors.