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Aging Out of Video Games

Introduction

I don’t remember how or why we got on the topic. I know that it started as a text conversation with Chris. We talked about the new Pokemon Go crossover game for the Switch, moved on to Street Fighter collection, and ended with some unnecessary Fortnite bashing. It was about then that we came to the conclusion that we may be getting to old for the current generation of video games.

Get off my lawn.

I think I’ve known about this issue for some time. I never considered that it might be a symptom of something larger until Chris and I talked. Now it all makes sense. We just have to fast track the plan of converting the podcast to 2 Old Guys Gaming. We can complain about kids these days, eat dinner at 4 in the afternoon, and argue with Gamestop clerks about out of date coupons. Come to think of it, we already do 2 out of three of those things.

A Note About Repetition in Video Games

On the podcast, we talked about two topics that I want to clarify. Both were addressed but, as usual, I have more to say. The topic of repetition came up a few times in the context of current shooters. The one quote that stuck with me was from Chris’s dad who said something along the lines of, “Now you’re shooting zombies. Now you’re shooting aliens. Now you’re shooting bugs.” I immediately pushed against the argument that repetition is the enemy of games.

The point that I made and reiterate for the sake of clarity here is that repetition is the backbone of video games. Due to the restrictions of the power of any given system and the storage of media, the game play of most games is limited in the things you can do. Some of my favorite games like Mario mentioned in the podcast and Minecraft are considered boring and repetitive by many. When we, and anyone else, complain about repetition, we are complaining about the type of repetition in the game and that it isn’t anything that we’d want to repeat over and over.

After all, I once heard Minecraft as “you mine stuff and then craft things” early in it’s life cycle and that’s exactly it.

A Note about Trash Talk in Video Games

Chris and I fully sounded like two old guys shouting at clouds on this podcast. As I edited it, i kept hearing, “but it’s different” and it caused me to wonder how it was different. I finally came to a similar conclusion as I did in the podcast. Trash talk was different then because it was in person. Furthermore, you mostly just trash talked people you knew. Maybe they weren’t friends, necessarily, but you saw them around the arcade. Now there’s some anonymous chump telling you things about your mother you never knew. Also, like I said in the show, the other person always had the option to forgo the video game and just punch you directly in the face if you went too far with your mouth.

Staying Current with Video Games

I promised myself after buying an original PlayStation only to see the price drop a few weeks later that it would be the last time I’d pay full price for a console. It is a promise I’ve kept except for buying a Wii U a few years ago to keep the Santa delusion alive. Seems reasonable, right? What does that have to do with getting old? Well, one of the comforting lies we tell ourselves to make getting old more bearable is that it imbues us with wisdom.

And, we’ve got a lot of old morons out there.

The thing about it is that my commitment to being current has gotten less and less, well, committed. I mentioned on the podcast that the PS2 was the last console that I bought relatively early in its life. My wife got me an XBox 360 for Christmas one year. I bought an XBox One only this year and really only for Minecraft. I just bought a used PS3 last year. I don’t own, nor do I see myself buying unless maybe to play against Chris, a PS4. I might buy a Switch, but that’s different and will be covered at a later time.

Get All These Shooter Video Games Off My Lawn

I’ve been trying to figure out when my hate for shooters appeared. In fact, DOOM and Hexen are two of my favorite gaming franchises of all time. It became a running gag in my house that I’d ask of every electronics gift I received, “Can you play DOOM on it?” The new version of DOOM was a driving force in my decision to finally get an XBox One.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Yes, that’s an inkjet printer touch screen.

I think it goes back to when the games became more military focused. Without going into too  much detail, I’ve never been a fan of war as entertainment. So Call of Duty and World at War and Battlefield and Battlefront and Black Ops–and some or all of these might be the same game which shows my ignorance–just don’t appeal to me in the slightest. The fact that I’ll still play Gears of War and games where you shoot zombies acts as further evidence to support this theory.

The current generation of shooters is well beyond my capacity to understand. I mean, I get the point of the games. I just don’t understand the point of the games, if that makes any sense. PUBG was a novelty. Fortnite was an unnecessary inevitability and now the whole landscape is lousy with these games. No thanks, no way, no how. I will gladly concede that I’m too old for this stuff, to paraphrase Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon.

Conclusion (or is it a Eulogy in this case?)

Mourn not for me, new generations of nerds. Not that you will. Those who benefit from progress rarely consider those that came before. I never considered nor mourned for the old guys who used to play Pac-Man and Donkey Kong for high scores when Super Mario, Metroid, and Zelda became the games of choice. As I’m sure that they never mourned for the folks who grew up with Pong as the pinnacle of technological advancement.

I will wait on the sideline for retro to be “it” again. I know that there is always a segment of the population that will always consider retro to be “it”. But, they are usually the old farts who have been left behind. Then we just have to hope that the youths get bored of the new hotness and our old ways will be there waiting.

Old is the New New

(Editor’s Note: A�We also just went to see Power Rangers and my wife went to see Beauty and the Beast with her father. A�So, none of us is immune to the siren song of our childhood.)

A few months ago, I saw an advertisement for an official Nintendo authorized mini NES. A�It comes with 30 classic Nintendo games like Super Mario Brothers 1-3, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda. A�Regular readers of the page (welcome back, both of you!) will know why I specifically mention those 3 games. A�They will also be shocked to hear that I have no intention of buying the console. A�I know! A�Believe me, I’m just as shocked as you! A�This goes against everything that I hold dear about Nintendo! A�I am a traitor and a fraud!

Why am I yelling?!

For those of you who are new to the page, welcome! A�As always, we hope you enjoy your stay and come back for more. A�Please don’t take that first paragraph as an indication of our temperament. A�I promise that we are more reasonable than it might indicate. A� Perhaps I should explain myself a bit better. A�I have often said that all Nintendo has to do is release a Mario, Zelda, and Metroid game on a system and I will buy it. A�But, I’m not doing it this time. A�My A� reasons are numerous enough that I won’t go into them, but the main reason is that I already own those games and can play them through questionably legal emulators.

The reason that I bring it up is that I did my version of research for this article and discovered a similar retro style Genesis system. A�Now, I’m probably not going to buy that one either–because, emulators–but it got me thinking. A�I know, I know. A�What doesn’t get me thinking, right? A�What can I say? A�I have an active mind and I tend to follow it down every dark path it takes me. A�Sometimes it pays off. A�Other times, I get eaten by a Grue. A�The best part is that we get to find out what happens together this time.

Now, now, it does say that I am “likely” to be eaten by a grue, not that it is inevitable.

None of this should come as a surprise. A�I’ve always know that nostalgia is big business. A�Well, perhaps “always” is stretching it. A�Ever since I watched MTV (was it even MTV or am I remembering it incorrectly?) try to force nostalgia on our generation by using the nostalgia of the previous generation to attempt to revive Woodstock in the 90s and early 2000s, I knew that companies were in the business of exploiting memories for monetary gain.

It is weird that I’m experiencing it first hand. A�When faced with the prospect of a strictly financially motivated Woodstock, even as a rebellious teen, I was insulted. A�You’d think that I’d be even more insulted that it is my own memories that are for sale. A�But, I’m not.

I’m mostly ambivalent about the phenomenon, as my attitude about the retro systems clearly shows. A�In other cases, I’m actually excited about, enjoying, and contributing to the commercialization. A�New Star Wars and Rocky movies that are little more than retelling the original story? A�Sign me up! A�An endless stream of Marvel entertainment in the form of movies and TV shows? A�Please, Sir, can I have some more? A�2D Mario games? A�Pokemon on my phone? A�A new version of Blood Bowl? A�Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes!

This all begs the question, “Why was I more offended by the appropriation of a music festival that happened before I was even born than by exploitation of my own childhood? A�I think that I already have an answer, but I will give each theory the proper diligent analysis. A�It’s the least that i can do as a man of logic and reason. A�Plus, I have a reputation to uphold as far as word counts are concerned. A�Truthfully, and with some shame, I have to admit that I’m more worried about maintaining the second reputation under the guise of the first.

Wait, what?

Nothing. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

So, allow me to present my logical and well reasoned arguments. A�Maybe I was too overcome with emotion to even notice. A�Taken back to a A�simpler time when I didn’t have to worry about anything other than cereal and Saturday morning cartoons, I worried only about those things. A�That theory loses steam rather quickly. A�While it is true that I was initially overcome with a deep sense of nostalgia as soon as the opening scrawl rolled on Star Wars, Creed took a little longer to trigger. A�Eventually I came around and analyzed Creed’s fighting style, noting his weak side and how the fighting scenes exposes that consistently through the movie.

However, in spite of it all, I still recognized that they were feeding us the same story line in both movies. A�At least Star Trek had the decency to admit that the characters were the same and made no pretense of originality. A�It felt that much fresher when the storyline took a bit of a different turn and incorporated Leonard Nimoy in the movie. A�Maybe the Star Trek experience jaded me to the others because I already knew the trick going into them. In any event, I knew they were manipulating me and I didn’t care.

Dance for us, Puppets, and give us all your money! MUAHAHAHAHA!

Another possibility that exists is that I noticed the manipulation, but that I overlooked it because I am a proud father who wants to share these things with my children. A�This theory already holds more water than the first because I just spend a paragraph explaining that I noticed the manipulation. A�Now, I just have to spend another paragraph explaining why my love for my children did not overshadow that knowledge and set up the big reveal of the actual reason that I have concluded to explain this seeming contradiction.

First, and this shouldn’t need to be said, but I will because this is the internet and everyone misinterprets on the internet. A�I do love my children. A�I know that it’s a controversial stance to take, but dammit, I’m not backing down. A�I also can’t wait to share these things from my own childhood with them. A�So, I suppose that is just another point in favor of this theory. A�However, that love and desire to share did not obscure my ability (as seen in previous paragraphs) nor recognize, nor care about the corruption of my youth by the darker forces of capitalism.

I typed “dark forces of capitalism” into Google to find a joke and this came up as one of the images. I have to admit. I’m a bit shook right now.

And, finally, we come to a conclusion. A�I leave it to you to judge if it is a satisfying one or not. A�Even as a child, I knew that my childhood was for sale. A�George Lucas supposedly signed a deal for Star Wars that didn’t care about proceeds from the movie–or they weren’t a priority–as long as he received nearly every cent from merchandising. A�Hell, Mel Brooks did a whole joke about it in Space Balls. A�Therefore, it came as no surprise when that attitude persisted for the life of the franchise.

By comparison, it was always my impression that the original Woodstock represented a true spontaneous celebration of peace, love, and music. A�Obviously, I have no hard evidence for this case. A�this is solely based on what my parents said, a biased and possibly erroneous admiration for hippie ideals, and repeated viewings/listens to the movie and soundtrack. A�As a result, I might be completely off base.

Even if I am, that’s my rationale. A�You may argue all you want, but you can’t prove me wrong. A�We live in a post truth world. A�The earth is flat, punching Nazis is politcal correctness run amok, and Woodstock had no capitalist intentions. A�If I say it, in my reality, it is true! A�Man, I love post truth! A�No, that’s a lie. A�Also, the earth is a sphere.

And, if punching Nazis is wrong, I don’t ever want to be right. Give ’em hell, Cap.

Old is the New New

(Editor’s Note: A�Remember when…)

A few months ago, I saw an advertisement for an official Nintendo authorized mini NES. A�It comes programmed with 30 classic Nintendo games like Super Mario Bros 1-3, Metroid, and the Legend of Zelda. A�Regular readers of the page (welcome back to both of you!) will know why I mentioned those specific three games. A�They will also be shocked to hear that I have no intention of buying the console. A�I know! A�Believe me, I am just as shocked as you. A�This goes against everything that I hold dear about Nintendo. A�I am a traitor and a fraud! A�*loud noises*

For those who are new to the page, welcome! A�As always, I hope you enjoy yourselves and come back for more. A�To explain the end of that paragaph, I have often said that Nintendo need only release a Mario, Zelda, and Metroid game on a system and I will buy it. A�Heck, often times, they can just rerelease an old game via their Virtual Console and I’ll still buy it. A�But, I’m not doing it this time. A�My reasons are numerous enough that I won’t go into them, but the main reason is that I already own those games and can play them through questionably legal emulators.

The reason that I bring it up is that I did my version of research for this article and discovered a similar retro style Genesis system. A�now, I’m probably not going to buy that one either–because, emulators–but it got me thinking. A�I know, I know. A�What doesn’t get me thinking, right? A�What can I say? A�I have an active mind and I tend to follow it down every dark path it takes me. A�Sometimes it pays off. A�Other times, I get eaten by a grue. A�The best part is that we all get to find out what happens this time together.

As long as we stay out of the basement, we should be safe.

Neither of these should come as a big surprise. A�I’ve always known that nostalgia is big business. A�Well, perhaps, “always” is stretching it. A�Ever since I watched MTV (was it even MTV or am I remembering it incorrectly?) try to force nostalgia on our generation by attempting to revive Woodstock in the 90s and early 2000s, I knew that companies were in the business of exploiting memories for monetary gain.

It’s weird that I’m experiencing it first hand. A�When faced with the prospect of a strictly financially motivated Woodstock, even as a rebellious teen I was insulted. A�You’d think that I’d be even more insulted that it is my own memories that are now for sale. A�But, I’m not.

I’m mostly ambivalent about the phenomenon, as my attitude about the retro systems clearly shows. A�In other cases, I’m actually excited about, enjoying, and contributing to the commercialization. A�New Star Wars and Rocky movies that are little more than retelling the original story? A�Sign me up! A�An endless stream of Marvel entertainment in the form of movies and TV shows? A�Pleas, Sir, can I have some more? A�2D Mario games? A�Pokemon on my phone? A�A new version of Blood Bowl and Mutant League Football? A�Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

Y’all got any more of that nostalgia?

This all begs the question, “Why was I more offended by the appropriation of a music festival that happened before I was even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes than by exploitation of my own childhood?” A�I think that I already know the answer, but I will give each theory the proper diligent analysis. A�It’s the least that I can do as a man of logic and reason. A�Plus, I have a reputation to uphold as far as word counts are concerned. A�Truthfully, and with some shame, I have to admit that I’m more worried about maintaining the second reputation under the guise of the first.

Wait, what?

Nothing. A�Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

These are the kinds of references you get when you are a theater dad.

So, allow me to present my logical and well reasoned arguments. A�Maybe I was too overcome with emotion to even notice. A�Take back to a simpler time when I didn’t have to worry about anything other than cereal and morning cartoons, I worried only about those things. A�This theory loses steam rather quickly. A�It is true that I was initially overcome with a deep sense of nostalgia as soon as the opening scrawl rolled on Star Wars. A�Creed took a little longer to trigger, but eventually I came around. A�I excitedly analyzed Creed’s fighting style, noting his weak side and that hte fight scenes exposed that consistently through the movie. A�However, through it all, I still recognized that they were feeding us the same storyline in both movies.

At least Star Trek had the decency to admit that the characters were the same and made no pretense of originality. A�It felt that much fresher when the storyline took a bit of a different turn and incorporated Leonard Nimoy into the movie. A�Maybe the Star Trek experience jaded me to the others because I already knew the trick going into them. A�In any case, I knew that they were manipulating me and I didn’t care.

Another possibility that exists is that I noticed the manipulation, but that I overlooked it because I am a proud father who wants to share these things with my children. A�This theory already holds more water than the first because I just spent a paragraph explaining that I noticed the manipulation. A�Now, I just have to spend another paragraph explaining why my love for my children did not overshadow that knowledge and set up the big reveal of the actual reason that I have concluded to explain this seeming contradiction.

The game is afoot. No reason for this picture other than I have an unhealthy man crush on Benedict Cumberbatch.

First, and this shouldn’t need to be said, but I will because this is the internet and everyone misinterprets on the internet. A�I do love my children. A�I know that it’s a controversial stance, but dammit, I’m not backing down. A�I also want to share these things from my own childhood with them. A�So, I suppose that is another point in favor of this theory. A�However, that love and desire to share did not obscure my ability (as seen in the previous paragraphs), nor recognize, nor care about the corruption of my youth by the darker forces of capitalism.

And, finally, we come to a conclusion. A�I leave it to you to judge if it is a satisfying one or not. A�My parents are hippies. A�”Long hair, freaky people need not apply” hippies. A�They owned the Woodstock on vinyl and I heard the album many times through their lens. A�I always felt that the original Woodstock was a pure expression of a love of music and humanity. A�When MTV brought the festival back, it felt like a perversion of that love in the name of money.

My childhood made no pretense of love for humanity or art. A�Comics, movies, cartoons, and even the cereal that I loved so much was only in existence to sell more comics, movies, action figures, and cereal. A�The whole lot of it was just one big commercial aimed at kids and their parents to spend, spend, spend. A�So, it was pretty much par for the course when the new money grab started up and targeted my paycheck and made the attempt to grab my kids for the long haul. A�Of course, all of this could be complete nonsense, but it’s how I’ve interpreted the situation.

What do you think?