The article text was edited thanks to Kevin's work and now should be easier to understand for english born speakers.
So, i never tought to be so fast in writing this article... i guess i already had it written in my mind since long ago, and i'm honored to be the first posting it since this section renaming. This might be the start of "karsten's Videogaming Talks" it'll be (if enough people will find it interesting) the first of a serie of Talk topic i might make in the future to spread consciousness on changes in videogames market and world or just to make the forums more lively :D. Please Post as many comments as you want, but also try to keep the topic clean.
by the way, i can understand people finding this read awfully boring :D but please don't flame it ok?
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Karsten's video game talks Vol.1
"What modern games will always miss."
Lately I've noticed that I keep coming back to older and older games, as if my tastes cannot
adapt to the "videogaming evolution". I've always been a "nostalgic" kind of gamer, but I've never
dug deep inside that feeeling until now. I started thinking that with so many people interested in
older games (retrogaming), I can't be wrong.
So I started to think of what was wrong in these "modern" games; sure, many suck (same in the past)
or have little innovation or fantasy in them, but the masterpieces seem to always have:
-beautiful colorful graphics
-astonishing doby surround audio and tracks
-voice acted scenes
-expansions, sequels, editors to bend the game to your will.
-exotic (idiotic?) control with webcams, add-ons, or a-la-wii
Nothing seems wrong, but what is it that makes everything seem different and not as good as the old games?
I suddenly realized that perfect 3D graphics, with characters almost perfect to the point of being impossible
to tell from reality, perfect sound, music (echoing now from the right, now from behind, you while you walk in the
virtual city, and everything else were giving me a great experience that was missing JUST ONE THING.
I'm not required to use my immagination anymore.
Not at all, not even a little. The robot is perfect in all details, and so is his pilot (that young green haired girl).
The music is perfect, recorded in live perfomance from an orchestra, but I'm just SITTING and PLAYING.
In the old school games, you were imagining your robot as perfect and to tastes YOU HAD MADE OUT.
Same for the young pilot, sure she's green haired, but nothing was forcing you to think that she looked
exactly looking like the classmate next to you.
In all the (older) game situations, you had to imagine; give people voices, facial expressions, feelings, everything.
I could see in my mind the SPRITE called Kefka (from FF6) laughing and poisoning Doma with great delight.
I was imagining the scene: Kefka's voice and laughter, the surroundings, the face of the other soldiers around him,
their dress, smells, everything. This is what videogames have lost (forever?) nowadays. Nothing is left to your
imagination, everything is perfectly detailed, shown, heard.
Videogaming no more exercises of imagination than an interactive film. Everything that you see in modern games
was already imagined for you by someone else; already chewed you, just have to swallow it. This explains why I keep
returning to old SNES classics and similar: I'm the kind of gamer that loves to use his imagination while playing.
Now I can explain why I somehow enjoyed Unlimited Saga even thought it's a damn poor game. It still retained
some charm due to his absence of acted scenes (everything is text) , and even thought there is voice acting,
there's nothing to look at beside the character's still face (so you have to imagine his face, despair, rage). Even a
damn poor game had some attraction to me because it made me use the imagination I had not used for so long.
Will ever modern games allow you to use your immagination like old ones?
Is everything dead, cloaked in wonderful graphics and perfect 3D models?
Will I keep playing snes games until I'm old, and am I the only one feeling like this?
Let me hear your thoughts and ideas, what is YOUR experience?