Wow. If you’re a gamer over the age of 30 then this will make you feel old. It’s an article titled Gaming now and then by the gang over at Fosfor Gadgets and man does it bring home just how far we’ve come in just 20 years of gaming. Consider the following example:
The Bards Tale (Nintendo 1985) vs. World of Warcraft (PC 2005)
Jinkies! Where the fuck is my cane and glasses? I need both so I can beat the snot out of you young whippersnappers who have no appreciation for the bounty that is video games these days.
Mercifully they limit the pain to only 8 other comparisons, but the really sad part is that those aren’t the worst of what we used to play. Why when I first started playing video games THIS is what passed for “Basketball”:
And it had two basic sound effects. A mind bashing DONK DONK DONK DONK DONK when you were dribbling and a teeth shattering BAADONK when your shot bounced off what passed for a rim in the game. It wasn’t much, but we appreciated it and we played it for HOURS until our FINGERS BLED in TWO FEET OF SNOW because our parents couldn’t afford to pay the HEATING BILL after spending $5 gajillion BUYING US the console and game in the FIRST PLACE! You kids, you’ve got it so good these days. Brats.
I still have my old collection of Electronic Games magazines around here someplace. One of these days I think I’ll sit down with my scanner and the unused Flickr account I have and spend some time sharing the pain.