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Wow, I haven't heard Alpha Centauri in years. Used to love that old game. Reminded me of the original StarCraft, but more in depth with an awesome storyline(s).
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I sold my gaming desktop a while ago, and since then I have been playing a lot of older games on my laptop with integrated graphics and other consoles until I get my gaming laptop for college. The past few months I played through the following: Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy 6 and 7, Diablo 2, Majora's Mask, and Oracle of Seasons (I know some of these games are up to 2001, but still).

Anyway, I had an extreme amount of fun with all of these games. I haven't ever been hooked as much to a video game as I was with these. I could literally sit for 3 hours and play Diablo 2 and still not get bored, whereas I often stop playing video games after the first 30 minutes or so because I get bored. Especially with Final Fantasy 6: 2 weeks ago I played for 5 hours straight, which is something that I have only done with video games a few times in my life (I was in a car going on a trip, but 5 hours is quite a lot for me).

This got me wondering: Do you guys who are 22+ years old even enjoy today's games? After playing these games modern games seem quite bland to me (with the exception of some of course).

Also, what are some other games that I should play? I still have another 3 months to go without Battlefield 3 since I have no gaming PC, so I figured I would try a few games out. Console doesn't matter. One I have heard a lot about is Chrono Trigger so I thought I might give it a try.

Forgot to mention I was born in '94. First video game that I played was probably Pokemon Red when I was around 7-8.


First off: Thank you for creating this form. It's easily my favorite question I've ever been asked. And thank you for being brave enough to stop playing COD long enough to actually play a game that isnt in High Definition or stars a space marine or soldier.

Secondly: I'd like to mention, that I have been gaming since the 80's! In my lifetime I've played over 6,798 games and counting. And I can tell you that 3 hours is nothing. When I was a teenager I remember regularly playing 9 - 13 hours a day, everyday. I'd even skip school, or even sleep to play games. I think alot of gamers back then did that. Since our games were long, difficult, and often lacked the ability to SAVE. So naturally quiting the game to sleep and lossing all you're progress was unthinkable!



Thridly: I'd like to begin with answering you're question about game suggestions (here's a few must plays):

1.) Zelda Major's Mask (N64)
2.) Tomba 1 (PS1) & Tomba 2 (PS1)
3.) Mario Bros 3 (NES)
4.) Final Fantasy 9 (PS1)
5.) Mario Bro 64 (N64)
6.) Mario Bros 1 & Super Mario World (NES & SNES)
7.) Megaman 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (NES, SNES), X, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6 (SNES, PS1)
8.) Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, 3 (PS1)
9.) Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis)
10.) Skies of Arcadia - Legends (Gamecube)
11.) Chrono Cross (PS1)
12.) Resident Evil 2 (PS1) & Resident Evil 3 (PS1)
13.) Parasite Eve 2 (PS1)
14.) Kingdom Hearts 1 (PS2) and 2 (PS2)
15.) Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes (Gamecube)
16.) Final Fantasy 8 (PS1)
17.) Final Fantasy X (PS2)
18.) Xenosaga 1, 2, 3 (PS2)
19.) Battletoads (NES)
20.) Resident Evil (Gamecube)
21.) Mario Land (Gameboy)
22.) Turok 1, 2, 3 (N64)
23.) Zelda Minish cap (GBA)
24.) Zelda: Links Awakening (Gameboy)
25.) Wario Land 1, and 2 (Gameboy)
26.) Ghosts n' Goblins/Ghouls (NES/Genesis) & Super Ghosts n' Ghouls (SNES)
27.) Zelda: Wind Waker (Gamecube)
28.) Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (Gameboy)
29.) Breath of Fire IV (PS1)
30.) Tomb Raider 1, 2, 3 (PS1)







-Now to Answer you're question about "how do us 22+ yr old people play 'modern games' without getting boored":

The simple answer "I think alot of us are or do". I know I myself, have found that since last fall, I have all but practically neglected my consoles for the first time in my life. Instead I've been playing tons of ROMS, and only playing games like SKYRIM and Witcher 2 on PC, so that I can use MODS.

Intrestingly enough, aside from ROMS of everything from NES, Genesis, and Gameboy - PS1, N64 and even PS2, I've been playing alot of Wii stuff lately. I feel that NIntendo still has some of the magic, that made me love games to begin with. And with recent titles Like Zelda: Skyward Sword, Return to Donky Kong Country, and Mario Galaxy 2, they'res alot to love.


And I think that the lack of insperation in the gamemarket today is whats kiining it.




I'd also like to mention 1 last thing to you; you remmber when you asked if how 22+ gamers enjoy todays games? Well, anotherway for me to have answered that would be to say this:

Most of todays 22+ gamers are able to enjoy games because 90% of them didnt actually start playing games until they became culturally excepted - which was sometime between 2004 and 2007.

You're probably too young to remember this, but before 2004 or so, gaming was a hobby that carried stigma. And if you where a football player growing up, you didnt let you're bros know you played games or had a Computure, cause only nerds did that. And girls literally wouldnt date you if you did.

I remember my grandmothers church members thinking I was doing 'devil stuff' because I played videogames. I remember when they blamed 'Columbine' on violent video games and said that Mortal Kombat, Doom 2, and comic books would create a generation of serial killers. I remember a time when the President of the United States was talking about 'banning' videogames.

I even remeber a time when noone even knew what they were, and you had to buy them from a Sears catalgue or hunt in the corner of a Pawn Shop for a few games.

Hell, I know grown people who in 2004 had never played a videogame in their lives, and now are practically addicted - so these people, even though the're old, are like you, with little experience and so they missed those great old games.

I remeber being the only kid where I lived, and in my school who 1.) owned a Computure, and 2.) played video games.
Edited by Magicka Emperor - 4/26/12 at 5:34pm
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I turn 22 this year

You don't even have to go back to the 90s, it wasn't really until this generation of consoles c. 2007 that games started being pumped out like Twinkies. It probably has something to do with the rise of broadband internet and companies trying to cater to a broader audience.
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I have the same issues as many have indicated throughout this thread and believe I have some insight. I honestly believe games today are to easy, either through a combination of regenerating health to checkpoints or saves every few areas. That is of course in addition to many other factors like mainstreaming/causualizing games to attract many different audiences. Either way I think games are vastly different from those I played 15 years ago. When I used to play the older classics you would spend much more time redoing areas either because you were stuck or had died and while that sounds boring it is the current stream right along style that actually bores me in current games.

I am just glad it is not only myself who feels this way as it is discouraging to rarely find great games that I enjoy and can actually put more than 20 minutes into per play session.
I can say that as my desire to play those AAA big studio games has definable waned the last few years, but the recent resurgence of Indie games really has grabbed my attention and I find myself playing and enjoying those much more often.
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I turn 22 this year
You don't even have to go back to the 90s, it wasn't really until this generation of consoles c. 2007 that games started being pumped out like Twinkies. It probably has something to do with the rise of broadband internet and companies trying to cater to a broader audience.

I think you hit the nail on the head. I mean what you just suggested, literally is the 'single-cell organisam' that the current era of gaming evolved from. Had Boradband never existed, XBOX LIVE would have never formed. And it was XBOX LIVE that inspired everything (even Steam!). Without a online service, developers would have been forced to sale us games that come complete with 'all the content', thick manuals, and engaging campaign storylines. Because the multiplayer genre would have never evolved past LAN Parties, Smash Bros, and Split Screen, and EA would have never rised to power, which means that those hundreds of developers and publishers c. 2007 would not only still exist, but would be fostering a competative market, full of inventive titles, with fresh ideas, and solid gameplay because developers would be forced to QA and test games thruoughly before their release, cause no way of offering updates!

I wonder if theres an alternate reality where Al Gore became President in 2000 and Broadband never exploded into what it has?
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I have the same issues as many have indicated throughout this thread and believe I have some insight. I honestly believe games today are to easy, either through a combination of regenerating health to checkpoints or saves every few areas. That is of course in addition to many other factors like mainstreaming/causualizing games to attract many different audiences. Either way I think games are vastly different from those I played 15 years ago.

Remember Ghosts n' Goblins? Why can't we see games that require that level of skill? I've been SO boored with modern games; thank god for Demon Souls and last years Dark Souls - they awakened my soul when I played them. DEVELOPERS TAKE MORE RISKS, and STOP CATERING BROADBAND USERS!!!!!!!
Edited by Magicka Emperor - 4/26/12 at 8:17pm
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I have the same issues as many have indicated throughout this thread and believe I have some insight. I honestly believe games today are to easy, either through a combination of regenerating health to checkpoints or saves every few areas. That is of course in addition to many other factors like mainstreaming/causualizing games to attract many different audiences. Either way I think games are vastly different from those I played 15 years ago. When I used to play the older classics you would spend much more time redoing areas either because you were stuck or had died and while that sounds boring it is the current stream right along style that actually bores me in current games.
I am just glad it is not only myself who feels this way as it is discouraging to rarely find great games that I enjoy and can actually put more than 20 minutes into per play session.
I can say that as my desire to play those AAA big studio games has definable waned the last few years, but the recent resurgence of Indie games really has grabbed my attention and I find myself playing and enjoying those much more often.

Before WoW and all of the FPS games that were forced to simplify things so any age can play without any computer knowledge there were thinking games. Final Fantasy XI was a game where you had to think and work well with others. The game is hard and can't really be played without a group past level 10. There is a huge Japanese player base with a built in translator so you got to play with different cultures. After playing a game like that and EverQuest for a few years something like WoW comes around and of course you check it out. But that's as far as games go these days. They are just too easy to just picj up and play and make it all the way through with no experience or skill. Die hard gamers will claim end game is fun, but for how long, that grind gets old and boring. Once you quit playing you look at all of the time in your life that got wasted.

Right now I am playing the Star Wars MMO but even that is the same old boring MMO and I have yet to really need anyone else to play with to reach the end, I just enjoy the Star Wars Universe so it interested me but I won't play it much more than a few more months after already being in the beta and release for well over a year. Same thing happened with Lord of the Rings Online, beta, release and boredom. Games today suck.
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Pretty much the same time as you i stopped playing video games when ps2 came and restarted on pc 1 year ago.
Im quite older though was born in 1984 first console was turbo grap16 coleco vision nintendo.

I played all the game you said and they were pretty badass.

I still enjoy gaming on pc Here a couple of good titles if you are restarting to play

PC - deus ex human revolution ( RPG like fps shooter )
L.A noire
Batman arkham asylum and city
skyrim
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I'm surprised this series hasn't been mentioned more...

Crash Bandicoot Series for the PS1

Also Spyro Series for the PS1

Only "current" games I actually have any interest in playing are CS 1.6, and CS:GO. Games like BattleField 3 are boring and easy. I feel like its because a lot of newer games have literally been "dumbed" down to cater for everyone. I remember how satisfying and challenging it was to actually play a video game, that's when they were fun.

Return to Castle Wolfenstien

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Far Cry 1

Unreal Tournament 2004

Mechwarrior 2

BattleField 1942 + BattleField 2

Half life 2/1 Episode 1 + 2

Call of Duty 1 and 2

Halo 2

Grand Theft Auto 3 + San Andreas

Max Payne Series

AudioSurf

System Shock 1 + 2

Quake 3

Planetside

Medal of Honour: Allied Assault

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Starsiege: Tribes

Hitman series

Counter Strike 1.6
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I'm 18 and I feel the same way. thumb.gif
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I'm 47 and remember reading actual books with paper and a cover.
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