Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Things that never die.


I am sitting in a McDonald's that still has Gamecubes set up for kids to play. As far as I can tell (without staring and getting picked up on suspicion of pedophilia) there have some old Madden and a Spyro game, and the kids are loving it. It is easy to forget how simple things can be and still be entertaining, and that once something is fun just aging doesn't take away that potential for enjoyment. It is difficult to get past the technology and graphics whoring, but being hung up on resolution and textures is a great way to miss out on things. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else who went out and bought a TV just for gaming and expects to get his money's worth. I used to love Nintendo; before the Gamecube came out I had summarily dismissed Microsoft's effort as a big company pushing its way in through the out door. Nintendo was where it was at, and the Gamecube did not disappoint (aside from the almost total lack of third party titles, something Nintendo has never actually solved).

Now I dismiss the Wii and have latched on to the Xbox. I dismiss the Wii because I hate motion controls. I dismiss it because Nintendo had the audacity to release a system behind the cutting edge. Sitting here, watching little kids yell and scream while mashing button on immortal Gamecube kiosks, I remember what it was like before becoming a cynical old bastard who passes his evenings playing games that he sometimes doesn't even like. Have I gone astray from what I used to enjoy, or is this the natural progression for someone whose first console experience was an Atari 2600 and has never stopped? Long term study is needed, and by that I mean I really need to finish Final Fantasy soon so I can focus on other things.

Emo goomba is emo.

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