Content of the article: "Does anybody else feel that games released since the sixth generation haven’t really “aged” much at all?"
This is definitely because of my age and perspective. If you are just entering college now and grew up around that time, you probably notice the difference in games a lot more than me. My first console was the NES, to give you my age.
When I was in college I didn't play a lot of games; didn't have the money or the time. So a lot of games I play now are from 2006-present, since I missed so many great titles. When reading about games from this period, I always think its funny when people talk about something aging poorly, or well, or at all. It's not even a consideration for me when talking about games from the past twenty years. I was just playing Dead Space for the first time, and that shit looks fucking amazing. If I didn't know, I would have thought it came out in the past few years.
It probably has a lot to do with the fact that from 1980 – 2000 gaming underwent a huge transformation that I saw personally, but it's almost all been evolutionary from 2000 – 2020 (with the exception of VR). But I never play something post-2000 and think "man this aged poorly!" Really, I consider anything on the Gamecube/PS2 (and PC equivalent) and afterwards to be "modern gaming". It's kind of how with film, I consider anything since the seventies to be modern, or with music since the sixties.
Graphics, controls, and mechanics just have not changed a ton in this time period compared to the time period before it.
Even with earlier games, very few are unplayable to me. Atari games, a few NES & gameboy games (Metroid II comes to mind!), very few on SNES (original Mario Kart is obsolete, Starfox is awful), and very few on N64/PS1 (People always mention 007, but I honestly don't think Goldeneye has aged badly. The game still plays absolutely fine with the auto aim and alternate controls).
But I really can't think of a game that came after the sixth generation of consoles that feels "outdated" to me.
What do you guys think? I'd love to hear the perspective of younger players as well as those who are older or as old as me.
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