I had an absolutely great day out at the Game On exhibition last weekend where I played literally 40 years worth of games in the space of two hours. One of the things I learned was to distinguish between nostalgia and reality. Old games sucked. That’s not to say that history sucks or that the brilliant creators of the early games weren’t forward-thinking, programming geniuses, they were. Playing the games now, however, is a very different thing. Technology moves at a break-neck pace, takes no prisoners and stops for no man.
Playing Pong was boring. Donkey Kong, annoying, and Street fighter frustrating. Even PSOne games were muddy badly conrolled affairs. We have it so lucky these days. As my gang of friends rounded the corner of the gallery to play Guitar Hero and Wii Tennis on a massive projector and have a quick go on Motostorm on the PS3 I realised we are truly blessed by gaming heaven right now. On the other hand I think I remember saying something similar to my sister about 10 years ago. I suspect I’ll turn my nose up in disgust at this generation’s games in another 10 years.
After the exhibition we all went to the pub and I had an amazing time as we all ate a big roast dinner and then played 8 player DS games using wifi and only one game card. We also connected the old laptop to my mate’s phone, got onto the Frag Dolls forum and posted up pics which we’d just taken with one of the gang’s phone and blue toothed over to the laptop. I love technology!
If you’d like to come to a DS meet down the pub and play some wifi games get in touch with the DS Meet Up Group.