Hello and welcome to the first big weekly discussion thread on Cubed3! Here we will each week discuss one burnig topic in a big discussion thread! For the future the topic in question will be picked by the community through a poll topic that I will post as soon as this one is up, and the most popular gaming related subject will be picked to discuss here!
But as this is the first one and it is as good to just get it off with i have decided to pick the toipic for the week, which is a topic I have felt is always boiling in the gaming community: Wherever or not games were better in the past.
Some important rules are:
1. Stay on topic as well as possible. It helps a lot if everyone talks about the subject discussed in this topic to keep it clean and about the topic that is discussed this week.
2. No personal attacks or name calling. The goal is that this is going to be a weekly discussion topic in which people feel free to discuss the burning topic at hand as elected by the community. Therefore it is important that the discussion thread is warm and welcoming of people even if their opinion on the subject differs from yours, isn't that what this topic is about in the first place? Discussing differing opinions?
3, Try to add something to the discussion with your post. While everyone enjoys to hear that someone agrees with them, it is important that most posts add something to the subject in question. It is possible to say "I completely agree with you, because from my experience..." or "I disagree with your opinion, because from what I have seen...". This way each post in the topic contributes to the discussion and there will not be too many empty comments, which often ends up being the case.
So without further ado, I start off the discussion with my initial PoV on the subject:
EDIT: It can't be stressed enough that this is not meant to in anyway replace normal gaming discussion, but rather as a big and weekly thread in which a hot topic is discussed in an open and organized manner.
While I am a great old-school junkie and most of my spare time gaming is indeed spent on games that are at least 10 years or older, or games that tries to recreate the feeling of those old games, I think that in general gaming has became better over the years. It is worth to keep in mind that when most of us play old-school games we only play those games we really loved and rarely has to play the shovel ware of the time which gives at least me a very biased view when talking about old-school gaming..
The overall number of great quality games released nowadays simply exceeds what you could expect in the past. Only the last month we have seen plenty of games that are extremely well-made such as BotW and HZD. It would be a lie to say that the current age gaming industry does not release it's classic masterpieces that we will talk about dearly a couple of decades later.
The only place where I can see that gaming has decreased over the years is in local multiplayer which for a while seemed to become rarer and rarer. Thankfully this is a trend that seems to change with both the release of the Nintendo Switch, which is the perfect system for local multiplayer, but also by many companies starting to realize that people actually want local multiplayer which seems to give us better and more creatie local multiplayer experiences than we have ever seen before.
While I must agree that many of my favorite games comes from the 90's such as Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, many others such as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Xenoblade Chronicles X etc. are just released in the last couple of years.
The biggest thing that makes gaming today better than it has ever been before in my opinion, and why so many recently released games are instant favorites of mine, is the diversity in the market. If I want to play a game with an old school feel I can easily find it on Steam, if I want to play a great JRPG there are more of them than I could ever dream of playing through. Even niche genres gets a lot of love an attention nowadays when indie companies can create wonderful game experiences to cater to the genre's core audience.
There seems to be something for everyone nowadays, and those games are catered to those audiences in ways that was not possible when the industry was smaller. Diversity, quantity, and technical improvements are the keywords as to why I think the games has actually, no matter how hard it is to me as a retro junkie to admit, improved over the years.
( Edited 07.04.2017 20:43 by Andre Eriksson )