On the subject of gaming taste changing though Tom, ---- I'm not precisely
as convinced, as frequently a classic remains so.
as an extreme example, I devote considderable time to learning and
performing the works of Gilbert and sullivan. These are now about 110 years
old, ---- yet, ---- though they contain some jokes which are out of context
and need explaining, have much which is stil incredibly funny, and musically
likewise, my first Mega man game was Mega man X2, first released in 1993 for
the Snes (though I didn't play it until the year 2000).
This has all the features of 90's Mega man, contrasting stages, hidden
bosses, two levels of charge for your weapon, many hidden items and
extras, ---- and even multiple plot paths depending upon which bosses you
managed to defeat.
Stil however, when I finally got to play the original Mega man in 206 with
the release of the Aniversary collection, I found it a truly fantastic and
playable game, ---- despite having few of the features of mmx2.
To give a more accessible example, ---- and one which people here will be
familiar with, my brother first played the printed lone wolf books in the
1980's while he was at school.
Thanks to Project aon's online versions, ---- I can now play them
myself, ---- and find them to be highly playable and truly fantastic. The
only point of aging perhaps is the occasional sexism, ---- but as with
Gilbert and sullivan, that can be overlooked (and having strong moral views
on the subject I'm probably more sensative to it than most).
On the other hand, despite being a major fan of the series, the original nes
Metroid is the only Metroid game I find absolutely unplayable, due to it's
control issues, and lack of basic features such as the ability to duck or
I also have had many issues with the original dungeon crawl style
interactive fiction adventures, ---- sinse I find the puzles problematic and
On both of these points though, there are people, ---- some of whome are my
own age or younger, who would disagree profusely.
while to an extent your right about generational taste, ---- it does also
seem that something well made will always be recognized as such by people
who it appeals tomorrow's to.
Btw, I'm surprised you use talking microwaves as an example. My Godfather,
who was in his 60's died last year, and actualy left me a talking microwave
in his will.
while it's not something I'd have naturally used myself, ---- sinse i've
always been quite happy with the access to the dile variety, I am glad of it
now that I have it.
Beware the Grue!¬
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