Hi Ryan,

That makes a lot of sense. You are right that the great games of the
80's and 90's really fostered an attitude of "get better or go home."
I can remember spending countless ours at the arcade right next door
to I.G.A. playing the arcade games with my friends. We would go
through an entire roll of quarters playing Donkey Kong, Zaxxon,
Packman, Super Mario Brothers, Double Dragon, TMNT, whatever was the
hottest game at the time. Thing was standing shoulder to shoulder with
your friends playing games encurraged a spirit of challenge,
competetiveness, and a desire to win no matter how many times you
whiped out x number of levels into the game. I don't remember anyone
complaining about having to start over from scratch, because that's
just how it was. I guess we just accepted it as a fact of life.

Now days this generation of gamers are use to automatic checkpoints or
quick saves so if they die a minute later he or she can continue
practically from where they left off. Since they never grew up on the
80's arcade machines like I did they don't have the same desire for
challenge and determination to keep playing the game as many times as
it takes to beat it. As you say I think the games have suffered as a
result because the industry has spoiled gamers with an attitude that
if you die in the game just reload your saved checkpoint and go on.
Too me that defeats the challenge and excitement that was present in
so many games from the 80's and 90's.

I remember when I was working on Montezuma's Revenge a couple of
people complained about being sent back to the beginning of the level.
I was a little surprised about them making a big deal of it because
that's the way all of the great arcade games from the 80's were. If
you lost a life the level reset and you started at the beginning of
the level with two lives instead of three. Yet, some gamers thought I
was being unreasonable and felt they should respaun where they died.
Its like, "people, where's your sense of challenge?"


On 11/27/11, Ryan Strunk <ryan.str...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Post note: I had originally intended to put this post in the main thread,
> but it got so far afield I figured I better change the subject line.
> Hi Tom,
> In the era you and I came from, gamers weren't lazy because they couldn't
> be. We had situations where you had to start completely over because the
> technology/memory wasn't there to save progress. Even then, though, there
> were plenty of ways to start where you left off--passwords, save points, and
> continues come to mind. In Super Mario Brothers there was the "hold A and
> press start" trick that let you start at the beginning of the current world.
> Granted you lost all your points, but at least you didn't have to begin
> again like poor old Michael Finnegan.
> And let's not even get started on the Game Genie/Game Shark.
> In today's situation, the bar has lowered significantly. Quick-saving allows
> you to start exactly where you left off. In games like L.A. Noire, you can
> skip a mission automatically if you fail it too many times. In the latest
> Mario title, if you're playing 2 player and you die, the other player can
> play through the level until they pass the hard part, then pop your bubble
> and respawn you instantly.
> So are blind gamers lazy? Maybe, but not any more so, I think, than
> mainstream gamers. Most blind gamers never grew up in the "get better or go
> home" era that you and I did, and they never had to face the frustration of
> running out of continues. Gamers and blind gamers don't have that hurdle
> anymore, and I think the industry has suffered for it.
> Even so, if you never put in "Justin Bailey" to get all the cool weapons and
> see Samus in her bathing suit, I'll eat my keyboard.
> Best,
> Ryan

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