After much discussion lately about the difficulty of video games in recent generations (Xbox, PS2, 360, PS3) compared to early generations (Atari, NES, SNES, Genesis), most people would say that the earlier generation of video games were far more difficult than today’s game. Yet there are still those out there that make a decent case for the other way around. All of this got me thinking: If someone says they are “Good” at video games, what does that actually mean? Would that mean something different than if someone made the same statement 20 years ago? Hard to tell I guess.
In thinking back on the almost 20 blockbuster game titles I played and completed last year, what would entitle me to say I was “good” at them? Millions of people completed the same games that I did. Some finished with better stats and trophies/achievements, some did not. But I did beat the game…I did ‘unlock’ secrets. Of course so did many other people.
Yet in the ‘old’ days of gaming, there were many NES games that I simply couldn’t get very far into because they were too difficult for me. And I knew many people who did beat them with no problem.
Take “The Legend of Zelda” for NES. I never could get very far into that game, because I wasn’t good at inventory management, using this on that to open this to get that. But a lot of people were. Yet I can beat the ‘Dam’ level on TMNT for NES without touching a single electric field. For some reason I’m really good at that game. So does that make me ‘good’ at TMNT, but ‘bad’ at Legend of Zelda?
If you think about video games coming out on the current generation of consoles, do you ever get that sick feeling in your stomach when you think about playing it, thinking perhaps it would be too hard for you? I know I don’t. I have NO fear whatsoever that any game I go buy for a console right now I would be able to beat it eventually. Even if I had to reduce the difficulty to ‘easy’, newer games always seemingly guide your hand through it.
Not that I am complaining. Taking away nostalgia, almost every good game blows the old school games I grew up with out of the water in almost every category, as you would expect with the upgrading of technology. But does that make them ‘good’ games? I can beat more PS3 games than NES games, so does that make me better at Video Games now than I was back then?
I doubt there is a right or wrong answer to this, just more of a discussion starter really. Take Rob for example. He is SO good at Call of Duty, I entered him in a midnight release contest at Wal-Mart one year, and he beat everyone like they stole something. Jon can beat people with literally one hand on a Street Fighter II arcade. ONE HAND. Richard and his card games….Don’t even get me started. Great.
So are these guys ‘good’ at video games, or just those specific games?
So are YOU ‘good’ at video games? It’s an open-ended question.
What do you think?