“Games aren’t what they used to be.” This is a sentiment that pops up again and again among those who grew up playing games in the 80s and 90s and in many ways, it’s true. Video games have definitely changed a lot over the years, to the point where it’s hard to believe that the same studio that created Crash Bandicoot also delivered something like The Last of Us.
Although there are many problems with the state of the industry right now, there is some truth to the idea that we’re living in a “golden age” of gaming, as video games have never been cheaper (seriously, they are) or more diverse than they are right now. And while we’ve already covered the many things we don’t miss about gaming’s bygone era, there are plenty of things we are nostalgic for when it comes to retro gaming. The good ol’ days may not be coming back, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce about what made those days special for so many of us.
In other words, it’s okay to be nostalgic for:
12. No Installs Or Day One Patches
Remember the days when you’d come home from the store with a brand new game and when you put the disc or cartridge in, the game would just work? This must be a foreign concept to today’s younger generation of gamers, as modern hardware has made it nearly impossible to start playing a game without enduring hours of installs and patch downloads. Logistically, it makes sense why this happens. With games increasingly composed of more and more data, we would have to suffer through even longer load times than we already do if our consoles had to read everything off of a disc.
Day one patches are another annoyance that seem to accompany every major release nowadays but when you take into account the length of time between when a game goes “gold” and its actual release date, it makes sense that the game’s developers have discovered a number of issues that need to be fixed in the interim. Still, the realities of modern gaming doesn’t make them any easier to endure and I’m sure I’m not the only one who longs for the days when games just worked right out of the box and didn’t make you sit through lengthy update screens.