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Timeless Thoughts #3: Games

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Timeless Thoughts is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Tara and Georgie where each month you discuss something you miss or are feeling nostalgic about.

This month my Timeless Thought is about games. Remember back when the Internet was non existent or speeds were so terrible that MMO’s didn’t really exist? Good times. Now they’re such money makers that it’s hard to find games that aren’t some sort of MMO. I don’t really get into RPGs either so that is a huge chunk of games that are around now that just aren’t targeted to me at all.

I remember spending hours playing Super Mario Bros on my SNES and hiring games from the local video shop and never wanting to return them. The first day I got The Sims I played until 4 or 5am and was so enthralled with building my own house with my own people. The game didn’t need to be massive and connected to everyone around the world. It was one of the first games that needed a million expansion packs though – that I don’t miss.

I mostly just miss all the world builders that used to be available, being able to decide where everything goes in my kingdom and what decisions are made. There are some recent ones like Cities: Skylines, Banished and Tropico but for the most parts games like Caesar and Pharoah or Sim City 2000 just aren’t around anymore. I don’t really feel like mobile app games really count, however there are a lot of world builders on those platforms.. they usually just take forever to do anything unless you pay a bunch of cash.

I am glad that places like Gog and Steam do have these old games for sale and for the most part it’s what my accounts are filled with – Life is Strange being one of the few exceptions. So at least I can still play the old games (although I’d love to get Sim Tower from somewhere.. I spent so many hours on that game) when I want to.

6 thoughts to “Timeless Thoughts #3: Games”

  1. It’s interesting that you call them money-makers, it makes you realise just how much gaming has changed. Most people talk about graphics and performance but this is a whole other sort of field. I remember playing on my gaming console (primarily a PS2) or playing the older adventure games on my PC and I just had to worry about that. Nothing like how fast or slow the internet was or about other people and networking and things like that. It’s sort of a shame that everything is now also $$$$$$.

  2. I adore turn-based RPGs, but I refuse to even go near an MMO RPG. Just, NO. I grew up on games that were meant to be played alone or with people in person, so the concept of online gaming just do not work for me. For me, gaming is actually a very solitary activity, so I enjoy playing the games alone, haha. XD I need to finish up some games I’m trying to finish. Or should I say start on. Ughhhhh.

    Thanks for participating! ^^

  3. It used to be a lot of fun when you could buy a game and pay whatever price and that was it. Play it forever. Now it has become about trying to generate as much revenue as possible. With expansion packs, in game extras and sometimes even advertising. I used to love playing Age of Empires, it was the first one that really had me hooked.

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