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.