I, like many of you, have a lot of video games. I’ve been playing them since I was about 5 or so and I’ve never slowed down all the way down to now, age 26, so it’s sensible that I have a lot of games from all that time. But I (re)discovered something the other day that I’ve known for a while but it hit me in a new way: you still can’t beat the classics. Don’t get me wrong, games like the Arkham trilogy and Mass Effect are absolutely incredible, as are many of the big games that you can get now, but there’s just something magical about the original games that got it all started for me personally. I don’t think it’s only nostalgia although that does have to play an assumed role. But even aside from the nostalgia I have to say that I really still enjoy playing the old games. That hit me in a new way within the last week or so.
I have a little brother and sister (through marriage) that recently got their first game consoles, some of those all-in-one consoles that play NES, SNES, and Genesis games. They had Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Tetris, Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros 3, among others, and I spent some time playing with them on these games. And the rush of the fun of the good old games hit me like a brick wall. Sure, I know these games are great, and I still regularly play the original Sonic games, but not with others (where one is Sonic and the other is Tails) and not the older Mario games. I have Super Mario World on my Wii U but that’s it, so I didn’t really keep up with the others. After playing the other day I’m sold that I need to get one of these consoles myself and get some of the older games. The fun I had watching them play and playing myself was a throwback to how I used to game as a kid and to this day, with the PS4’s of the world and Xbox One’s, I still get a real feeling of enjoyment playing these games that’s unparalleled.
I know that gaming wise I’ll always appreciate the games that got me started. I still even have my original Game Gear and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for it, something that’s a working console to this day all these years later! But it was something else to see and feel all those feelings about the older games with my brother and sister. It really took me back. And the fun of the games still keeps it at pace and even above all of the best experiences that gaming can offer to this day. That was a fun thing to (re)discover and I certainly encourage you to play the older games here and there too if you get a chance! You never know how much fun you may end up having.