How often do you play older games?

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Matt Barton
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Paul H
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Most of the stuff I play now

Most of the stuff I play now tends to be at least a few years old, and I do this to primarily to save money since I have so little time to play.

I spend more time these days reading about the creative process behind games than actually playing them. Sometimes if a game is cheap and has a novel style (art/music/gameplay) I'll pick it up to explore it even though I know I won't finish. I'd love to play more, but between the high prices and life demanding so much of my time I think I'm stuck with an occasional weekend morning here and there. Bring on the 40 hour day!

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Nathaniel Tolbert wrote:

I know the feeling. Recently a friend of mine has come to stay with us while he finds an apartment to live in here. He brought with him a vast collection of Apple ][ software. I dusted off the IIGS and we have been playing Wizardry 1 for the last 7 days. I rented Syndicate and played it for all of about 5 hours, and was told by someone who had beat the game that I was more than halfway through it. 5 hours... really? I also have rented Kingdoms of Amalur, but I haven't played it yet. We'll see if I have time tonight to do so.

Wizardry!!!!! it and ULTIMA are the reasons im a game addict. Though i must admit im not sure i could grind the original nowdays.. i would have to skip to 6ish.. still.. to relive that feeling.. something i havent come close to doing in years.

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I know the feeling. Recently

I know the feeling. Recently a friend of mine has come to stay with us while he finds an apartment to live in here. He brought with him a vast collection of Apple ][ software. I dusted off the IIGS and we have been playing Wizardry 1 for the last 7 days. I rented Syndicate and played it for all of about 5 hours, and was told by someone who had beat the game that I was more than halfway through it. 5 hours... really? I also have rented Kingdoms of Amalur, but I haven't played it yet. We'll see if I have time tonight to do so.

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Mark Vergeer
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Older games / Arcade games

I find myself picking up and playing and older game most of the time because my free time is rather fragmented and I am not able to invest a lot of consecutive hours in a row. Well perhaps not being able is not the right word as I am free on Fridays most of the time. How come I don't sit down every Friday and play through some games? I tend to do other things too like going shopping for the kitchen extension and thinking about materials for the bathroom remodeling.

I do make an effort to expose myself to all sorts of games, I don't really care if it is new or old. What I do find myself caring about is ownership of the game. I did fork out quite a bit on the xbox 360 digital download xbox live arcade games and loved the online highscore features. The fact that you can redownload the games on another console with your gamertag is what made me do something I'd normally shy away from. Actually sort of stopped doing that the moment when some previously bought games was pulled from the repository due to some licensing issues - could even have been the original Doom port on the 360.

I do pick up modern games on disc. I check if there is any activation or other DRM-limiting shite associated with it. If it is I tend not to want to buy the game. EA and Capcom games I tend to shy away from because of their approach to the 'money grabbing in the here and now'-sentiment that seems to go around.

I make no effort to stay 'current' but end up being current none-the same.

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Matt Barton
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I think I'm definitely in the

I think I'm definitely in the "making an effort" category. It's always easier for me to get excited about a new game (with all the surrounding hype) than it is to try one of the many "new to me" games out there. I was really thinking about this yesterday when I booted up Gothic II for the first time. By all accounts, it's a terrific game that's one of the best the genre has to offer. However, as I was playing it, I kept thinking, MAN, I wish this had a more modern interface. It'd be awesome if they remade this...in short, like most old games, it takes some "getting used to" and a lot of willingness to overlook the limitations of the time. I used to be a lot better at getting past that kind of stuff, but now it's REALLY tough. It's to the point where I'd rather play a good new game (such as Reckoning) than a true classic like Gothic II! That sucks!

I'm going to really make an effort to stop letting marketing and newness influence my enjoyment of games so much. There's just so many classics out there; there's no sense in blowing $60 every few months just to "stay current."

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