Are classic video games better than modern video games?

  • It's no longer about the game itself, but what's around it

    The only good thing about new major games is currently... Graphics. I love HD graphics, and the current level of detail, but modern games lack of fantasy and "magic". And it seems to me that they don't appeal if they don't have swears, blood and boobs. Furthermore, these one-use disposable games need to be covered with trophies/achievements, unlockable content and futile extras to be played for more than one month. Almost none of my new games deserve to be remembered, whereas most of the classics do. And I'm not of the nostalgic type.

  • Depends on how you quantify "better"

    Older games lacked many of the graphics, speed, and sound capabilities of newer games. While these elements may be particularly appealing to a certain variety of gamer, older games were forced to make up the deficiency with novel and interesting game-play. A good example of this could be the difference between the original Duke Nukem platformer games and the newer 3d Duke Nukem games. The original required mental agility, spatial skills, and problem solving. The latter only required reflexes, and supplemented it with fancy graphics, bare breasts, and shock profanity.

  • Yes..But..No..

    As you said, it is hard to compare it, but these days, some modern games are based on the old ones, like the old Tetris is now enhanced and better but it is still the same old game that we all know. Also, you can play old games using emulators online just by downloading it, so modern devices can still play old classic games!

  • Get a father and son answer

    The answer is clearly YES and as a user of the initial Atari console, I would love to say NO. However looking at the video games my son is playing, I clearly see that two main tecnical advances have been made. Firstly, the graphics nowadays are so way much better that the discussion is over just by looking at the new games. Secondly, the internet helps that we can play with many more people we could not even reach with the old games. Therefore I can just envy the current or maybe even next generation playing video games.

  • Classic games are better imo

    I believe there are two reasons for the degredation of the games. Limitations of technology, And the growth in the gaming industry. The limitations present during the development of older games drove developers to be as creative as possible. With today's cutting edge technology, Developers focus much more on the visuals of a game, While the story, Game mechanics, And player interactions suffer. As fir business, I believe that the major growth in gaming's popularity over the years has put a damper on the quality of development. The business side has always been present in the gaming industry, Of course. But the insudtry has now grown so big, That the business side is manipulating the development of games. The problem is that the dollar becomes more important than the passion. When this happens, There's nowhere left to go, But down. I saw this happen with one studio, Which was Rareware. Some of the better games developed for the n64 were created by Rare. They started off as a small studio, With a passion to create games that resonated with themselves, And would in turn appeal to the players. Nintendo and Rares relationship would suffer, Do to Nintendo's impatience with the studio, Ultimately leading to the demise of the relationship. Need I mention rares move to Microsoft? I won't get into that. Anyway, I know opinions differ, This is just my 2 cents.

  • Why, Of course

    Although I love newer games, The amount of entertainment older games provide is just irreplaceable. Games like Mario Bros 3, Mortal Kombat, Mariokart (64 in particular), Goldeneye 007, Sonic the Hedgehog, And Tomb Raider, To name a few, Are all complete classics. To me, While, Yes, Newer games do often have the superior graphics, Audio, And controls, There is a clear nostalgia that I feel most gamers associate with, That is so uncommon to see for newer games. Maybe it is the console, For me in particular, The system I couldn't live without is my plain-jane N64. But with newer gamers, All it is is the newer, "better" system. Which is why, To me old video games, Even to a teen like me, Are better.

  • Which do you remember?Why?

    Some of you may remember games like Pong, Packman, and Tron but how well? Although these old style games had a simple design you remember them all because of the basic fact that they were fun and addictive. New modern games do have excellent graphics, great sound quality and are easier to play but they lack in style, originality and imagination.
    MARIO GAMES. Modern Mario games are getting harder you have to go online to find out how to complete levels, taking away a lot of the fun. Older Mario games are challenging to but not in a way that you carnt actually complete the levels.

  • YES the classic games are way better then the modern ones

    I think classic games are better then the modern ones because they focus on the story line more then the graphics so there more fun I’m not saying the modern ones aren’t bad I just think they focus on the graphics to much and the story line then is pretty bad cause they dont focus on it.

  • They created old games that live a legacy still to this day

    What would happen if mega man wasn't created till 5 years ago it wouldn't have the same feel and besides Sega released one of the best games ever Mortal Kombat although i'm just ten years old I feel older old if it weren't for Atari there never would have been a game called pitfall ya see if weren't for old there would be no new school old games made new games cooler for instance Mario wouldn't be cool if he weren't old now hope you consider what have to say and vote yes for old games are better

  • Better gameplay, more effort, no theft via microtransactions or day one DLC

    Seriously, back in the day companies like EA were a lot more respectable and made some nice games. The later games like Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and certain old Need for Speed games like Prostreet (I'm very PS2 & Gamecube centric and remember those games more). I'm a firm believer in the one time payment for a game and will only buy DLC if it's post production effort, not day one DLC. I'll also accept licensing issues as a reason for extra payment as copyright can be evil. I can understand why certain people don't like old video games. Their reasons aren't necessarily valid as such (Graphics is NOT a reason to prefer new games as the Crash N.Sane Trilogy proves) but I can understand that it can be jarring to go from modern industry standards to the standards of yesteryear.

  • No, this is only a myth.

    Halo Reach has much more to offer than Halo 2 does. It's a simple fact. You can also change around anything you don't like in Halo Reach, way more than you can in Halo 2. It's another simple fact. Based off of this, anybody would obviously choose Halo Reach over Halo 2. Original Playstation games don't have online multiplayer. PS2 and PS3 games do. Older game consoles don't have system link multiplayer games - newer ones do.

  • No, but with good cause.

    When is say that newer video games are better, I say that from a logical perspective. Newer games have more processing power, better graphics, and access to new and innovative genres and ideas. These things are a large majority of what makes up gaming. So, without applying the nostalgia factor (which is nothing but a human emotion) newer games are most certainly better.

  • Nostalia aside, No.

    While my love of the simpler concepts and graphics would will me to say yes, there is simply no competing with the works of art that video games have become. Even using the emulators to play old games on modern devices can not enhance them to complexity of the newest concepts that are products of our digital age.
    Not only do today's games' have animation that is so lifelike it rivals animation powerhouses, the storylines are more realistic as well. Never in the old games would you find yourself in the trenches of a jungle one minute and the ruins of a city protecting your comrades the next. The technology of today's games also allows you to play against people world wide whereas the older formats limited you a four screen or even less to play against your buddies the same room. Those same kids who used to play Mortal Kombat with their buddies in the living room can still play against them even if they are now separated by an ocean.

  • Modern Games Rock with Graphics, Speed

    Modern video games up the ante every time a new title comes out. Franchises like Halo and Modern Warfare take video games to a new level in terms of speed, graphics and playability. Older video games are pixelated and overly simplistic. Nostalgia is nice, but the tasty treats modern games give us are far better. There is a caveat--older games are more challenging because there aren't as many bonuses, cheats and extra lives in games. Classic games gave you three lives to beat an entire game and that was it. You either learned how to master the game to beat it or you never defeated the entire game.

  • No..But..Yes..

    Its hard to compare games in some aspects from newer or older. I personally loved my older games. Its just generally harder to go back to some of them due to the massive difference in graphics and quality. The stories for older games are mostly original. But. New games do have some brilliant ideas and functions that in some cases put them over the older ones.

  • You'd actually be surprised.

    There are both gems and crap in both. Seriously, there are some really well-made modern video games (Super Mario Oddysey, Sonic Mania, Kirby: Planet Robobot), although there are also some bad ones (Sonic Forces). There's also been some really good games that I wish were remade/rereleased (like Wario Land I to IV, Super Mario World, EarthBound), but there's also some that should be lost to time if not for the memes (Zelda CDI). Honestly, it just depends on what you consider a good game. I consider games like Team Fortress 2, the Half-life series, Doom, most Kirby Games, and so much more to be great, but there are some definite bad ones (usually licensed but not always).

  • There is No Comparison

    Modern games are better in every conceivable way. Better graphics, better controls, better gameplay and better story. There is no comparison. You can't compare a game like Super Mario 64 to Super Mario Galaxy 1 or 2. You can't compare a game like Super Mario Bros. 3 to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Modern games crush retro games, and that's a fact.

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    2. The poo
    3. The pee
    4. The bums
    5. The nuggets
    6. The irony
    7. The catnip

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