8-Bit Memories

Lately I have noticed that my desire to play video games has fallen to about nil.  I don’t know why I don’t want to play anymore, I just seem to find other things to do when once I could not turn on the console fast enough.  I end up reading rather than playing games when I have some free time.  I am starting to think that the games themselves don’t appeal to me anymore.  I spent days playing games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid.  I would think about playing at school and I would spend hours acquiring the muscle memory needed to beat the old 8-bit games.  I loved every repetitive minute of it.

The games today look better, sound better, and have better stories but I find that I am not as engaged as I was as a kid.  Not only am I not as engaged, but generally I find the games to be easy.  Nothing I have played in 20 years has compared to the challenge of Mega Man.

I suspect age plays a part here as well as time available to play.  The games from the 80s often required you to play for hours on end because there was no such thing as a “save”.  I think maybe just the time involved with playing the games burned them into my memory in a way that games I play today have not.

I don’t have much to say about it really.  I just find it interesting.  Things change. Some of those changes surprise me.


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