So, I'm old...
I'm discovering that being in my twenties thirties forties has certain things that come with it. I find myself reminiscing over the past, and thinking about the future in ways I used to look at others at this age half my life ago.
In the context of gaming, which is what you're here for, I remember when seeing the "Awesome 16-bit Graphics" of the Sega Genesis hit the market and thinking that it couldn't possible get any better than that. I mean, this thing was a huge upgrade from my Nintendo and light years ahead of my Atari 2600.
Likewise, I remember playing "Wolfenstein 3D" on my trusty Tandy 80386 with no sound card and feeling totally immersed in the world that was presented before me. I remember thinking to myself that it would take some kind of super computer to allow me to be shooting at another person instead of the monster-nazi-zombie things, but the dream and the hope was there.
These things give me perspective. What new gamers take for granted still "wow's" me. I'm still amazed to be on a server with a hundred or more other people in a game like ARMA 3, because for me, it started with Wolfenstein and a dream. So, with these couple things in context, and with IGN's recent article "23 Signs You're a Grown-Up Gamer" I've come up with my own list:
Signs You're a Grown-Up Gamer:
If you're in the same age category as me, take solace in knowing that being "Grown-Up" doesn't mean you necessarily have to "Grow-Out" of gaming. Technology advances, color depth, level of detail, resolution and frame-rate get bigger, sound gets more lifelike, and the line between gaming and cinema blurs, but gamers are forever. Bring on the next generation of technology!
- You think of the cost of an Xbox One/PlayStation 4 in terms of "hours worked."
- Your computer is more than 7 years old, but this year's tax return is going to buy you a new one - and you mean it this time!
- You bought 5 new games from the Steam Summer Sale. It's now Spring and you still haven't played any of them.
- You remember paying a single token for an Arcade game.
- You remember Arcades!
- You still have redemption tickets for an arcade that closed 10 years ago.
- You remember the Konami code.
- You STILL try using the Konami code.
- You still have a shoebox of old DOS games that won't play on even your 7 year old computer (check out Dosbox!)
- Console controllers - one button and a 4-direction joystick was enough for everyone.
So, this is my little list. What are some of yours?