I love time travel. Not that I’ve ever managed doing it myself (now that would surely be in the news all around the globe!). No, what I mean is I love books, movies and TV shows where Time Travel was a normal thing. For Dutch and Belgian readers, remember the Suske and Wiske books, with the machine Professor Barabas developed? And popular movies like Back to the Future and Men in Black? Some of my favorite episodes of Star Trek had time Travel in them. So why is going back in time not working for me?
I realized this when my daughter decided to enter my old town of Bearpath in Animal Crossing Wild World after all these years. Blowing off the dust of the game cartridge, she pried open the gate that Booker was trying hard to keep closed. He must have really been ashamed of the state of the town, she had to wade through all the weeds that were clogging up the grassy areas. I can almost hear him mumbling: “I’m sorry, I apologize…I think”.
Wild World was my first game ever and I have so many fond memories. I played it for 1,5 year straight, but I’ve since gotten used to other graphics. I got used to playing Animal Crossing New Leaf and hadn’t even realized how much better the graphics were. Frankly, I was shocked to see my old little YvoCaro, she was much more pixely and flatter in a way. I guess it’s sometimes best to let memories be memories.
I have the same feeling when I go back to older Pokemon Games. Platinum was my first game and a wonderful encounter with the game series. , but it doesn’t work for me to go back to it. I’ll happily go with the new graphics in the new games. Now I saw the news that Harvest Moon 64 is available on the European Virtual Console on the WiiU. I’m really into Harvest Moon games, but I’m going to pass on that one. I just know I won’t be able to get myself enthusiastic to play it.
Still, a lot of people stick to retro gaming, feeling them way superior to current games. I wonder if it has to do with nostalgia, of wanting to go back to your earliest days of gaming. My gaming history only started a mere 10 years ago, but other then that I’m always into the latest gadgets. In gaming too. They might be right, but I will never know: I can’t get into retro graphics.
Strange then that I don’t feel the same about other older things. For instance, give me an original Frank Sinatra rendition anytime over all the people who have tried to sing his song.
How is it for you? Are visuals equally important for you? Or is the gameplay the most important thing for you?