Am I getting older or are games getting worse?
I am not even old yet (18) but it seems like with each generation past N64/PS that games are getting boring. I remember being over a friend's house when games like Golden Eye, Resident Evil 2, Gauntlet legends, Mario Party, Super Smash Brothers, Final Fantasy VII/VIII, Metal Gear Solid, Mario Kart, Star Fox 64, Ocarina of Time, Soul Caliber, came out.
And whether the game was multiplayer or not we would end up in somebody's house taking turns and staring in awe at these games.
The first time I saw FFVII I was instantly in love, still am.
When Resident evil 2 Came out we would all sit on the couch or floor in someone' room late at night laughing at whoever jumped in fright "Stop wasting bullets idiot, I'm next!!!"
When I first brought home FFVIII me and 3 friends watched the opening FMV atleast 8x before playing.
I remember having intricate discussions on the easiest way through the water temple during class in 5th grade.
Multiplayer games were an after school ritual every single day without fail, the only thing that could possibly get me off a remote during smash brothers would be if everyone else got tired of being whipped so we decided to go play some football/basketball (only 3rd and 4th place had to give it up :P)
I could spend hours playing video games when I was younger, I could still spend hours playing those same games now, but newer games just don't have that magic to them.
A few caught my interest since that generation FFX(Ok I would probably play 100+ hours of pong if you put it in a shiny box that said FFXIV on it.), FFXII, Warcraft III, WoW, Smash Brothers Melee, Halo 1,2, but for the most part I felt even sequals of great games just weren't as good anymore. I loved Metal Gear Solid yet every MGS since has been...meh.The Zelda games get progressively more monotonous.
Mario Party died after they took out spinning the joystick... I mean come on you have to admit that any game where kids were willing to spin the stick till their hands bleed is a masterpiece, and tool of natural selection all at once.
Maybe the prime for playing games is 8-13, who knows, but I definitely have lost a great amount of my love for them that I never lost for other childhood things, sports, anime, music. I hope it is just be and there are still kids sitting infront of their consoles gaping in awe, and groups of kids huddled together in a basement having more fun than I ever did.