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Retro graphics - like them & how old are you?

02-28-2010, 07:13 PM
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Retro graphics - like them & how old are you?

EDIT: the title should've been "Retro graphics - do you like them, & how old are you?" Oh well.

I'm an "old" guy (43!) and really enjoy retro graphics. For example, Hook Champ looks awesome to me, and gives me the warm and fuzzies because it's almost like an 8bit/16bit game using modern tech and new gameplay/control ideas. It's a weird combination of nostalgia and novelty, and just sits really well for me.

I wonder how some younger gamers here feel about games like Hook Champ, that intentionally employ retro graphics.

If you like them, why is that? Maybe you were introduced to old school videogames by relatives, or via emulation? Or do you just not care about fancy 3D and such?

I also wonder if there are some older gamers (i.e. 20's, 30's and up) who actually dislike retro graphics, even though they grew up with old school games. If so, how come? Maybe it feels like going backwards to you?

Discuss!

Last edited by Chocolate; 02-28-2010 at 07:25 PM.
02-28-2010, 07:20 PM
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Watching things like AVGN and The Nostalgia Critic really turned me into a retro guy, I may sound kind of odd but I would much prefer a Genesis over a PS3 (not by much though, and if that did happen I'd probably regret it afterwards but still). I'm not sure why I like all these old stuff, I just do.

I'm 13 by the way.

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02-28-2010, 07:24 PM
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spidey, very interesting! 13 and you like retro, even prefer it. Very cool my young friend.

I suppose it's similar to young film buffs who might still prefer vintage black and white films over modern big budget films. Artistic merit vs. technical skills. Etc.
02-28-2010, 07:27 PM
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Watching things like AVGN and The Nostalgia Critic really turned me into a retro guy, I may sound kind of odd but I would much prefer a Genesis over a PS3 (not by much though, and if that did happen I'd probably regret it afterwards but still). I'm not sure why I like all these old stuff, I just do.

I'm 13 by the way.
Congrats, your opinion is null and void.

I guess I view them as more of a novelty now as anything else. I'll appreciate people that take them time to make good-looking games that utilize pixel art (which most of the time looks better and has more character than a lot of the flash games out there), but I don't think it's an excuse to downgrade the entire graphic-portion of a game, kinda how the "doodle" motif is being treated. That being said, I'd like most of my games to look modern. I wouldn't mind a N64, Sega Genesis, or SNES, but I'd like to stick with the looks and power of current-gen consoles if I had to make the choice.
02-28-2010, 07:27 PM
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spidey, very interesting! 13 and you like retro, even prefer it. Very cool my young friend.

I suppose it's similar to young film buffs who might still prefer vintage black and white films over modern big budget films. Artistic merit vs. technical skills. Etc.
Eh I'm not really the Black and White type of guy but old B-Movies are pretty cool.

And ya, I'm using the money I COULD be using towards some DS games but instead buying a Gamegear and all his games from my friend (already got Mortal Kombat from him ).

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02-28-2010, 07:30 PM
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Congrats, your opinion is null and void.
That was really unnecessary. I appreciate your opinion, and you should respect his as well. His opinion is totally valid, and not everyone is the same.

And you forgot to say your age, or at least your age group. Are you an older gamer who prefers to see technical progress, or a younger (i.e. teens) gamer who prefers the new stuff?
02-28-2010, 07:43 PM
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I love them especially when it comes to these iPod games.
I'm 17
02-28-2010, 07:49 PM
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Used properly I like retro graphics, but if you're trying to make a brand new, full priced FPS these days with Doom style graphics, it's not the same. I still love Doom and all its mods, but if you're charging full price for a game with those graphics/gameplay, it'd better be the best game ever. I'm actually a bigger fan of games that don't give a crap about graphics and just make an awesome game instead of wasting all their budget on looks. Sure it's nice, but that's only temporary, as the gameplay is the lasting effect. 20 years from now those graphics will be obsolete, while the gameplay won't. For example, those really awesome SNES/PS1/N64 games. Today, no one plays them for graphics anymore, we just play them because they were insanely fun and just overall had good gameplay, as opposed to those crappy FPS games these days that are popular because they had good graphics.

And I'm in high school. Idk why, but I'm not a huge fan of giving my age away, but just know I'm in high school right now so you can have something to base it on.

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02-28-2010, 08:03 PM
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That was really unnecessary. I appreciate your opinion, and you should respect his as well. His opinion is totally valid, and not everyone is the same.
Served.

I'll put it like this: I skip through cutscenes.

I'm old enough to remember playing Pong.
02-28-2010, 08:27 PM
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That was really unnecessary. I appreciate your opinion, and you should respect his as well. His opinion is totally valid, and not everyone is the same.

And you forgot to say your age, or at least your age group. Are you an older gamer who prefers to see technical progress, or a younger (i.e. teens) gamer who prefers the new stuff?
It's my writing style. I'm just naturally sarcastic and cynical, but I never mean anything serious about it, I'm just joking around. I wasn't denouncing his opinion specifically, just pointing out that he said he would much rather want a retro-console, even though not by much, which is contradictory. No need to turn this into a 7th grade classroom. I'm 15, started out with a Gameboy color, and look forward to everything the new consoles have to offer as long as they retain what made the old consoles fun.