In My Day Video Games were Hard Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at 1:24 am
Written by: leprakhauns

I grew up playing video games, but when I was growing up we didn’t have 3D games, or even game saves. Playing Super Mario Bros. you only had three lives to start and you had to earn more. If you ran out of lives, you had to start the game all over again. Of course we had things like Game Genie and whatnot that let you alter the game to allow for unlimited lives, but even with that it was still as hard. In World 8-1 of Super Mario Bros, you had to jump at the exact right time at a certain speed in order to make a jump, if you fell into the hole you had to go back to the middle of the level, or the beginning and try again.

Nowadays, life count is hardly ever seen and if you die, you can just load up from a checkpoint and continue. You can even stop playing the game for days and still have the checkpoint saved. You can even choose a difficulty setting on video games nowadays. Kids nowadays have no idea how hard games can be, yet if your on Xbox Live or PS3 you will always here some kid, whose testicles have yet descend, cursing up a storm about how he keeps getting killed, or can’t do certain things. Meanwhile, the kid has probably never played a game like Contra or Super Mario Bros and has no idea just how hard games can be.

What happened to video game companies in the last 25 years? Obviously Nintendo is still around, but Zelda and Mario games seem easier than ever. Ocarina of Time was much harder than Windwaker, and the original Zelda trumped them both when it came to difficulty. With Nintendo’s Vitality Censor, I fear that it is only a matter of time that games will be controlled by your heart rate and in order to win you will need to be the calmest in the room.

Maybe it’s time that a company not try and make a game anyone can play, but one for the true gamers, the ones who know what an impossible game is, one that would make kids today cry in frustration. Take away the save data, the difficulty settings, and multiple ways to do things, and just have it one way, just like in the good old days of gaming.

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6 Comments to “In My Day Video Games were Hard”

  1. Amanda says:

    I miss the more complex video games as you have mentioned I will say I do enjoy Rainbow Six Vegas I played both versions took 2 days to beat the second one on regular, and 4 hours to beat it on their expert/hard category.

    I just don’t feel so challenged anymore.

  2. Jenni says:

    I love the old school Nintendo days. The final boss on Twilight Princess was nowhere near as hard as old-school Ganondorf. And I still can’t complete Super Mario Bros. 3 to this day – it’s just too hard!

  3. Shelly says:

    Hmm, I’m actually not very well versed on video-gaming simply because I never had anything to play with as a kid. I did get to play some of the oldschool Super Mario Bros when I went over to my cousin’s house — that and pac-man. XD I know a lot of people who share your same views though, some of them are CS majors — maybe they’ll team up and make a “new” game with all the old school difficulties.

  4. Justin says:

    Basically, people aren’t going to buy things that make then unhappy. Or, well, that’s at least what the game designers think… so yeah, nothing can be too challenging anymore.

    Those final Mario levels were always a bitch!

  5. wayne says:

    yeah i miss those old school games, i never even used a game genie back then, i still remember my old turbo graphx16 lol

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