Now come to think about it, the new games we like and enjoy (in other words, our taste for games) are heavily influenced by what we are exposed to in our past. When I was very young, about 3 - 4, the first game I laid my eyes on when I looked at the first computer in my family was The Legend of Mir 2. It was a big MMORPG in asian countries back in 2002 - 2004. I remembered watching my uncle and dad play it almost every day.
Eventually I moved over to NZ when I was 8, with no good computers to play games on I played a few old 90’s games on my mum’s old Acer laptop. They were called Exile 2: Crystal Souls and Exile 3: Ruined World. I initially hated those games as they have poor graphics and confusing game mechanics. However, with nothing else to play, I just stuck with it. What do you know? A few years later I’ve grown to love them, it taught me a lot of new english words, a good way to lay down a story and most importantly, told me the fact that graphics does not mean everything in a game. Although it is the ‘thing’ that decides if someone wants to try your game or not.
Right now, I have a desire to play more retro-style 8-bit games. Never was I a big fan of 3D games, minecraft was ‘alright’, but FPS games is a big NO. There’s something attractive about low-res games, there really is. Currently I’ve been looking for some retro-style games to play, but to my disappointment, there are hardly any. RotMG was alright, it sucked that you lose everything when you die and now the new owners are ruining the game. I came across a game called the Chipped Dagger last year and the developer died (well, afk’d for a long time) 2 years ago.
I’m sure I’m not the only person out there who still finds 8-bit or 16-bit games attractive right? Perhaps this is the opportunity for me to do something about it… Hmm.