If you like to play computer games, it probably means recent games, not older games. But here I’m going to outline some categories and some examples of older games that are just as good as the new games and can be a good diversion for you. Another option is to play games in a way that they are not meant to be played, such as speed racing.
Today’s computer games are visually spectacular, but often don’t have much depth, certainly not more so than older games, even older arcade games from the 1980s. I mean it this way: you often have to. to take a certain path or do certain things that don’t really give you the freedom to play. Much of the freedom of the game is perceived freedom, not the freedom to do something your own way.
Another problem is that realism is often a detriment rather than something that adds value. The 2004 game “Far cry” for example is already quite realistic, much more than saying “Doom” (1993) or “Duke Nukem 3D” (1995). This is a problem because the opponents are humans, rather than monsters like in those older games. The problem here is that the realism made me feel that it wasn’t cool to just kill people here and therefore no good reason (using a sniper rifle) because you didn’t know what the real situation was and why they might be hostile to you, and yet the game expected you to shoot first (and ask no questions later).
It happened differently in “Tomb Raider” (1996) and its sequels, as opponents always shoot you first. So even if you didn’t know why they could shoot you, the fact that they were shooting you made it possible to retaliate.
Even with a justified retaliation, it doesn’t feel the same as killing monsters like in Doom or Duke Nukem 3D. For this reason, I prefer older, less realistic games to games like Far Cry.
The style of computer games is also very different these days. Racing games have been around for decades, in the 1980s there were such games on almost all personal computers, they have become quite realistic in the sense of having good 3D graphics even though they were quite low resolution, mid to late 1990s, and not much has changed, except for more options and better graphics. The way racing games are better is about all the selections you can make like tires, and the circuits are 3D with hills and jumps in rallying. I would say that starting in the late 1990s, with for example Sega Rally 2, in essence there weren’t a lot of improvements in later racing games. The difference to the 80s versions is quite clear, however, and while the old games are fun to play, the new ones are definitely better.
A few years ago I made an old personal computer from the 1980s with a disc full of games and let 2 children play with it. They were used for 3D computer games, and those games were like Defender (1980), Donkey Kong, etc. These children very much liked to play with these games which showed that the essence of these games is good and that it does not change. by later, “better”, more complex games with much better graphics.
This is what I also live. I love games from most eras, 1980s to today, and if you are tired of playing current games, or alternative games and wasted time such as web games, games on your phone or even free games of chance to play (like on your cell phone), or which have financial interests, for example like on PlayAmo Canada, then you might be pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the old 1980s games are. There is a fairly good level of skill required to progress far in such games, which is very different from the non-high score oriented games that have become. the standard since the mid-1990s, such as Doom, Descent, Duke Nukem 3D, Tomb raider, etc. With a little practice, you can usually go far enough to get a taste of the game, type of game, and skill level required to progress further. You can try out a bunch of games that use emulators these days, such as MAME (used with a ROM pack, which are usually ROM dumps of the EPROMs that were used to store the game kernel in the originals).
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