I Miss the Good Old Days of RPGs - Counterpoint

What a crock. I don't mean to be rude, but it seems to me like we have a gamer in denial.

Sl0th makes continous comments on graphics. I had been meaning to send an editorial to RPGFan touching on this subject, and his editorial lets me kill two birds with one stone- I can argue my point while making a counterpoint to a previously written work.

He says he wants to go back to the "good old days". He says all the games today concentrate on eye candy. Where's the proof, Sl0th? He says Star Tropics 2 has the best NES graphics. Well, well, they can push the limits of the NES, but oh, when Square does it with FFVIII for PlayStation, uh-oh, it's eye candy.

Just because the technology of the newer systems is much more advanced doesn't mean they only concentrate on "graphics". Sl0th himself said FFVI (III) had amazing graphics on the SNES. They were indeed. It was WONDERFUL eye candy back then. Now, Square makes WONDERFUL eye candy, this time on a 32-bit machine and they now can add more realism. So what's the problem now?

Truth is, developers were just as worried about graphics "back then" as they are now. They wanted to do new things with the hardware, see what they could squeeze out...it's not their fault that the best an 8-bit machine can do it make small colored pixels. It's also not their fault that a newer machine can run fluid movies, a la Final Fantasy VIII. What are they supposed to do, keep on making games that don't use technology? That's absurd.

I love my NES and my SNES as well. But that doesn't mean I'll complain and whine about the RPG's of "back in the day", because frankly, that's a baseless argument.

I love games like FF VII where there are great cinematic scenes and such, but its a shame that a successful game has to have things like that these days.

Sl0th said that. I'd like to ask him a question: Do you really think that if they had PSX technology or even PC VooDoo3 graphical capabilities back in the late 80's for games like Final Fantasy for NES, that they wouldn't look as good as FFVIII does now?

Your argument is simply one of nostalgia. It saddens me to see another gamer, missing out on all the great RPG's, simply because he cannot let go. I'm not saying to FORGET those great games; by no means, they're classics. But if you really don't like the newer RPG's, don't use the baseless argument of graphics. =)

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