Being “good at gaming” is subjective. We’re asking this question in a rhetorical manner, as we tend to have good times playing video games, no matter how quickly we reach the goal. Yet, after spending a bit of time playing through some of the older games on the SNES Classic — a few of which I remember playing as a child — we’ve come to realize that we’re not good at playing the older games.
I’m terrible at video games. I’m not afraid to admit that. I’m good at Pokemon and Animal Crossing. I’m surprised I can play Paper Mario. But in all seriousness, playing the older games, especially the ones on the SNES Classic consoles are hard. Video games have gotten so complicated over the years. Are we “bad” at the older, “easy” games or are we pretty good at the “harder” newer games? Or do we have it backward?
If you think about it, most newer games probably have crutches for new gamers. Savepoints, extra lives, and tutorials are a few aspects that may not be in older games. Remember the old SNES version of Disney’s The Lion King? There wasn’t a simple save point to be your backup if you lost all your lives. Extra lives were few and far in between unless you picked the easy difficulty mode. Paper Mario has a tutorial “prologue” chapter of the game, whereas we needed to look up where and how to get to the Switch Palaces in Super Mario World.
Don’t forget that while the newer Mario Kart games have bells and whistles with various modes based on how fast you go, the Mario Kart game for the SNES gave you lives. I, of course, found that out the hard way. I’d come in dead last and after three races, I wasn’t able to participate anymore. I was stuck watching you finish the rest of the races. Not to mention, the physics were totally different. I can easily drive and steer in the newer Mario Kart games, but I was awful at the older ones.
I’m the opposite. While I’m not bad at the newer Mario Kart games, I’m always left in the dust when I’m playing against Rachel. The old Mario Kart game I was able to do well if I remember correctly. I don’t think we did the most difficult class on it, though, so who knows if I’ll be that bad at it as well. With that said, the Super Nintendo Mario Kart was the first Mario Kart game I ever tried. Muscle memory kicked in for me. Rachel, I don’t think you played the Mario Kart series until maybe Gamecube’s Double Dash, right?
I’m honestly not sure. I don’t remember that part of my life. Even then, I was bad at Double Dash. We’d play on a team and you, as Daisy, would drive and I, as Yoshi, would toss items and punch people with my tongue when they got too close to our kart. I enjoy the older games, especially since I barely remember them so it’s like I’m playing blind and it’s a new experience. But it’s frustrating (in a fun way) because I’m also so bad at them.
That’s true. Again, I’m the opposite. I remember playing those older games and I thought I was better at them than I am now, haha! I could definitely be overestimating my memory when it comes to the older games. I would like to think I’m not too bad with games nowadays — like, if we compare one of the New Super Mario Bros. games to Super Mario World — but that depends on whoever is watching, I suppose.
To be fair, I’m not that great at games now but I’m much better at them now than I used to be. Overall, it makes you wonder… have games gotten harder or easier? Or have we gotten better or worse?