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Op Ed

Bitmob - Classic games don't always hold up.
No lie, some games simply don't age well. They were products of their time, and time moved on. The very first Tomb Raider revolutionized video games in several ways, and its rigid, on-the-grid puzzles and auto-aim gunfights were fun at the time. But when developer Crystal Dynamics remade it a decade later as Tomb Raider Anniversary, they upgraded the gameplay to reflect how I game now; modern designs, greater flexibility, more control. I loved playing Tomb Raider in 1997, but I couldn't go back to it now. I'd play the 2007 version instead.

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11. Re: Op Ed Sep 28, 2012, 17:19 jdreyer
 
On the other hand, some games do age well. While I wouldn't want to suffer through the interface of Dune II, I booted up and played Total Annihilation (1996) last year, and it still plays great. The only thing I miss is the infinite zoom out from SupCom. And Quake II, Diablo II, & Alpha Centauri are all games I've played recently and gameplay is still great and the graphics get the job done even if they don't have specular highlights and per pixel lighting.

ON the other other hand, I'd not want to play Jane's Longbow 2, Ultima IV or V, Betrayal at Krondor, or anything like that. There gameplay would be just too clunky and the graphics too poor to impart an experience I'd expect with today's games.
 
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