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User Info: arleas

arleas
4 months ago#21
Gaming is still as fun for me as it was back as a child, but the problem for me is that I don't have all that free time like I used to, and I don't really want to devote 100% of my free time to playing games when there's so little of it. I could...but I have other things I want to see and do.

That doesn't mean I don't like Gaming anymore because I'm an old fart, it just means that if I had more time, I'd spend more time. To add to that, I've got enough money to buy every game I want, but not enough time to play them all. I suppose if I only bought games when I had finished playing everything else I'd feel a bit differently.

To me, that's the biggest difference between me now and me as a kid. As a kid, I was lucky to be able to spend $60 on one game every 6 months. Now I can afford to spend 3 to 4x as much per year and I think I get more per dollar than I used to.

VR is definitely still new and fresh to me though, so that's where I've got most of my focus. I don't feel as enthusiastic about non-VR games lately.
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User Info: TheOpposite

TheOpposite
4 months ago#22
Cool_Dude667 posted...
TheOpposite posted...
kobalobasileus posted...
TheOpposite posted...
I love playing classic games and Steam would be a great platform for them

GOG is calling your name...


I'm less impressed with GOG than I am Steam.

GOG has the true classics though, from dos era even

HL2 isnt a classic game


I'm not just talking about PC classics. Steam and GOG both have a pitiful selection of classic arcade and console titles and there's no excuse for it.

User Info: Nixemo

Nixemo
4 months ago#23
Yes, as technology as "evolved" and gotten more advanced, (and subsequently ubiquitous in people's lives), I would argue that it's gotten s***tier and what many would call less fun. I wish XP would have been supported forever, I never would have upgraded to 7 if I didn't have to, and I'll be dead before I upgrade to 10. The same could be said about so many things. Comics, television, movies, video games, music, have all declined in quality and it isn't just when taking nostalgia into account. For some of these things, it's a case of oversaturation and things already having been done before, and for the case of comics and video games, I'd say it's due to mainstream popularity of these mediums now equating to neutered, bland, marketable crap put forth because the unwashed masses of humanity will eat it up regardless.
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User Info: DarkZV2Beta

DarkZV2Beta
4 months ago#24
I sure miss the freedom of 90s internet, but in terms of the UI, I don't think there's anything really wrong with 7, or even 10, aside from the lack of visible options in the standard options menu, and removal of a bunch of things from their usual places in the Control Panel.
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User Info: Spaced92

Spaced92
4 months ago#25
The tech hasn't improved at an amazing pace though it's to be expected. 10 years ago we had Crysis, UT 3, Bioshock, TF2, acceptable looking games today really and WIndows 7, 10 years before that we had Gran Turismo, Quake II, Tekken 3 as the good looking games of the gen (a lot of good looking games weren't even on PC). And I can't forget Unreal, as a kid having a computer that could run that was a pipe dream.

Hell I only upgraded to 10 because I got the education version from a University for free, and it's not really better than what I had on 7. Imagine using WIndows 95 in 07 lol. Because we had to do more with less back in the day, some genius programmers rose out of it, plus a lot of big businesses just didn't really know what they were doing back then so less focus was on commercialising things and natural innovation was at its peak. Now we don't have as many talented people in the industry, but there's a lot more money to be made.
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User Info: maybecalls

maybecalls
4 months ago#26
Yes. I think it's mainly down to getting old, and not finding games as wonderous as I used to. Sure the quality of the games themselves has improved massively (and most old games are available to play if I want to), but my best gaming years were probably my arcade and 8-bit computer years.

User Info: Shinkoden

Shinkoden
4 months ago#27
No, I don't really agree for the most part.

Computers last longer and are cheaper. A halfway decent PC in the 90's and into the early 2000's was typically expensive with $1500 maybe getting something that will just get by for gaming, and that PC was outdated a year later for the most part. These days I can build a $1500 PC that is good for gaming for 5+ years with maybe one GPU upgrade at some point.

Monitors aren't overly gigantic now which is nice and they look a lot better.

PCs continue to get easier to build. I remember needed to figure out slave and master using the jumpers, it was much more confusing IMO and working in old PCs was a chore, IDE cables were terrible.

I've never had issues with any Windows OS, I use it for the basic functions and it has been fine and I don't miss XP or even Windows 7, though it is kinda frustrating needing to instal a program like OOSU10 to turn off the crap I don't want in W10, and how they handle updates is still terrible so I keep updates off until I want to manually update.

Games for the most part get better, there's still a lot of issues in games I wish were worked out from game to game and yes a lot of junk comes out now but it's not that hard to find the good stuff. Infact it's much easier to read tons of reviews and see gameplay where back in the day you had magazine reviews, a commercial, and maybe knew someone with the game.

Internet is mostly better though recently it's been kinda going backwards. The speed of internet now is nice and I'm glad the entire flash website design crazy of the early 2000's is gone with now a much simplified approach, though ISPs such as Comcast limiting usage is bulls***, reminds me of the AoL days.

User Info: _GRIM_FANDANGO_

_GRIM_FANDANGO_
4 months ago#28
For me this is mostly because I used to play with a whole bunch of people and we always had a lot of fun. But since then, people have moved, got kids, and life happened, and now it is rare for even two of us to play a game together.
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User Info: Jonexe

Jonexe
4 months ago#29
TheOpposite posted...
Cool_Dude667 posted...
TheOpposite posted...
kobalobasileus posted...
TheOpposite posted...
I love playing classic games and Steam would be a great platform for them

GOG is calling your name...


I'm less impressed with GOG than I am Steam.

GOG has the true classics though, from dos era even

HL2 isnt a classic game


I'm not just talking about PC classics. Steam and GOG both have a pitiful selection of classic arcade and console titles and there's no excuse for it.


Considering the titles have to have had a PC version for GOG or Steam to have them this is entirely the fault of the publishers/ip owners. It's not like Valve nor GOG go out and make ports. They only utilize code given to them. In GOG's case they make some tweaks to make it run on modern hardware (usually through emulation); but that's about it.
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User Info: gideond

gideond
4 months ago#30
Time is definitely the constraint for me as well. I use to play a lot more, but owning your own house means you work more to pay the mortgage. If I had a spouse and children it would be even worse.

The biggest issue I have with modern technology itself is how overly monetized it is. Yes it's cheaper and easier than ever to build, but you have more and more ads injecting malware to you. You have virtually every app you want to use pumping ads at you, sometimes even the paid versions. You have so many things turning into subscription based services instead of outright purchases just to continually milk more cash from your wallet. You've got your OS spying on you to get a better idea of how to more effectively spam you.

Personally Windows 7 is still the sweet spot for me. XP was good, but security and technology has definitely moved on. 7 was the next really good Windows and I still use it today on half my computers. Windows 10 is on the others and while I like some things about 10 I can honestly say it is far more problematic than 7 ever was, not that 7 didn't have it's share of issues. I feel Windows 10 just can't decide what it's trying to be and that causes headaches for the user. I also use Linux a fair bit, and it's gotten a lot better, but I don't know that it will ever be "mainstream" for the masses, especially when game support is still lackluster. I'd love to be able to use a Linux flavor all the time, but for some things you just need certain software that simply won't work correctly on a Linux platform. Sometimes you need a truly stable and up to date platform as well and desktop iterations of Linux tend to hit some roadblocks that require a lot of time invested to fix, but that's part of relying on community based development and support.
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