Has Modern Gaming Made Me Soft?

Posted on July 22, 2012 - 12:49am by lilbluelink

TLDR;

 Came to a realization that modern gaming may have made me soft.

 Sometimes I wish I was born in the 80's... growing up during the second half of the 90's I missed out on the "Golden Age" of gaming. I started off with my N64 and thought that it was the most amazing thing ever (and still is my favorite console of all time). But what I thought was hard then doesn't compare to the difficulty seen back in the NES and SNES days. This was made apparent to me the most today after beating Contra with my oldest brother. 

To compare our gaming backgrounds, my brother grew up in the 80's and played the hell out of his NES and SNES. He introduced me to games such as The original Legend of Zelda, Contra, Ninja Gaiden, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat amongst others. After the SNES he began to drift away from video games and focus more on playing sports and doing more physical activity. He does enjoy to play new Street Fighter games to prove he is still the best and Street Fighter. 

I on the other hand started at the age of five with my first game being Super Smash Brothers on the N64. I didn't start playing retro games until my other brother introduced them to me in the form of emulators (I know, tsk tsk). I've gone on to own many consoles since and even went back to pick up an NES and Genesis. I haven't stopped gaming since I first started, even though my brothers grew out of it.

Now to get to the point of this blog. Contra. Now I haven't touched my NES in about a year, where as my brother hasn't touched an NES in.... maybe five years. I've been gaming on my 360 and Wii enjoying new releases and all the ins and outs of what modern games have to offer. I went in to this playthrough thinking that I was gonna lead the way and show off all my skill to my brother... but that wasn't the case. What I did notice was that my brother hadn't lost a step at all (besides a few mistakes he blamed rust on). In situations where I would hesitate to move on he ran into it knowing exactly what to do and dying a lot less than I did. While I had never beaten it I had gotten far on my own and knew my way around most of the game, but he continued to outshine me. If anything I held him back from kicking more ass. And it got me to think, has modern gaming slowed down my gaming skill? Now while its a no brainer that games were much more difficult back then, I felt that my many more years of experience playing games should have outdone my brother regardless. Is it just me getting used to games holding my hands for the most part? I have always found older games to be more difficult, but I never thought that I could be outdone by someone who hasn't touched a game in years. 

So I came to the conclusion that growing up with games as difficult as those found in the NES and SNES library allowed my brother to hone in on skills far better than I who grew up post SNES. But maybe I'm overthinking things and maybe its just that my brother knew the game a lot better than I did. Or maybe I just suck at retro games. Who knows, but if you'd like to comment on my theory or my story, go ahead and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading my first Screwattack blog ever! 

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