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Video Games Nostalgia

September 22, 2019


This is Populous: the beginning, one of my
favorite game. The thing I like the most about Populous is
that, in 1999 even if I was still in elementary school, I liked the demo of the game so much
that I forced my parents to go to one of this small local videogames shops to buy the glorious
pc version of the game. Buying the game was part of the experience:
the box was unapologetically big, full of paper, guides and the cd of the game. I still have that CD and is particularly important
for me because, when we are kids, we play whatever we can put our hands on, but that
disk represents the first time I was able to decide and express what I liked about videogames. But this story, of course, has nothing to
do with Populous. Even if I objectively think the game is still
holding today, I know that I’m too subjectively involved with it to judge it correctly. Populus is my videogame home, the game I continuously return to. I compare all other games to Populus, even the ones I develop, and they can never stand up to the challenge. The truth is that I’m nostalgic about Populus. There are many things that make us nostalgic,
the way a game looks, a particular mechanic or simply the soundtrack of the game. The Forest Temple theme from Ocarina of Time. As a kid, this music was able to grow in me
a sense of creepiness and tension, that I can still feel today. I use to let somebody else play this part
of the game because I was terrified by the monstrous hands falling from the ceiling. During our lives, there is a moment when,
without knowing, we play our favorite game. It’s often one of the first we play, a game
that we approach with no knowledge of what makes a good or a bad game, and yet this game exceed our inexistent expectations. In that particular moment, probably for reasons outside the game itself, it becomes our favorite game and we start cultivating nostalgia about that game. Time was freezing when entering The Sims’s
building mode. I’m curious what new gamers are going to
be nostalgic about, in my experience, growing up in the 90”, my nostalgia is connected
with a specific aesthetic, common to an industry that was still trying to sort out 3D graphic. Nostalgia, in the videogame industry, is treated
with reverence. It can be a gateway to bring back old memories
or the key to total failure. Many games do not withstand the passage of
time with elegance, or even worst, the nostalgia they collected in the minds of the players
is so strong that the task of reviving it is doomed from the beginning. Blizzard, one of the pillars of the videogame
industry, is a company famous for being graced by the passion of their fans and hunted by
their nostalgia. As today, we know that the developers of Diablo
3 were blocked in the dilemma of what to kept and what to change from its father. The players ended up disappointed by the game
being both too similar and too different but not at the same level as Diablo 2. Despite its achievements, Diablo 3 is a living
symbol of how dangerous is to mess with nostalgia. Nostalgia can play tricks on us, it blinds
us, but those old games are what makes us the gamers we are. As I said, nostalgia is a hard topic to approach,
it means different things to each one of us. I hope I treated it correctly in this video. Thank you for watching.

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