News Flash: It’s not a bad thing to play old games

The games industry moves ridiculously fast. This year alone, there have been so many great, HUGE games to play. From Zelda: Breath of the Wild to Horizon: Zero Dawn; Persona 5 to Splatoon 2; Nioh to Nier: Automata, we have been spoiled with a ridiculous amount of amazing games that I haven’t had the time to dig into. We’ve also seen Nintendo very successfully release a brand new console with the Switch.

On top of all of that, we still haven’t gotten to the rest of the huge games still to come with Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and Call of Duty returning to its roots with WWII.

Sometimes, though, it can be exhausting trying to keep up with every single new release. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible. There are only so many hours for us to play video games, and we can’t only play games. We need to have a good life balance. I love playing video games, but there are people I like to hang out with. I like to exercise. I like to be outside and see the rest of the world.

So, if you’re like me, that means that you’ve probably got a backlog of incredible games to play and catch up on. I currently have a few games from 2015 that I’ve been working on; I’m still adventuring with Geralt in The Witcher III and have yet to really sink my teeth into the (so I’ve heard) satisfying game loop of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

I also recently purchased the Bioshock Collection because it was on sale last week on the PlayStation Store and I’ve started the first game. I never finished the story on my first attempt on the PS3 version and I totally forgot how engrossing and haunting Rapture is.

Just a few weeks ago, I beat Super Mario Bros for the first time thanks to my 3DS and Nintendo having Virtual Console titles available. Yes, you read that right, I beat the first Super Mario game just a few weeks ago. I was born in ’84 and I finally beat that game – thank God for the restore point system with those VC titles.

September 22 was another big Pokemon day for Nintendo, as they release Pokemon Gold/Silver on VC, and released Pokken Tournament DX on the Switch. All old games, and all of them worth playing again.

I write all this as a disclaimer for all of you out there who feel guilty that you’re not playing the newest, greatest game: it’s perfectly okay to play what you want, when you want. If you want to be a part of the Destiny 2 community and play online with friends and online strangers, then go ahead, please do. That game is fun in its own right and it’s a great thing to be a part of the conversation for a new game.

But if you’re like me, it’s also perfectly fine to play older titles as well, whether they’re on the current gen of consoles or they date all the way back to the Atari 2600. Play something historic that you’ve never experienced. Play something weird that may not get a lot of love.

But don’t let other gamers tell you you’re not a real gamer if you’re not playing the newest games; play what your heart desires and enjoy it. If you don’t like it and you don’t beat the game, move on to something else that you will enjoy. Tell people about it, share it, talk about it. There are so many wonderful games that I know I haven’t experienced yet and I can’t wait to (I’m looking at you Resident Evil 2).

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