dark wrote:I've also lost interest in gaming. But every now and then I still like to play things a bit just for nostalgia... compared to 20 years ago, I'm not doing stuff like playing a specific game for an hour, rather, I'll just play 5 games for about 10 minutes each to get a sample of things, such as remember what soul calibur was like, and then that's enough for me.
For me personally, at least with respect to the games I own across systems, including dreamcast, I feel like I've maxed out the enjoyment I can get from them from playing the games. Like, I've literally put hundreds of hours into the games I own over the last 30 years and the vast majority of games I own on old systems are ones that I beat or put significant time into over the years, so playing Tony Hawk or Sonic Adventure 2 for the 1000th time just doesn't seem like fun anymore. I've already long since dived into the various game libraries and imports for the old systems I own to try and extend the experience by playing some new-to-me old games. I bought and played many of those extensively from 2012-2017, so I feel like I've maxed out the libraries (at least in terms of stuff that seems interesting to me) for systems like dreamcast, gamecube, sega genesis, atari jaguar, snes, etc.
Seems like you're more into stuff from pre-2000.
Have you tried any recent games?
I guess I would not even find the time nowadays, even if I wanted to.
dark wrote:Another thing that limits my interest in gaming is the availability of youtube. If I want a quick nostalgia fix, or to refresh my memory of what a certain game looked like, I'll just load up a playthrough of that game, or the soundtrack to that game on a youtube video and check that out for a couple minutes instead of loading up the game.
lol yeah... I also do that.
But more on games that I could never actually own, like obscure arcade-games or games on systems that came out before my time.
You know, those games you always read about in the magazines or heard from others about, some of them had almost legendary, mystical status... and so youtube is a quick way to finally see what it's actually about. Just to satisfy curiosity.
And yes, I also do that with soundtracks as you described. I always felt that in the old games with their limitations, the music carried most of the impact from the emotional side. What would my favorite game, Chrono Trigger, be without it's music?
So whenever I want to warp myself back in time, I listen to the music. Lots of game music in my playlists and I still am whistling those tunes all the time.
dark wrote:I periodically think about selling my physical games, but for some reason, I'm really attracted to how certain consoles or game box arts look, and as a result, simply owning a good example of some of these consoles or games still gives me a bit of enjoyment.
I sold everything and as I already said, there was not a single moment where I missed it. It's just a thing of the past and honestly, I don't want to be as much as a geek as I was back then anymore. So many problems around, it seems worrying about factory-sealed games or limited editions or import stuff is just a luxury thing and does not seem right for me anymore.
BUT my situation was different from yours, as I needed the money at the time when I sold it. Perhaps I would have kept the stuff a bit longer otherwise. But maybe at some point I might have sold it anyway, I don't know.
It was also just too much stuff taking up so much space. In the end, it was all packed up in boxes and not taken out for years, so why keep it... especially as I moved several times. Last time I moved, I arrived with only a backpack and an air matress. : D
dark wrote:also have a son now, he's too young to game right now, and I imagine he won't be that interested in some of this old stuff... but I figure why not keep this stuff for another 5+ or so years to see if it is fun to introduce him to some artifacts of my youth, many of which I actually owned as a kid
Well... at least from the software-side you could use emulators, of course... but then again it could be interesting to learn that at some day, people actually used physical games and specific hardware for it.
dark wrote:Lastly, when thinking of the dreamcast in particular, I think I'd keep that forever simply because the system and my games have been a significant part of my life for so long. There was a period of time during 2009 when I was extremely depressed and what helped me deal with and beat back my depression was digging out my dreamcast and playing it... so I'm very attached to it emotionally.
Understandable. Wonder how it could work against the depression.