Thanks to a couple different sources I've had a chance to go back and re-watch alot of old cartoons I grew up watching. Thundercats, He-man, Voltron, GI Joe, Transformers, etc. Let me say first and foremost, I adored these shows and grew up speaking ever so highly of them. Casting shadows on new shows, saying "They're not as cool as the originals."
There's a funny thing about the human brain that stores happy thoughts of things we cherish somewhere so deep and beloved that eventually our brain holds these memories on a pedestal and even erases the bad memories all together that may be tied to these treasures.
You see now that a great deal of time has passed, and I'm now finally going back to watch some of those old TV shows I'm starting to realize..They in all honesty, weren't as good as I had hyped them for so many years. In fact alot of them were down right awful, I realize taste changes over time, but I also realized just how off my memories were.
Now as a kid growing up I never saved any of my old video games, when SNES replaced NES I traded everything in and moved on, and N64 replaced all my old SNES things and so on and so fourth. This continued until I got my PS3 and I got in the mind set of I'm going to keep all this stuff, and actually I might even go back and rebuy all the joys of my youth !
Fast forward 3 years and I am proud to say I own 18 different platforms ! I mean I rummaged yard sales, craigslist, flea markets, Ebay....everything. You name it, I have it....even a couple rare gems like the 3DO and Jaguar. I made it my mission to get all the good games from those systems and have them available to me and my friends to play at the mere mention of an old school classic !
Oh let me tell you, this is a nostalgia killer and if you ever want to remember those old bad ass classic games as being what you have in your head....leave them there. This is coming from an avid NON FANBOY gamer, I love good games, bad games and even down right strange games and I can tell you with no doubt in my mind you will spoil all those warm fuzzy feelings you're holding on to.
A few examples I will put out there and I'm sure some will disagree and even send hate mail, But I have the fondest memories of Goldeneye for N64, I would be absolutely ashamed if somebody could definitivley say exactly how many hours me and my friends logged on that game. I swear to you it was every single day after school through roughly 10:30pm and all weekend for like 3 years ! We had a gameshark so we could play on any map from the campaign, and no doors so we could play through entire levels...which let us get incredible replay value out of it.
I purchased an N64 and 4 controllers with full intentions on reliving those good times burned in my brain, And oh how wrong was I to believe that game could still hold it's own? It's was blocky, bland, slow, almost unplayable. The controls were absurd, and multiplayer diminished the already horrible graphics. This couldn't be the game I treasured? Yes it is and to think I would still be blown away was what hurt even worse.
Goldeneye isn't the only example by a long shot, and I wasn't trying to make it live up to today's standards either. There are some games that stand the test of time and some that may have been groundbreaking in their heyday but soon after lost that new car smell. Some games like Mario bros. 3 aren't as flashy as new games, yet they are still very fun to play even till this day.
PSN and XBL have released classics that have ruined it for a few people, but I have relived a few nightmares and I will just give a good R.I.P. to those games and let them live in my heaad as a good memory.
Wizards and warriors NES
Time lord NES
Herzog zwei GENESIS
Roadrash 2 GENESIS
Oddworld abes exodus PS1
Syphon filter PS1
Just a couple games noted here, but there are plenty more. I'm not saying all old games suck, but they're probably not quite as cool as you remember. You will find games that have everlasting quality but there isn't alot, Super Metroid still holds true as a gem and Chrono trigger, and a few others.
Now maybe you will go back and play Goldeneye or whatever it may be and still love it, and I hope you still can, and I hope there are some out there that will think I'm crazy and still give those games love, and if so...good for you. But sometimes it's better to leave the classics where they belong....in the past. Let me know if you have games you found out the hard way on too.