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Response to subyman's Blog, Why are Older Games Better?

So yeah, my comment was about 700 characters or the character limit, so I decided to post it as a journal entry. Here's the original blog: http://www.gamespot.com/users/subyman/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25853856&om_act=convert&om_clk=soapbox&tag=soapbox%3Bsubject%3B3 and here's my response, copy and pasted:

I'm only 18, so I'm not really an older gamer, but I still recognize a difference between games that came out during the early 2000s and now. My favorite older games were, and still are, Paper Mario 2, Metroid Primes (but not 3), Final Fantasy X and X-2, and Pokemon Sapphire. I am a big RPG fan, and so other games so far have not been able to recapture my experiences playing my older favorites. Most of the newer RPGs seem so focused on real-time gameplay (which I really don't like) and getting rid of complexity, and their gameplay makes no new strides in the RPG world. For example, Final Fantasy XIII bored the crap out of me. I got to the 2nd disc and just stopped playing because the gameplay was awful and the game itself was too easy and extremely linear. Final Fantasy XII was almost too nonlinear, and the story sucked. I still liked it better than FFXIII, though. Also, games today tend to focus on the graphics, which is probably one of the least important factors to me. It's still important, but it will never outweigh any flaws other than sound.

One newer game that has made me feel that "virgin" effect is Portal. I originally bought my Xbox360 for FFXIII, so when that came out and sucked it was a letdown. But Portal was totally worth it. I don't have a gaming PC, and I don't like PC controls console controls, so I don't think it would have been the same on a PC. I just couldn't believe how seamlessly the portal system worked, and the puzzles were awesome. It made me think in a whole new way and it was challenging. And, it was funny, and I love a game with a (good) sense of humor.

I like my favorite games so much that I usually play them multiple times or finish them to near completion, but I've done that with very few new games (I did do the advance levels on Portal, though). I feel like I generally know what I like and dislike as a gamer now, and that helps me choose which games I buy and such. I want to take a chance on games, but if I don't like it then it will be for nothing, and when I shop for games I'm looking for the next FFX or Paper Mario or Metroid Prime, and not just some okay game that passes the time. I want to get invested and obsessed about a game like I did with those.

Games I have beaten

So, I have more than 80 games, and I've played most of them (yes, there are some that I haven't played. Sue me). But I haven't beaten all of them, and with my recent beating of Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga, I thought about the games I have actually beaten and not just gotten almost to the end and then stopped playing x3

Foreword: I count beating a game as finishing the storyline or beating the "final boss," or, like in Mario Kart, beating/unlocking all courses, or paying off your house in Animal Crossing. Anyway, here they are in no particular order:

Megaten: DDS (duh)

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X-2

Paper Mario

Paper Mario 2

Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime 2

Pokemon Ruby

Pokemon Sapphire

Pokemon Emerald

Pokemon LeafGreen

Pokemon Diamond

Pokemon Pearl

Pokemon Platinum

Pokemon HeartGold

Pokemon SoulSilver

Pokemon Collesseum

Pokemon XD

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts II

Final Fantasy VII

Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart Wii

Super Princess Peach

Legend of Zelda Wind Waker (I played this with a group of friends, so I didn't beat it alone, so Idk what that means)

Metroid Prime Pinball

Professory Layton and the Curious Village

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing Wild World

Animal Crossing City Folk

Portal (OMG I WANT PORTAL 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Pokemon Channel

Final Fantasy XII

Super Mario 64 DS (maybe the only game I've actually "completed," a.k.a. I got all 150 stars and unlocked all minigames)

Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Amazing Island

Mario Golf Advance Tour

Metroid Prime 3

Super Paper Mario

Final Fantasy Fables Chocobo's Dungeon

So, that's a total of 42 games. That's half, yay! (Well, Professory Layton is my sister's, but that doesn't really make a difference... x3) I have a few games that I've gotten to very near the end and just stopped playing because the final area is always so hard... (mostly RPGs obviously) DDS was one of those, but I wanted to play a good RPG so I beat it so I could play DDS2, which is fun so far, but the story isn't as good and/or original as the 1st one. I wish Megaten would have more games like that and not all this Persona crap... I played Persona 3 and I didn't play much because there was only 1 dungeon and you could only control one character, which I hate *coughfinalfantasyxiiicough* Yes, I have played Nocturne, and am close to finishing it. But I have trouble playing multiple games at once without focusing more on one and eventually just playing that one solely and forgetting about the other x3 Unless one's portable and the other's not. That's easier.

Anyway, I just wanted to make this list for myself, but if sparks discussion or whatever then great :S Oh, and happy 5 year gamespot member anniversary to me :D

ohemjee, I am decent at Blitzball!

I wouldn't say good yet because I've just started actually playing and getting into it, but I REALLY want Wakka's Celestial Weapon. And it's worth it because I have the International version :DDDD I always hated it ever since they pretty much made you lose the first time and discouraged you to play it. I thought that was mean. But after you play a few games and get your players leveled up and start to actually understand the gameplay (which is harder to understand than most math imo) then you will like it more. And that be where I'm at now :B yay me

i GOT THE TOURNESOL!!!!!!!!!!!

I IZ SO HAPPAAAAAAYYYYY! But for serious. It is SO COOL. Even cooler than the Zodiac Spear, heheh. I love how it's all curvey and stuff c: But I'm actually really excited to play FFXII now because I've set up some really awesome, effective gambits and I'm about to buy everyone's best armor and then I can finish the game! I got the Tournesol before I entered Giruvegan, so I still have some battlin' tuh dew. And I equipped Fireflies to all of my characters so they wouldn't be too uber after they finished getting all the items and crap, so it'll still be a little challenging x3 I just kinda wish there were more really hard worlds so once you have really good gambits and weapons and armor you can actually use them, you know? I mean, sure, there are all the boss fights, but normal gambits don't even work for a lot of them. And I guess there are the Henne Mines, but that's just one world >:c Well, whatever... I remember the Pharos and that big tower thing (or are they the same...? XD) being pretty hard, so yeah... c:

I'm depressed T^T

I put this under the "Rant" category just because it was a little rantish, but it won't be too bad... Anyway, I've been feeling down lately and I don't know why. Like, I guess there a bunch of possible reasons, but I can exactly figure out which one is affecting me or how it's affecting me. I like someone who probably doesn't like me back, and if they do I'll never get the opportunity to ask them! I really just need to take hold of the reigns and just go for it! But it's hard ;.; It's also getting close to summer vacation, and of course that saddens me. WHY THOUGH???? I shouldn't be sad about that! I guess it's because I'll miss my friends and I'm horrible at keeping in touch w/people... I'm such a loser ;.; Well, I guess that's it... OWATE I'm also going to Spain, and I'm freaking nervous. WTF IS WRONG WITH ME???? T^T^T^T AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I need to record some music... But I can't ;_______________________________________________; Ugh... bye.

WUT DO u WUNT?

Liek SJOAS (sweet jesus on a stick), Hilary Duff's new album is great! Even though it's a best of compilation album she has 2 new songs and tweaked her older songs a little bit so if you're a diehard fan (like I am c:) then you'll notice and be like OMG SJOAS! So yeah, it's kyewl.

Stupid

Duh. I really need to change my avatar. I still like Evanescence, but their new album sucks because they lost Ben Moody. But it turns out that Britney Spears is still my favorite artist. She was, like, the first real singer I ever listened to (I was 8 or so...), and she's still awesome. Fghththgghtgth lulz.

ZoMGUh!

I feel like I'm making a comeback album or something. Whatever. I don't know why I even write these things when no one reads them. I guess it's probably because I feel like some people will see them anyway and I want my profile to be a little different because I think that I won't be as popular on this website (which I guess is what I subconsciously want in some ways), but that is so stupid. Well, whatever. Guhbye!