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.