Going Old School

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Old SchoolThe problem I’ve had playing games the past few years, is that as the graphics get better and the game play gets more in-depth…  The less I enjoy it.  It’s been true in many cases for me.

I play a game like say … Thief (1998).  I had a blast playing it.  Next one I got was Thief: Deadly Shadows (2004) and I had an absolute blast.  In so much as I still play it.  Then Thief (2014) came out and it lost its magic.  It is beautiful, but I don’t care for how it plays.

Same thing with Grand Theft Auto.  I started playing GTA III (2001), it was fun.  GTA Vice City (2002) it was a blast from the past, and a blast to play.  GTA San Andreas (2004) was fun.  GTA 4 (2008) was cool, but not as much fun.  GTA 5 the graphics are astounding, but it just doesn’t feel the same.  I love driving the cars.  That’s about it.

It seems I have a very hard time of letting go of games I loved.  New games just don’t do it for me.  God knows I’ve tried endlessly the past few months to find something to enjoy.  I guess I’m no longer a gamer in today’s definition.  Rather I’m an Old School Gamer.

Everyone who knows me, knows I love my World of Warcraft.  As much as I try to quit playing it.  I always end up coming back eventually.  Problem is, just like every other game.  The newer it gets, the less I enjoy it.  I came in when Burning Crusades (2007) was on it’s way out and Wrath of the Lich King (2008) was coming in.  Best two years of gaming ever.  I was crazy for the game.

Then Cataclysm (2010) came out.  I had a pretty good time.  Never made it to the end raid though.  Still haven’t and it’s 2016.  Mists of Pandaria (2012) was launched and I felt something inside me die when I was surrounded by happy bouncy fat pandas.  I spend most of my time on the Timeless Isle for the last six months.  I really didn’t even find it pretty.  Then again, I’m not into asian culture or art/design.  Then Warlords of Dreanor (2014) came out and it almost felt like they were simply rehashing old content and upping the visual aspects.  Sure it involved time travel.  Honestly, if you don’t have a TARDIS, it’s best to leave time travel to The Doctor.  Again, spent most of my time doing Garrison missions and farming Tanaan Jungle.  I only did one WoD dungeon.  Didn’t even care to try the others.  Now here comes Legion (2016).  It’s Burning Crusades all over again.  I wasted $70 on the pre-purchase of the Deluxe Edition.  I have absolutely no interest in trying to relearn my character all over again.  The more they change it, the less I like it.

While I can go back and play my old favorite games to my hearts content, I can’t do it with World of Warcraft.  I have no choice in the matter.  Either I learn to play the way Blizzard wants, or I simply don’t get to play at all.  Or do I 😈