Why it's OK to Play "Old" Games


How many times have you heard, “What? You mean you’ve never played XYZ game? That’s impossible,” or something along those lines. While I am guilty of saying that from time to time, it usually prompts an eye roll from me when said because it’s not realistic to have had access to every game while growing up. I’ve recently dove back into the world of Sony after not having a Sony console since my PlayStation 2 with the purchase of my PS4 less than a year ago. I picked up a slew of games, including the Uncharted series, The Last of Us Remastered, and Horizon Zero Dawn. In typical Kristine fashion, I have not touched most of the games I’ve bought, so for the time being they are sitting comfortably in the backlog. I did, however, decide it was finally time to give The Last of Us a go. Despite knowing a good portion of the story, I’ve been enjoying it immensely. It keeps me on the edge of my seat while I sneak around Clickers and try to take out as many Infected as possible with a Molotov cocktail.

Despite the fact that The Last of Us is six years old (five years for the remaster), it has not diminished my enjoyment of the game. Even having spoiled the story for myself prior (as I didn’t think I’d ever invest in a PlayStation console again), I’m still surprised at points and find myself getting emotional. I think that there is some sense of “elitism” among gamers; while this obviously does not apply to everyone, it is frustrating to deal with the skepticism of those who have played “old” games upon their release. On of the flip side, there are plenty of people who would love to talk about those games and hear about someone’s experience playing it for the first time. There’s also the added benefit of not having to worry about rushing the game in order to crank out a review or avoid spoilers. Just like all things in life, there is no set time on when a video game needs to be played or completed; everyone is different and while others may want to play a game at its release, there are those who wouldn’t mind waiting a couple of years down the line before giving it a go.