Nostalgia in games
Nostalgia. The word brings to mind a joyful familiarity that comes from participating in something in the present that we really enjoy doing in the past. The games are no different. We all have games that bring back memories of what we now think of as better times. Hindsight is like the snob who points out what he could have done, hindsight tells us that our childhood may not have been as bad as we thought. As adults we know how the world works. When we were growing up, we could never control the world. Hindsight tells us that those times were better, safer, and less complicated. Games that provoke nostalgia put us back in the mind of a child. It makes us feel safe, protected and protected. Human beings have a natural tendency to desire safety and security. Especially adults, because as adults we know how quickly the world can go from good one day to horrible the next. As gamers, we seek safety and security in games.
I started playing when I was very young, as most players my age did. I grew up playing Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 with my mother and sister. Super Mario, Kirby and Mario Cart were some of the titles we played. Zelda was perhaps the most important game we played. My mom has a problem with fast-moving games like Call of Duty and other very graphic games. So we played Super Nintendo and what time it was! Zelda on Super Nintendo we beat many times. I say “we”, but it was my mother who was playing, not me or my sister. Even thinking about it as I write this, it makes me nostalgic. We kept getting closer to the end and then the game erased our stop so we started over like three times. They were good times. That was when he was around six, seven or eight years old. Long time ago. Nostalgia gives us hope for the future. It tells us that if there were good times in the past, there will be more good times in the future.
Later I started playing on my own. It’s hard to think about which game came next in chronological order, but they all had a theme: single-player strategy. A broad game description that can fit into many games. Games like Pharaoh and Cleopatra, Age of Empires II, and of course Sid Meier’s Civilization III. I was not allowed to play shooters because they had bad language and was therefore restricted to single player games. My parents were very protective and games weren’t as frequent twenty years ago as they are now. Pharaoh is a city builder who places you in ancient Egypt. The objective of the game was to build great cities using the resources at your disposal and it was quite a challenge for an eleven-year-old boy. Age of Empires II is a real-time strategy game that is completely different from Pharaoh. You have to balance resource gathering and troop production to take down the AI or other players. Civ III was probably my favorite game growing up. To this day, I continue to play Pharaoh and Age of Empires II.
Think back to what nostalgia is for a second. It is a feeling that comes from a memory. A memory of “better times” that may or may not be accurate. The games we played a long time ago, that bring back those memories, may no longer be fun. Civ III I played for hundreds of hours when I was younger, it’s not that much fun now that I’m older so I don’t play it as much now. Sometimes nostalgia lies.
In conclusion, nostalgia in games is a good thing. It allows us to relive parts of our childhood that we would not otherwise have a reason to retrieve from the depths of our minds. Many people say that video games lead to antisocial behavior, violence, and a drop in school grades. Video games teach us what the world is like. When you play the multiplayer of any game, you will usually encounter people who are simply toxic. He prepares to deal with the worst that society has to throw at us. Human beings are prone to violence. The first murder occurred when Cain killed Abel in Genesis. I’m pretty sure they didn’t have video games back then. So this point will always be moot. The only point that really makes sense is the drop in school grades. It takes a lot of discipline to do school work instead of video games. Build the character of this discipline. So the next time you feel nostalgia looming, take some time to stop and smell the memories. Enjoy the thoughts of better times and the hope that good times are yet to come, no matter what the world tells you in the present. This is what nostalgia for video games teaches us.