Hey, my name is Jeff.  I’m a 23 year old American male who has been playing video games since I was around 3.  In my two decades of gaming, my tastes have obviously changed and evolved, from Mario to the Master Cheif, from Tetris to Peggle, from Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy XII… however, a thought recently struck me; Has it all changed that much? I answer myself with the following tale…

I have two sisters, one older and one younger, and I’d say I’m closer to my younger sister than my older sister.  The main reason is we used to play NES and SNES* with each other a lot when we were kids.  Back in those days, we’d play anything put in front of us, regardless of quality.  I didn’t care if the jump mechanic sucked or the game was unfairly janky during the boss battles.  We soldiered on and tried again.

Perfect example, Battletoads, one of those highly held impossi-games from the old days.  If not for the warps and our trusty Game Genie, we would never have seen world 4 of 12. Even with all that help, we never, ever beat the game.  Main reason being that we’d get frustrated and start beating the crap out of each other’s toads, seeing how far we could carry each other or throwing each other on the spikes in the snake level.  If not for Game Genie’s infinite lives cheat**, we’d start over every 10 minutes.

What all this boils down to is that despite the now obvious problems with Battletoads, we played it for, literally, years.  We kept coming back to it, whereas if we were to play it now, I’m sure I’d be fed up with the insane difficulty of it real quick, declaring it a bad piece of game design and flinging my rectangular controller about (ahh for the days before ergonomic design…).

Does this mean we’ve become snobbish towards games?  Requiring them to have amazing game design and easy difficulty levels?  Or has the industry just altered it’s philosiphy towards what it’s selling to people?  Based on the fact that a "beginner" level exists for Guitar Hero games I’m inclined to think it’s a little of both, but I’m curious about what the rest of you think.  Let me know below, glad to be joining the Bitmob nation!

*To my knowledge, both of those decade+ old devices still work fine, Microsoft…

**GXXVVLVI if memory serves…