Up For Debate - Do You Struggle to Play Old Games?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jan 20, 2018 2:08 PM

One of the chief benefits of PC gaming over just about any other platform is its immense back catalogue. There are literally tens of thousands of games at your fingertips, a vast library that dwarfs any console several times over. Whether you want to boot up Assassin’s Creed Origins or play ASCII Rogue, the choice is all yours.

The trouble is though, going backward is often a lot more difficult than looking forwards when it comes to gaming technologies. Where once the original Unreal looked incredible back in the day, selling VoodooFX cards by the bucketload, now it’s a textbook example of primitive 3D that doesn’t even hold up visually to the 2D games that came before it.

Heading backward into gaming past can be a painful process, even if it’s occasionally extremely rewarding. Those classics of your youth suddenly aren’t so great when the rose-tinted glasses are ripped from your face. Sometimes it can just be better to leave those memories well alone.

By that same token though, I’m a sucker for going back and tracing the lineage of a series of a genre. If a game isn’t hugely enjoyable from a gameplay perspective anymore, I get a lot of joy out of seeing the embryonic ideas that provided the inspiration for games today. Sometimes it definitely can be a struggle to play old games, and some are certainly better off consigned to history, but I think passionate fans occasionally owe it to themselves to dig up a bit of history.

Ironically I find it’s often the games that didn’t necessarily push the boundaries of visuals that age more gracefully. Early 3D games really can be tough to look at, but games like Baldur’s Gate can still look beautiful today, even if the low resolution lets the standard versions down somewhat.

So, do you struggle to play older games, are you always on the hunt for the latest and greatest? If you like playing older titles, which ones do you think hold up best in 2018 and why? Share your thoughts below!

Do You Struggle to Play Old Games?

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20:42 Jan-21-2018

i still play morrowind, JazzJackrabbit2, AOE II, commandos 2 & 3, Gex, and a lot more, and i actually enjoy playnig them

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07:24 Jan-22-2018

my man, morrowind for the win, I play it on my laptop when I'm NOT home as it barely consumes battery XD
And AOE II is quite thriving ATM for an RTS and one from almost 20 years ago.

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16:17 Jan-21-2018

I still prefer playing the old Command & Conquer Tiberium dawn & sun, over the more recent C&C games.
That aside, I have trouble playing old games, due to compatibility issues (mainly coming from the Windows operating system)

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16:23 Jan-21-2018

tryed to change compability mod?
i didnt found game that didnt work so far

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22:00 Jan-21-2018

Ye, sometimes works, but not always

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16:10 Jan-21-2018

warcraft, red faction, quake

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19:02 Jan-21-2018

You struggle to play warcraft? I'd say that even warcraft 1 is well polished, especially for it's time, there are strategies from the late 90s and early 2000s that are more clunky than warcraft 1.

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19:41 Jan-21-2018

well i canot remember any other right now but yes i struggled playing warcraft 1 and 2

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12:24 Jan-21-2018

It really depends, some games aged better than others. And it also depends a lot on how old games are we talking about. But I usually don't really struggle to play old games, though I do sometimes miss few quality of life improvements we got later. Just mostly not on the level of not being able to play.

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12:23 Jan-21-2018

Need For Speed underground and Need for Speed Underground 2 needs a patch for multi core cpu's otherwise it crashes :(

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12:48 Jan-21-2018

You can limit the game to only use a single core in the task manager by setting the affinity of the NFS executeable. While you need to do this every time you start the game it hasn't crashed for me since so i'd greatly recommend it

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08:58 Jan-21-2018

If its Streets of rage NEVER! I still get hooked all these years later. Recently played some FF7 as well and was hooked. Crisis core is a great substitute. Retro classics never get old

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05:38 Jan-21-2018

Evidently for the last 3 - 4 years we have a lot of remaster / remake / re-imagination and successor of many good old IPs. One of the usual outdated aspect is just graphic. some games has legit strong point more than just nostalgic value.

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22:54 Jan-20-2018

I think it also depends on the games playability, for example, I can pick up Crash Team Racing anytime and still enjoy it, especially in 4 player split screen, which we still do from time to time.


Max Payne still very playable game, even with the dated graphics.


But some games like the Original Tomb Raider, I can't play, or FF VII.

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21:13 Jan-20-2018

Yes, some of the games I should have played back in the day, should have been played back in the day.


Not to say I don't like SNES and sega genesis games.

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20:47 Jan-20-2018

I don't mind playing my old games if the mood strikes me. I understand that the visuals aren't going to be up to modern tastes. As someone who's been gaming for over 30 years, the value of graphics is measured against how distracting they are to the game play; Panzer Dragoon would be considered garish today, but the clarity of the visual elements is good enough to work for the gameplay. Between SM Alpha Centauri and Pandora FC I'd rather play the older, but stronger, game.

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20:39 Jan-20-2018

I love retro conoles like NES, SNES, Mega Drive. etc. Classics like Super Metroid, Zelda A Link to the Past, Super Mario World, Streets of Rage, Shadowgate and RPG games in general on SNES were just great. I love going back and play those.

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20:32 Jan-20-2018

I love going back and emulating old titles from my childhood, some I enjoy are Golden eye, Mario 3, Contra, Sonic 1,2,and3, sky shark.... On the PC front some old ones I like to boot are Combat flight Sim, Doom, Wolfenstein, COD 1, MOH.

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20:04 Jan-20-2018

Playing GTA2 ,Quake 2 and Duke 3D on my nephews PC is what got me into gaming all those years ago. Still like to play all of them. Probably nostalgia, but GTA 2 is still my favorite GTA .

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19:23 Jan-20-2018

Downgrading can be hard, especially if the story or gameplay are meh. If them two are good - I don't care if I'm playing something that looks like Diablo 1!


That being said, often it's working around the hardware/software compatibility just to run the game that's the real challenge and reward :D

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18:37 Jan-20-2018

the old games have keyboard mapping and control schemes schemes like a airplane cockpit

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19:01 Jan-20-2018

so true,recently tried hitman codename 47 (year 2000). So complicated, droped it eventually, not my cup of tea.

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19:21 Jan-20-2018

Better than modern console-like controls with weapon wheels and no 1-9 hotbar...

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21:24 Jan-20-2018

Im fine with that:D I also like to use wireless controller for more casual gaming :d

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23:01 Jan-20-2018

If you really love the game you will manage or find a way, I played Final Fantasy XII through a PS2 emulator with only using my keyboard

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18:24 Jan-20-2018

the only good old game I struggle to go back to which I've played is Morrowind but thats more to do with the UI than the graphics

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18:23 Jan-20-2018

ff 7 8 9, rome1, warcraft 3 frozen throne and 2, currently destroying gta san andreas gta 4 and bf2 (timeless games for which new mods are coming out even today, take a note ea and other c*nts) ...so yeah, I'm actually all about them lol

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18:11 Jan-20-2018

Define "old". I went back to games like Bioshock (2007) after playing Infinite, and I ended up loving the original. Haven't played too many games pre-2005, largely owing to the fact I didn't game back then.
As long as the game is fun to play, I don't mind how old it is or what the graphics are like.

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17:44 Jan-20-2018

Generally depends on the type of game it was and the oldest game I've played recently is Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (2003) and I really enjoyed it more than I did back when I was a kid. Graphics don't bother me too much unless the graphics were worse than normal for the time it came out.

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17:31 Jan-20-2018

It depends..... some of the old games are just as fun as they were when they were new, and some just don't age well..... I find old FPS games like DOOM, Duke 3D and Quake extremely easy to get back into, especially with modern engines that allow things like jumping and WASD+mouselook, games like Starcraft, Warcraft, and Baldurs Gate also retain alot of their old charm.... Diablo 1 as well, Diablo 2 I can't seem to get into anymore though.

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