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Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Funkymonk » Sun Feb 10 2019 4:36pm

I'm asking this because I've been playing Sonic Mania recently and f*ck me I'm finding it hard! I'm losing lives in literally every zone (and to my shame even died in the Green Hill Zone :blush:) and don't get me started on those tedious special zones! The thing is back in the day I could wizz through a Sonic game without even breaking sweat and with lots of lives/continues left at the end.
I'm guessing most people here have been playing games as long as me so does anyone else feel they we're better at games when they were younger? Also for those who have played Mania do you think this is more difficult then the old Sonic games or is it just me? It does seem to me that ther's a lot more insta death traps in this one (things falling on your head, exploding without warning ect).
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Rune » Sun Feb 10 2019 8:21pm

Yes and no. I find my decision making skills and strategy are much better, but my reflexes are way worse.


Also when I come home exhausted from work, I can't do a lot of action games because I forget which button is jump and which is shoot.
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby TheUnknownMarine » Mon Feb 11 2019 6:31am

Rune wrote:Yes and no. I find my decision making skills and strategy are much better, but my reflexes are way worse.


Also when I come home exhausted from work, I can't do a lot of action games because I forget which button is jump and which is shoot.


Yea, behold unto the rare occurence that is TUM and Rune agreeing on something, for as thou age, thou reflexes turn as to shit, but thou brain is able to handle more complex planning.

It is absolutely infuriating to find how much worse I am at shooting things over the internet now as to ten years ago, though.
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Funkymonk » Mon Feb 11 2019 8:49pm

TheUnknownMarine wrote:
Rune wrote:Yes and no. I find my decision making skills and strategy are much better, but my reflexes are way worse.


Also when I come home exhausted from work, I can't do a lot of action games because I forget which button is jump and which is shoot.


Yea, behold unto the rare occurence that is TUM and Rune agreeing on something, for as thou age, thou reflexes turn as to shit, but thou brain is able to handle more complex planning.

It is absolutely infuriating to find how much worse I am at shooting things over the internet now as to ten years ago, though.


Good point lads, older games generally require better reflexes too so maybe it's natural that I'm going to find a old school game like Sonic Mania harder then when I was a young lad. It doesn't make it any less infuriating though!
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby MXC » Mon Feb 11 2019 9:44pm

Older games do require better reflexes but that comes from just playing them a lot. When I played Sonic, for example, I did it for stretches at a time (multiple hours over multiple weeks) when I was a kid. So I got decent because I kept playing it. I don't typically do that now anymore because I don't have the time.

I honestly think my reflexes are the same but it just feels worse because I don't sit down with games as long as I used to when I was younger.
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Corsair » Mon Feb 11 2019 10:35pm

We're all dying slowly and the decreased cognitive processing speed is just evidence of this ^_^
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Rune » Tue Feb 12 2019 1:14pm

Enough screwing around with old age, it's time to get down to business and start dying quickly.
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Funkymonk » Tue Feb 12 2019 8:38pm

Well this thread got depressing quickly! ;P
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Alpha » Sat Feb 23 2019 6:56am

I used to be able to ace the Sonic 3/Knuckles/Mania sphere bonus levels. Now I'm moderate at best at them.
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Funkymonk » Sat Feb 23 2019 8:10pm

Alpha wrote:I used to be able to ace the Sonic 3/Knuckles/Mania sphere bonus levels. Now I'm moderate at best at them.


They're by far the most tedious and frustrating of the original bonus levels - literally 1 little error of judgement and you fail. I don't know why they made them the main bonus level in Mania.
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby thepeaguy » Mon Feb 25 2019 4:20am

My gaming skills haven't been affected much. I think it's more to do with my giving less of a shit to excel at them as I get older.
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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Stordarth » Mon Feb 25 2019 3:40pm

I don't think I've worsened all that much. Using Sonic Mania as an example also, I too found it kicked my ass a bit initially, and thought it was my reflexes turning to shit.

But I still remember my first times playing all the mega drive sonics, and they kicked my ass too at first. Sonic is more a game reliant on improvement from repetition and memorisation, and even now, I've played mania far less than the other entries, which translates to being less proficient.

I think Mania kinda tricks you by feeling familiar enough that you feel that you should be proficient at it, while being different enough that it easily catches you out because you become complacent in that false familiarity

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Re: Anyone else feel they arn't as good at games these days?

Postby Funkymonk » Wed Feb 27 2019 8:02pm

This is true, modern games hold your hand a lot more compared to retro games where you have to work things out yourself a lot more. Some of the bosses in Mania are a good example; There are certain bosses where you're almost certain to lose some lives (unless you get lucky) until you work out what you're supposed to be doing. To me in 2019 things like this just feels like bad design and is grossly frustrating but perhaps this has always been the way with older games.
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