I think the thing that most greatly influences my view of modern gaming. Is that fact that I, among others I;m sure, grew up along side the gaming industry. So we have lived the same technological progressions that games have. So despite that the technology of games becoming more sophisticated, so our taste in games has also become more sophisticated. With me, during every new emerging game generation. I say to myself, OK that's it, I;m fine with this level of graphical prowess. No need to spend anymore time, storage space, and system resources, on increasing that aspect. Use any new innovation in system performance and storage capacity to now elevate the game.
So when you look at older games in context, and judge them by the technological limitations of their time. They tend to stand out as examples of how a game can be, the full extent of what it has to offer, with in the framework for which it is limited. Which seems to be the opposite today. Truly a shame for sure. Unless Richard Garriott can get his "Ultimate RPG" off the ground. It seems unlikely that there will ever exist a game that can come even close to simulating my first couple of years of UO. Where everything was new ground, and every aspect of the in-game world was completely player driven.
IMO if you missed those formative years of online rpgaming you missed out on something great. And it is increasingly unlikely to ever come again. But, you know.... High hopes and all.
Originally Posted by Demi-God
On a similar note, any indie games that have stood out for you guys?
Planescape and Fallout 1&2 I've always wanted to try out, I'll get them as soon as I can but I've heard good things about them. I never played the PC BG's but BG: DA 1 & 2 I absolutely loved, being able to build my character and the co-op work that it included.
Indie games- Magicka. I was thoroughly impressed with it, and was loads of fun all the way through. Plus geeky throwback humor is always welcome. Give a nod to Terraria as well.
Fallout 2- If you decide to play it. Install the restoration project. It adds all the content that was removed from the game before it was released. As well as some cool extras, and many bug fixes.