Games That Make Us Nostalgic
Nostalgia. The word brings to mind a joyous familiarity felt when participating in something in the present that we actually enjoyed doing in the past. Gaming is no different. Everyone has Rockledge Opossum Removal games that bring back memories from, what we think of today as, better times. Hindsight is a like the snob that points out what you could have done, hindsight tells us 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 never really had a grip on the world. Games that bring on nostalgia puts us in the mindset of a kid again. People have a natural tendency to want safety and security. Notably the adults, because as adults we understand precisely how quickly the world can go from OK daily, to horrible the next. As players we seek safety and security in games.
I started gaming when I was really young because most players my age did. I grew up playing Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 with my mom and sister. Super Mario, Kirby, and Mario Cart were some of those titles that we played. Zelda was possibly the greatest game we played. My mom has problems with fast-moving games like Call of Duty and other highly graphical games. Zelda on the Super Nintendo we beat many times. I say “we” but it was my mother playing not me or my sister. Even thinking about it while writing this I’m getting nostalgia. We kept getting close to the end and then the match wiping our save out so we started over like three times. It was great times. That was when I was around six or seven or eight. Nostalgia gives us hope for the future. It tells us that if good times occurred in the past then more good times will occur in the future.
Later I started gaming on my own. It’s hard to think about what game came next in chronological order but they all had a theme: single-player strategy. A broad gaming description that could fit a lot of games inside. Games like Pharaoh and Cleopatra, Age of Empires II, and of course Sid Meier’s Civilization III. I was not allowed to play shooters as they had bad language in them and so was restricted to single player games. My parents were very protective and games were not as prevalent twenty years ago as they are now. Pharaoh is a town builder putting you in ancient Egypt. The purpose of the game was the build great cities using the tools at your disposal and it was quite a challenge for an eleven year old. Age of Empires II is a real-time strategy game that’s completely different from pharaoh. You have to balance resource collection and troop manufacturing to take down either AI or other players.
Think of what nostalgia is for just a second. It’s a feeling coming from a memory. A memory of “better times” which may or might not be accurate. Games we played a long time past, that brings back those memories, might not continue to be enjoyable. Civ III I played for hundreds of hours when I was younger isn’t as fun now that I am older so I do not play it as much now.
To conclude, nostalgia in games is a good thing. It allows us to relive parts of our youth that we otherwise wouldn’t have a reason to bring back up from the depths of our minds. Lots of folks say that video games lead to anti-social behavior, violence, and a drop in school grades. Video games teach us how the world is. When you are playing multiplayer of any sport you will often find people who are just toxic. It prepares for coping with the worst society has to throw at us. The first murder occurred when Cain murdered Abel back in Genesis. I’m pretty sure at they did not have video games back then. So this point is always going to be moot. The only point that actually makes sense is the drop in school grades. It takes a whole lot of discipline to do college work over video games. It builds character this discipline. So the next time you feel nostalgia coming on, take some time to stop and smell the memories. Bask in the thoughts of better times and the expectation that good times are still ahead, regardless of what the world tells you in the present. This is what video game nostalgia educates us.