Am I just a relic to prefer games like Time Ace/Gradius/Punch-Out/F-Zero..etc. over the plethora of RPGs and strategy games that seem to clutter the shelves nowadays? Or is it just that today's gamers expect more from a game than just pure mindless fun the whole way through? Personally, I prefer the mindless "twitch" games myself. If I want to think, I'll go read a technical manual, when I'm playing a game, I just want to have fun. Use my reflexes, not my mind. Is that weird? Or am I just too old-school for my own good? Is people who think like me in the extreme minority these days? Because it sure seems like it. Fun games have almost completely stopped on the PC. All I ever see is FPS after endless FPS on PC's, with some boring strategy and sim games added into the mix.....oh, and let's not forget those oh-so-important MMO games. GOD, I hate those kinds of games. They bore the hell out of me. FPS's/sims/strategy games/MMO's all seem lame to me. I honestly don't understand the fanbase they have. The last PC game I bothered with was Flatout 2. Now that's a FUN game. What critical thought processes am I missing that makes me not like cookie-cutter FPS's or boring, drawn-out strategy or sim games? I'm serious, I'd like to know. What's so fun about staring down the barrel of a gun blasting everything that moves in dark hallways? What's so fun about micro-managing my life away in some sim or strategy game? Why is online play so damned important to people? What happened to just plain FUN in a videogame? This is why I got into Nintendo handhelds, because at least there is an actual FUN game that comes out for it every once in a while, and not just FPS after boring RPG after boring sim all the time. I'm rambling on, I know (us old people tend to do that...I'm 39), but I would really like an intelligent explanation to help me understand today's gamers. I really want to understand the pull of games I consider yawn-fests and why people seem to love them so much. Games that I love, everyone else is basically going, "Meh, that game sucks". I just don't get it. I've tried, I really have, to give some of these FPS/strategy/sim/MMO games a chance, but I just don't like them and I'm trying to understand their appeal when I see them as just being tedious, boring and time-consuming. Is gaming evolving away from people like me? Or am I just living in the dark ages for wanting mindless FUN games that aren't overly complex and time consuming? It's not that I CAN'T play them, I just don't like them and don't find them FUN. I felt a need to ask these questions for the last couple of years now. I just finally got around to asking. Don't look at this post as if I'm bashing certain types of games. I'm just trying to understand their appeal. Because they certainly don't appeal to me.