Are you a "classic", "middle age" or "modern" gamer (see definitions)

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by UltraDolphinRevolution, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. I play mostly "classic" games

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  2. I play mostly "middles age" games

    16 vote(s)
  3. I play mostly "modern" games

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  4. I play the three types roughly the same amount

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  1. UltraDolphinRevolution

    UltraDolphinRevolution GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 30, 2016
    Definitions (for the sake of this thread):

    "Classic": Everything until and including N64 titles.
    "Middle Age": PS2/GC/Xbox (and the corresponding PC titles at the time) until and excluding the latest console gen.
    "Modern": The latest console generation (and the corresponding PC titles).

    We are talking about your current gaming habits.

    I'm personally (for the first time) not interested in the latest generation of consoles. It's more of the same, there is no real gap between generations anymore and no exciting new features (HD Rumble being the highlight I guess; I find VR to be still not interesting enough), my beloved Wii remote (pointer) has been discontinued; therefore I revel in the past, enjoy my backlog of past generations and feel like I could go on several generations without feeling bored. The only thing I lack at the moment is multiplayer on a regular basis.
    How about you?
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  2. x65943

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    Which option do I put if I only play select ninty games because I am trying to relive childhood nostalgia?

    Modern I guess?

    I think nostalgia gamer is probably more accurate for me. When I hear modern it makes me think of fortnite kiddos.

    Past that I guess you could call me a casual - playing Mario Party when I'm with the family.

    All in all though I would still say classic games are my favorite despite me not playing them much anymore.
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  3. SG854

    SG854 If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It

    Feb 17, 2017
    As an 80 yr senior citizen, I am a classic gamer.
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  4. Chary

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    Well, I just finished up a run of Fallout 2, before no-lifing Fire Emblem Three Houses before that. I have nostalgia for the "middle era" of games, though I don't think I still to any specific timeframe.
  5. Tom Bombadildo

    Tom Bombadildo ToMClassic

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    I forgot
    D) All of the above. I like playing games. Whether that's stuff from the 80s or stuff from yesterday, doesn't matter to me so long as I enjoy whatever I'm playing.
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  6. MicmasH_W

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    If it's fun to me I play it! But really I grew up in the 2000s so that's the era of games I'm most nostalgic for, although I did have a Gameboy Color so I was exposed to older games (like R-Type) so I really enjoy those too.
    All the modern games I enjoy are usually indie games or homebrew of some kind... or if it's a game made by a certain awesome friend of mine :D
  7. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    Mostly middle ages here. Granted, I play a good chunk of recent mobile and indie games, but in horsepower they can (mostly) (1) easily run on a system of two or more generations ago.
    I do play classics from time to time, as well as the occasional new game (I do intend to get a switch... Eventually), but the large part is certainly not there.

    (1): just played stories untold. It's about 95% text or point & click, but has a few (unoptimized?) spikes where a modern PC is needed to smooth things out
  8. FAST6191

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    Classic including the PS1 era makes that a very odd definition from where I sit. Changes were fairly radical from the 16 bit era to those (2d itself being rendered easy really and 3d becoming the order of the day). To say nothing of including the likes of the commodore64 and BBC micro in those -- comparing those to late stage SNES is about as dubious as PS4 to pong really.

    Likewise is there much difference between xbox 360 games and PS4 games? You get some slightly shinier graphics, less local co-op and less desire to push the boat out for the PS4 but beyond that I am not seeing much difference, and frankly if you want to spin in the PS2, GC and xbox it is still pretty recognisable there as well (though the graphical leap will be notable).

    Don't care for this categorisation really.

    All this said "no exciting new features (HD Rumble being the highlight I guess)"... do you actually like the features race? Pending either a glove/camera that can sense microscopic finger twitches, a ball of something that morphs into the controller of choice or we get something that taps directly into my spine then does there need to be much more than twin sticks and mouse and keyboard?
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  9. bjaxx87

    bjaxx87 GBAtemp Fan

    Jun 17, 2011
    My gaming is all over the place, I'm regularly playing GBC, GBA, SNES, NDS, N64, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox 360, PC and Nintendo Switch games. Sooo, no idea what to vote for.

    I kinda wanted to skip the current generation (which is why I didn't buy a PS4 or Xbox One) but thanks to Nintendo Switch and my still decent PC (build in 2011) I play many of the current games.
  10. DCXPIG

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    Apr 9, 2013
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    I'm a mix of classic and middle age, as time goes it seems I collect modern consoles. I love the idea of my Switch however I have a Nvidia portable for years now and honestly it's as you said, more of the same. I'm attracted to the idea of VR albeit not in current format, a hololens projector would be ultra cool to experience without goggles. Game wise I enjoy my classics and backlogged titles much more and titles like Valfaris, so classic with a modern spin?! I guess I'm a confused gamer
  11. DinohScene

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    I play whatever I feel like.
    Lately it's been modern games but I also play HOMM3 on me iBook when I'm bored : D
  12. UltraDolphinRevolution

    UltraDolphinRevolution GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 30, 2016
    I was thinking the same thing. But then I remembered that we are currently about as far removed from the Wii as we were from the SNES during the Wii era.
    Anyway, there can be any number of categories. Also the AVGN usually doesn't go newer than N64, so... ;)

    In general: no. But once is a while a new feature is the 2nd coming of Christ. I'm talking about the the Wiimote (pointer), of course.

    Mouse and keyboard has the disadvantage that it needs a flat surface and the keyboard usually does not have a thumbstick for running.
    Two thumbsticks on a normal gamepad are okay for action adventures and the like, but with regards to aiming they feel to me as outdated as aiming with a D-Pad felt after N64.
    There was a rare gamepad for Wii which actually had a pointer and two sticks but it apparently was of poor design and quality.
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  13. Zense

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    Apr 20, 2008
    I play everything except maybe not anything older than Master System/NES.

    I guess I play too little current gen games. Last new game I played must have been Vagante, which is a pixel rogue-lite so it could even go as a retro/classic game. Oh I did play For the King this year so that's recent. Still in one and the same day I might play Mega Drive, PS1 and Wii so I'm not sure what to think.

    Also, why don't the X360 and PS3 get put into a category? Are they part of middle age or modern?

    I think a more interesting question would be what era of gaming are you spending most money on. Like do you buy lots of equipment like cables, mods, etc. for old game systems or do you spend more on the current gen? Maybe I should open a topic for it...
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  14. KiiWii

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    I play pretty much everything all the time: GB/GBA/NES/SNES/N64/GC/Wii/WiiU/NSW/SMS/MD/DC/SS/PSX/PS2/PS4/XB/XB360/XB1.

    Weirdly omitting PS3 from that list now, I havent touched PS3 in a very long time....I really want to turn my Pi3B+ into an AIMTRAK ARCADE GUN CAB, but I dont have the woodworking skills or the money.... lol.
  15. FAST6191

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    In terms of time but in terms of style of gameplay and shifts in paradigm there then I can't really lump PS1/Saturn/N64 together with SNES, megadrive and PCE or Amiga other than some of the same things from the 16 bit era continued on into the 32 bit one, and have continued to this day. Any dev in the PS1 era would recognise a game from today (or indeed look at the PC at the time -- something like Delta Force in 1998) and be all "so that is what more memory and storage gets me".

    It was the inclusion of the wiimote pointer that had me curious and prompted that reply. Other than making name entry a bit easier I don't particularly see it as adding that much or otherwise uniting the PC with console again in terms of UI and possible games (not like we suddenly had mega inventory RPGs, "life sims" or RTS titles on consoles by virtue of the wiimote), indeed I would sooner look at the touchscreen for the DS as doing more there.
  16. GensokyoIceFairy

    GensokyoIceFairy GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 30, 2017
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    I’m mostly interested in the early 90s to late 00s. I feel like most kinds of media (including the Internet) have steadily been dropping in personal longevity since around 2012 or so.

    Modern to me means post-2010s, which seems to be the point where everything started to become more universally targeted and far more about advertising and short lived fame/money (particularly since 2016)...
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  17. matthi321

    matthi321 GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 14, 2013
    most of the games i play are from 98 to around 2005. so does that make me a classis or middle gamer?

    nvm: didtn see the description, im deffintly a middle gamer then
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  18. alexander1970

    alexander1970 GBAtemp allows me to be here

    Nov 8, 2018

    It's always very similar:

    A "new" Game that interests me (for Example Shadow of the Tomb Raider).
    And I am just playing this until I finish it.:)

    Then I look around "What can I play now....."

    Then most of the time I try an similar Game (in this Case "Tomb Raider Anniversary" on the PlayStation 2).
    After that or sometimes during I change to another "older" similar Game (in this Case "Tomb Raider" on the PlayStation).

    And then to some completely different (a "logical One" in this Case is an classsic Adventure like "The Dig").

    Sometimes it depends on GBAtemp.:P

    For Testing purposes (to help maybe someone) I try a Game and I stay on it.This can be a Wii or DSi or GameBoy Advance Game for example.
    And in the Middle of this it is always time for a Round "Resident Evil".
    (PlayStation,Gamecube or Wii).

    Thank you.:)
  19. RinkuSonic41

    RinkuSonic41 Advanced Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    Classic/Middle age.
  20. Mnecraft368

    Mnecraft368 I hate my name.

    Aug 8, 2015
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    I play a bit of the middle-age stuff, or just after it (Wii, occasional GC) but I play modern games most often (modern Nintendo, some VR titles). These days I don't play much of anything except for a few VR games.

    I always bring this up when it fits, so putting this here: Despite my name I do not play Minecraft and I haven't for years.
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