Are you better at games...

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by ShadowSoldier, May 19, 2011.

  1. ShadowSoldier

    ShadowSoldier GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 8, 2009
    This is what I mean. Say when you're a kid, you get stuck in a game, or when you beat it, it was the hardest thing ever. It raised your frustration to over 9000. And then years down the road when you try it again, you find it's a lot more easier?

    For example. When I first played Final Fantasy X , getting the Sun Sigil in the Calm Lands by riding that damn Chocobo to beat the time, I remember I would literally throw my controller. It was just too damn hard. I beat it, but I didn't feel that accomplishment like I normally do.
    Skip ahead to tonight, and I got to it. I got it on my 5th time or something like that. I felt so much relieved, and confused that I could do it so much better.

    I was confused to because when I first played the game, I was around 14-15 years old. That was only like 8 years ago.

    Anybody else have anything happen to them like this?
  2. damedus

    damedus GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    United States
    Puerto Rico
    On a previously played game yes but I have never thrown my controller on a game or gotten angry at it. I got stuck in probably 4 or 5 games where I turned the game off and didn't finish the game, and a dozen or so where I just hopped online for a solution and moved on with the game and the strategy, Things that I probably found hard as a kid were games that got you backtracking a lot with no info on to where to (Like DQ 1 or Phantasy Star 1) or games where you had no way to continue on a mistake (rogues on the pc). 20 years later Im sure if I pick up one of these games id just drop it the first moment the game looks flawed mechanic. But for modern games like the snes and onward I think were better due to the practice of the same tactics over and over. You cant really say games have moved on regarding gameplay, they have improved on the old and reinvented the presentation and use but if you tell me that every new rpg out there doesn't have a growth method similar to Final fantasy then I want to play it lol. FPS still use same shooting terms, racing still employs just that and so on. So if you're playing today's games with a bit more complex curve and then hop on one of the oldies im sure it will feel easier and probably will be, with the exception being those pesky luck things where you know there's no possible skill in the world that can nail it 100% of the time (chocobo races jaja) but yeah id say the more time u game the better you get, still not sure if there's a declining age for that im still 31 lol
  3. wasim

    wasim ♫ Music addict ♫

    Nov 13, 2010
    i feel i am better

    but i recently got midnight club 3 dub edition remix i completed it once 2 yrs before
    but i feel it lot more difficult than before now
  4. koimayeul

    koimayeul GBAtemp Maniac

    Dec 2, 2009
    i get worse n worse

    just got pissed over Dracula x chronicles on my PSP
    also pursuit force angered me to the point i cant bear its sight

    im patient but a game should be entertaining not FRUSTRATING

    well im glad to read review of those two comforting me about my lack of success in them
    pursuit force being ridiculously wrong not having checkpoint, dracula x for being too hardcore of a game for a handheld, 3D gameplay remake is so so.. im better at the original

    oh god.. im almost crying now. i get old [​IMG] lol
  5. 8BitWalugi

    8BitWalugi Taiyohhhhhh!

    Mar 22, 2008
    Side 7
    Yeah, kinda.

    I mean, I can't think of examples, but I so feel better at gaming now than when I was 5-6.
  6. chris888222

    chris888222 GBAtemp's Flygon Fan

    Oct 11, 2010
    Well, I don't see much improvement with my skills as I get older, but rather get interested in more genres rather than just RPG alone. [​IMG]
  7. Arm73

    Arm73 GBAtemp Addict

    Mar 4, 2006
    Mhmmm............I think I'm getting smarter at the puzzle solving sections of most given games, but probably worse at old school platforming.
    I'm playing Dracula X on the PSP as well, and boy, it's a pain sometime to loose all your life to a boss and having to restart from the very beginning of the game...
    But that might have something to do with frustration and lack of time/energy more than lack of skills.
    But yes, these days I'm more focused and I play one game at the time and I rarely get stucked ( couple of levels on AC2 were tricky ) and I finish most of them.
    But when I play to re-play SMB3 or SMW.....then I feel the difference !
  8. CrimzonEyed

    CrimzonEyed GBAtemp Addict

    Sep 3, 2007
    Playing Ocarina of time without any knowledge of English at all made it really hard for me back then.
  9. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolf-husky™ Panties

    Sep 13, 2009
    At the end of another lost highway
    Yeah, games like Yoshi's Island used to always kick my ass when it came down the last level. Now I can run through world 8 without getting hit once. I can even beat Baby Bowser with a perfect score.
  10. Raika

    Raika uguu

    Sep 15, 2008
    Definitely. Back then I sucked a lot, but now I can clear games with ease.
  11. jurassicplayer

    jurassicplayer Completionist Themer

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    I'm a heck of a lot better now =D...Before when I played Darkwing Duck with my cousins, I don't think we even made it to the first boss with our combined abilities, but now it's different...
  12. Coto

    Coto GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 4, 2010
    When I was child, I remember being stuck for a whole day on the level you´ve had to do a ground-pound over a wood in order to get inside cave, wow... I just don´t know how many games I have beaten up now. But the "better" you become when gaming, is just a lot of practice of it.
  13. nintendoom

    nintendoom Nintendoom

    Sep 12, 2009
    Viridian City
    yeah, probably because I can understand english better now...
  14. Tornadosurvives

    Tornadosurvives Advanced Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    United States
    I feel like I'm both a little worse, but better at the same time. [​IMG]
    I remember used to being so good at the Megaman games, but I know I'm just garbage compared to back in the day.
    Other than that, I am better in another way because I know more English than when I was 5 or something. [​IMG]
  15. Ikki

    Ikki GBATemp's grumpy panda.

    Jun 1, 2010
    It depends on the game.
    Now I tend to miss the obvious/instinctive stuff since I overthink shit which turns out to be very simple.
    On the other hand, now I figure puzzles out, strategize more, etc.
  16. Pong20302000

    Pong20302000 making notes on everything

    Sep 8, 2009
    One's inner self
    im worse at some games

    McKids i could almost complete
    now i cant pass 1st world

    the Simpsons game i got past the first level once, now i cant even do that

    both on the NES lol
  17. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    May 14, 2006
    United States
    I don't think I'm a lot better (well obviously aside from puzzles) but I have a lot more patience now.
  18. tijntje_7

    tijntje_7 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 26, 2008
    Under your bed
    I got better.. yup.
    Especially at strategic games, I know when to fight, and when not to fight etc..
    My English has improved as well, helping me in multiplayer/co-op games.
  19. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    I am most definitely NOT better at games now than I was when I was a teen. That probably has a lot to do with my losing an eye in 1991 though. I can't track the action on screen as fast as I used to, my ability to react quickly to visual stimuli took a big hit. I DID lose my strong eye after all. It was also the eye that the imagination side of the brain uses and I think one's imagination is quite integral to the enjoyment of video games, which I think, goes a long way towards explaining my constantly decreasing interest for video games in general.

    Just as a dual core processor can process data faster than a single core processor, two eyes can receive and interpret visual data faster than one eye alone can. In other words, I experience input lag because one of my processors has reduced function due to a damaged visual sensor.
  20. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    Oct 27, 2002
    Engine room, learning
    I'm now worse than before too.
    I wanted to play Castlevania X on PSP .... oh god, I passed the spear men only one time on the first stage, I feel like I became a [​IMG] at playing.

    Old games required a LOT of dexterity, they were hard and you couldn't do anything else, if you wanted to complete the game you had to have a lot of patience and spend hours on a single jump to land correctly on the other side, etc.

    Now games are too easy, you can turn back while jumping, the jump is going far away from the border, etc.
    All the controls have been re-made and re-think to be easy, analog control, etc.

    Now, I suck when I go back to play old games I completed finger in the nose 15 years ago [​IMG]