Gaming with the Classics

Story by Jaron Cofield

Picture from Target of the Super NES Classic

Picture from Target of the Super NES Classic

Video games have been around for over half a century. Since their inception, they have entertained us, all the while evolving to become more detailed, immersive, and innovative. The video games that were made 20 years ago, in terms of graphics, would not be able to compete against the top games of today. But what about their entertainment value? Could people today have equally as much fun playing games that were released before they were even born as they do with the games of today? Would they want to?

Last year, Nintendo released the Super NES Classic. It is a video game console that contains 21 pre-installed games that were released for the original Super Nintendo back in 1991. Modeled after the Super Nintendo, just miniaturized, this compact console comes with two controllers for multiplayer fun.

The reviews from CSULB’s Esports club about the Super NES Classic were mixed. Most students had played on the original Super NES when they were kids but didn’t know Nintendo had come out with the Classic.

Ramon Cardenas, 20, an Aerospace Engineer in his third year, has played Nintendo games since the first console, but wouldn’t purchase the classic. “This is the first time I’m hearing about it,” Cardenas says. “But I would probably just play the [games] on my switch.”

Antony Pham, 21, the President of the Esports club and a Computer Science major, didn’t play the Super NES as a kid, but he did know about the release of the Super NES Classic. Pham prefers to stick to PC and PlayStation 4 games.

Most students admitted that even though the games are old, they wouldn’t be against playing the Classic if they had the opportunity, but most haven’t bought it themselves.

However, there was one exception: a Statistics major named Frances Chua. She plays a ton of Super NES games. In fact, she was the only one I found that did buy the Classic and still plays it as much as current games. What makes Chua different from the other students? Chua is 26. Older than most of the other students I talked with, it makes sense that she enjoys playing the older games because the Classic is veered towards an older generation.

Perhaps the Super Nintendo is too old for the current generation. Does this mean that when the PlayStation Classic (PS1 Classic) comes out this winter, the Esports Club will rush to the store to buy it? The simple answer is no. Just like the Super NES, most students did not know about the upcoming release of the PS1 Classic. Although all agreed it would be entertaining to play, it would not replace the current games of the last few years. Nostalgia may have its virtues, but perhaps not in the world of gaming.

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