the walking writer

Playing The Sims 4 has had two downsides:

1. I can’t imagine going back to The Sims 3.

There’s a lot I left unfinished in The Sims 3, including maxing out skills, doing all of the careers in the Ambitions expansion and collecting stuff in the open world. Since The Sims 3 is a complete game with a number of expansions, of course there’s more to do than in The Sims 4. But I just can’t part with the silky smooth performance of The Sims 4.

2. I can’t imagine going back to The Sims 2.

I only got the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection a couple of months ago on Origin. The Sims 2 was easily my favorite game during college. I played that game for hours and hours and that was without owning most of the expansions packs. With the Ultimate Collection, I can play the expansions I missed and enjoy a smoother performance on a more modern computer. However, I just can’t bring myself to play it after playing The Sims 4.

This isn’t something unique to The Sims; I’ve discovered I feel the same way about other video games. For example, Final Fantasy 7 is easily one of my favorite games of all time. When it was first released, I played through it several times. Although I still love the game, I don’t foresee playing it again anytime soon. I think there are two reasons for this:

1. There are so many other (new!) games to play.

Although I certainly enjoy revisiting old favorites, including books and movies, my brain yearns for new things from time to time. Thanks to Steam and similar services, new video games are just a click away. Compared to the early days of gaming, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the available choices. There’s only so many hours in the day; why spend it replaying a game you’ve played several times before?

2. The technology is old and out of date.

I’m not really much of a graphics or audio snob, but most old games show their age. Some classics, such as many of the early Super Nintendo games, have an endearing charm to them that has aged well. Other games, such as the previously mentioned Final Fantasy 7, show their age quite clearly when compared to modern games. I will admit that if Final Fantasy 7 were remade for a current console, I would jump at the chance to play it.

Thinking about this topic should encourage me to consider tossing some of my old games, but I’m not planning on it. I guess I’m just a bit too sentimental sometimes.

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