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Call of Duty? Bollocks. Give me my Super Mario

You know you’re getting old when even computer game addicts have turned into Grumpy Old Men. Here old-school gamer, Andy Naylor, tells the kids a thing or two about the days when games were games.

When people think of the average gamer they think of a spotty little teenage nerd who splits their life between World of Warcraft and internet porn.

The truth is, many gamers are in their twenties and thirties, having grown up with the industry as it blossomed into what we know it to be today. It’s been there all their lives.

Ask a snotty little hoodie today what their favorite game is and you’re likely to get a painfully mediocre reply of “Call of Duty” or “Need for Speed”.

These children of the Blair-era know nothing. They have not experienced the entire gaming history like us older gamers and therefore, their knowledge is limited and flawed.

I, on the other hand, have. I was there from practically the beginning. I earned my stripes with a Spectrum ZX+2, when games were on tapes!!! When I got its younger, faster and sleeker brother, the ZX+3, I was delighted that I didn’t need to wait hours for a game to load.

Old Gamers rock

I adored Alex Kidd in Miracle World on the Master System 2; I witnessed the death of Sonic as he went 3D. I played Super Mario Kart on the SNES with a level of addictiveness that Need for Speed can’t even grasp.

These poor teenagers actually think that crap like Need for Speed is an awesome game! My friends, Need for Speed is to Super Mario Kart what sewage is to gold.

I’m not saying all new games are rubbish, far from it. But the industry has exploded into a dominant form of home entertainment with the sole goal of making profit. As a result, skewed and biased reviews appear.

When distinct blandness like Lego Indy graces the cover of formally reputable magazines like Edge, and is hailed as brilliance then you have to wonder if a little cash exchange has occurred, because in fact, it’s not even fit to lick the boots of Super Mario World.

You want a good impartial review of a game, complete with insight, enjoyment and fairness, speak to older gamers. We know our shit.

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