I used to play video games a lot when I was in high school. Like, a fucking lot. Some days I'd be putting 8 hours into a video game all the while going to school and having a social life. Thankfully my social life transferred over into gaming. Most of my best friends had Xbox Live and we'd voice chat on there for hours while we played. It was just a part of growing up and being kids. As you may remember, I recently wrote a blog post about my falling out of love with video games and so, after several suggestions from readers, I decided to see if it was just a phase, if I had finally "grown up" or if I just hate having fun.
The recent announcement of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the rumored Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Collection and Gears of War Collection show that my hobby of gaming just may continue, but not in the way it did before. These are the same games I've played before, just with some updated graphics and, sometimes, a new engine. But that's really the point in my enjoyment of it. I don't want to have to learn an entirely new game and maps. If I did that, I wouldn't be playing a franchise game like either of these. It's kind of sad, I remember my dad using the same reasoning for not wanting to play video games whenever I'd try to prod him into a game of Madden. "It's too much work, I can't invest the time to be good." At the time I just saw it as an old-person-response (my dad was like 35 at the time. That's old to young me) and moved on. Now I get it.
I suppose I'm just retreating into what's familiar due to the fact that I have no faith in original content. I've been disappointed too many times. I'm the type of person that learns from experience and as of this point in my life, I know that if it's not coming from Rockstar, then chances are 50/50 that it's going to suck. These upcoming remakes are not just that. It's not like they're replacing voice actors and changing what we once knew. This is a remastering of what I consider to be some of my favorite games of all time. And they couldn't have come at a more pivotal times. Who knows, given a little more time, I may have been forced to grow up.