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Hey, That Was Cool Once, Maybe Again: Nostalgia in Gaming
In light of the popularity and continuing creation of “HD” versions of older games, I have come to wonder if the nostalgic value of said games is truly worth their ticket price. Halo seemed to be the big title that really brought this new element of gaming to majority of gamers’ attention. When the original version of the game was vamped up, glossed over, and re-released at a seemingly (but then not-so-seemingly) reasonable price of $39.99 I immediately began to wonder if I wanted to purchase the game, again, at that price. I did, of course, and I couldn’t help but admit the joy of somewhat recreating the experience I had when first playing Halo, but the feeling slowly faded away. I was reminded of when I used to have an addicting habit of collecting action figures. Some I simply had to have and would spend any price to have them. Then, they would sit in my room and collect dust because after a time of gawking at the awesomeness of a Batman or Spawn figure, I would lose interest.
“HD” games in theory are a fantastic idea. Some games were created well before the technology that would do the game justice was around and have merit to be amped up. Shadows of the Colossus is one of these games I felt was worthy of a re-release. But, again, the price doesn’t seem reasonable. Although SOC is packaged with ICO, the sticker price feels a little steep. I always felt that the creation of “HD” versions was a way of the game developers to show gratitude to the gamers for helping their title become as successful as it was. So, why not reward the gamers with a reasonable price instead of profiting off of nostalgia. Brand new games launch at $59.99 and within a few weeks begin their steady decline to a range between $39.99 and $49.99, which is the same price range as these “HD” versions. I find myself hard pressed to buy a game I have already defeated over a new title. For that $39.99 I could buy a game I know I loved, and now is aesthetically more attractive, or I could take a chance with a newer game that may only satisfy me for the night. Every time I come across this paradox, whether in my gaming life or social life, I struggle.
Is it so bad to want an experience I have already encountered to be cheaper the second time around?