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The Nostalgia Effect

Nostalgia vs My wallet.

This week, it appears that the Crash Bandicoot Remaster “N.Sane Trilogy” that was released last Friday, has whomped it’s way to the top of the UK Charts for the PlayStation 4. An impressive feat for essentially a game that was first released in 1996 (Yikes – feeling old) but what makes it that little bit more impressive is that it has also become the biggest single format physical release in 2017 for the PS4, just pipping Horizon Zero Dawn. Add to the fact the N.Sane trilogy also boasts the second biggest overall multi format launch this year in the UK VS Ghost Recon Wildlands, a title that was released across multiple formats against Crash’s one.

What’s my point? Basically, the PS4 and myself have never truly been friends. I watched my wife play through “The Last of Us” and I slogged through FFXV with little enjoyment but generally the PS4 is relegated to Netflix Duty. This isn’t the PS4’s fault, it’s just preference since there hasn’t been anything I REALLY wanted to play on the PS4 that I can’t play on PC. This current wave of nostalgia is putting my wallet in jeopardy.

I bought Crash on release day, something I rarely do with games nowadays, probably because the Steam Sales have trained me to be a complete tightwad. But I’m so glad I did since I’m actually using the PS4. However I noticed this had started a worrying trend, not a week before I’d shelled out for “Wipeout- The Omega Collection” based purely on my love for the PS1 version.

This is how my mind remembers the PS1 version

Have the gaming gods been spying on me? Have they discovered my nostalgia based weakness? I fired up my PC and had a quick nosey through my Amazon wishlist…Oh no, I’ve got Micro machines and Sonic Mania on there as well.

Take a look at the SNES Mini that was announced the other day, and how quickly the NES mini became unavailable due to demand massively outstripping the supply. Nostalgia SELLS!

It’s not to say that modern games are no good, quite the contrary some of them are amazing compared to what we had. But those that have grown up with the hobby have fond, if somewhat rose-tinted memories, of these games and we are now the target market due to our disposable income. Nostalgic games are a little bit like 80’s music, a lot of it was absolute trash but the good stuff tends to have survived. Good games get remastered and re-released and tug on those little nostalgia heart strings.

For myself, the PS1 era is when gaming became “acceptable” to the masses, hell the PlayStation even made it cool.

Let’s see if this is a nostalgia wave that will just keep on coming or it’s a bubble waiting to burst…

One comment

  1. Part of what I’ve loved about the PC as a platform over the last 20 years has been the ability to continue to enjoy older games, without a re-mastered version or with a few technical hoops to jump through.

    I can still fire up something like Half-Life 2, which is a 13 year old game now, it will play on pretty much anything too, even my aging Surface Pro 2.

    The way Microsoft have achieved backward compatibility, even allowing some first generation Xbox games, is a better way than Sony’s streaming stuff in my opinion…

    Remasters are fine too, but the wife would be perfectly happy to put her original Crash discs in the PS4, rather than pay nearly £30 for stuff she’s already bought for the original system, then again on PS3. It does bring the game to a new generation though, which is great.

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