Classic Video Games

Written by Adam Blau
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There is nothing quite like the thrill of playing a classic video game today. In a world where many of the newer video games require a tremendous time commitment and deep problem solving abilities, the simpler and more straightforward games of yesteryear can be incredibly refreshing. Many of those games relied more on hand-eye coordination and practice rather than problem solving and free-roaming exploration.

The Beauty of Simplicity

For many, it is exciting to pick up a game and learn how to play it in a few minutes. Many newer video games can take days or even weeks to get a handle on the rules and game environment. Classic video games, by their simpler nature, tend to be easy to learn and based on a single, easily understood premise.

Classic games like Asteroids and Centipede tested, above all, reflexes and hand-eye coordination. They were incredibly simple to learn, and their premise could often be picked up by a small child. Their entertainment value, though, would often span entire age ranges. One family tells a tale of a young daughter playing the same classic Atari game on Saturday morning that her father would try to master when he came home from work at night.

The relative simplicity of these games makes them enjoyable for groups or families. Unlike free-roamers or first-person shooter games, the short duration and competitive nature of most classic video games enable all people to be involved at once. It is no wonder that even amidst the phenomenal graphics and detailed worlds of modern video games, classic video games still have a prominent place.


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