The Double-Edged Sword of NostalgiaAuthor: Jon Martin | Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 |
Nes Dreams was a cartoon I did in my second year of college. I had just started smoking weed and for some reason it made me really happy to sit back and feel like I was in the past. I was a little intimidated with college during that time and it felt easier just to escape in the electronic beeps of an emulator….
I used to sit up at night with all the lights off, with huge headphones on, smoking weed and playing old games. I mostly stuck to old NES games because the NES was my first gaming console.
Well that’s over.
Living in the nostalgia is nice but after a while, it loses it’s allure. For instance, sitting and playing Little Nemo’s Dreamland for an hour was fun at first.. but after a while, you realize you’re just wasting your new memories on old things. Many people get into the trap of looking back and seeing things as better than they were. For games, it seems nostalgia usually isn’t about the game, it’s about who you were at the time you were playing.
I remember the first time I booted up Legend of Zelda on the N64, I was in 8th grade and I pretended to be sick an entire week to finish it. It was great because I had my mom fooled and I would just lay on my bedroom floor playing all day. I have a feeling that some day in the future, when I’m a little grayer, I will look back VERY fondly at those times. What will I be wishing for though? Those rare blissful gaming moments? Or a time when I was a kid, in my youth, when my mom and family took care of me, before I realized how fucked up the world really is?
I’m guessing it’s the latter.
Just as our generation is nostalgic about 8-bit gaming, the next generation is nostalgic about N64 and Playstation games. Seven year olds growing up now will one day look back at the PS3 as a quaint underpowered toy. Time marches on and getting wrapped up in nostalgia will only slow us down.
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