vampire: the masquerade

Today we are living in the Golden Age of Gaming. Now, you can play anywhere and anything with graphics that are almost indistinguishable from real life. Within reason.  

But since yesterday I couldn’t think about anything else but my childhood games. I was sitting next to my son, watching him play a game on a tablet that looked very much like the good old Contra. Hey, if you don’t know what I am talking about, it’s fine. It’s an ooooold game.  

 

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Anyway, as I soaked in memories of me playing on pre-PlayStation consoles, I thought to myself – Call of Duty is coming back to WWII theme. More game developers should come back to their roots.  

Here is a list of games I would love to see most: 

Thief 

I could talk about why Thief is the best game ever, especially if you are playing in the middle o0f the night with your lights off and your headphones on, but there is a video i recently saw that describes the point best.
 

Vampire: The Masquerade  

You may sense a pattern emerging here. But it’s not. The thing is, single player games in the 90s were really good for telling the story, showing great characters. Vampire: The Masquerade, based on the tabletop game of the same name, was one of them. 

And, not to be the grumpy uncle of gaming but today’s game most of the time focus on graphics. Especially because multiplayer capabilities are much better today.  

Carmageddon 

Oh, it must be remade some day. But it probably won’t because these days everyone is just too sensitive even for the smallest of controversies. Imagine, a game like Carmageddon, where you can, and arguably, should drive over innocent people, brought back. Remember, GTA V kept their virtual casino closed, allegedly because there would be no casino deposit bonuses to claim. At this increasing rate of political correctness, even mentioning casino will be prohibited in games.    

Contra  

The problem with bringing back 2D games is: what do you add? Do you simply polish the graphics and release the same game with same missions? I think it could work but gamers may also consider offering a $30 game that is basically the same from the 90s as lazy business.  

However, if the developers Konami would come up an idea to revive the original Contra, I am sure that thousands of players would stand with them. If they made it right.  

Dungeon Keeper  

Dungeon Keeper was never the most popular game but it had a large base of loyal customers that would love to see the game revived. And I am not talking about the abomination that Electronic Arts released for mobile. The game was a time-eater but I loved it.    

Conclusion

As I said, we do have some fantastic games now. Witcher 3 maybe the best game ever released, Life is Strange, Red Dead Redemption, The Last of Us are all spectacular. There are some immersive stories, great characters. But childhood memories is a pull force and I have no doubt that one day game developers will utilize it.