Nostalgia is one hell of a drug. I remember when I was a little girl, sitting down in front of the TV with my dad as he would put on the PSone for me to play. At the time, I was obsessed with Scooby Doo which is what lead me to play Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase almost constantly. It was such a fantastic game, it could transport me to different worlds as I got to run around as my favorite TV characters. As a 5 year old it was 100% a magical experience. I wanted to write an article about how great that game used to be and still is but, then I took the time to go watch some gameplay of it and...well...the game has aged horribly.
I mean I guess that is to be expected, this was a game that came out in 2001 and that was basically a video game movie tie-in to the classic animated movie (and I truly mean this when I say CLASSIC), Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase (yes it had the exact same name as the game). I wanted to feel that feeling I felt before I went and watched the gameplay videos on Youtube. That very strong feeling of nostalgia when you remember something so fondly and you honestly still believe that the same feeling would hold up in the present day. I had some type of magical goggles on when it came to Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase and I hoped that my magical goggles were warranted. That the game was as magnificent as I remembered it.
I expected that somehow if I went back and watched some gameplay videos, that I would feel the exact same feeling that I felt as a little girl lying on the ground with a controller in her hands, wandering about the endlessly linear stages throwing pies in the enemies faces. That I would be transported back to Ancient Rome or Classic Japan with the same ease that I once was all those years ago...but, it wasn’t meant to be apparently.
Because when I did go back and watch those youtube videos, the magic had completely faded. My memories of how great the game used to be slowly dissipated the more I watched and the nostalgia began to sink away. I was disappointed. I wanted this game to be exactly as great as I remembered it and I was disappointed that it wasn’t.
That’s when I decided that nostalgia can be one hell of a drug. It can get you to remember certain things or events to be much better than they actually were/are. I learned that sometimes it’s best to leave the things you once loved in the past instead of digging the memories back up and ruining the magic behind them.
Now are there any games that you guys remember being the absolute bee’s knees and then upon going back to it, you realize that the game wasn’t as great as you remembered? Let me know in the comments down below!
P.S., some full disclosure: I was a very tiny girl during the PS one era so please forgive me if I don’t know a majority of the games that were popular back then. I just remember the few that I played here and there…