I was listening to the Waypoint 101 on Metro 2033 and it got me thinking about something that’s been on my mind intermittently for the last year or so.
I love Morrowind. I think it’s one of the best games ever made. It is also impossible to recommend. I cannot go to my friends and say “you should try Morrowind for the first time in 2018”. There is so much to love in Morrowind, but games are so different now, that approaching it with a modern eye is too high a mountain to climb. Any time I talk about Morrowind, people say “I just didn’t play it back in the day, so I don’t think I will ever get into it,” which is a totally understandable take I think.
I was thinking about this while they talked about Metro because of the way Rob and Austin talk about STALKER (the game, not the film). It is a series that Rob has a deep affection for, and Austin says something to the effect that he wish he had played it back then. If he wanted to get into it now, he’d have to invest a lot of time modding it to make it more playable and approachable, and then a further time investment to actually get into this really deep, arcane systems-based game from a decade ago. This reflects a lot of my own experience with Shadow of Chernobyl, which I purchased in 2015ish. I have booted it up several times and within an hour or two of playing it, I have seen that I just don’t have the time and energy to put into this game to get it. I think if I had played it when it came out, I would have really loved it, but it’s hard to come back to now.
Is there a game you wish you could love, but it is too dated to get into now? Is there a game you do love, but have to reckon with how dated it is?
(also, sub-question: if people want to tell me the mods i should install to gain a love of STALKER, lemme know)