This is why the games you loved as a child are best left in the cupboard

Gamers love to get nostalgic for old games. But the danger of going back to the games we used to play as kids (if you were playing games in the early 80s, that is) is the inevitable crushing reality that they just aren't as good as we remember them. Often they're straight up pony. It hurts. But it's the actual crap truth about old games from the Stupid Ages. It's not funny. Only it is funny. Look here at the video that is the reason for all this preamble:

Yes. Old games are often best left as happy memories in your head. The sketch is from the actually very funny Limmy's Show, which goes out Thursday's on BBC 2 Scotland. You can catch it on Sky (channel 990) and it's also available on iPlayer. It's definitely more fun than playing Jumping.

March 24, 2011


  • avery78 - March 30, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    After watching this I hooked up my old NES and tried a few of my games. I went back to my PS3 after about 10 mins.
  • Assassino - March 27, 2011 2:05 a.m.

    I've got every achievement for that jumping game.
  • AleeR - March 25, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    I can concede that nostalgia for Atari games become tarnished in real life. The games for that system were more like the beta period for gaming. There are some fun elements, but it doesn't hold up like it did when I was a kid. The NES however (and up through the Genesis and SNES) actually hold up remarkably well. I find myself going back to game from this period quite often, and I find them thoroughly enjoyable. They actually hold up a lot better than a lot of PSX games I liked, simply because PSX and N64 graphics are looking more and more atrocious with age.
  • AuthorityFigure - March 25, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    New games become old - with this attitude, nothing except the very newest will be valid. ANd we all know how good NEW shovelware is compared to OLD shovelware.
  • jmcgrotty - March 25, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    I loved how in the background of "Jumping" they have the world trade center showing. Since they were still standing when the game first came out. And not being sarcastic when I say I loved it. I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I noticed it. As for the host, can someone translate this thing into english, please?
  • Spybreak8 - March 24, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    Oh forgot to say Pac-Man, we've even seen two modern iterations (aside from Ms. Pac-Man) Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX.
  • Spybreak8 - March 24, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Sure use shitty games as an example of the "Golden Age" of video games. Pshhh, freakin' Frogger, Space Invaders (I'm still playing as Space Invaders Extreme), Dune 2, Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong Country, Tetris, Super Mario World, F you man there are plenty of good old games which you could play today and still enjoy them. Now not saying all old games are great, I kind of got this when I initially checked out Game Room, what a bunch of crappy games which I was surprised they didn't improve the way you could play them. Atari was fine but the Intellivision was a nightmare just trying to figure out how to play the games.
  • MsSmith - March 24, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    It's pretty bleak to think about how the games I loved in the 90's might turn into this in 10 years or so...but hopefully since there is more continuity and story to the stuff on the SNES, Playstation, Saturn and N64 there maybe hope.
  • solideye - March 24, 2011 7:45 p.m.

  • Laland - March 24, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    Luckily for me, the N64-era is what I consider my golden time. Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie are just as fun to play today!
  • sgloomy - March 24, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    this happens to me every time i download a ps one game from PSN, its fun for like the first 5 minutes, then i wonder why it is not getting any more exciting.
  • Ded - March 24, 2011 6:13 p.m.

    Ah Limmy's Show :D funny stuff! Lucky I don't have my old Atari, no doubt I would be disappointed.. was only about 5 when I last played it anyway.
  • revrock - March 24, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    I have been playing "Kirby's Dream Course" and "NHL 94" on Sega CD (I actually have a controller extension for the SNES and a wireless first party Genesis controller) while I ride the exercise bike and those games are just as great today as they were "in the day." As many others have said here, the 8 and 16 bit eras stand the test of time... BTW- "Kirby's Dream Course" needs to be on 3DS!
  • mylittlepwny0802 - March 24, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Super Mario Bros 3 stands the test of time.
  • grizzly311 - March 24, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    lol that's how a feel when i break out my intellivision. I remember being so excited when they added the slide with kick of dust in baseball.
  • shawksta - March 24, 2011 5 p.m.

    I was born in the 90s when old games were memoriable, but with the help of a certain angry video game nerd, my mind was more aware of how much old games in the 80 weren't that bright and should be left at the cupboard.
  • dcbernman - March 24, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    I guess I got lucky. Old games for me are from the 90s. The SNES, N64, and PSX will never die. And some of the Saturn games are pretty slick too. Then again, I love RPGS, so the SNES and PSX eras still hold strong in that genre even today. Between Chrono Trigger, FF, Grandia, and who knows how many dozens of other RPGS there were between all the 90s consoles, you can still enjoy them completely today as you would have then. In fact, I never played them back in the 90s. I only found the means to play them last year, and I am so glad I did. Plus, by buying a PS2, you get access to around 14 years of Sony history in one console. Pretty awesome.
  • ExcessGiraffe - March 24, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    Probably one of the only funny sketches from Limmy's Show. I tried really hard to like him, because he's Scottish and we need more famous people up here, but this series was just awful. On the topic of retro games, I disagree with the sentiments in the video, I still LOVE all the old Sega games I have. They take pride of place in my room because I have such fond memories of them. So until Road Rash and Streets Of Rage get remade for the 360, my Sega will always be in my heart.
  • Japanaman - March 24, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    By the way, never having a playable Atari (broke when I turned 6), I got myself a Colecovision with Atari module dirt cheap, cleaned it up, and played the games I found for sale there. Lady Bug is better than Pac-Man. Second, Pole Position for 2600 isn't half bad. Phoenix is still a great 2600 game, and somehow, Battlezone gets better with age. It's like a simple version of a game with tanksticks and there is no better way to improve upon a game where you drive a tank around destroying stuff. I mean, Combat reeked, but Battlezone is like the modern version of that game. Yes, Mr. Intellivison. I did play Atari today. What's it to ya?
  • Japanaman - March 24, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    O.K., I'll be honest here. This only happens to me when I buy a game that I rented as a kid or I loved a game becase of its graphics. So, only 33% of the time at most am I disappointed. For example, two years ago, I bought a bunch of cheap SNES games I loved as a kid when I rented them for one day. Big mistake. Vortex seemed horrible compared to Transformers, Stunt Race was slow, Star Fox, a game I never beat as a kid, I beat in one sitting with only one life lost, Super Off-Road: The Baja was worse than I remembered, 4 X 4 or whatever that buggy shooter was called was also horrible, specially compared to the arcade. As far as games I've played to death, I'm disappointed with their fun factor, but how many times can beating games over and over again be fun? I don't even like beating modern games more than once because most are challenging, not fun to play. I find only Mega Man 2 and Goldeneye seem to be fun to beat.... and Punch-Out. I could play Punch-Out over and over again for who knows how long. As far as games I always wanted as a kid but never had, some are good. Kabuki Quantum Fighter is fun, and Shatterhand is definitely as good as the GamePro videos I saw as a kid. As far as old games I rented goes for the NES or borrowed, I find most are still good. Base Wars is awesome. I mean, awesome for its day and awesome now. Give me a 3D version Konami, maybe on the 3DS since you canceled all Hudsons's titles. I played Rygar, Batman, Battletoads, Track and Field II, and Double Dragon III at my step-cousin's house and really enjoyed them. I purchase all those titles in the past 5 years and they are excellent titles. Now, prequels or sequels... not so much. I bought Batman Returns, Batman: Return of the Joker, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Ikari Warriors II, and blech. Batman Returns is too hard on the NES and much less fun than the SNES version. Batman: Return of the Joker looks absolutely stunning but plays like E.T. O.K., actually it plays a lot like Xargon on the SNES (or whatever that robot shooter was called). Double Dragon II is fun, but I hate the platforming elements. And Ikari Warriors II blows big, overweight, alien chunks. The gameplay can't even come close to matching the orignal. Like I said, some games I remember for the graphics. DKC is a good example. I find the graphics really do look dated to my eyes now, but the gameplay is still excellent, so I don't care too badly. Some games I use to hate, I love. I asked for a $30 VB for my b-day as a kid and played it about two weeks after buying Red Alarm for it and got sick and sold it with box and everything for dirt (well, practically dirt). I enjoyed my Sega CD and 32X for a year after getting both for Christmas, but always felt the graphics were a letdown. I purchased a Sega CD and 32X for $30 last year ($60 less than they cost in 1996 brand new.... $50 less if you didn't get VF with the 32X) since I bought a boxed $30 GBA SP I sold for $100 to some game shop guy and enjoyed them very much. I played some classics and some games I never played before like Cosmic Carnage and enjoyed their graphical power. The games got old fast as I played GEN, Sega CD, and 32X to death for two years as a kid, so I can't say the fun factor remained, but the "Wow" factor did. As far as Virtual Boy goes, when the 3DS was announced, I immediately went on eBay and spent $100 on a used one in box with Mario Tennis and an AC adaptor. Not complete, but in good shape. I can tell you after spending $70 more on a used Virtual Boy, I actually enjoy it more than I did as a kid. I don't judge it by graphics. I judge it by fun and the 3D effects which are just as good as a 3D movie is. Even in a 3D movie, the video's 3D effects are 2D. Other games are just as good as I remember them. I spent $2.98 on a copy of Adventures in the Magic Kingdom for the NES. The game is just as good looking as I remember, difficult as I remember, and enjoyable as I remember. Now, I'm gonna have to play it for months to get good enough to beat it again as I did as a kid. It's the hardest kids game I can think of, yet those levels are so fun to try to memorize. Well, that's it from me. Tell me I should leave Tetris, Mario 3, Mega Man 2, Super Castlevania IV, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye, and Tomb Raider in the cupboard and I'll have to tie you up and leave you in my cupboard... or just tell you "LIES!!!" You know, since my cupboard is really small and I don't think I'd fit in with prison life too well and I gots to have my video games.

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