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Archive for October 23, 2008

|[Blog Banter [#9] {Lost & Found}|

This edition of Blog Banter asks:

Are there any video games that possess a timeless appeal? Games that, despite constant advances in technology, retain a game engine or narrative that will forever be relevant. If so, why?

Interesting question – considering video games have not been around very long. It’s a difficult question to answer as I can’t quite see where the video game industry will be in 20 years. Of course Pong, Pac-Man, and Mario have solidified their bench spot in timeless appeal – but to many that is not the case.

One of the great genres that will always be appealing is the music-rhythm genre. Games like DDR and Karaoke Revolution have a foundation that will always be fun to play regardless if it’s 2008 or 2028. But if there’s one thing I know that will be around, it’s the classic board and card games we all know and love that are turned into video games.

So while many RPG’s will have aged [as many have already], games like Uno and Chess will always have appeal. So that’s why my pick will be: Lost Cities.

It began as a strategic card game, and was then transformed into a video game for Xbox Live Arcade. According to my 360voiceblog, I have played over 50 hours of this game – and for good reason.

It’s a fun game that’s pretty simple to learn, but hard to master. It involves going on “adventures”, taking a leap of faith on a chance you will do well, by obtaining numerical cards [the higher the better].

The game is also 4 players online, which is really cool as two players team up against two other players. It’s a game that has been around for a very long time, and will continue to be played both in its card form and in video game form for eternity – and of course when I’m a snappy senior citizen. In the end, there will always be some games that may have aged terribly, but there’s always a chance you will uncover a lost gem and begin playing it as if it was just released.

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Participants: CrazyKinux’s Musing: The Timeless appeal of Homeworld, Lou vs. Video Games, FIGHT!: Defining the Truly Classic Video Game, Hawty McBloggy: Much Like Your Mom, Game Couch: Finding Citizen Kane.