Y'know what really grinds my gears? When people call a game old, dated, or retro just because it's like two friggin' years old. Maybe it's just me, but I have a pretty wide range of what I consider "modern" when it comes to games. When I think old and retro, I think 8 and 16 bit Nintendo era or older. The other day I saw some website talking about Halo 3 as being a "retro classic". I know it probably just makes me sound like an old fogey, but Halo 3 is not a retro classic. I'm sorry, it's just not. It's a modern game. It's not new, but it is modern. If you're gonna call Halo 3 a retro classic, then what are you gonna call Super Metroid, or 8-bit Super Mario Bros, or Legend of Zelda, or friggin' DOOM? I tend to think of the modern era of gaming being at approximately PS2 and newer. I'm fine with Ocarina of Time and FF7 being called retro classics. Yeah, they are. But nothing on 360 or PS3 should be called retro or oldies. Gimmie a break, dude. I know games move quickly, but have a little perspective, man.
I'm sure it does make me an old fogey, but I'm still blown away by the graphics of PS3 and 360 games. I play newer games, too, but every time I play Halo 3 or God of War 3 or Final Fantasy 13, I always just think, "Wow, this is just so gorgeous!" Most people probably look at Halo 3 today and think, "Ugh! What a muddy, pixel-y piece of garbage! I can't believe games used to look like this!", and that just kinda bugs me. Maybe it's just a generational thing that has to do with what gaming era you were born in, but I don't think I'll ever lose my appreciation for how good PS3/360 era looks.
Well, that was just meant to be a quick, fun little thing, but somehow I could see this one getting me in a bit of hot water. Apologies if I ground anyone else's gears.