(re: Wouldn’t it be nice if…) The best indicator I have had of how awful todays games are is when I get my friends together who stopped playing games around 95 when 3D saturated everything. I sit them in front of stuff like GTA, Metal Gear Solid 2, Halo, Super Mario Sunshine.
And they think its a pile of rubbish – too complicated, too much to learn, too many tutorial levels to get through, too many over complicated controls, too many meaningless cut-scenes.
But if I sit them in front of my MAME emulator machine with X-Arcade joystick board or ZSNES emulator running on it they just absolutely love it. They can pick up a game in 5 minutes, it doesn’t take 2 hours to learn how to play.