Games aren't getting harder (?) - am I getting worse?

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I got myself a copy of Godfather and Ghost Recon AW yesterday and...well, I realised that even on normal levels I'm finding them a real challenge (ok, so I'm getting my arse whooped). Bear in mind, I'm not playing Godfather like it's GTA and I'm not playing GRAW like it's Quake 4 - I'm trying to settle down and think about what I'm doing.....maybe I should be playing the other way around.

I mean, I've been finishing games off more regularly now than I was years ago (Prey, Q4, Dawn of War, and others) but are games getting harder, or am I just getting old and slow?

Mind you, I don't think I'd fancy a Q2 1v1 against myself from 1998.....it would be a firghtful slaughter :D
 
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I'd wager the old and slow theory :(

I'm only young (23) but 10 years ago I had no problem blasting my through most of the Sonic games in 1 sitting.

Now I can't get past the first level :(

:(
 
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Skidmark said:
it would be a firghtful slaughter :D
Learn to spell!

Well, I've got nearly ten years on you, so imagine how I feel! Saying that, there are something I couldn't do a few years back (like some of the special moves in various PS2 beat'em ups which I can pull off no problem now) - maybe I was TOO fast back then......as if. Even brainy games like Rise of Legends are too much for me :(

I'm too scared to get Company of Heroes :eek:

Determined to get in tonight and try both the Godfather and GRAW again but with a serious face on ;)
 
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I think part of it is down to having less time to dedicate to perfecting techniques in games. I mean if you are talking about playing games as a teen, back then you probably sat down to play a game hour-after-hour, day-after-day and got pretty good at it. Whereas now we tend to break up our gameplaying, and are able to play a much wider range of games due to having the finanical clout to purchase them.

That said, back when I was still playing competitively online I was never quite able to put my finger on why my aim seemed to have dropped off slightly after the age of around 20-21. I was still playing regularly until January of this year but to be honest while I was tactically a better player, the last 4-5 years of my career were tainted by frustration at not being quite so devastating in combat.
 
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Psymonkee said:
I'd wager the old and slow theory :(

I'm only young (23) but 10 years ago I had no problem blasting my through most of the Sonic games in 1 sitting.

Now I can't get past the first level :(

:(

omg sosososooooooo true!!

there was another game on sega alos.. streets of rage.. that was amazingly fun! the gameplay was brilliant! it was like a street fighter RPG kinda thing if nobody knows! ;) but anyway, i played that again a few weeks ago with my little cousin! (he had my old sega) and i find it impossible to get passed the 4th level :p
 
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haha.....I tried playing GRAW again last night - spent about two hours in two sessions playing and realised, at the end, that I was still stuck in exactly the same part (although I'd gone back a few saves in order to change weapons).

I'm so pants. :eek:
 
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I think HangTime has got it spot on, it's the amount of time that is dedicated to playing games in general I think.

Some games I can still do really easily but there are others that I used to think were easy but have suddenly become quite challenging. (Old 2D beat'em ups especially). However driving games have become easier as I've got older :p
 
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In my teens/early 20's i knew all the moves to mortal kombat, killer instinct, SF2 ect with no problem and could pwn the majority of players in 1v1, now i cant remember any of it and i would get owned by some 12 year old.

I just dont have that 'drive' anymore and as you get older life gets in the way ;)
 
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