How No Man’s Sky exposes the gaming generation gap for 80’s kids
Martin Belam

Nice article, Mr Belam, but I’m going to disagree with you about the generational perspective….

We’re pretty much the same age, and I also started off with a Binatone (which I still have somewhere), and a 48k Spectrum.

But having reached the PlayStation 1/2 era, I fell out of gaming a little due to work and family life.

It was Halo that pulled me back in, on the original Xbox. First, there was the single player element that fulfilled a lot of what I wanted from a game that basically involved wandering around shooting aliens.

But then it switched to meeting up with local gamers to network our consoles locally, and being able to play online in later Halo games, and particularly racing games, where beating a real person to take 10th actually becomes important as opposed to a dull failure against AI.

And that finally realised what I’d tried to achieve when 3 friends of mine would meet up with our 486PCs and set up a LAN for 4-player Doom…

I guess the difference is that I was lucky enough to have a group of friends who shared an interest in 2–3 core multiplayer games (Mainly CoD, Forza and now Destiny), so while we weren’t the best at FPS games, we could handle our own by working together and commiserate about the fact we were all mostly adults against the reaction times of teens…

Plus Destiny in particular allows for single and multi-player without necessarily having to fight other players — there’s so much involving teamwork and discovery in the game that you have to learn from more experienced gamers as well as working together…

For me, the lulls in gaming now are either when I just don’t have time, or when there’s not that group of people around to hang out with online as a virtual equivalent of golf/paintball/the pub….

As for the memories — I hope similar things for my son as we’ve explored Minecraft and other games. I remember reading an article where a games journo (I think) took his dad around the city in LA Noire and his father was discussing how real/different bits were, as well as a moving article in which a son discovered his father’s saved course record time on an old copy of Colin McRae, and spend ages racing against it and reliving the memories of his dad…

That’s going to become more common as older gamers continue to age… What it means for gaming in the future will be even more interesting — cross-generational progress?

Here’s the LA Noire Article on Eurogamer.

And here’s the lap time story — it was actually Rallisport Challenge.

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