Folks admit it. We are all guilty of it. There have been many of a time where we looked back on our childhood and remembered the good times, such as watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or playing Final Fantasy 6 (Okay I confess I played it on an emulator, but I only had a bloody ColecoVision. How was I supposed to get decent games?). Recently I have been thinking about those times and I find myself asking if those games and/or shows we watched/played influenced the way watch/play games today? Of course they do and you’re an idiot if you don’t think they do. That is why I call the act of comparing what we have today to the “awesome” things in the past the “Nostalgia Factor”.

But how does this affect how we view things as a whole? Most of the time I’m guessing most of us view the things we have now are almost never as good as what we had then. Back then it was a time of innocence and perhaps a time where we didn’t know any better. We shouldn’t use the past as the set bar for things. Some of that stuff was downright silly and weird. AD&D was hard to the point of almost no character attachment. Karate Kid wasn’t all that great (I’m probably going to get hanged for that).  Mortal Kombat was alright (people are really going to kill me for that).

If you are one of those people who are constantly comparing how crap now is nothing like the golden turds of the 80s then shut the hell up! Come up with a list of credentials anything should stand by and compare your items to said list.

Disclaimer: I love the old stuff, the Muppets, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Chrono Trigger just to name a few.