It doesn't sound goofy; Funcoland really did have an entire atmosphere around it that modern game stores can't emulate. Hell, just the color palette those stores tended to use was more welcoming than the 'futuristic' blacks, reds, and greys of today.
Yeah, that’s like, the thing about video games- fun doesn’t really age. Like sure, games can age, games can get dated, newer and better Mario Karts tend to make the older games feel subpar in comparison (except Double Dash because I like Double Dash a lot and everything Gamecube era still kicks ass), but they’re still fun, and they’re especially still fun with friends. Ms. Pac-Man is still fucking fun obviously and it’s not the latest newest thing anymore. Video games are fun. Seeing tons of games for different systems in one place, new (at the time) and old is like, I dunno. It’s what video games are to me. Like I don’t even like the term “retro games” that much even if I’m stuck using it to refer to shit. I never really thought that way when I was little, I had a Gamecube and an NES and a GBA and a fucking Atari and Colecovision and my grandma had a SNES and N64 and Dreamcast and my cousins had an NES and my uncle had a Genesis and it was just like, to me there wasn’t any sort of difference to shit. It was just video games to me, and no matter what they were on or whether they were pixelly or polygonal they were still fun. I wish “video game culture” or whatever nowadays wasn’t like, this triple-A zillion-dollar hollywood bullshit. This fucking “lower a real goddamn car onto the stage at E3 to promo your generic racing game while dubstep plays in the background” kinda bullshit. Like fuck that, dude. Watching E3 earlier this year was one of the most honest to god depressing things I’ve ever experienced and I felt so fucking mentally drained from it that I can’t even put it into words. I want fun and fantasy, not like, I dunno. I’m babbling. I still really love this one magazine cover for really obvious reasons, since it kinda visualizes how I feel about what videos games were to me when I was little, or what they were in general:
(here’s a link to VGJunk’s post of that picture too) But I dunno. Maybe I’m wrong about stuff. I don’t think I am tho, I’m not looking at shit through any sorta nostalgia goggles. I don’t feel nostalgic over this shit, I feel like, fucking Punished Cam angry that companies like Hudson are dead and that companies like Konami are what they are, or that Nintendo is all about Brand Recognizability and Marketing and a very sterile, plastic Mario and so on and so forth. Oh yeah, I had an Xbox too when I was little but obviously everything that that was kinda died and went out the window pretty fucking fast too.
I don’t mean to make it sound like I’m like, saying that games should always be like, the same old same old (in fact I want the opposite, I couldn’t tell the difference between any of the shit that was revealed at E3 this year), but I wish the entire culture/atmosphere of like, literally everything I have an interest in (be it games, cartoons, the fucking internet in general) would just rewind back to how shit was in the past.