Hello guys, have you noticed lot of the games with the adjunct of Remastered, HD and so on? Is this the phenomenon of the modern game development or is this something that is with us for years? Is this something we should be worried about? Is this the sign that the gaming industry is walking in the circles?
Let’s try to have a look in the past, present and check something behind. For the first question – yes it is the phenomenon of the last few years, just check some games database and search for the remaster and/or HD. You will see yourself that there are just few games that are older than 4-5 years. And no this was not done in the past, because there was no reason to do so. You will see later on why.
But guys, be aware that the REMAKE and REMASTER are two different approaches and two different words. Remake usually means to do major improvements to the original game – new design of levels, new characters, new gameplay. It is usually something like a new game. On the other hand remaster means minor changes, better graphics, better textures. Sometimes there is packed with some DLC.
Why is it so? When the new generation of consoles is introduced, there is always lack of games on the market. Well, to be honest, there is nothing to be played on new hardware. But do you remember the PS2 and PS3? They came with the backwards compatibility with the previous PS generation. And that was something that can’t be done with PS4 as it is completely new architecture. So what will you be playing on the next-gen, sorry current-gen? And what if you sold your PS3 and the game you want is available only on PS3? The next thing is that the old games which were perfect is a problem to run on the nowadays computers. There are some tools like DOSbox that can help, but lot of people would like to have the game running natively and in new graphics on theirs PC, PS4, xbox one or whatever hardware they have.
The gamers are getting older – this is just truth – the first commercial game is 43 years old this year. It was released in 1972 by Ralph Baer – Magnavox Oddysey. And the factor of nostalgia is getting stronger as our fathers that grown up in 80’s want to play their favorite games. And this also waits for us in the future.
In any case, the remaster is not so easy as it looks and salute to the developers that make the perfect remakes not created for pure profit. Lot of times it happens that there are no original source codes available.
Parallel to the movie industry – in the first decades there was no need for remakes or remasters. This came with the age of the industry. As a conclusion I can say that the good remake that makes sense and brings the old game in new clothes to us and to our generation is not walking in circles, just a need.