I have recently started to notice something about a lot of people nowadays that made me want to write about it. I think we are living in a time where we are starting to miss a lot of what we had in the past. I grew up in an era where smartphones, social media and other forms of technology didn't control our lives. We had more time to do a lot of things such as read, hang with friends without having to look at our phones every few minutes to check if anyone has “liked” our status on Facebook or Instagram. I think there's always pros and cons to the things we had and things we have now, but one thing I really want to talk about in this journal is how the quality of certain things we love has changed.
I want you, the reader, to think about some of the stuff you grew up with and how often you went back to it as compared to new things now. What I mean by this is think about an old movie that you can never get tired of watching and think about how many times you have watched it as compared to the newer movies now. I personally feel that we are living in the wrong time for a bunch of these things. Whenever I would listen to music from the 80s, the 90s and even around the 2000s, I feel like artists had more of a message to send to people that were fans of them. Music itself has gone through a lot of changes, but I also feel like some music I have heard is not what it used to be. I think that it's because of the distractions that artist and bands are getting distracted by and trying to follow trends instead of being poetic and melodic. For example, if I were to listen to a song I really enjoy from a different era, I'm sure I would feel differently than the music right now.
I'm not trying to bash a lot of music that has been released nowadays. I do feel like there are some really good songs and artists that are under-appreciated, but at the same time, there's music that just doesn't touch your soul as some of the music from the past has. One thing that I see artists using a lot of is auto-tune. I don't have a problem with auto-tune, but if the majority of your music has that, I feel like it's insulting to your fans that have been following you and listening to a lot of your music when you don't use it and your regular voice is genuine and really touches someone's heart and soul. The lyrics themselves are also not very creative anymore. It's usually about partying, doing drugs, clubbing and sex. It's not even catchy. I will just hear something like “I went to the club and did a bunch of coke with my friends and now I need to get home before my girlfriend wakes up” Umm.. okay? The worst thing is that some will listen to music like that, it gets played out and then no one wants to listen to it anymore, because it's been played at every party or club that people are ready to move on to the next new song that will have the same theme to it.
When it comes to older music, I can never get tired of it. I would say that music was definitely more creative during the 80s and 90s. Sure, there were artists that did drugs and they were going through a lot, but they would express the way they feel through their music, which would have an effect on people whom were going through something similar and can relate. I listen to a variety of music. I'm not too picky with my music. There's probably a few things you will never find me listening to like dubstep (That music is atrocious and I'm glad it's not as popular as it once was, because there's nothing creative about music that sounds like robots having sex) I sometimes find myself listening to older music or I will find a new artist that is worth listening to, but that's usually rare nowadays, because the music that I have heard on the radio just sounds all the same and like something that will only last for so long before it's forgotten and a new song that is similar becomes popular.
Movies are something we all enjoy watching. Whether it's with family, friends, or both. I hardly go out to watch movies now, because a lot of them don't interest me all that much. I do enjoy seeing special effects and action from time to time, but I sometimes feel like saving my time and money and waiting for it to be out on Netflix or some other streaming device to watch it. Movies are starting to focus more on how they look than how they tell a story. If you don't believe me, go look at whatever movies are coming out and tell me how many of them are using CGI. Just like what I mentioned with artists using too much auto-tune, movies are becoming over saturated with CGI. Again, I understand we live in a different era and it looks cool and what not, but I sometimes wonder how that effects a story to follow and come back to. I can bet you that people are going to remember the special effects looking cool than what the hell was going in a movie. Now then, I want you to watch these two short clips from two different movies I have chosen.
Ask yourself now which one affected you the most and why. There's no right or wrong answer to this question. I believe that everyone has a different reaction to movies and just about anything else and the point I am trying to make is that even though there are creative ways to make movies, does it take away from paying attention to the actual story and characters or make you even want to go back and watch it again and again, because it was so good? I don't mind seeing things that are visual works of art, but what's the point if that's all it has to offer and nothing else? It might as well just be eye candy. I believe that we are all from different eras and perhaps used to certain movies we grew up with and remember. When I watch older movies, I love how creative people were with writing and characters they created. One other thing was the make-up. Just wow! Talk about being creative with making it look like someone just lost a limb or creating a monster with normal clothes and realistic make-up. Nowadays, they will just make some special effects monster as well as CGI models of the characters depending on where the movie takes place. I don't want to sound like CGI is a bad thing. I just feel like it's being over used in just about everything now. This article goes deeper into it if you would like to read more about how CGI is being used way too much now.
I saved my favorite one for last and that is video games. How can I not talk about video games? It's something I play all the time and for those of you who know me, know that I am a huge nerd when it comes to video games. In one of my previous journals, I talked about the PS2 era of gaming and I still without a doubt believe that was the best era of gaming to this day. I wanted to further elaborate on why that is. The games that were being created around that time were so unique in the sense that they offered so much with storytelling, graphics, simplicity and the most important one, a lot of them were single-player. Games now are focusing too much on multiplayer, DLC and cinematic scenes. What happened to just having a complete game without having to spend an extra $50 on DLC and had one of the best stories you've ever experienced and a work of art? Just like movies, a lot of games are focusing too much on graphics to show off what they can create, but it's not just that either. A lot of games are starting to follow a trend – that trend happens to be open world. I don't get why EVERYTHING has to become some sort of open world game now. It's like they are trying to make it worth your money, but half of the people that get these games don't even want to do all the extra stuff in it. Grand Theft Auto has always been a good game as far as story is concerned. Ever since GTA 3, the game has let you explore huge cities and do whatever you want. It makes me sad to think what GTA has become now, because when I started to see why people are still playing GTA 5, it's not because of going back to the story.. No.. It's because people want to do the other things in the game and the main one is race. Yes, there's online racing and I have never been a huge fan of racing games, but that's what most gamers do with a game that has so many options that it's slowly lost it's identity of what it once was. If you want to just do online racing, then hey! Who am I to tell you otherwise? I just wish it wasn't this way, because now GTA has become lazier with certain mechanics. Don't get me wrong, both GTA 4 and GTA 5 have their strengths and weaknesses as you are going to see in the videos below.
(You do not have to watch the whole video. It's just to give you an idea)
I think that because gamers are treating it like a bunch of different games in one, it has lost a few things that made it so great as compared to how GTA 3 and GTA San Andreas was like. Man, oh man were those games epic! Didn't even have to worry about online bullshit, but just sit there and play a wonderful story and go back to it. I played both GTA 4 and GTA 5's story and Rockstar has always been one of my favorite developers when it comes to making games. They never disappoint with telling a good story and making you want to come back to play their games and that story. Unfortunately, as you watched in the videos, they are starting to lose sight of what made the game so special with certain details that are lacking in the newer games. It's basically them going "Well, let's focus more on the online stuff now and have a few details in our games" Why not strengthen some of it and make it just as enjoyable playing it offline? It doesn't help that games get hyped by so many people and then end up not being all that great. I mentioned before that people had more time to use their imagination to create amazing games back in the day as compared to what we are getting now. This next video also gives an idea to that.
Games are starting to do “too much” and not keep people's interest like they once did. I think that's why so many games do not get replayed or they become disappointments and no one wants to go back to them. You either have too much to do and have already moved on to the next game because you got bored or it didn't pull you deep into it that made you go “Holy crap! I want to play that again!” Just like listening to a classic song or watching a really good movie, there are so many classic games that a lot of us have gone back to and I think at the end of the day, that's what makes them so special and unforgettable. The quality has definitely gone down and I will let this next video speak for itself.
I am a huge Dead Rising fan and I have played all the games. I got Dead Rising 4 as a Christmas present last year and it came with the first Dead Rising for free. I watched this video several times and thought to myself “Wow..” I realized that with playing Dead Rising 4, they made it too open world (Lol..) that they got lazy and didn't want to do more work with the details that made the first one so amazing. I know that Dead Rising 1 came out for Xbox 360 and was an exclusive for the longest time until it was ported over to other consoles and PC. What got to me the most is how a game from 2006 can have so much depth to it and creativity over a game that was made in 2016. Literally ten years later and lacked so much personality. I really love this guy's channel, because his main message to gamers is “Don't follow the hype, save your money and wait things out” He has so many wonderful videos that expose a lot of these developers that think they are creating new and better ideas with games.
Games feel incomplete as compared to back in the day. I remember a time where I would unlock extra modes and secrets by beating the game or meeting certain requirements whereas now, if you want the extra story mode, you have to pay for it and it's not cheap. Some games require you to pay for unlockables, which I think is ridiculous. A very good quote I saw online when I was listening to an older game's soundtrack was “Reminds me of an era when games used to affect your soul, not your wallet" and I couldn't agree more.
I have been playing a lot of older PS2 games lately and it's been making me remember how awesome these games were and why I came back to them. They are true classics and those types of classics can never get old. So why can't more games nowadays be like this? There's a few that got it right that I played such as Resident Evil 7, Nier: Automata, Bloodborne and Dark Souls. RE7 definitely felt like an old school RE game and I played the hell out of it. It has become my new favorite and I haven't had so much fun and gone back to an RE game like this since Resident Evil 4. Nier: Automata had a great story and was a game I spent a lot of time with. It's something I can go back to and it's open world is the right type of open world that should be in many games. It feels huge, but you start to realize that it's not if that makes sense? It's like you're at a fair and everything is familiar to you when you walk by some of the rides and areas and know how to navigate very easily whereas the huge open world games feel like an amusement park where you can get lost and don't know what to do first, because there's so many options. Again, if you're into that kind of thing, then I'm sure you will have fun. Everyone is indeed different after all.
Bloodborne and Dark Souls are adventurous open world games have so much to do yet, it's the right amount. What I really like is that when you reach a certain area, it connects to an area that you were going through and unlock a shortcut kind of like Resident Evil where you would go through an area and a door is locked and when you progress and find a different path that leads to that locked door, you are able to open it and you end up in a familiar area from before and go “Ohh! That door leads here! Sweet! Now I have shortcut!” It's also a challenging game but very rewarding and so damn creative with the weird enemies you encounter.
So dearest reader.. what do you think? I want to make it clear that I'm not trying to trash anyone or anything by writing this. More so to really make you think about why some things now don't have as much creativity as they once did and why it lacks in quality at times. I know I mentioned that there's a bunch of good stuff that comes out now, but sometimes, it's rare to stumble upon something really unique and when there's so many things that are similar. I hope that this journal had some kind of affect on you and perhaps you took something away from it. If you did, then I am more than happy to know it and also hope you enjoyed reading what I wrote.