Newbie gamers may not know this, but a lot of the more recent game releases are actually decades old. For example, if you’ve picked up a copy of The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time in 3D for the 3DS, note that the original, in amazing polygonal 2.5D, was released on the N64 in 1998.
Some games are remade for the sake of improving the quality of gameplay, of environment graphics and of in-game video sequences. Final Fantasy VII is currently being remade for current generation consoles, because Square Enix decided they wanted to expand the life of one of their most popular and well-known creations. If it’s released at all, it will take the original game to all new levels of graphical capabilities, says Playstation CEO Yoichi Wada. But who needs a new game for the sake of graphics? Well, Pokémon ‘fans’, obviously…
I am a life-long fan of the Pokémon games, and still have my original copy of Blue, which gives me nostalgic pleasure every time I start it up on my Gameboy Colour. But nostalgia isn’t going to get Nintendo very far when new gamers are coming along every year, wanting fresh, crisp, exciting titles which blow their little eyes out with HD video sequences etc. so when Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green came out in 2004, I was not best pleased. I won’t go into my opinion on the game, but it’s easy to see that certain gender equality regulations had been introduced so that a player could be female instead, and now that we’re in the online age of gaming, the wireless features of the Gameboy Advanced played a big part in the completion of the secondary storylines, which is a shame if you’re the only person you know who has the same game. I expect someone who has only played the newer Pokémon games, like Platinum for example, will be put off trying out some of the classics, simply because they’re in black and white (hah.) and pixelly. This is a great shame because a lot of the nostalgic feeling gained by playing old games is lost, and nostalgia is such a fantastic experience when indulging in a leisure activity like video gaming.
In addition to remakes, a new popularity is the release of HD Collections, much like the Blu-ray to DVDs, which feature your favourite classics, but revamped in image only. You can now sit at your TV and play Silent Hill in HD on the PS3, with all the old gameplay beauty and storyline awesomeness, with the simple increase in image quality and introduction of trophy accumulation. Another HD Collection series which is being hyped at the moment is Metal Gear Solid, which includes a PSP remaster edition for those of you who prefer handhelds. These kinds of games are known as “ports”, which are conversions of games onto new platforms, whilst keeping old features, and only revamping certain aspects. Interestingly, when I was first introduced to God Of War (admittedly too late and on a free demo download), it was an HD remaster. But the God Of War remasters were made before Sony started releasing these “Collections”, so clearly I’m doing something right in buying the series as soon as possible, because it’s awesome, and I can’t believe I haven’t owned it sooner.
Now, what’s a “demake”? Well, if a remake is when a game is reconstructed for a new platform by the original developer, then a demake is sensibly defined as a game which has been remade without the help of the original developer; or, as some people like to put it, “illegally”. Portal was shamelessly made as a Flash version, alongside Mega Man 7 and 8, and Halo 2600.because these games are so easy and low-cost to sell black-market, there was a considerable amount of surveillance in China in the 1990s.
Remakes aren’t a new thing by a long shot. In the film industry films have been being remade for decades, when a director decides to improve a previous flop, or if a good storyline didn’t reach its true potential due to technological restrictions. Something I find amazing about the original The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) is how amazing motion-sensing technology seemed to the then public, as Klaatu waves his arm in front of a space ship gadget to open automatic doors. But nowadays this technology is second nature to us, even mundane in comparison to today’s technological wonders. To compare to the gaming side of things however, you should note that the 2008 remake was an absolute fail, and featured Keanu Reeves being someone who isn’t Neo.
At the end of the day, when it comes to game remakes, it’s all about the preference of the gamer. If the gamer is an old-fashioned Hyrule defender, then perhaps they are unlikely to accept anything which puts their childhood memories at risk, but if that gamer knows Indiana Jones just from the LEGO adaptation, then it doesn’t really matter what they think of the original games, instead gaming is all about having fun.