I have recently allowed my four-year old nephew to play the Sega Mega Drive Collection on my PlayStation 3 and it has been quite the experience.
For a start, I cannot believe how well he has taken to Sonic the Hedgehog. He had played versions of it on his family iPad but I am unsure whether it is the same as the original Sonic game that came out in the early 1990s.
The funniest part of his introduction to Sega games is how he reacts to the graphics of some of the games on the disc.
The best example I can make is with Ecco the Dolphin. He played it for a few short minutes, turned to me and exclaimed 'this one does not look good'.
Back when I was younger, a criticism of this sort would be said like this - 'the graphics are not good'.
I know I am going to sound old by noting this but I'm going to do it.
Children of today have no clue what my generation had to go through with video games.
Back in the 1980s we enjoyed the playability of games over the way it looked. Most of my favourite Commodore 64 games were not the most cosmetically appealing visions to hit a television screen. Then - with the dawn of the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo - the shift to how a game looked became integral to the playing culture.
With that said, I agree with my nephew. The Ecco the Dolphin graphics are bad.
I thought so back then. However, I can now say it without being called out for being a Nintendo guy.
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