Gamers are always bantering back and forth about their favorite game. Almost as if it were a badge of honor they wear on their sleeves. Admit it, you’ve done it too; I am just as guilty of doing it myself. In and amongst all the banter one must ask themselves, am I part of the “cult of the new”? A term that rears its head from time to time on a variety of websites and blogs.
If you’re not familiar with it let me explain. In its simplest form, it’s a group of people who only have an interest in the latest and newest games to hit the market. This is what publishers want you to do, fall in love with their newest games. It’s all about marketing, right?
People that fall into this group of gamers are very proud of the collections they are amassing and thereby they are passionate about their likes and dislikes. Just ask one of them! Because people are spending quite a bit of money to build these collections and keep up with the latest and greatest games, they are very passionate about liking what they have spent money on. So to do many of them shun older games in favor of the newest and shiniest games to hit store shelves.
This “cult” of gamers can leave other gamers cold and put off for any number of reasons such as finances, theme, etc. There is one underlying theme that grips the “cult” that many gamers find to be a put off–shunning of older games in favor of new games.
Having seen the “cult of the new” from time to time locally, especially when it comes to games that are funded by Kickstarter, has me thinking about my own gaming obsessions. Am I member of this “cult”? The easy answer is yes I am; aren’t we all from time to time. Hell! I write my own blog, so as you can imagine I need to be focused on what’s new and hot and bring that information to my readers. While I may be more passionate about certain games and products over others on the market I don’t believe that I am a full card-carrying member of this “cult”. I am not out to dislike or openly disregard older games just because something new has caught my attention. I must admit that my game interests have changed over the years, but this is a result of external factors like family, work, travel, con management, etc. and not “cultish” behaviors.
Believe it or not the polar opposite is happening in within RPG circles. There continues to be a resurgence of interest in older RPG systems like earlier versions of Dungeons and Dragons and some of TSRs other offshoot games. The same can be said for some of the other systems from other defunct game companies. In RPG parlance, we call this the OSR or Old School Renaissance. In essence, it’s the “cult of the old”!
If you find yourself in a location, club, group, etc. that is forever shunning older games in favor of the newest and hottest games to hit the market, embrace the gaming experience. Try something new from time to time, but in the end enjoy your game obsessions; regardless if the game you love is older. Play what you enjoy and find like-minded individuals to play these game with you. You’ll be glad you did!
Ps. If you claim to belong to either of these two “cults” as it were, tell us about your experiences. What are you passionate about and why?