If you're desperately searching for the secret to everlasting youth, it might be worth looking into the world of video games. It may be an unlikely place to find an anti-aging remedy but some video game franchises have stood the test of time, so discard your herbal elixirs and throw out your experimental oils and creams. For decades, a select few franchises have matured to the degree that even ten or twenty years on the simple game mechanics hold up against the most cutting edge titles. And fewer still that have evolved while retaining that apex predatory dominance.
For those who are unfamiliar with Candy Crush, login to Facebook. The game is so popular that every time I login to my account there are at least five requests to take part in this maddening "saga". It has 46 million active users and it was only launched during the latter part of 2012. Credit to its makers because..46 MILLION!
|Nintendo - Targeting families since the 80s|
Let's ignore the fact that the story and the characters are all non-sensical, at it's heart is a simple 2D platformer with levels that are all slight variations of the same thing and boss fights that can all be won by attacking your opponent three times. This formula is a sure fire way to add longevity to a game and many developers are using this knowledge to create indie titles like Super Meat Boy and Limbo, among many others.
|Abe's Odyssey - Now and Then!|
In our house, major upcoming releases such as Grand Theft Auto V have taken a backseat to titles such as Worms Revolution, Ducktales Remastered and Abe's Odyssey New and Tasty. Granted this could be due to nostalgia but I believe in the face of vast sprawling open world environments and galaxies sometimes (in fact, most of the time) rudimentary stories and basic mechanics are ignored, favouring flashy visuals and pointless gimmicks. In fact, if you were to tell me that an HD remake of Final Fantasy VII was actually being released at the same time as Half-Life 3 (which let's face it, is also incredibly unlikely), chances are I wouldn't have even heard you say Half-Life 3.
So let me ask you a favour, in twenty years time when my mum is playing Call of Duty on her phone and I'm trying to get her to sample some beautiful, probably hologramatic future game, kindly redirect me to this article and quietly point out that it's my fault.