It's hard to bring up older games (well, older anything, really) without also seeing the term nostalgia. People love to point out how you're simply viewing the past through rose-tinted glasses and that your memories are constantly betraying you.
However, I can't quite wrap my head around this. Not nostalgia itself, because I think anyone that's been gaming for any number of years has experienced it at least once. No, I'm talking about folks that play the nostalgia card at every opportunity. It's a term that gets thrown around so often that people would have you believe that there wasn't a single good game prior to 2005, the beginning of this generation.
I can't help but ask, how terrible is your memory? I've been gaming for as long as I can remember; playing Atari when I stayed at my grandma's house, going to the Hollywood Video to rent Comix Zone back-to-back for weeks, running over to my neighbor's house Christmas morning to check out their new PlayStation (dat Ridge Racer), etc.
I've forgotten my own birthday before, but I'm confident that I could sit down and tell you which games from my childhood were good, which were bad and which were good at the time and have aged poorly, all without having played most of them for 10 or more years. The instances where I'm genuinely caught off guard are so few and far between.
Gamers must be a very forgetful bunch, or something. I don't know. Thoughts?