Over on his blog today, Coyote has a great post on the lack of historical perspective by the majority of game journalists. Any game past maybe five years back isn’t worth bothering about.

For that matter, sometimes it seems that any game more than a year or two old isn’t worth bothering about. Everyone is always “looking ahead”, to the point now where after a game comes out, it’s old news and the view is towards the “next big game”. We looked at this in Hyping The Future, where there’s a flood of constant information on products that often don’t show up for a year or more, and the flood becomes a trickle soon after release.

I think part of this problem is the Internet itself, and the vast resources available for instant communications on a daily basis. Previously, you might get a preview of a game, along with some screenshots, in a magazine. But much of any mag was about current product.

Nowadays, everything has become PR. Screenshots, trailers, interviews and previews show up daily around the ‘net, usually for something that won’t see release for a year or more.

This focus on “what’s to come” doesn’t leave much room or time for looking backward, except now and then on a site that posts one of those endless “best” or “worst” lists.

It’s all speed and buzz and generating excitement through hype about the future. Unfortunately, as we’ve noticed all too often, the “future” mostly repeats the past, only with prettier pictures.

Do we veteran gamers look at the past with “rose-colored” glasses? Maybe (see Cartography for something I don’t miss ;). But as in any genre, there were classics in the “good old days” of gaming. Classics that laid the groundwork for the products that followed.

At most, some of these get a bit of lip service, but in the main, they’re not thought of as being anything worthy of notice. After all, they’re old. And in today’s market, with it’s emphasis on people too young to have played those games, anything “old” is just a joke.

But I have the feeling the joke is more on them than us. Check out Coyote’s post and see what you think.

Lack Of Historical Perspective on Coyote’s blog