I have LOTS
of old games on my PC, many from GOG. When I attempt to play them, I find the level of "quality of life" quite lacking.
Basically, I appreciate that old games came with thick manuals. I enjoyed browsing through them before
ever getting into a game, just to get the basics down. Usually, though, most lacked any in depth mechanics information. When I boot up a game, I want to play
that game, not alt+tab out or pause to look up something in a manual. I love the "mouse hover info" that has been implemented with newer games. I enjoy the in-game help that many have implemented.
I've attempted to play Fallout 1&2, but can't get the hang of them. So many interface buttons with no idea what does what. I've attempted Deus Ex and not gotten far. Civ 2 and 3 are quite different from original Civilization. Then I have all of the old Star Wars games just sitting as I load them up and have nary a clue as what to do
On a positive note, I've enjoyed getting into Beyond Good & Evil, an old game I did not seem to find these troubles with
Now, the old games I played when they were new are the same old games I remember. But remember Star Wars: Galaxies and it's DOS-like command line? I could never play that game today. Doom and Quake takes some getting used to, but I used to love the "no mouse" play of those games (arrow keys to move and ALT or CTRL to fire). But I am quite out of practice for this now
I realize I basically just need to "git gud" and become familiar with these old games, retrain my gaming muscles, but I want play games, not learn them for hours (days?) before getting to enjoy them.
Do others feel this disparity with old games, too? (Yes, I'm seeking validation on an Internet message board