A better future doesn't mean the past was a hellhole

| Thursday, August 23, 2012
There is nostalgia, the biased view that the past was better.  And then there is the opposite, the biased view that the past was worse.  Note that I am not talking about analyzing past and present and picking the better one, but the biased process of picking one first and then shaping everything else to fit it.

Is WoW a better game than EQ?  I can't say for myself, but it seems so.  Is current WoW a better game than previous incarnations?  For me, no, I preferred BC.  That doesn't mean that I think BC was the perfect game.  It had problems.

Similarly, if you prefer the current WoW, that doesn't mean that all past versions of WoW were terrible hell-scapes of misery.  Nor does it mean that every single change to WoW was perfectly wonderfully better in all ways.

"Everything is better" is just as absurd as "everything is worse."


Syl said...

Very true. "some things were better and some things were worse" is usually the fairest assessment in such discussions. that doesn't solve the main problem though that we usually identify different features/aspects as better or worse though. :) such consensus would be ginormous!

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