I thoroughly encourage everyone to embrace catharsis on a more regular basis; getting something off your chest will act as a form of release, and can have really relaxing results.
Which is no surprise why retro gaming, and nostalgic critiques are so popular, even outside of video games. Being able to look back at where you’ve been, or just admiring the time that’s elapsed between now and then, can really make you appreciate the passage of time. The difference between what made games good 30 years ago hasn’t changed much, but the culture certainly has.
Mario is still around as we all know, along with everything that made the game a blast. This includes Shigeru Miyamoto, who is still developing games with the best of them. Though this is common knowledge, it’s always nice to be reminded that he is the reason he has peers to develop games with in the first place. That IGN article helps to reinforce the notion of how much of an impact Miyamoto has had on not only gaming culture, but culture at large. Even greats like Cliffy B and Keiji Inafune give proper respect, with Inafune going as far to say that “Mario is, for game creators, the development bible”.
It should come as no surprise the creator of Mega Man has such high respects for Miyamoto, but that’s just it, he’s not the only one. Whether it be him, Hideo Kojima, Tim Schafer, Peter Molyneux…you name it, they realize it too. Realize that Mario Bros, despite being created almost 30 years ago, still holds true as one of the best designed games of all time. Simply by playing the game will you learn how to play it, simply existing within the game will you discover how to have fun. This is a lost art not many achieve within their own virtual worlds, without the aid of extensive tutorials and helpful guides, and is likely the reason why Mario Bros, and by extensive Miyamoto, inspired so many with it’s simple concepts.
Keeping it simple is key. Looking back at where we’ve been, equally so. Being nostalgic should not mean blind praise, though it should beget mindful reflection, which in turn can lead to singing the songs about our rich histories. Mario represents an effortless reminder of rich history, and how we should be thankful the game, even if by miracle, came to be.