Posted by : David Guyll August 21, 2014
I'm not the kind of person that gets much attached to nostalgia. I know there are people that at least claim to still play the original Super Mario Bros. and OD&D, and though I own "old school" games like Mega Man III and Sonic the Hedgehog, I haven't invested a meaningful amount of time in them since I was a child (and honestly the only reason I replayed them was because I was way out in the country, roughly an hour or so from my friends).
I played Basic D&D until I got 2nd Edition, 2nd until 3rd came out, and 3rd until 4th came out. The only time I even "looked back" was when I tried running a 3rd Edition campaign during my department's lunch break, and that's only because I really, really wanted to finish Age of Worms without having to put a lot of work into converting it (it lasted all of one day before no one wanted to deal with it anymore).
Frankly the last few games that I played to completion more than once was Mass Effect 2 (and that was only because I heard that you could port your save game into Mass Effect 3, which would have been fucking awesome if the game were any good) and I think God of War III. I dunno, I played God of War: Ascension and it all starts to bleed together after a while. Beyond that I might rarely fire something up periodically, play it for about half an hour, and then just turn it off. I know I've tried several times in the past few years to actually beat Legend of Zelda: I end up getting past the first few dungeons before I just stop caring.
This is one of the reasons I don't give two shits about playing 5th Edition (and don't care about Forgotten Realms, or pseudo-Vancian magic, Hit Dice, and other antiquated traditional/classic/whatever rules): I've already played that version of D&D, and to me the "soul" of D&D or whatever isn't any of those things. Also, tastes change: right now I am enjoying cycling through Dungeon World and FATE, with a hankering to get back to Dungeons & Dragons proper and even Gamma World (watching Adventure Time is so not helping).
So, I guess I don't have a concrete answer to the question. The best I can do is to say that in 20 years I'll still be playing fantasy role-playing games (and board games) in some form or other (might be tabletop, might be digital), or at least role-playing games that can have a fantasy setting. I've been doing that for 20 years easily enough, and given that I switch things up quite a bit I see no reason why that would change. I can also say with a fair degree of certainty is that in 20 years I doubt I'll have a "need" to play any of the games I do now.
After all, no game has yet has withstood that test of time: in 20 years I'm sure someone will cobble together something even better.
Hell, that's one of my plans.