I consider myself very lucky for a number of reasons, one of which is being precisely the right age to have enjoyed the Dawn of Video Gaming.  During my preteen years, arcades sprouted up everywhere, and even the most staid of grocery stores made room for a Robotron or Asteroids console.  One of my fave-raves, though, was Gorf, a game that had multiple levels and modes of play (although several of those suspiciously resembled other games) as well as a trademark electronic speech box that allowed the game to taunt the player as she lost her quarters.  I’ve always wanted to see a return of that game in a new fully-rendered updated form, if only to see what the robots sound like now, which in turn begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) warns that you will meet a Gorfian doom, asking: What video game (of ANY vintage) do you most want to see re-released/revamped for modern audiences?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. January 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    I’d like to see Earthbound get the sort of treatment that Final Fantasy III got when it was re-released a few years back. The gameplay stays essentially the same, but with updated graphics.

    Actually, I’d like to see several older RPGs re-released in a similar way as well.

    I’d also love a spiffied up version of the original two Monster Rancher games that include aspects of some of the later games in the series while retaining the bits that made them the best of the series. If Pokemon can do it with Fire Red/Leaf Green or Heart Gold/Soul Silver, I’m sure Monster Rancher could do it.

    And I’d really love a modern remake of the old arcade game Joust, the game where you basically had sci-fi jousting match riding on giant birds.

    • January 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm — Reply

      Yeah, Final Fantasy IX even already has high-res backgrounds that were downscaled for the game. Would be super easy to remaster that one! Easily my favourite FF game.

    • SmarkingOut Adam
      January 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm — Reply

      Monster Rancher is a great answer!

  2. Frank
    January 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    I would love to see new versions of X-Wing / Tie-Fighter. I played that game several times over.

  3. January 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm — Reply

    I really enjoyed Descent I and II back in the day, but always thought it’d be neat if you could’ve gotten out of your ship and walked around. I guess that’s my vote for a revamp/whatever: Mush up Descent and a FPS elements.

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