Podcast #62 – Games to Which You Return


So why do you play games you’ve played before? It’s strange, but people who play video games really like to replay games. Why do we do that?

Nathan Marchand, Bryan Hall, and Zach talk about this, and more, including microphone problems, The Legend of Zelda, Hyrule Warriors, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, Batman: Arkham Origins, Superman 64, Bravely Default, Bioshock Infinite, The Lego Movie, Theology Gaming University News, worship, good local multiplayer games, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, and Animal Crossing.

About Zachery Oliver

Zachery Oliver, MTS, is the lead writer for Theology Gaming, a blog focused on the integration of games and theological issues. He can be reached at viewtifulzfo at gmail dot com or on Theology Gaming’s Facebook Page.
  • Fearful Symmetry

    For the same reason we revisit anything I suppose….we re-watch a movie, re-read a book, or go back to our favorite pizzeria, we do this to relive an experience that left an indelible mark on us. It doesn’t need to go any deeper than that really. Anyways mine are Mario 3, Secret of Mana (my favorite game of all time), Halo ce, skies of arcadia, just to name a few.

  • Mikel Withers

    Go back to implies one leaves it, but with almost 22,000 battles in World of Tanks, I guess it might apply anyway.
    Rome: Total War (the original) is a game I go back to, as are most of the Total War games, Napoleon, Empire, Medieval II…
    Games that I really, really want to go back to but can’t find a way to do so are the 8-bit Koei games, Genghis Khan, Romance of the 3 Kingdoms, Nobunaga’s Ambition 2 (better than the first)…I did download Uncharted Waters:New Horizons for the Wii, which I play sometimes.
    If I could find them for a system I use, I’d love to play the Warhammer Shadow of the Horned Rat and Dark Omen again.
    To share with my son, it would be awesome to get River City Ransom and play that.

    • Zachery Oliver

      Is River City Ransom not available on the VC? I’m surprised it isn’t there, really.

      I imagine the reason why Temco Koei avoided putting the NES versions up there is because most of the SNES versions are superior by default. Is Genghis Khan I better than the sequel? Most people don’t think so. I am curious about Nobunaga’s Ambition 2, though (though Lord of Darkness not being on there makes me especially sad).

      • Mikel Withers

        What is this VC thing? Genghis Khan 1 was…. very primitive, no doubt, but it is the game that made me fall in love with history.

        As for Nobunaga’s 2, it took me, decades, really, to find it, but this song has been going through my mind since the late ’80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtJ5OjxE5XY

        And Ohrai’s artwork for the box covers made me want to live in the time periods shown.
        PS: virtual console, got it, found it out while researching this post