Even when video games become more realistic than life itself, players will fondly remember the old-school classics that paved the way.
Sure, the stalwart sports franchises (Madden, NBA 2K, FIFA, MLB The Show, EA Sports' NHL) offer gamers authentic experiences. The smooth gameplay and graphics are so good that a friend will walk in on a Madden contest and wonder why there's an NFL game on Wednesday afternoon. The aesthetics will only improve until we're living in a Westworld episode.
That doesn't stop many gamers from waxing poetic about the glory days when they blew dust out of their Nintendo 64 consoles.
Maybe it's just nostalgia. Everyone doesn't love the games as much as the childhood delights of enjoying them on carefree Saturday afternoons. They recall the laughs with friends more fondly than the sore-losing stranger who quit an online game last week.
Or perhaps there's something to their simplicity. As games race to include as many intricate details as possible, it's sometimes more fun to dunk from the three-point line or turn gravity off at the skating park.
Let's take some Member Berries and salute the best classic sports video games.