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Video Game Remakes Should Be More Than Just HD Clones of Old Games

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Directors and Hollywood studios have been remaking films for decades. Many of those remakes are considered among the best movies of all time: The Thing, Heat, Scarface, A Fistful of Dollars, The Departed… the list goes on.

Each one of these examples reexamines and recontextualizes the original story, creating a recognisable but – vitally – distinct final product.

A good remake retains the core essence, but provides a new perspective on the same events. This is a pathway that video game developers seem largely hesitant to follow, and that threatens to have the industry stuck in a creative rut.

Nostalgia continues to exert its iron grip on pop culture, and it's asking us to pay full price for games we’ve already played.

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