By Gabe Carey
This generation of consoles has been notoriously remembered as emphasizing previous generations far too often with HD remasters of older games appearing quite liberally whether it be at retail or by means of digital distribution. I, however, think that HD ports are quite helpful in those studying the history of interactive media and even those who simply missed out on these games during their prime eras. For instance, without the release of Jak and Daxter Collection on PS3 in 2012, I would have never played any of those renown titles, but I’m certainly glad I did and I’m thankful for that release. Gamers often discount that perhaps some people were too young or too busy to remember many of the original counterparts to these re-releases and that while they can commonly be perceived as quick cash-grabs, HD re-releases benefit gamers and potential gamers around the world with their nifty ease of nostalgic presence, making them much more accessible than on the consoles they were originally compatible with.