Recently, I have gone back and played a few games that I loved as a kid/teen. The kind of games you would play for hours and hours. You'd play them so much your parents would keep saying "Why don't you go outside and get some fresh air"! Or "How can you sit in front of that thing so long"?
Some of these games I haven't touched in years or even a decade+ and it struck me how many of them are actually pretty crap. Poor controls, rubbish writing, (although game writing has never been Hemingway), artificially difficult, which was probably a legacy of the arcade era to encourage you to spend more coins, and just generally pretty lame. Of all the games I played in the "old school" era, very few have stood the test of time. At best, most of the old school games played today are a fun blast from the past until you realise how bad they were and at worst you realise they sucked all along and you were just to young and ignorant to realise it.
The SNES, which is probably still my favourite console, (admittedly that opinion is probably the result of nostalgia), had 784 official games (according to wiki). I didn't play all of them, but I played a lot, and I can only think of a handful that were particularly good and they were the ones that sold the most. The rest were unplayable for technical reasons or were just not worth playing. Before going back and playing some of them I had this idea that they were great and modern gaming couldn't compare. Now I am starting to think that this whole fetish of old school gaming is a bit of a sham. Modern gamers are jaded and yearn for a time that simply didn't exist. Whining about how nothing now compares to the simplicity of the games of their childhood. I encourage people to go back and play some of those games they think they love and tell me if they truly feel the way they thought they did, or if indeed they're viewing the old school through rose tinted glasses.