In the ever-expanding realm of video games, patience has become the name of the game. Just when you thought games couldn't take any longer to make, boom! Another reminder slaps you in the face. It's like waiting for a snail to finish a marathon. Take Rocksteady, for example. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League finally hit the shelves, marking their return after a hiatus that lasted as long as it takes for a sloth to learn ballet. Nine whole years! That's longer than most relationships these days, and we're not even talking about long-distance ones.

And it's not just Rocksteady. Other acclaimed titles like Baldur's Gate 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom emerged from the depths of their respective studios after a six-year hibernation. That's enough time to grow a decently hipster beard or invent a new dance craze. But hold on to your controllers, folks, because the most anticipated game in years, Grand Theft Auto 6, is on the horizon, but it's been a whopping seven years since Rockstar last graced us with a new release. It's like waiting for a solar eclipse while standing in a never-ending queue at the DMV.

But fear not, my friends, for remasters are here to save the day! As the development cycles stretch longer than a giraffe's neck, remasters have become the lifeboats keeping the gaming industry afloat. While the big studios are busy juggling their creative juices and trying to reinvent the wheel, remasters swoop in to provide a steady stream of income. Smaller teams or even external studios take the reins, allowing the main developers to focus on the next big thing. It's like having a backup dancer who can fill in for the lead when they need to catch their breath.

Remasters have their perks, especially for the younger generation of gamers who want to explore the medium's history without having to dig up fossils or decipher hieroglyphics. Remember those "best games of all time" lists that left you scratching your head, wondering where on earth you could find those ancient relics? Well, fret no more! With remasters, beloved classics get a shiny makeover, breathing new life into them. It's like finding your long-lost favorite toy from childhood, but instead of being covered in dust and missing an arm, it's been polished to perfection. Super Mario All-Stars was the OG remaster collection, giving NES games a SNES upgrade way back in the early '90s. Ah, memories!

However, the remaster revolution doesn't stop there. Prepare to have your mind blown. Thanks to the modern rush to fill the gaps between major releases, games you thought were long gone are making a comeback. I mean, who saw that coming? I certainly didn't expect the Mega Man Battle Network games to transcend the Game Boy Advance era, but lo and behold, the recent Legacy Collection brought all six titles to the Switch, PS4, and PC. It's like finding out your grandpa used to be a rockstar in his heyday. Who knew?

But hold on a sec, because this gaming era is a double-edged sword. The sheer abundance of choices can leave you in a state of decision-making paralysis. Remember that episode of The Fairly OddParents when Timmy Turner travels back in time and tells his dad about the future? "In the future, there will be 500 TV channels... But nothing to watch." Well, replace "TV channels" with "games" and you've got yourself a modern-day prophecy. It's not because there's a lack of quality games to play, but rather because there's an overwhelming surplus. Game Pass and PlayStation Plus offer access to a treasure trove of more than 500 games, spanning the vast history of the medium. It's like having a key to unlock the gates of gaming heaven.

And yet, in this sea of endless possibilities, decision paralysis strikes. Do I embark on a quest in Yakuza or save some coins by diving into Game Pass? It's like being a kid in a candy store with an unlimited budget and a stomach ache from too many sweets—the abundance is simultaneously thrilling and overwhelming.

So there you have it, fellow gamers. The game development reality of today is a wild ride. We wait patiently, sometimes for what feels like an eternity, for new releases from our favorite studios. But fear not, for remasters come to our rescue, breathing new life into beloved classics. The choices before us are vast, like navigating a labyrinth of epic adventures. So grab your controllers, buckle up, and prepare for the endless odyssey of gaming possibilities. The world is your oyster, my friends, and it's time to dive in.

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