I guess the term for me is graphical interest thresshold.
Which might sound odd considering all the put downs I field out there about "graphics".
But there are limitations.
Back in the Commodore days, computer games meant squat to me. I have no "old favourites" per se from that time period.
During the 70's Squad Leader and Third Reich ruled. I played numerous operational games of note as well.
During the 80's I bought a number of games, but the only feature was ASL.
I moved from Toronto in 1990 and as a result spent about 4 years in a gaming hobby limbo. I was glad to get back into the swing of things, but hmmm spent much of the 90s dealing with a health hassle.
Computers to me, began on an IMB PS1. I progressed with that to a 486 and that is basically about Win 95 time. Computer wargaming to me started with Steel Panthers.
Until Steel Panthers, computer wargames were just a desperate persons choice. If it didn't look as good as ASL, or play as well as A3R, it was not worth my time. And as I had real live opponents, I sure was in no need to fuss.
Well here I am today, I have Steel Panthers, and other games. I call them "other games", because frankly thats all they really are to me. My golden era started with Steel Panthers. As such, I can't really hold any connection with anything predating 95 much really.
If XP could run Clash of Steel I guess some would be happy. But the last time I looked at that game, I though UGHHH that game is ugly. I would much rather play a board game.
That XP can't play every darned dinosaur really doesn't bother me a great deal. It's not like I am going to be all that interested in playing them even if it could.
I realise that is not likely anyone's sentiments but my own, but there might be a lot more of people like me, just not as vocal as me hehe.
My usual minimum "graphical interest thresshold" is about 1995. Earlier than that, and I would probably not be interested in the game, then or now.
Pity is, if I had say my old 486 system still (I traded it for a washer and dryer when I realised my friend was never going to get the cash to me we agreed upon), I could plop it in my hobby room and let it run my older games probably.
But when I upgrade, I usually don't hoard the old parts long.
I LIKE that my life bothers them,
Why should I be the only one bothered by it eh.