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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

In 2023, We Still Can’t Decide What A Remake Is

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Are you excited for any of the dozens of high-profile video game remakes, remasters, and reimagingings that will come out in 2023? Perhaps you’re a hardcore Dead Space fan who’s been enjoying the limb-blasting action of the remake, or you’re a Resident Evil aficionado desperate to see how Capcom improves on one of the series’ best entries with RE4.

But while it’s always nice to see an old favorite revived for a new generation of players, the gaming industry’s obsession with revivals has led to a large degree of definitional confusion. Some of us might know exactly what we’re talking about when it comes to remasters, remakes, and reimaginings, but it’s fair to say that not everyone is on the same page. Thanks to the steady march of technology–and the ballooning of video game budgets at the top end–these once-straightforward terms have “evolved” to the point where no one quite knows what they mean anymore.