(Complete pun intended)
But seriously, should the new generation be forced to play the games that inspire today's titles, or at least to learn what they are about, before they pick up a copy of COD 8? But to make them learn about the past, causes them to miss out the future. So ovibiously I guess the main conclusion is that you have to have a balance. Like WITH NEARLY EVERY SINGLE ISSUE THAT EXISTS IN GAMING.
Then again, the new generation are forging their own gaming paths, with every title we pick up, every title we trade in, every title we borrow from a friend, we store it in our brain, causing a chain from beginning to end, yet not from the gaming spectrum, but from our own...spectrum.
I still haven't answered my question, so I guess I have to sum it up. Yes the nostalgia factor does still exist. But it is no longer a collective nostalgia. It hasn't been one for decades. Now every person has a different nostalgia factor, mainly because of the sheer volume of games that exist. So in that sense, no the Collective Nostalgia Factor is long gone. The Individual Nostalgia Factor will last as long as the games that made them.