Monday, July 27, 2020

Why is Retro Gaming Popular - What's Behind This

Why is Retro Gaming Popular - What's Behind This
Do you remember those days when you got your first console and played your first video game on a TV set?  I am sure this will probably bring good memories to you guys. For myself, I remember back in December 1983 when I got my first console ever, the Atari 2600 VCS. 36 years later, while the video game industry has changed immensely, I noticed a kind of rebirth of those classics. Actually, if you do your own research, you will find much retro gaming online community and the question we might have in mind is: why is retro gaming is so popular almost 4 decades later?  So what's behind this?  Retro gaming is simply another term that defines the classic gaming and old school gaming industry, where you play or collect older personal computer, console, and/or arcade video games in contemporary times. Retrogaming has three main activities; vintage retrogaming, retrogaming emulation, and ported retrogaming. Vintage retrogaming includes games that are played on the original hardware. Emulation, however, involves newer systems simulating old gaming systems, while ported retrogaming allows games to be played on modern hardware via ports or compilations. Additionally, the term could apply to a newer game, but with features similar to those of older games, such as a "retro RPG" which features turn-based combat and an isometric camera perspective. So let's find out why so many gamers still love that industry.

Retro gaming consoles
Recently I discovered how easy it is to get your hand on these games. Whatever you got them on EBay, or on some abandonware websites this is probably the number one reason why people want them so badly and some collectors are even willing the pay the price to obtain what they want. The ease of accessibility for emulators and retro consoles with built-in games also has increased the popularity of retro gaming. Playing older games not only brings good memories, but they are still fun to play even if the graphics and sounds capabilities were limited.  I think the key of any good popular games is remaining in the fact that it still challenging and fun to play. 

Retro gaming characters
Now, playing video games from the '80s and the '90s is not something bad at all and it is certainly not because retro gamers are hiding from the new technology of the 21st century. Of course, some people somehow will probably not be interested in the actual market and they will just stick with those vintage products, but like I said it's mainly because people like myself still love the old gaming styles(even if sometimes I love some of the newest game, I do love retrogaming anyway.). Not only retro gaming consoles are popular, but I have noticed that many people are into the old-school programming as well witch also mean all the 8-bit machines such as the Commodore Vic-20, C64, Atari line computers, Texas Instrument TI99, and even the old PC MS-DOS are all under the retro spot.

Retro gaming Donkey Kong characters
So there is a huge resurgence in vintage items and memorabilia, and with that forgotten names like Atari, SNES, SEGA Mega Drive, and Gameboy were once again thrust into the public over 30 years later. So what we need to understand is the market is there even if we have the impression that young people are more interested in the new popular consoles such as the Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and Switch, I think the market will probably stay stronger for a few decades. Plus, if you remember back a week ago, I already post an article on this blog titled: "Are 2D Games Still Popular in 2020?" You may probably want to check this out as well because many new two-dimensional games are inspired by the old generation of gamers.

Why is Retro Gaming Popular? Simply because many people around the world like to play them and also because they are easier to find. In some cases, many abandonware websites even allow you to download them for free, so if you have an emulator for an older console or computer then you will be more than happy to learn more about this by doing your own search on Google. Happy Goohling!

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