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03-19-2019 at 09:18 AM
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paradox of retro gaming

as someone into nostalgia, video games in particular i am aware of the paradox

A big part of the thing your'e recreating was about living in the present. how do you live in the past and relive a time when you were focused on the future? how do you nostaligically remember the good old days of dreaming of the future?

For arcade games i was all about "I cant wait for this to come out in a home port" for home games i was all about "man this is a great new game, i love cutting edge technology, i cant wait for the updgrade"

how do you get nostagic about cutting edge? how do you try to recreate the past when the past wanting to go to the future. if i truly recreated the past expereince, well, 80s me would jump at the chance to visit 2019, so the best way to truly relive the 80s mindset is to dream of accessing 21st century stuff and certainly choosing to play 21st century stuff over contemporary 80s stuff if you possibly can.

part of loving the 80s is reexperiencing it, but part of reexperiencing it loving the future and not caring about retro. oh the conundrum

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  1. GibGirl's Avatar

    Thought: one of the best ways to truly find that excitement and enjoyment again is to take the time to think through what it is about those old games that you love the most, and try out more modern games that attempt to hit those same notes. This has the benefits of both allowing you to see the ways in which game design has truly improved through direct comparisons, along with being better able to analyze the older games to see what truly makes them stand out.

    Like, everyone agrees that Robotron: 2084 is a classic game. Playing through the variety of twin-stick shooters that have made a resurgence in the last few console generations will both yield examples of games that really do build on the experience (Geometry Wars), ones that try too hard to follow up that game and instead miss what matters (Robotron X), and a variety in-between.

    I think it's always wonderful when you get that chance to recognize when a game you feel nostalgia for shows that it holds up in its design after a thorough comparison to modern games - especially when you also appreciate and enjoy some modern versions. That respect and appreciation is much better than just some nostalgia.

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  2. Snowflake's Avatar

    honeslty, what i liked best is it was cutting edge, brand new, something that shocked me. the reason i went back to the old games is to reset my mindset. so hopefully when i do play nes again one day it will seem amazing and high tech all over again.

    clearly they all have eternally compellings aspects. just as chess and cards are eternal. but the real thrill in my childhood was being marvelled by new tech, and that just doenst happen anymore. sure improvements are made, but they're so smal its not the same. its not really possible to be impressed the way we once were by technology alone.

    nes pretty much was good enough to have every genre in 2d
    snes just made the 2d really awesome
    playstation/n64 just expanded the same old but to 3d -- which was pretty cool
    going forward all they really did was make the 3-d a little more detailed each time.

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  3. Kelly Kerr's Avatar

    Deep thoughts! Nostalgia is a funny thing.

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  4. 90skidJohnny's Avatar
    I can kinda relate. I remember sitting in my room with the occasional video game mag pouring over the pages to see the next big thing. The Super Nintendo with its 16 big graphics. Only later to be ogling the next cd based system. Etc etc...

    I no longer really get that with games. Sure i got an xbox one... and there are games i am looking forward too... but that magic of what's next... is kinda gone.

    But at the same time... I enjoy still the graphics of older games and remembering how I didn't think they could get any better. It's a different magic now. But it still hits me in the feels.
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  5. Barthax's Avatar

    Thanks to piracy, I've probably played (tickled) thousands of games in my youth. I got to appreciating that very few games have a wow factor but many are simply enjoyable. When the enjoyment wares off for one game, seek another game. The nostalgia factor for me is finding that enjoyment again - the hook wanting to play a game again.

  6. Snowflake's Avatar

    the piracy is anotehr thing. when something is new, you dont care about box or condition. you just want to play. you want to pirate. i had a z64 (it got stolen, but thats its own story...). yet now going back i want original.

    part of the experience was buying a game brand new in the box, wishing you had a friend that could counterfeit it, going home, opening the box, throwing the box out and playing the game. now clearly i'm not gonna drop alot of money on hte box just to recreate the expereince of throwing it out, and thats kinda the paradox. i have this strong desire to relive something that at the time wasnt a strong desire

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