Retro Game Love: Are We Just Trying To Relive Our Pasts?
Amy | On 18, Mar 2013
What is it that fuels the retro gaming craze?
Think back to your old NES. Remember blowing out the cartridge? Getting the rubbing alcohol and the Q-tips? At the time, it was a major pain in the ass. But now, most of us look back at it think something along the lines of, “Good ‘ole Nintendo.”
What it reminds me of is one of those really campy sitcoms with the laugh track and the cartridges are like the next door neighbor who is a screw up but everyone still finds him incredibly endearing.
I spent hours with my nose practically on the television (which was on channel three) glass since the cords weren’t very long.
The invention of the wireless controller was a beautiful thing.
The only game I had for my NES was Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt which came with the console. [Though I routinely nabbed my cousin's Paperboy.]
The inability to save drove me crazy and I would go for weeks at a time without playing stupid Super Mario Bros. out of frustration. What was the point in getting further than I had gotten the last time if I couldn’t save?
And the time limits? The time limits can suck it.
I moved on to the Genesis after I stuck my tongue out at the NES and shoved it under my bed.
I played the hell out of some Sonic the Hedgehog and The Lion King [Shut up! It was fun!] And Cool Spot. Remember Cool Spot?
We played Oregon Trail in Typing/Computer class on Fridays. I coerced Mom into getting it for me so I could play at home on my Tandy. That game looked horrible. My wagon was always getting swamped in the river. Someone was always breaking their arm or getting sick or dying on me. I should have hated that stupid game but it was a blast.
None of these games had an amazing story. The graphics–especially when compared to what we have now–were nothing to write home about. But they were fun. Fun in a way that is somewhat reminiscent of today’s casual games.
Back to my original question: What is it that fuels the retro gaming craze?
Could it be as simple as most people choose to just remember the good and let the bad slip from their minds?
The past is prettier when viewed from the present?
We can’t relive our childhood but we can go back and play the games from our past.
Have you ever looked up the hot guy from high school–or that super hot German teacher–only to find they’ve gained 40 pounds and have developed male pattern baldness?
Sometimes the past should stay in the past and childhood memories shouldn’t be sullied with present day impressions.
What do you think?
Are people trying to relive their childhood through replaying old games?