A relatively new phenomenon is becoming apparent in the gaming industry – the rise of retro gaming. From Pacman and Mario to Street Fighter and Contra, both hardcore and casual gamers are now starting to look into the past to find their gaming fix. This article delves into the various reasons how this trend arose. After all, there must be some reason behind this resurgence, right?
Great fun at a cheaper Price
As time goes by, one will probably notice how expensive a hobby gaming actually is. It is virtually undeniable that newer consoles are incredibly pricey. The same can be said with their games. Of course, this is perfectly understandable as a tremendous amount of work has been put into the average game’s design and marketing.
However, there is always the risk that you may end up spending your precious dollars on a disappointing experience.
With classic games, this risk is virtually non-existent. First of all, if you are looking to play older games then chances are you will be buying them from a previous owner. The fact that they are second-hand will make the whole thing that much cheaper. More often than not, you can get classic games at less than half of their original price tag.
It is also worth noting that games like Mario Sunshine and Mario Kart Double Dash are beloved for a reason: they are extremely fun and they can be replayed a number of times.
Nowadays, games are getting more and more complex. The perfect example for this is the critically-acclaimed open world western, Red Dead Redemption 2. A grand epic in every sense of the word, featuring a massive story mode packed with tons of side quests, this games weighs as much as 90GB. While this may be one of the more extreme examples, it is worth noting that the average game usually weighs in at no less than 40GB.
Needless to say, this can take up tremendous amounts of space for your computer. Luckily, this does not apply to old school games. Back then, developers little space to work with. So, you can expect an old SNES game to clock in at around 4MB. Hours of fun in such a small package, that by itself is an achievement.
Like with anything else retro, there is most definitely an element of nostalgia here. Upon playing these games, one cannot help but relive the good old days when you first experienced them. It can bring back the joys of childhood or the help you reminisce the careless days of your younger days. Whichever the case, however, it does not take away from the fact that these games are considered to be modern-day classics.
Of course, these retro games also give you the chance to share these experiences with others. Enough time has passed for old school gamers to have kids of their own. For some, these retro games serve as a perfect bonding opportunity as they can show their children the games that they grew up with.
Video games have certainly gone a long way. From being considered a niche product, these games have become a billion-dollar industry with a dedicated consumer base. Now, you have the option to look back at that glorious past and play some retro games.