Retro gaming: Why players are returning to the classics

Back in the day, players were ecstatic about playing a game of Pac-Man, F1, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Tetris, or Super Mario Brothers on their consoles. These rudimentary games were considered innovative technology at the time, and players loved them. Now that we have interactive, multiplayer, 3D gaming functionality, players have many more choices. And yet, retro gaming is making a comeback.


Classic Games on Nintendo Wii, XBOX, and Sony PlayStation

Back in the day, classic arcade games became hugely popular – and for good reason. The advent of PCs, Nintendo, and later Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and GameBoy brought these exciting attractions home in spectacular fashion. Many of us remember these games with fond admiration – they were the front-runners in a multibillion dollar a year global industry. Today, we can enjoy these retro games on PC, Mac, and mobile (iOS and Android) at the click of a button.

Now some 20 years later, players are specifically seeking out retro-themed games at the Google Play Store, and the App Store. These games dispensed with HD audio-visuals since they typically only had limited capacity available. Most games ran on just 4MB per cartridge and that limited developers in terms of what was available. While groundbreaking at the time – and many fans celebrated the ‘great audio-visuals’ of SEGA, Atari and Nintendo games, we now know better.

The quality of modern-day games is such that you can expect up to 40GB of capacity per game. There are many reasons why retro games are making a comeback with players today. For starters, no complicated rules and strategies are required to play and enjoy these games. Many old school players or newbies looking to enjoy classic-style fun don’t want to learn to be expert tacticians and strategists like players in Call of Duty World War 2, Super Adventure Pals, The Hacker, or Demon’s Souls.


Another Great Reason Classic Games are Making a Comeback!

Cost is another consideration with classic games. Players get to enjoy instant access to these exciting throwback games at a fraction of the cost of modern-day games. For starters, old-school games aren’t being reproduced anymore – at least not on their erstwhile devices. So, players can pick these games up rather cheaply at garage sales and second-hand stores around the world. Millions of these games are still in circulation. Ninendo GameCube is a case in point. Instead of paying £50 – £60 for a new game, players can enjoy these old-school titles at a fraction of that price.

For all their flaws, classic games were hardly as crude, lascivious, violent, gory, or inappropriate as the modern-day games. Most of the time, classic arcade style games could be played by everyone in the family – that’s not the case today. Shooter games and wild zombie apocalyptic games are tailored to specific niche markets and they certainly don’t have the mass appeal of a top game like Bubble Shooter.

In this game – players of all ages can simply download and install this bubble pop game and fire away at will. Everyone is invited to play – no holds barred. You simply pop the blue, green, purple, red, and yellow bubbles as you blaze your way through 2,000 levels of exciting puzzle-style games. It’s a win-win, and a clear example of why retro games are making a welcome return to our screens.

There’s plenty of nostalgia with gaming – people can reconnect with their childhood and the warm and fuzzy memories of the time. Modern-day games are so detailed and complex, that many players prefer the escapism of basic retro games like Tanks, Pac-Man, Snakes and Ladders, Bubble Pop, Lemmings and Donkey Kong.

While Japan created many of these legendary titles, it is countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada that are seeing increased interest among fans. For some reason, many folks enjoy the older games and consoles – their simplicity and the nostalgic aspect of these games is too hard to resist!


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