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Everybody loves modern gaming consoles. And who can blame them? Top of the line graphics, the newest gaming concepts and amazing music and voice acting unthinkable in the old days are the reasons people upgrade to the newest models. With every generation, something is gained and the foundation supports another floor, so to speak. But as anyone who whips out an old console every once in a while knows, for all the advancements and improvements we see with every new game, we lose something as well, which makes every retro game we play remind us that these systems still have value.
Why do we play these old games? Find out in our Top Five Reasons to Partake in Retro Gaming!
5.) A Sense of History
If you haven’t played this…do it. Do it now.
All great things begin somewhere, and retro gamers function as entertainment historians. Before Call of Duty, there was Doom. Before Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, there was Maniac Mansion. And before Super Mario Galaxy there was…a bunch of other Mario games, because no one ever did it better. And all those games have their influences as well. Gaming has more meaning when you can appreciate what came before. Seriously, try playing an old Lucasarts adventure game and telling me you can’t see the influence on a modern game like Walking Dead past the control scheme.
4.) Less Expensive
Retro Gaming won’t reduce you to using this as money.
Seriously, it is. Go on eBay right now and take a look. A Super Nintendo costs anywhere from $30-$90 American and usually comes with a few games in a lot. An Atari 2600 could be as low as $15 from the right seller. I don’t know why you would, but a true collector could pick up a 3DO for about $100. And even the games are inexpensive, for the most part. Your rarer games like EarthBound could set you back an average of $50, still less than a new game on a modern console, but once you start getting into lots, you could be picking up games for less than $5 each. More money in your pocket is never a bad thing.
3.) Better Multiplayer
Still the best multiplayer game.
One of the advents of newer consoles was the introduction of online multiplayer modes, which allowed for connecting to a number of new enemies and allies limited only to who was on. But multiplayer on old consoles still has some advantages. First, you would both be in one place, creating new layers of interaction, trash talk and wagering. Proud to say I picked up the tab on one or two pizzas after losing rounds of ESPN National Hockey Night. Second, social interaction is easier in person than on a headset, and I’d rather high-five a buddy than just say how good the game was. Third, I always loved split screen play. Maybe it’s been instilled in me, a relic of the past, and maybe I was just skilled at screen looking (never did it), but watching same-console multiplayer practically gone in gaming today makes me sad inside.
2.) Great Games
There’s a reason people STILL do Super Metroid speedruns.
A game like Borderlands might garner incredible ratings and awards, but ten, twenty years down the line, it may not be as well thought of, if it’s remembered at all. As for older games, there have been multiple console generations and libraries of titles, but some of them are still remembered, and played, for their greatness. To name a few; Asteroids, Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Goldeneye 007, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, StarCraft, Red Alert 2, Civilization 2, Tetris…all of these titles are consistently on Top 100 lists of greatest games ever made for good reason. And we can personally vouch that they’re all still a blast to play, if aging graphics aren’t too much of a hassle for you.
So many consoles…which one(s) was/were yours?
For younger gamers who play the video games of old, the last four reasons are for you. Pick up an old console and you’ll enjoy it (as long you play the right games; if it has a rainbow on the cartridge with the letters LJN at the bottom left, you have chosen…poorly). For those of us who grew up with these consoles, we already know their quality: nostalgia is the reason we play. We were around when having a Sega Genesis or a Super Nintendo decided who our friends and enemies were, Coins vs. Rings. We remember picking through the crappy games at the local Blockbuster until we found great games because there was no internet to find reviews on and we couldn’t afford a GamePro or Nintendo Power. We spent hours risking our eyesights on old television sets because our excitement brought us closer to the screen.
We became gamers because of these games. We play them again to regain our childhood joys for a short time when we can. From a fellow retro gamer, I salute all of you who take the time to remember where you came from. Game on.
Honorable Mention: NO LOADING TIMES!
What are some of your Retro Gaming favorites? Let us know in the comment section below!