With such a growing trend in the advancement of technology, it is often a wonderment how people will stick with older generations of game consoles. Nostalgic gaming has become a booming industry in online sales as well as niche storefronts and flea market tables. Sales and demand for classic game systems such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, and even Playstation 1 have been on the rise during the past ten to fifteen years.
Playstation 4 and Xbox One are the newest generation of consoles out on the market at this moment, and the visual experiences possible on both of them are of the highest caliber. Visual graphics that are so well defined with skin textures and tones look as lifelike as possible with today’s technology. It is even possible to count threads on clothing with such high definition of details projected through the screen. Yet, even with all this advancement in possibilities it seems as though many of us are still drawn to the games and consoles of yore where the limits of the systems allowed only 8-bit side scrolling games and single note melodies looped to play familiar themes.
Why has there been such a spike in this yearning for old style games? Most likely it is because our generation born in the 1980s and 90s have become of age. We are no longer children who were forced into the same monetary restrictions set by our parents but are making our own money to spend however we please. Every individual’s reason for nostalgic gaming is their own to decide. For some it may be to regain the feelings of childhood, which are torn away through the responsibilities and stress of an adult world. For others it may be to live what they never could as children due to strict upbringing or financial hardships.
While the graphics, music, storylines, and gameplay have all been advancing with the passing years and newer generations of consoles there will still be a love of the classics. Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog can be recreated in stunning HD with fantastical camera work, but there will always be a place in our memories for their 8-bit and 64-bit counterparts. Things brings the question to the table, which way is best for experiencing retro classics? While emulation is always an option, I find it better to resort to a more authentic experience. The feeling of gaming on your NES with the original controller easily beats the artificial feeling you receive from emulation. However, since prices on such classics have grown so high, the original nostalgia trip may not be for everyone.
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