As technology has advanced over the years and made more things possible, many people may have expected early games and other retro activities to fade away and be replaced by newer offerings.
While there has been a strong progression in the world of gaming, there is still a massive market for the classics. In fact, modern technology has brought retro activities right back into the mainstream. Here we take a look at some of the most notable retro things to have had a modern makeover.
Going to the bingo hall and meeting like-minded people over a game of the lottery-style ball game was once one of the most popular pastimes in America. But for a number of reasons such as smoking bans and increased regulations, the bingo establishments of old have been in decline in the last decade. People’s love of the game hasn’t dissipated, though, and online bingo sites have cropped up to satiate the needs of lovers of the gambling game. These sites often include new ways to play the much-loved game, and online bingo at Vernons, for instance, features innovative offerings like Bouncy Balls.
If you were asked to think of a classic game, Tetris would surely be one of the first things that springs to mind. The tile-matching puzzle game was released in 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, and since then has been remade countless times by various different developers. It also earned tenth-place in IGN’s Top 100 Games of All Time. Tetris isn’t just a classic for its gameplay, it also went on to inspire many games in the flourishing mobile industry. It could be argued that major successes like Candy Crush and Diamond Dash were directly influenced by Tetris. The simple and addictive nature of the 80s title is another common theme for mobile games. Tetris can still be played in modern forms, with Tetris Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS being one of the most notable offerings in recent times.
One of the most retro gaming items you can get is the Nintendo Gameboy, and Pokémon was a seminal game for the handheld device. The RPGs created by Satoshi Tajiri were released in Japan in 1996, and their immense success led to an enormously successful franchise. Soon after the release of the games, there was an anime cartoon series, merchandise, and a Pokémon trading card game. In 2016, this Pokémon craze was revived by Pokémon Go for mobile. The game from Niantic incorporated elements of augmented reality to bring the retro game into the modern age, but also drew on nostalgic elements to attract older players. It was a major hit, and a year after its release there had been 750 million downloads.
With the success of these retro games with modern-day twists, there is no limit to what classics can be brought back into the mainstream. And it just goes to show that if a game is loved enough, it can survive through many different generations.