Depending on the generation of gamer, the term retro can mean different things to different people. However, whether you’re still suffering from the physical effects of the Space Invaders addiction that swept the nation in the 1970s, or enjoy fondly looking back at many an hour spent rolling as Sonic on your Sega Master System, one thing’s for sure – retro gaming is making a big comeback in 2018 and more and more passionate gamers are looking back in time to get their video game fix.
With today’s consoles and their respective titles arguably offering more than any of their predecessors, just what exactly is fueling the rise of retro gaming in 2018?
The Kids Are Alright…and They’ve Grown Up
Perhaps one of the core reasons behind the recent rise of retro gaming is the fact that the gamers who the original titles were aimed at are now all grown up. Consequently, they now have more disposable income to spend on something they know they will wholeheartedly enjoy and with an added dash of nostalgia, it’s a real no-brainer for those looking to unwind while playing some of their favorite games from yesteryear.
The Retro Gaming Market Is More Accessible Than Ever
Gone are the days of swap shops and personal ads. Nowadays, if you’re looking to purchase your favorite games console or game from your youth, sites such as eBay and Amazon mean that you can have your desired item delivered to your door in a matter of days. For those who prefer a more community-based experience, retro gaming festivals are making a comeback in a big way and it’s now even possible to find retro games for cell phones like licensed Atari Asteroids titles, which allows you to carry on reminiscing during your daily commute if you so wish.
Modern Day Gaming Isn’t Cheap
With the average video game now retailing in excess of $60, keeping up with the latest console titles is an expensive hobby. With most games now giving the player the option of competing in an online setting, the numerous add-ons and extras required to enjoy the game in its fullest form can also cost the consumer a pretty penny – add in the fact that you’re never quite sure just how much you’re going to enjoy a video game until you’ve give it a fair shake and this can be an expensive gamble for many modern gamers.
Don’t Knock It Until Until You’ve Tried It
In the current climate, the term old is synonymous with bad or, at the very least, obsolete; however, it would be a mistake to discount older games simply because of their age. With an abundance of enjoyable and very playable titles, it’s worth going back through the back catalogue of pioneers such as Sega and Nintendo to see if there’s anything that takes your interest. After all, most of the modern day games enjoyed by the “youth” of today have been modeled on older titles to some extent and so at the very least, it feels nice to pay homage every now and again to some of the titles that have helped inspire some of the best selling franchises we see today. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Happy gaming!