An Argument for and Against Retro Gaming

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Retro Gaming

Since the announcement of the updated NES console last year, a lot of hullaballoo has surrounded the world of retro gaming. Whilst big upcoming titles like Breath of the Wild and Mass Effect: Andromeda were soaking up the spotlight for their incredible graphics and stellar gameplay mechanics, many people had eyes only for the NES re-release. People loved the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane to a time when ‘run, jump, and shoot’ were essentially your only options, and the graphics were so blocky that you could practically make a house out of them.

For anyone around the age of 15, the idea of gaming on the NES is likely the same as playing with a hoop and a stick or riding a Penny Farthing (check out the Teens React video for proof). So any teenager playing one is probably because a parent wanted some nostalgia in the household. That said, it’s safe to say that other than the NES re-release, the Raspberry Pi computer has revitalized retro gaming, now that it can be coupled with ROM games and an emulator. Although retro games are only one of many projects available with the Raspberry Pi system, it has led to a lot of exposure towards replaying classic titles on the NES, Atari, Commodore 64, and more.

Does retro gaming still deserve a place in the hearts and minds of people in 2017? Let’s have a look at reasons for and against playing retro games these days.


Play with others in the same room


Isn’t it more fun to actually see someone’s reaction when you make an incredible shot in an FPS? Or a last-second overtake in a racing game? The best entertainment with video games is when you can play with a sibling or friend and create fun and everlasting memories. This is the true spirit of competitive gaming.


It’s great to play with someone in the same room, sure, but how about us adults with jobs or university? It’s almost impossible to schedule a time to get everyone to meet up in one location, especially when it’s winter and no one wants to leave the house. With online multiplayer, you can have dozens of friends all playing together and communicating via a headset. Isn’t that better than having some people waiting for their turn?


The games had longevity


Games these days are so easy. There are too many difficulty levels, so when things get hard, you can just chicken out and make things simple. Most also take only a few days to finish, and then you’re already bored and moving on to the next game. Where’s longevity? Retro games basically had one difficulty setting and more levels, and if you weren’t good enough, you either kept playing or quit.


Lowering the difficulty is a much better option than not playing altogether. And furthermore, games in 2017 have so much more content. With the main story mission, side quests, collectibles, online multiplayer, and then DLC packs, it’s sometimes impossible to complete everything!


It’s good ol’ fashioned fun


Games today can be all style and no substance. Sure, the graphics are cutting edge, but where’s the heart? Games back then required no 20-minute boring tutorials to sit through, instead, you just pick up the controller and play straight away.


Fun? NES games are the exact opposite. Why are we always trying to relive the past? You could finish these games by tapping blindly on one hand and snap chatting on the other. Today’s games require your full attention and have so many gameplay options.


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