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Title: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: zapiy on September 18, 2018, 09:57:27 AM
Simple question, why do you keep retroing? Keep collecting or playing these retro games and systems.

Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: DeadVoivod on September 18, 2018, 12:02:07 PM
Good question. Probably mostly nostalgia, and the ever-going love with those games. And for me, like you probably know as I sold loads of my hardware, it's more the games collecting, making of course the restriction to play all the games in emulators instead of the real machines, but it takes less place, and the fun is still the same, at least for me.

Space in the house is more limited once you're having a woman living together with you ;)
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: guest6292 on September 18, 2018, 15:15:47 PM
Deffinately nostalgia! Plus games nowadays just seem to be all about the micro transactions, I miss buying a game, putting it in and just playing, no installing, no micro trans, you just got the full game
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: AmigaJay on September 18, 2018, 17:12:04 PM
Cause most new games are buggy, new updating, don’t contain all the full game you need to buy extra characters etc , hardware needs updating, painful experience to play on a modern console!
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: TrekMD on September 19, 2018, 02:32:47 AM
Nostalgia plays into it but one major factors is the fact that you can mostly turn on the system with cart or CD and start to play.  No updates to deal with, like in modern systems. 
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: guest6292 on September 20, 2018, 12:24:44 PM
Also playing retro games is very accessible now with emulators (quite controversial especially with nintendo) I have various emu laters on my phone and can play them prett6 much anywhere
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: TrekMD on September 20, 2018, 12:27:22 PM
Emulation is indeed an easy way to play retro.  There are those who consider it heresy, though.  I consider it practical, particularly given how old some of the systems are.  Once they all crap out, the only way to play the games is to use emulation.
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: DeadVoivod on September 20, 2018, 12:58:07 PM
There are those who consider it heresy, though.
Fine, but it's not that I didn't own a LOT of the systems myself, but talking about being practical these days.

People are getting older, and space in the house is sometimes more important for other stuff. Emulators are just convenient and the last option. Just imagine where we would be without emulation?
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: TrekMD on September 20, 2018, 13:50:06 PM
Agreed!  But it's been amazing to see comments from some people on emulation.  You'd think someone was being murdered!
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: zapiy on September 21, 2018, 11:29:36 AM
Nothing wrong with Emulators, to me it's not retro in a retro sense, those that just use emulators and nothing else and I'm including owning old systems and games are not really retro people. They are just people who like to play old games on modern systems.

Is that controversial?
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: guest6292 on September 21, 2018, 21:44:38 PM
Hmmm, don't think you can label all people that just use emulators as not pure retro lovers, I unfortunately as I imagine with a lot people, not everyone keeps hold of their old consoles, I have a few of mine (dreamcast and n64) but no longer have my mega drive, ps1, ps2, original Xbox, so the emulators let me go back and play my favourite games from my childhood
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: zapiy on September 22, 2018, 22:00:53 PM
No, not labelling everyone that way but if that person does not own ONE single retro item and only uses emulators then they are not really retro in my mind.
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: DeadVoivod on September 24, 2018, 09:41:17 AM
Agreed!  But it's been amazing to see comments from some people on emulation.  You'd think someone was being murdered!
;D
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: Cryptic33 on September 24, 2018, 19:59:19 PM
A bloody good question and one I kind of ask myself from time to time. The whole retro principal is to access consoles and games we never for chance to years ago. Of course there is a huge nostalgia factor also and the love of certain games that are now accessible is a big magnet. For me, it has been a mission and a very rewarding one. Every man needs a hobby and my Jaguar, in particular, is mine. My final mission will be to get a replica arcade cabinet that lets me play Crystal Castles like I did in the 80’s. There is no escaping the magic of that era, it is everywhere and the subject of many films over the decades. So, if we can’t escape, we might as well be part of it 😀
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: Vadergb on September 27, 2018, 10:39:23 AM
For me it's nostalgia and also I enjoy playing on systems I didn't have as a kid. I love it when muscle memory kicks for a game I haven't played for years.

I prefer playing on real hardware including using CRTs but I will drop into emulation when it doesn't effect the experience.
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: zapiy on September 28, 2018, 07:51:33 AM
Great replies lads, that is another good point, the journey to play on systems I’ve never play on is a big draw too.  For the most part, these systems are as expensive now as they was back in the day so I am still limited but there is a thrill in maybe finding that one bargain.


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Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: AmigaJay on September 28, 2018, 10:06:49 AM
Thats the big issue, whilst ‘we’ always want retro to become more popular so we get new games in the retro style, new games for retro machines, magazines etc the opposite effect of making old retro machines and games extremely expensive nowadays, its forcing alot of people into emulation even if they didnt really want to, as you say some of this stuff is more expensive now than when it came out!
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: zapiy on October 02, 2018, 13:54:55 PM
Good point, I have 3 Sega 32X addons, one of which it boxed, I paid around £100 for them all about 12 years ago, now they are probably worth 5 times that, even some of my 32X games are probably worth more that what I paid for all three machines, sign of the times I guess, probably confirms your statement fella.. pushes people into Emulators.
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: demongene on October 07, 2018, 14:16:29 PM
Sick of paying 60 dollars for a game only to spend another 30 for dlc!!! It get very old and expensive.
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: TrekMD on October 08, 2018, 01:18:57 AM
Sick of paying 60 dollars for a game only to spend another 30 for dlc!!! It get very old and expensive.

Good reason!
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: davyk on October 11, 2018, 22:25:32 PM
There are a few reasons.

Older games are what some would say are simpler. For me it really means they aren't time sink games. I Only have the time and inclination for pick up and play content. And while that can be obtained on new consoles there's a lot more of it on older ones.

I like collecting. Modern games aren't very collectable. The box art is uninspiring and attractive game manuals are vanishing. Also a game on a disc isn't very interesting is these days of standardisation. When every console looked different , had different controllers and media etc. it was more interesting.

DLC and online - older games don't need this.

There's nostalgia too - but not so much for me. I'll only play a game if I still find it enjoyable to play. Old graphics don't put me off as long as the design is solid. Nostalgia alone won't really cut it for me.

Same room multiplayer. Most modern games don't deliver this.

Replay value. A lot of modern games are "won and done" affairs. Doesn't appeal to me. A lot more games on older consoles are not like that.

Design aesthetic - too many modern games try to look like the real world. I can get that looking out the window. I want video games to look like video games. And older games do that.
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: onthinice on November 21, 2018, 15:23:16 PM
For me it is game diversity and competition. So many games and choices from retro consoles.

The Nintendo Entertainment System is a great example. The NES had to be different from the Sega Genesis or Turbo Graphics-16.

The NES had games like Wall Street Kid where you bought and sold stocks. Genghis Khan let you conquer the world. Plenty of arcade choices. Sports games, so many choices. You were not stuck with one franchise but had many competing for your dollars. The NES also had watered down versions of two of my favorites that I played on the Commodore 64. Pirates and The Three Stooges. Point is that the games were available without floppy disk load times.

Later Sega did the same with the Genesis with ports of Buck Rodgers and Centurion Defender of Rome. American football was not limited to just Madden. Joe Montana, NFL Quarterback Club and my favorite Mutant League Football. I can't forget to mention Road Rash. It would be great to have an update of that classic.

When the 16-bit era hit, I was lucky to be a working teenager and young adult. I bought the Genesis, Super Nintendo and TG-16 new. Each had a different line-up of games that were unique to the system. Each had a platform game  pack-in. But Bonk, Mario and Sonic were different enough in gameplay to make me want to own each.

Just do not see that with modern consoles.

Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: TrekMD on November 21, 2018, 18:54:16 PM
Very nicely stated!
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: Greyfox on November 21, 2018, 21:16:04 PM
For myself, it's generally via emulation for my retro gaming hits, but I'm still to this very day discovering all new and exciting games, either on consoles or arcade games which keeps me hanging for more, I also stay in tune with the scene because if the commercial work I'm doing also, its more for me about the preservation of this medium and this is why I'm doing the products I'm working on now. But Personally, I don't think that will ever die for me, that time period was the best time of my being and one regardless of how old I get will be forever etched in my psychic.

Doesn't matter what console was better than this or that, or computer that was superior etc. For me always that smile that comes across your face and that warm sensation you remember when you first laid eyes that mindblowing game, this is why I jeep retroing 👍
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: zapiy on November 23, 2018, 19:11:36 PM
Like Davy says, Nostalgia is a huge part of it, in fact i have purchased stuff on that basis and never powered it up before. I also agree with onthinice, the systems these days are more or less the same with a different badge, just don't see consoles released like they used to be but the market is big enough to accomodate more.
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: HomerRamone2084 on December 01, 2018, 15:14:20 PM
A lot of the attraction I think is because games these days have gone a little stale.
Not just because of microtransactions I don't think but also because developers dont want to take risks.
Release another incarnation of the same game or try something new. If the something now doesnt hit the spot then it doesnt cover costs. And shareholders are not happy.

Additionally I think theres way too much focus on making it bigger and prettier than the last one - before worrying about fun factor !

WRT to emulation not being true retro - I dont see why. Emulation is just a way to play it because either the original hardware is hard to find or prohibitively expensive or as has already been mentioned you can only dedicate so much space to hobbies !
Dont see why it matters how you retro - however it works for you. Just as long as you have fun !!
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: TrekMD on December 01, 2018, 16:00:57 PM
Dont see why it matters how you retro - however it works for you. Just as long as you have fun !!

Very true!  As long as the games are being played and enjoed, that's all that should matter.
Title: Re: Why do you keep retroing?
Post by: Saturn on December 02, 2018, 01:04:00 AM
I keep buying and playing bc I LOVE THE JAGUAR. I'm kinda bias to this system but do collect for a few others. The simplicity of gameplay is what I grew up with and while the newer systems have phenomenal games and are advanced beyond measure, the old stuff is what I like. Plus, I can hack the hell out of the older games which adds a special element of fun and interest to me. Can't get enough, even to this day!