The Weekend Debate: Retro gaming – where do you stand?

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ORIGINAL POST: First up, apologies that there was no Weekend Debate last week – circumstances conspired against me. Anyway, we’re back on track today.

So, your topic for discussion this week. Whenever we post about a re-release of an old title or a new game that’s heavily inspired by “retro” gaming, many commenters are delighted to see developers tip their hat to the past, while others complain that they’d rather play more contemporary titles on their high-spec hardware.

Today’s questions then:

Do you play retro or retro-inspired titles? If yes, what is it about nostalgic games that keeps you coming back? If no, why not?

To mark the impending arrival of both Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge on PS3 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus on PS Vita, we’ve got five copies of Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus on PS Vita to award to the most entertaining or thoughtful respondents. Good luck!

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Mayernator87 8 February, 2013 @ 5:08 pm   1

I still enjoy playing the first game i ever got to play on our first “serious” console. Sonic the hedgehog on our beloved Sega Mega Drive Model 1.

I play them because i find them fun. Its a weird concept to describe. Sure they might not LOOK as great as todays near cgi quality games do, but they have their charm.

I love the bright graphics, the 16bit music, and the gameplay. THESE are the reasons as to why i do not hesitate in booting up the old Sega and having a marathon session. I still also play the PSOne from time to time as well.

bidbaldwolf86 8 February, 2013 @ 5:11 pm   2

I love retro gaming on any platform but I’m only going as far as PS1 for retro at the moment thanks to the Vita but I generally love the older SNES and Mega Drive games. Streets of Rage, Altered Beast and Sonic were all great. The obvious Mario was great on the SNES with Bomberman being an old favourite.

Graphics don’t mean good games and the fact that a lot of these older games still hold up today is a testament to that.

Chocobo115 8 February, 2013 @ 5:14 pm   3

I like to take out my NES or Sega Mega Drive a few times a year to play some of the older games I was struggeling with as a kid and see how far I can go. It amazes me that I still remember where most secret items are and different boss strategies.
I also enjoy the challenge of the older games. You have a set of life and/or continues. If you lose them all you start from the start of the game again. Having that pressure makes it more rewarding beating a tough boss of pulling of a tough (section of a) level than it can be today with all the checkpoints in games.
On the other hand games has better stories today than back then, when you had to read in the manual to figure what was going on in the game. 🙂


i am a retro gamer and i lover retro games.

i still love when games like final fight, street fighter 2, castlevania, mega man and things like that come out on psn and other platforms.
i loved retro inspired titles such as mega man 9 and 10 and scott pilgrim so id say im a retro gamer.

the reason i love retro games is partly nostalgia as i love the fact that i can now beat games i never could as a child.
partly the look as i love pixel art 🙂
partly the difficulty games used to be hard and provide a challenge they never just chucked unlimited lives at you and auto saving check points.

i love retro games and retro collections 🙂


No I don’t play retro titles much at all. I played Alien Breed (PSM version) recently which is the best out of a few I have played and it’s OK.

The problem is I started off with a SNES and loved it to bits, then a Sega Saturn, then a PS1, PS2, PS3 and so now I’m so used to modern gaming that an old top down shooter doesn’t entertain me much, not even on the go. Partly it is down to me expect new standards, once I’m in to the PS4, I could look back at the PS3 and see some nice games that remind of younger days. The other part is that I have grown up, when I played Super Mario 3 I was seven, now I’m nearly 21 and more interested in the art, sound and stories which have become more sophisticated in this 7th generation. Super Mario 3 is now to me just a simple platformer which is good, it just doesn’t grab my fancy any more.


Coming from the era that saw the first big surge in Videogames (yes, I am that old!) I guess part of the appeal for me with retro games is to relive my past. However, there is no doubt that games are a lot different now compared to the 70s and 80s and there are still a lot of things developers could learn from some of the old classics out there.

I think that part of the draw for me is that many of these older games came from the minds of individuals who were not pushed by a big corporation in to creating something for a mass market, but who were (often literally) bedroom coders who were really just making something for the fun of it. Would we have seen games like Jet Set Willy in this day and age? Probably not.

But lets not forget that retro means different things to different people. Some of our younger Playstation compatriots would see Playstation 1 as retro. Games like the first Wipeout would be retro to them. I do still love going back to these sort of games too, because they define our heritage and shaped our present. Where would we be without Doom, Tomb Raider and Ridge Racer? We wouldn’t have ended up with Call of Duty, Uncharted…Ridge Racer 7 today, that’s for sure,


Personally I don’t, I used to when I first got my PS3. I’d to see more remasters of PS2 games, if not I’d like to see more of the popular classic PS1/PS2 games on the store. But that might seem irrelevant if there will be Gaikai streaming on PS4.

extermin8or_ 8 February, 2013 @ 5:39 pm   8

I do from time to time play retro games, although I think retro is a slightly subjective term so games like mario, sonic zelda, metroid etc are all retro however I consider games I played as a kid like Crash (PS1 games), Spyro (insomniacs trilogy) and even Rachet and Clank to be retro games as I played them as a kid. The reason to replay them or play their newer throwbacks are because it reminds you of how you felt when you played it as a kid. Scooby Doo and the phantom virus or whatever it was called was a pretty poor game tbh- wasn’t that great a film either but it’s still great to play because it reminds you of that feeling of just fun you had as a kid. Rachet and Clank Q force is worth so much more than the 7/10s it’s been getting because when I play it I am reminded of the time spent playing R&C3 at my mates in multiplayer-Rayman: Origins or the ps1 games and PS2 games remind me of the 1st time I ever played Playstation, when I first got one and just how fun I found playing video games 🙂

ExtremeGamer1995 8 February, 2013 @ 5:40 pm   9

I started gaming at the end of the original playstation I never really played the really retro games. I’m now doing a games design course and part of that course is looking back at older games. My lecturer also has all the old consoles which he brings in and swaps other every week! The one game thats infected a small portion of our class is the very first mortal kombat on the sega megadrive as well as being great fun it also causes so many arguments because theres so many exploits, the main one is leg sweep but Raidens flying thing is the worst. I’ve also downloaded the arcade games on the PS home thing on vita and have found out I suck at almost all of them (stuck on the first level for everything).

The best bit about retro games are the mechanics are so raw and basic, it definatly helps with my course learning about animation we googled all the old games like prince of persia and Mortal kombat. I’m trying all the retro games but I can’t pretend I don’t prefer modern games, but for educational purposes the retro games are perfect.


There’s 2 things I love about retro gaming:

The first is that many old games were just simple mindless pick up and play fun. When I get home from work I love just switching a console on and playing 15 minutes of good old Sonic/Mario/Whatever, rather than have to go through an hour’s preparation, menus, settings and loading before I get to do a bloody race in GT5 (for example).

The second is that many old games come from a time when I could not afford 5-10 games a month (!), or there weren’t that many games being released as now, so I played each and every game I had to death. So much so that memories of a particular game have been mixed up in my mind with memories from an entire period of my life. Playing these old games brings back all sorts of other memories, like a kind of travel back in time.

supersmith2500 8 February, 2013 @ 5:48 pm   11

What an awesome debate:

You know I myself also loves retro gaming as well and I own these consoles which are NES, SNES, Mega Drive, N64, Master System and of course other retro systems that some people forgot such the Atari Jaguar and the Sega’s failed add-on for the Mega Drive, Mega-CD. Now I grew up with both Master System and Super Nintendo and used to love playing on them and even PC-DOS gaming as well.

Also for the re-releases, depends how the companies re-release their own games whatever it’s good or bad. If it’s a perfect port, I play on it, if not then I play the original version.

The prime example of retro greatness is Final Fantasy. I rate those entries before part VII, far higher than anything that came afterwards.

The major reasons for that:

1. The character graphics(called them “Kopffüssler”) were far more charming. A little wink, nudge or and other gesture of those tiny characters, meant far more to me than anything that those later 3D rendered stupid spike heads could achieve.

2. Simpler graphics also resulted in a bigger & better world.
Nowadays game development is limited by how much work can be done by level artists etc. etc. Budget and time restrict far more what can be done.

A similar truth can be witnessed for modern games, especially on the PC. Many indies with simple (16bit) graphics triumph in gameplay aspects.

So my nostalgia is not really related to “older is better”, but more about complex structures in modern game production standing in the way of innovative game play. That doesn’t even include bigger budgets resulting in productions taking fewer risks, which comes on top of that.

Oh, I might also mention that I enjoy playing those PSOne RPGs far more on my Vita, than on the PS3. And not only because the Vita lacks games. 😉

RossyWilson 8 February, 2013 @ 5:51 pm   13

Im all for remakes and what not. But for god sake dont downgrade a game to make it seem ‘retro’. There has been a trend recently of fans making 8-bit versions of thier favourite games which i personally dont see the point. Why would anyone play a game that is worse than the original version.
I personally think devs should just work on a modern, new game inspired by older generations, like how limbo is like the 2d platformers of old but modern at the same time.

The game that fills my nostalgia meter every time i play it is SPACE INVADERS, I still remember that time my dad took me to a arcade, I still remember how I looked at those arcade cabinets as if they were from the future…

Today I still play SPACE INVADERS ANNIVERSARY with my dad every time i visit him in his PS2, It’s like our own thing and it brings us together and makes me remember my youth, oh my youth…


As a 40 year old who has watched the evolution of gaming from Pong there are 3 main things that are essential, gameplay, fun and addictiveness (the ‘just 1 more go’ factor).
As they were working with very limited resources, these 3 things were what made the most sense for developers to concentrate on.
I can quite happily go back and play ‘retro’ games as the main reason for playing games is entertainment. Obviously, these days, graphics help tremendously in helping to immerse you in the game but they are by no means any more important than gameplay and fun.

Carnivius_Prime 8 February, 2013 @ 5:58 pm   16

I’m not gonna type too much because I could go on all day about what I prefer about ‘retro’ games (meaning the 8 and 16 bit era) over modern games (for example carefully crafted sprites, actually memorable tunes, not so much of the lengthy boring cutscenes or games thinking they’re movies).

What I do hate is when a modern game tries so hard to be ‘retro’ and gets it so very wrong. I loathe the Scott Pilgrim game. It’s a horrible obnoxious nightmare of a game of what modern day trendy, teenage, internet-meme obsessed, wannabe-geeks think the 16 bit era was about. Double Dragon Neon on the other hand did a far better job of putting me back there in the 80’s (looking past the 3D polygon characters) where games were simpler, fun, had catchy tunes to hum along to while you rack up the kills and points. Games tended to be colors other than brown and gray back then unlike most shooters today (Uncharted excepted cos ND do great color schemes)

One thing I do like about playing retro games on newer hardware is the extra features the game may not have had on it’s native hardware such as saves, online multiplayer and leaderboards. For me those things give extra replayabilty to old games.


My first game was Dragon’s Lair on NES. I was two-three years old and never got past first screen – or past first trap, so I never reached even that gate. I had to buy the real Dragon’s Lair due that, I’m glad it’s in PS Store. I still collect and play NES-games – I skipped 16-bit era and PSX’s Crash Bandicoots were my next step. Been PS-gamer since then, thanks to Naughty Dog.

aaronwalkeruk 8 February, 2013 @ 5:59 pm   18

I had great fun on my Megadrive and Gamegear and like another poster mentioned, as I didnt get games that often I would play the ones I had to death, some I dont think I finished as they were quite hard. I then moved to the PS1 and Crash Bandicoot and Wipeout 2097 were my first games. After about a year or so I pulled my Gamegear out again thinking “well I play 3D games now and complete them, my old 2D games must be rather easy now”. WRONG, they still offer a challenge and great fun to this day. The sonic games even have their own folder on my XMB

Carnivius_Prime 8 February, 2013 @ 6:00 pm   19

@13 Who says an 8-bit version of game would be worse? It might be that making a game simpler makes it more accessible and fun and enjoyable. And don’t compare Limbo to any of the great old 2D platformers. They tended to be fun. Limbo was dullness.

Carnivius_Prime 8 February, 2013 @ 6:01 pm   20

Oh and I should mention I have several Retro directories on my PS3 for all sorts. Mega Drive, Neo Geo, the SNK Arcade Minis, arcade games such as Simpsons and Final Fight. I just wish there were much, much more. I love having my PS3 as an all in one that play games of today and games of the past.

TequilaUK 8 February, 2013 @ 6:02 pm   21

Retro gaming will always be apart of who I am and it has also made me into the gamer that I am today! It’s impossible to forget those old memories of playing the SNES and battling it out on Mario Kart battle mode with your siblings. Or being absolutely blown away at the fact that you could actually play Street fighter II, an arcade cabinet title at home!

I believe it’s the fun and enjoyment that we remember having that brings us back for more, just so we can have that feeling all over again. And going back to the roots of gaming shows us just how much it has evolved over the years.

Retro gaming will always be what has defined gaming for me.

TheGrattman 8 February, 2013 @ 6:04 pm   22

Most of my favourite games are now retro, I still think the original Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games are amazing. I was playing Spyro 2 yesterday wishing there would be a HD trilogy of the first 3 games. I think the problem with too many games now is that they’re either FPS or they try to be too be overly complicated, you can’t just pick up and play them. Another favourite Retro game of mine is The Secret Of Monkey Island, it’s a shame because I don’t think there are enough games with a good sense of humour anymore. I’m excited that platform games are sort of making a comeback for example the new Sly Cooper game that I cannot wait for! Also I still think Crash Team Racing is one of the best kart racers…. HD remake…. Please?


I’m going to go against the current and say no. I do not like retro games. I might be a bit biased, as I am much too young to have experienced games like Space Invaders and Pong when they were new.

I think gaming has constantly been evolving since it’s inception, and because of this, I don’t think we should spend too much time looking back.

Having the choice between playing a NES game or a PS3 game is like choosing if you want to take a raft from France to Britain, or if you want to take a cruise ship.


I like old Sega games very much. I remember that time when I played them with my brother, with my school friends. It was a long time ago. You know, it’s like diving – once you’re in, you’ll never quit. You can’y forget the smell of ComixZone pages and the war screams from Golden Axe.
These games are Games for real.

MONTENERO 8 February, 2013 @ 6:11 pm   25

The most important part of games for me is gameplay. Many retro games’ game-play simply hasn’t been bested yet, thus I play them.
Graphics don’t matter much. I recently got a demo of PC game Giana Sisters – it has beautiful 3d graphics, but lacks in gameplay. Super Mario Bros is so much better whilst being in 2d.
I am quite disappointed, personally, at the lack of proper 2d platformers on PSN.
Recently I enjoyed a PSN mini “Feisty Feet” – it had very precise controls and fast-paced gameplay, but the game is short. Would love to see it on Vita/PS3 with multiplayer.
I must say, though, that I dislike new indie games that are calling themselves “retro”, e.g. Retro City Rampage – absolutely rubbish gameplay.

MONTENERO 8 February, 2013 @ 6:14 pm   26

Totally agree with you! Limbo, Braid and other indie platformers play much *worse* than proper retro 2d platformers.
The only good indie platformer is Super Meat Boy in my book.

pickled01 8 February, 2013 @ 6:20 pm   27

I don’t usually play the older generation games, mostly due to the reduced functionality of the games and lack of decent graphics, so I tend to leave them be, most of the time…
Sometimes every month or so I feel the need to bring out my old PS1 or Game boy (sorry PlayStation!) to reminisce and bring back old childhood memories of Pokemon Silver and Spyro – Year of The Dragon. Games like these just bring back happy memories and are just so joyful and innocent that it’s impossible to ignore!


I do play them and tend to really enjoy them too. To me it’s not quite the nostalgia or the trip down memory lane part that pulls me over, but the way it’s a creative decision. Retro City Rampage for instance is not only cool because it references all those famous and less famous classics, but also because it tells us something about how gaming was years ago compared to what it is today. That theme works only in 8 bit and couldn’t be conveyed in wonderfull HD-graphics.

So I look at it as I look at ‘The Artist’, that wonderfull silent, black and white, 4:3 movie that won the Oscar so deservingly. Using ‘the old ways’ as a creative way to tell the story even beter…

Solid_Snake1987 8 February, 2013 @ 6:36 pm   29

I do go back to my old games from when I grew up, obviously for the nostalgia factor but also because a lot of them are just simply great games.

I was fortunate enough to grow up in the 90s and also have access to a few consoles from before I was born. This means that I’ve seen the evolution of games from simple mono-chromic games on old Ataris and Commodores to the blockbusters we have now on our PS3s, but there is an era I hold dear to my heart, a golden era in video games and that’s the 8-bit and 16-bit era where 2D gaming reached its pinnacle.

The controls were so precise and the graphics were (for the time) amazing. Heck most still look good today. There might have been fewer buttons on the controllers and they also too lacked the analogue sticks we have today, but those games ran with pixel precision and any time you failed (and I did – a lot) it wasn’t the game’s fault – it was yours. No blaming lag for your death I can tell you, unless you were one of the few that could make Sonic fly off the screen because you were going so fast of course.

Solid_Snake1987 8 February, 2013 @ 6:37 pm   30

As for the classic games there’s obviously the Mario’s and Sonic’s that everyone waxes lyrical about, but there are so many other classics from that time that are just as good to play now as they were then. The likes of Speedball, Rock N’ Roll Racers, Smash TV, the countless Disney movie tie-ins (which were great games!), Bubble Bobble… It’s no wonder why so many are being remade or given a fresh HD sheen to bring them to a new younger audience.

There are in my opinion a few reasons to look back to older games. To see where we’ve come from, to see the first uses of certain techniques and the emergences of genres, but there is one more important and is at the heart of why we game in the first place – to look back on the fun we had. It’s not always possible, but in those special rare cases when you do rediscover it, you’ll often find it to be better than the fun you have with any of the latest games. But who knows? Give it 20 years and maybe we’ll look back on this generation with the same affection we show the 8-bit and 16 bit eras. That’s if the machines don’t gain sentience and rise up against of course, but at least we’ll have a lifetime’s worth of gaming know how to fight back with by then!

ducky1549 8 February, 2013 @ 6:44 pm   31

I play most of my retro games over my PS3 due to the retro games having a more challenging difficulty, games these days are more about how good the graphics are and that kinda robs us of the length a retro game has, these days you can complete games easy (usually in a few hours) with hardily no challenge and a very short story line (example: star wars force unleashed 2,call of duty black ops 1+2 and a lot of other games, you know which 1’s that are :P) retro games have a more harder difficulty and not much in a way to save the game so you need to start again if you give up,switch off or die(really frustrating on none save games and your near the end like Alex the Kidd on Master System :P).

R3dC3llTran3 8 February, 2013 @ 6:54 pm   32

I’m not at my most articulate tonight, but I’ll try. It’s mostly to do with I just enjoy the way games used to be made. It does, however, have some to do with not being crazy about some of today’s games. In some ways, a lot of games today feel more like interactive movies than actual games. This has to do with the state-of-the-art graphics, orchestra-quality music, and 3D aspect. Not saying this is necessarily BAD, just not so game-like. Then, when you consider that some games have you play a little, then cut scene, then play a little more, it plays more to the feeling of it being an interactive movie. I also find today’s games less accessible and easy to get into. There are patches to download before playing, lengthy tutorials, complex button combinations. It tends to make a game tedious. When they become tedious, they’re no longer fun. And video games are supposed to be fun.

R3dC3llTran3 8 February, 2013 @ 6:56 pm   33

Of course, I come from a far simpler time, when there was a joystick and (maybe) a couple of buttons. I was born a few months before the Atari 2600 even came out. I’ve found that the more complex you make games, the less fun they are. The shorter the learning curve, the sooner you can really get involved in the game. Hard to have fun when you’re trying to remember a sequence of button presses to pull off a certain action. When you just have a direction pad to move, a button to jump, and a button to fire, you’re ready for action immediately. There’s also a charm and magic to yesterday’s games that feels missing anymore. Difficult to explain. I like the artistic designs of character sprites, and uniqueness of level layouts/design. And chiptunes are just such an interesting, captivating sound, unlike anything else! And gameplay of retro games is still second to none, in my book.

There are many current games I like, and I know I’ll like future games! But, the more games have evolved, the more I feel they’ve devolved.


I think one of the earliest console I can remember having at home was the Atari 2600. I loved playing Skateboarding and Pitfall and River Raid (lol I can hear the ding, ding, ding, ding of the refuelling). Retro games werent about graphic or even gameplay for me they were about going to your mates for tea or having them round at yours. That is why I tend not to play retro games anymore as I prefer to remember them as they were.

Farhad_Khan_ 8 February, 2013 @ 7:03 pm   35

Snake, the most hardcore game ever. Period.

ryannumber3gamer 8 February, 2013 @ 7:04 pm   36

Personally i would say as games get older, they do become retro by a little bit. Now i would play some of the classic Sonic games usually on the Sonic Gems Collection, Sonic Mega Collection Plus, or the Sega mega drive ultimate collection. But personally i would go more towards 3D games like Crash,Sonic Adventure1 & 2,Spyro,Sly (The first 3 games), Ratchet & Clank (Again the first 3 games and Ratchet Gladiator),Jak 1,2,3 and Jak X. Also a interesting thing is that Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale introduced me to some old Playstation characters like PaRappa and Spike and got me interested in their series. PaRappa is always good to play 1 or 2 stages because of the catchy music. Crash 3 is a classic PS1 game. Jak 3, Ratchet & Clank 3, and Sly 2 Band of Thieves are my top 3 PS2 games and it always great replaying them along with the rest of their series. I like HD Remakes and Collections because it gives you reason to go back and replay games like Sly to get trophies and it’s great for people who are interested into getting into some series of games.


Oh my, when it comes to retro gaming, I still recall my good old PS (i had the first, gray fat model). I lived through my early childhood with this device :). Playing those Crash Bandicoot games was really a blast. I mostly played it with my best friend and we were swapping the controller after death or level. But that poor machine had its own health problem and froze time to time. So while one of us was playing, the other one was waving with something (mostly newspapers) towards the console to cool it. We had to do so much effort to even be able to play, that we enjoyed the game itself even more afterwards 🙂 When the overheating became so strong that even the fan didnt help, my father took it to the service where it got repaired. Then, when we were finally able to play both at once, our new favorite game became Battle Arena Toshinden 3 (which i would really love to see in PSN 🙂 ). We mastered every single character in the game, unlocked everything possible and had so much fun doing it. And then it came. One day, my PS just died 🙁 They told me that it was repairable, but it would be too expansive, and since I already had PS2, I had no need to do it. R.I.P my good old friend, it was a bumpy, but awesome ride 😀


I have a retro corner upstairs in the bedroom (with an old CRT telly). I played the SNES Chrono Trigger recently & revisited the first RPG I ever played on NES(Crystalis).

My set up includes, Atari 2600 (Bezerk mostly), SNES, Megadrive/Genesis, NES, Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, N64 & original xbox. I also have a MAME emulator because no ones life is complete without Amidar. Old PC games as well (still have my copy of American McGees Alice & I’ve moved continents).

My first console was an Atari 2600 (when they first came out) & first handheld was a Merlin so I’ve been playing video games for a really long time. What I most love about retro gaming is no updates. I really hate having an update on a game before I can even play it. Remember when games were released that didn’t need a day 1 fix?

I prefer retro gaming because it was game geeks back then & more niche titles would be released (Mr. Moskeeto, Chulip), now gaming is mainstream & has become rather homogenized. Game companies don’t take risk like they use to.

ESPGANESAIII 8 February, 2013 @ 7:18 pm   39

Retro gaming has a special place in my heart because it stapled my favourite game series for for me, Castlevania.

Games were alot harder back then as some have mentioned, i don’t want to recall the frustration i had with games like Simons quest and Ninja Gaiden. I think some of the best games i own are from the Sega Saturn to Dreamcast era. Lots of games now seem to have lost that special something that makes games as addictive as they were, i’ve taken my nostalgia goggles off many a time only to see that the game industry just isnt what it was. I have more games for my Sega Saturn than i do any other console i own.


I LOVE Retro games 😛 My favorite game ever still is ‘Bubble Bobble’ 😀
I really wish(& have been asking on this site & every other site over the past year) there was every old-school(Original versions of) Arcade game on PSN like – Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Scramble, Dig Dug, GalaXian, Galaga, Bubble Bobble, Rally X, Pole Position, Rainbow Islands, ExZisus, Phoenix, Return of the Invaders, Frogger, Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Pang, Bombjack, Arkanoid ,Tetris…etc etc 😛 (some are now on PSN) 😉


Retro is such an overused term these days. It is subjective to the individual asked. I have worked with people who feel that the PSone is retro (making me feel old in the process), where as I class the Spectrum and NES as my retro consoles. I often find myself playing games from my past but I am usually turned away by new games that claim to have a ‘retro style’.
Take Zack Zero for example, it promoted itself as an old school platform game but ultimately it was lacking in spirit. It proved that just having the gameplay style wasn’t enough. These days I prefer newer games that have had worked poured in from many passionate developers not copy cat outfits that are looking to make a quick pound.


im having a retro moment as my laser on my ps3 has gone its ps1 games ive downloaded at the minute from plus.

NoFate-1982-UK 8 February, 2013 @ 8:04 pm   43

I love classic game, the memories alone are great. But some have great stories. Some modem games loose there way and the classic are all you have left. I love the HD collections, they let me share my childhood with my son. I as think the Alien Breed that Team17 is a great example, they didn’t go for the quick cheap option of releasing a classic, the made it greater by adding cross play and online multiplay.

Some great classic could be improved just by adding online game play. I’d give body parts to see a Time Splitters with online multiplayer and map creator. I’d like to see MGS1 HD, Onimusha HD collection, Resident Evil 1-3 & Veronica X, Point blank 1&2……. My list is endless so I will stop now.

Nazar_Ops 8 February, 2013 @ 8:08 pm   44

I love retro games. They take me back to the good old days where people listened to 8-bit music and played those arcade games. One of the latest games that i’ve played was Retro City Rampage. It was really fun, to see the 8-bit graphics and listen to the funky retro songs.

Oh i almost forgot. I also don’t mind playing Tetris. Now that’s a good classic 8-bit game.

I would love if developers released more 8-bit games, than the boring FPS games we get each year. We haven’t.

Nazar_Ops 8 February, 2013 @ 8:10 pm   45

That we get each year. We haven’t got a single retro game released todday except Retro City Rampage*


I love retro games, when it’s about games that deserve to be loved. Playing Bomberman is great, and I can keep going back to it, but will it hold my attention as long as Far Cry 3? No, it won’t. However, after completing Far Cry 3, I doubt I will keep going back to it, but I don’t know yet.
A lot of the time we talk about retro gaming meaning new games but with old style graphics, such as Retro City Rampage. I don’t see this as a retro game as the NES or other systems around that time, would not have been able to cope with all the features in the game. Another example would be Dwarf Fortress, which uses ASCII graphics (can’t get much more retro than that) but can still pull modern computers to their knees in terms of processing, once you have a large fortress.

All in all, retro games are fun and have their place but modern games are also pretty damn amazing and can certainly hold their own. I feel fully immersed in Dwarf Fortress, Proteus and Far Cry 3, but if I’m looking for a quick kick, I’ll jump to Frogger or Time Pilot with Playstation Home Arcade.

I don’t like retro inspired games unless they absolutely must have this theme to make sense. Otherwise it’s just a money saving way for developers. That’s the way I see it.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing if they really need to bypass that next gen development process to be able to create their games. Seeing a good game with old graphics is better than not seeing it at all. That being said, if possible they should aim for better visuals, because retro can’t be better than what can be achieved today in capable hands by any means.

sithknight666 8 February, 2013 @ 8:31 pm   48

Ah man I love retro games, my first platinum was for the Sega Megadrive Ultimate Collection and I even bought the USA import to do it again for the Genesis Collection. I wish they did more. I buy the Sega Vintage games and any other retro ones from the store,apart from hang-on as that was too expensive. The first few games I bought from the ps store was turtles and outrun.both now at 100% 🙂 I was really upset when I learnt they cancelled the Road Rash remake, but i was disappointed with the latest Double Dragon. I love it all from Metroid to knights of the round, Columns to yie ar Kung fu. Making me want to get my Bbc Micro from the attic! But then I might upset the other half as the dreamcast and gamecube is already set up! Just have to stick to the emulators for now 🙂

Black-xpto 8 February, 2013 @ 8:37 pm   49

i love to play some retro games simply because it reminds me my childhood…

the times i got home after school, had launch made by my grandmother and spent the afternoon playing…

the times of innocence and joy of getting a game for present (that feeling never really come back when we get older)..

those nights playing games whit friends at home..
it feels like i am time traveling to those days. love it!!!

AlexPSN89 8 February, 2013 @ 8:44 pm   50

@ SCEE & everyone (part 1/3):

I rarely find myself lurking on the PS Blog outside of Wednesdays, but for the same reasons I come here every time the store updates, I logged in as soon as I noticed this very interesting post.

So, retro titles, huh. As I mentioned before, I’m both a Nintendo and a Sony gamer and, suffice to say, I strongly support digital rereleases on both companies’ platforms ever since the Wii’s “Virtual Console” service debuted. Prior to that, my only way to replay old titles was pretty much emulation… but actually being able to legally purchase them once again, therefore making me feel more motivated to actually play the game until completion, mage me realize they’re not just “old games”. They are simply games, valid now as they “used to be”, as more cynical folks would put it.

tiago-kun 8 February, 2013 @ 8:46 pm   51

I love playing retro games, be it the excellent Gunstar Heroes, or Retro City Rampage.

I love the 8-bit music of megaman, pixel art of secret of mana, the sharp controls from ghouls and ghosts and, of course, the memories that come with playing some games.
For example, I remember the first time I saw a cutscene, I didn’t know what it was, so I would say that my game “had cartoons” when you finished some levels. It’s a funny coincidence that the game was Shadow Warriors for the NES 😀

It’s just a great feeling to go back to a time where games were pretty simple, there was almost no story, no save games and all I had to do was try to get to the words “The End”, if that appeared on the screen, I was awesome. That’s all I needed then.

I really enjoy complex games like Uncharted, but I also enjoy the simplicity that comes from being inspired by retro games, like the way Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls have this classic difficulty that imposes memorization of patterns and discovery of effective tactics.

AlexPSN89 8 February, 2013 @ 8:46 pm   52

@ SCEE & everyone (part 2/3):

Which brings me to an interesting case – the Wii title, Donkey Kong Country Returns, was developed by Nintendo’s second party, Retro Studios. Contrary to some people’s belief, the title didn’t receive much (if any) input from the original DKC series’ makers, Rareware, as that company was purchased by Microsoft. All the material Retro had at their disposal for their throwback title were the DKC titles available on the Virtual Console! (Although now they’ve been withdrawn without much explanation.)

And that is another reason behind my happiness for the Spyro trilogy finally becoming available once again (the main one being said trilogy becoming finally portable, natch). I hope someone will enjoy the more notable PSOne Classics enough to be inspired by them and provide some good old-school action (preferably a platformer, but that’s gotta be just me) eventually.

AlexPSN89 8 February, 2013 @ 8:46 pm   53

@ SCEE & everyone (part 3/3):

Also, Classics (either on Virtual Console or here) are another way to make newer generations enjoy them when lacking physical copies of said games (eBay also ends up being kinda nasty on people’s wallets). I shudder at the thought of younger gamers thinking of videogames as nothing more than FPSs (not saying that’s not a valid genre itself, mind you), or generally grim, gritty, “Rated ‘M’ for Money” franchises. There’s so much more! Five (or ten) euros and you get a masterpiece. It’s a bargain! And not just for your wallet – you’ve already won as soon as you get to play a good game, may it be Spyro The Dragon, Super Mario World, Final Fantasy IX or Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. A bargain for your eyes, your soul, your enjoyment… pretty much everybody wins!

Spread the word on older games. Kickass graphics count nothing when the games themselves aren’t the ones doing the asskicking.

Also, I plan to repost this wall of text when the next Store update hits, I think it came out pretty good.


Honestly? No. I would play games from the start of this gen, and try not to judge them too harshly (ie I did Uncharted 1>3 about 4 years after 1 came out, and replayed Uncharted 1 a year after 3 came out, bluntly put it was noticable how bad the graphics and controls were) bbut Id never pay full price for them.
As for older than that? unless its super hyped (SOTCICO/ MGS) I wouldnt pick up a generation back even if it was HD’d esp without reading into it. I find its better to have the memory of a game, two of my favourites were Spyro 2 and A Bugs Life, replayed both recently with Hercules (also decent), and really it spoiled them for me, I saw just how short they were, the graphics were awful and whilst the controls were on the whole better than they are today the memory of them were far better, and thats what I want, to remmeber a game for being mind blowing when I was a child, than less than mediocre today. So yes I will look into HD remakes/reboots/graphical updates (esp if they are on PS+ for free) but no


Of course I play retro games, Crash Bandicoot and Star Wars: Battlefront (if you count that as a retro game) are particular favourites of mine if I fancy a nostalgic road trip. I love how simple both games are, yet they can be incredibly difficult to complete. When I look back I think to myself ‘they were difficult because I was young’ but when I play them now their harder then I remember, but still immensely enjoyable.

So I suppose thats the reason I play retro games, because they have stood the test of time; not visually, but in the level of enjoyment they give 😀


^ cntinufied
I wouldnt pick up something 7 or so years old for an older console.
Now when the PS4 comes out? I would likely go back and replay PS3 games, unless PS4 games are super cerebral and involve brain-jacking directly into the console and seeing things as super HD-6D and make PS3 games look laughable, but itll be a few years into that before the pS3 stops making games and therefore becomes “retro” as the PS2 is considered now.
Best to leave memories as they are, and play modern games, ones people always go on about as classics rarely live up to the hype due to unavoidable comparisons (though I mean Crash Team Racing will always be the peak of Cart racers, why this hasnt had a HD remake, full 16 player online suport and a reboot is beyond me, damn you Naughty Dog for selling the licence and letting my childhood die 🙁 )
Actually thats another point, where its remade or rebooted by a different studio, if the first Crash game I played was uh the one with Crunch, or the PS3 port with no analogue support?


3/3 :X
I wouldnt be nearly as interested in them, 1-3 were super fluid and amazingly fun at the time, due to the graphics looking great (what 1999 or so? polygons yo :X), full analogue support, and the games seeming to last forever, plus they were difficult enough and contained mildly “adult” humour for the time (much more blunt on the whole now across the board =\) yet the port was lazy and buying the PS1 disk would have been a better experience.
Anyway I wouldnt pay full price for a HD remake or retro game, the memory is better than the exper majoity of th time, and kills childhoods =\.

I play many retro games but i feel they just are not competition for the new generation we should stop playing in the past and look forward to the future. For example MARIO the most famous game title is being destroyed because Nintendo keep making quick sequels. also you’ve bought expensive tech capable of amazing graphics and gameplay and so I don’t play retro games on my ps3 only ps vita and android phone

belmont_gr 8 February, 2013 @ 9:32 pm   59

Very interesting debate this week.

I play retro and retro-inspired games, mostly titles that resemble 8 and 16 bit j-rpgs but also some 2D platforms and shoot-em-up games.

It may be due to my childhood because I practically grew up with them but I still feel nostalgic and play again old games or buy retro-inspired ones.

Also this was the reason I got a PSone back in the day because some sequels of my favorite games (like Final Fantasy, R-Type and Mortal Kombat) were released there.

I like the 2D sprites and open worlds the retro j-rpgs had (like Phantasy Star, Link’s Awakening, Final Fantasy 6) and still get whatever games find that are like them (like 3D Dot Game Heroes and To The Moon). The good think for us retro gamers is that there are plenty of retro games and new 2D platforms and shoot-em-ups in PSN that are easily available.


Im in the middle with regards to retro gaming. As there are old retro titles I play from time to time and love wasting a couple of hours on them just for the feel I used to get about gaming as a kid, But the problem I face many times is how some of them have aged badly by regards to controls or they just look and sound really bad.


I am a retro gamer at heart, just love to break out the old C64 every now and then for a bash at saboteur. Sure it doesn’t look pretty but you cant beat that game-play factor.

DoYouLikeMyID 8 February, 2013 @ 10:11 pm   62

Actually I do play some retro titles, but not just nostalgic ones. Lately I’ve been playing a lot of games I missed out on as a child.

A couple of years ago I played and beat The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time for the first time, and I have to say that game has aged well. Still hate the owl, though…

I also just played Super Mario Bros for the first time recently, and I’m proud to say i was able to beat it eventually. It wasn’t easy, but I did it.

Also, I do of course go back to some games from my childhood. Recently I played through the first 4 Crash Bandicoot games and the first 3 Spyro games again… Ahh the memories…

However, a game like Retro City Rampage (or any new game trying to emulate a retro-style), aren’t something for me. I still play the old games because they were the best of their time, but a game, trying to immitate the old days, will never be among the best of it’s time, and probably not even worth my time compared to other games that are trying to set the standards for their time, like The Last Of Us or Beyond: Two Souls.

I play retro games, because they were revolutionary, but retro-inspired games aren’t really revolutionary, thus, I don’t play them.


I enjoy playing retro games. Why wouldnt you? Not only does it bring back the nostalgic memories but it makes you appreciate how far we’ve come in a small space of time. With the talk about the ps4 revving up im excited to see what the future holds but I think we’ll all agree that we will be taking the regular trip back to the nostalgic retro days. After all the greatest games are the games we’ve grown up on.

THE_FORCE 8 February, 2013 @ 10:24 pm   64

As fun as ZX81 or Atari games seemed as a kid, it only takes 30 seconds of play to realise that they should remain nothing more than sweet memories…..and a reminder of how much more amazing, interesting and playable games of today are.

Tangerineroach 8 February, 2013 @ 10:42 pm   65

For me, it’s all about the quality of a game. I dont’t care how many “homages” it pays. Right know “retro-styled” games became a niche that’s overloaded with mediocre titles made by greedy people jumping the bandwagon. I understand, we like to long for some mythical “good old days”, but why should I do this when the future is so bright?

It’s funny how referencing a game made decades ago is a “homage” and being inspired by a recent title is a “rip-off”. A good game should stand by itself, regardless of when it was made.


I was born at a time when “modern graphics” were textured polygons clumped together to represent an image. As I ventured further into the industry, I of course took a step back to play the classics. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Pong, that sort of stuff. And whilst they are still great games, the gameplay can be choppy and slow.

When I first got my hands on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, I felt like retro-inspired games suited me much better than actual eighties games. The characters and environments were designed intentionally retro, but still managed to create an admirable atmosphere. Also, being a retro-INSPIRED game it didn’t suffer from slow pacing and game elements. The game also fits in a lot of comedy and references some retro titles.

To be honest I think retro games are in the spotlight only due to hipsters, who enjoy them in an irony to nostalgia geeks, who enjoy them in a reminiscent sense. Retro can be considered artistic, but I wouldn’t sacrifice performance for 8-16 bit graphics.

(If your planning on offhandedly picking this, it should be noted I don’t have a Vita, nor do I intend to get one anytime soon)

eoghaner_2k10 8 February, 2013 @ 11:13 pm   67

I love going back to spyro 2 and sonic 2,brings back memorys

PIREDERAS 8 February, 2013 @ 11:15 pm   68

I believe retro games date back to the ’80s/early ’90s, not those published 10 or 15 years ago. “Retro” games were different, much simpler in their gameplay mechanics, funny, and sometimes even annoyingly difficult. Great games like the original Super Mario Bros (why not? Sony wasn’t part of the gaming industry until 1994) and other less famous ones (mainly platforms and arcade shoot-em-ups).

I don’t really play retro (or modern retro-inspired) games nowadays (I wish I had played more such videogames in my early childhood, but sadly it wasn’t to be), but if I happen to get my hands on something I enjoyed in the past, I am more than happy to give it a go.

Maybe it is about reliving my memories, remembering happy times in my childhood where I played Street Fighter II or whatever with my friends, like “you can’t go wrong with Mario, Crash Bandicoot, Sonic, etc.”. That’s exactly why I bought Crash Bandicoot 3 (I know it’s not much of a “retro” game, but you get the idea) on PSN, and I would gladly buy some other games too, if possible (like Super Mario World: Yoshi’s Island on the SNES, and Space Invaders).

silent_strike95 8 February, 2013 @ 11:25 pm   69

I play classic/retro games to get all nostalgic about a time in my life where it wasn’t so work-work-work focused, there were no deadlines, and fun could be had without needing to monitor the time until I need to get back to being busy.

How I miss that time in my life.

Dark_Overlord 8 February, 2013 @ 11:37 pm   70

I’ve got a great debate for next week

Why do Sony continually treat its EU users like crap?

The latest example being the R&C Deadlocked fiasco. But then again you won’t do that as you don’t like the truth and constantly ignore it.

Do I play retro games? YES! Why? For a couple of reasons:

1. Nostalgia – I think most people’s best memories are childhood memories and just as we can “go back” when listening to music or watch movies from our childhood, retro gaming also triggers great memories.

2. Imagination as a requirement – these days’ games are graphically so advanced that they’re much more realistic than in the past. Therefore, we see exactly how the characters look, we hear the actors’ voices etc. The old games didn’t have this “luxury”. In the early Final Fantasy games, I was a 20×30 pixel character and the background wasn’t much better. They required imagination, I’ve had to think how the real character would look and sound like.

3. Good intentions/unrestrained creativity – in the past, games were made because someone had a great idea and was passionate about it. Now, I’m not saying that’s not the case today, but now in addition to good ideas and passion, there’s marketing, game ratings, corporate producers and now there’s much more to a game than just an artist’s intention. Also, everyone could easily make a game. You didn’t need a team of 100+ people so some games were just ideas that came to life as they were meant to be.

I’m very much a retro gamer, and thanks to the Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection I replay the original Streets of Rage on my PS3 on a monthly basis. Really marvelous game I never seem to get tired of. The gameplay is simple but fun, and the soundtrack is so brilliant. Quite possibly the best couch co-op game ever IMO. And if it was available as a separate purchase on PSN, I would buy it right away so I wouldn’t need to put in the Ultimate Collection disc every time I want to play it!

Another old favorite game of mine is Mega Man 2, I think it’s unfortunate it never been released on EU PSN, while it’s available on japanese PSN and US PSN (as a japanese PS1 import game). I would also love to see more PS1 US import games on EU PSN, like Chrono Cross, Xenogears and Threads of Fate.

Anyway, I recently bought Midway Arcade Origins for the PS3 too, replaying classics like Marble Madness, Rampage and Wizard of Wor been lots of fun!

And I’m currently looking forward to the Capcom Arcade Cabinet, which is supposingly released for PSN/XBLA in april. Although I do think it’s unfortunate that Strider doesn’t seem to be in this collection, now that’s a game I would love to see on PSN.


One of the very first games I ever played was Super Mario Brothers. Even though it was very enjoyable at the time I find that because it is a title that has never really gone away I don’t feel a special bond with it.
However three PS1 games have always had me coming back; Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Rayman still bring enjoyment, even though they are outdated in the graphical aspects. Whether this enjoyment is from my memory of all the times that they let me escape into a different world or whether it is because they are still strong competitors of the most recent games I cannot say.
Part of the reason I come back to these games is the fact that even though Rayman has had a recent edition and that there are more editions of Spyro and Crash, they are games that just aren’t made anymore and at least not to the same standard.
While I do enjoy many of the more recent games, as long as the mechanics and ideas of a game don’t age badly then they can stand up with the never ending stream of new games.

I would say that I go back because of memories and because even now they are enjoyable.

neutronbomb 9 February, 2013 @ 12:07 am   74

Retro gaming is one of those things I wish I enjoyed but don’t. I know it has a major following and those people are super cool, but I just can’t bring myself to playing something old, not when there is now so much great new stuff being released all the time.
Life to short for nostalgia.


i personally am not a fan of retro gaming. retro gaming is usually repetitive and repetitiveness results in me losing interest. i can usually play despite that but if im already playing a repetitive game and am forced to restart a level because i died it results in broken things.
for example:
i kicked a hole in my wall
i headbutted my gameboy advanced screen(and shattered it)
i have obliterated at least 3 different ps3 trophies
and punched a hole through my door. its still there.


ps3 controllers* dont know why i said trophies lol

Stonesthrow 9 February, 2013 @ 1:48 am   77

Depends on what you call retro.. NES was our first console and together with my brother we’ve pretty much owned every worthwhile console since that one. I always loved games, but it’s not a bad evolution in my book. I love how they’ve gotten more cinematic and detailed since they went 3D, and I didn’t really consider myself a gamer before I got a ps1, eventhough I played a lot. My real passion for gaming only came after the ps1, with MGS1 being a big part of it, and that’s when I considered myself a gamer and started putting even more time into this wonderfull activity.
Games used to be harder and shorter, and thus more repetitive. None of which are great when pacing is concerned. I’m more of a gamer who primarily plays a game to see the story and experience the atmosphere, games that are too hard (and repetitive in terms of game over screens) are just too pacebreaking for me.

Stonesthrow 9 February, 2013 @ 2:03 am   78

So that games have gotten easier isn’t exactly a bad thing for me, eventhough they clearly have, I see that more as a way of making them more accessible to a larger audience. I don’t think people appreciate buying games and not being able to finish them due to one or two hard parts in the game. Thank God we have the internet now to get the answers to hard puzzles instead of breaking our heads over it for weeks, which might make you feel really enthusiastic when you finally get it, but is just too pacebreaking for my tastes. But what astounds me most is how quickly games have gotten so graphically beautiful and technically superior. That’s one of the perks of growing up with previous generations. To me it has only gotten better though, each PS console better than the last.
Not that it’s all glory and sunshine. Consoles have gotten more complicated and DLC often feels like a wasted purchase, although it really can enhance a gaming experience if done and priced right..
I could go on so.. I’m just really excited for the PS4 and future exclusives.

Shinoda_2qx 9 February, 2013 @ 2:23 am   79

As much as I loved my first ever console and games collection on the Mega Drive, I’m a bit ashamed of myself for leaving some of my favourite games in the past, with the exception of Sonic which always seems to find me when I upgrade consoles.

Ps1 produced some of the best games ever, and I’m a little more proud to say I still crack out my Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil games out every few months!

The thing I love about retro games compared with 90% of modern titles is the challenge they present. Sometimes awkward controls/camera angels, and the complete void of checkpoints and the seemingly never-ending spawns of bad guys really makes you use more mind more.

Unfortunately, trophies have somewhat corrupted me, and I don’t pay enough respect to some of the great past games any more. However, I recently completed all the trophies for Outland, which I very much enjoyed as a retro-esque platform game, very tough boss battles, almost hair pulling lack of checkpoints at times. I really enjoyed the challenge though, and would like more developers to not forget their past while still looking forward!


i love retro gaming. i keep playing games like bubble buble or shadow dancer. why? most likely because its simplicity, its realy a good time to spend.


Don’t even know how to answer this question. I got sonic generations as an xmas gift a while back and when i put it on and played the first level (green hill zone) just hearing the song immediately put a massive smile on my face and made me insanely happy, am not even completely sure why. The last time i played the first sonic was before i got my playstation 1 (very long time ago lol) and yet i still new the whole song. I must have played that first level alot. i guess i just like playing retro nostalgic games to simply remember how much fun i used to have with them. Its weird coz i only get this feeling with games.. i don’t get any nostalgia from watching a movie from a long time ago.

Also re-released retro games give you the option to play the ones you missed out on like i did with golden axe.

I still play alot of retrogames.
Theres just a certain charm that makes the well executed ones never get old,especially 2d games stand the test of time much better than 3d games.

Thats why i’m happy we are getting alot of refined retro inspired games these days.
It seems more developers are focusing on gameplay over graphics again,so it will become even better from here.

This truly is the golden age of gaming.

I’m a big sucker for the pixel art used in 16-bit games. It’s absolutely timeless and still looks good, even today. I can’t help but smile when I notice little things such as how sprites animate during victory dances in classic RPGs. Then there’s the music. When I hear Sonic music it takes me right back to my childhood and Saturday mornings spent paying on my Megadrive.

I’m really glad that we have access to retro games on new consoles as it gives us the opportunity to play games we missed the first time round and otherwise wouldn’t be able to play. It would be a terrible shame if people were cut off from gaming’s important and gem filled history. Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger are two of my favourite games and neither were originally released in Europe. It’s amazing when I think of the gaming experiences developers were able to produce on such limited hardware.


I don’t care for retro gaming, I lived it. Yes I’m that old.
Every generation, every improvement, kept my interest going. The splendor of 8 bit, 16, 32 etc.
Yes I have loving memories of those old times because I was in a particular time with THAT generation of gaming. But going back to those old love affairs is going back to that tv show that you loved as a kid. You see the settings are fake and the acting is terrible just like the writing.
With games it’s the same to me. I would never go to that old love again because I find out the graphics of Wing Commander aren’t the best in the world, the game play of Pac Man is more frustrating than fun and the animation of the first Prince of Persia wasn’t that great after all.
Give me the newest console, the newest games, the best stories, music, acting and game play the industry has to offer and I’m as happy as can be and I never need to go back to the good old days except for their memories.

A_Nonny_Moose 9 February, 2013 @ 5:53 am   85

I don’t play retro titles, for two simple reasons.

1. There’s enough quality current titles that I own and haven’t played that I don’t have the time.

2. I don’t have the space to keep all my old consoles hooked up.

It’s not like other forms media such as movies where I can have all my movies on DVD and they all play on one single small machine. Playing games is so complicated just from a practical standpoint compared to any other kind of media that it’s rather limiting.

I do hope that the people making games realise this one day. If you own a DVD player then you can potentially be exposed to just about any movie ever made, but if just own a current gen console there are so many fantastic games from just 10 years ago that you can’t play. Having such a fractured history can’t be good.

Anyway I’m rambling.

Wyvern_777 9 February, 2013 @ 7:03 am   86

Yes I play Retro style games, I find myself drawn to them as they remind me of a time when games were not all about graphical prowess and online multiplayer but more when it was about setting highscores and fighting your way through to the end of the game. Big Sky Infinity has me absolutely hooked as I just keep starting over and over in an effort to improve my high score and try and set foot in the top of the leaderboards, similar to how I used to try and top the score in arcade games such as Space Invaders. Retro games are an important part of modern gaming as they show where video-games began and prove that even more simplistic game mechanics and graphic styles can lead to absolute masterpieces.


I have a large collection of retro consoles and games.
Many because i don’t get rid of them. This allows me to play my retro games on the original consoles which really completes the experience.

Downloading a megadrive game from the store and playing it on the PS3 is convenient, but it doesn’t compare to playing the game on the original console with the original controller.

And for this reason my favorite retro game is Sensible soccer international edition ( the one with Ruud Guillet on the front)on the Atari Jaguar.Most people remember Sensible being played on an Amiga or an Atari ST. I was a console guy and never had a Amiga or ST.
My Jaguar was bargain of the century. £5 boxed brand new from electronic boutique and £1 for sensible soccer.

Even now the lads will fight over who is best at Sensy and an impromptu competition will take place.
Bad Words Utd Vs Pizza Toppings classic gaming at its best.

Melzzydotcom 9 February, 2013 @ 7:40 am   88

Retro gaming is great! The first ever game I played was Frogger, at age 3. Then 13 years later, BAM! A new, but retro Frogger game is released for the PS3. On Wii, the release of the original Super Mario Bros game created a new way to play this old classic. So, in conclusion, what keeps me coming back to retro games is not the fact that I’ve played them before, but that it is a new way to play. Whether it’s a HD collection, a new control system (eg PS1 games on vita and NES games on wii) or, like Frogger, the game has been tweaked in such a way it still has the old vibe I got from playing the original video games as well as having changed in such a way, it still becomes a new experience.


hmm, as an afterthought, would like Hitman or ICO/SOTC or even Ratchet and Clank Trilogy not make much more sense as a “prize”, I mean I get this Vita game is new and you want some promotion on it, but its a fairly unrelevent one in comparrison :X

THE_FORCE 9 February, 2013 @ 8:19 am   90

I thought I’d play ‘Skool Daze’ as a blast from the past a while back.

Comparitively speaking, it was like swapping out a nice ready meal from Marks and Sparks for a Vesta Beef Curry….


Genuinely, I can retro game on actual machines back to the old Atari 400 – the one with the single-panel keyboard. For me, gaming runs a parallel with music: new artists and albums are so important to challenge and stimulate us, but I will always go back and listen to classic albums again and again. With games a healthy supply of new cutting edge titles is equally important, but being able to go back and explore older classics is also hugely rewarding.
If I had to chose my fave retro system? Megadrive. So many incredible titles.

JediJoeNoReally 9 February, 2013 @ 9:10 am   92

The reason we come back isn’t just the nostalgia, although that helps. My favourite Retro games have an economy to their design dictated by the limitation of the time that give them a special pick up and play lost by many modern games. It’s really refreshing to play a game that doesn’t require a manual or several spare hours to interpret the controls.

Some of this charm seems to have been rediscovered, with new 2D Mega Man’s, Mario’s and much of the content of mobile gaming. But for me the most exciting thing is the opportunities with new hardware; in the 90s I’d never dream I would have a device like the Vita, that can hold my entire catalogue of PS1 game, nine Final Fantasies and much more besides, that I can take anywhere!

THE_FORCE 9 February, 2013 @ 9:26 am   93

@Vandall – I disagree about running parallels with music. Music can stand the test of time, but games show their age due to the limiting factors that earlier technologies imposed on the developers.

Countless songs or recordings may appear timeless in composition, production and audio fidelity – but if you play a game from the Eighties or Nineties then it’s blatantly apparent.

HighflyerVII 9 February, 2013 @ 9:36 am   94

Well, with my nice little SEGA MegaDrive sitting directly next to my PS3, I have to say that I do enjoy going back to the retro titles.

Why? Sometimes it’s just…nice to go back to a simpler time. When level design was both a little more simplistic and more important than the graphical integrity of a title. The colorfulness and wackiness of some of the ideas behind the titles. And I guess, the ability to regress to a simpler time, at least for me, when bills, university work or even just work in general were of no concern. Growing up on retro consoles myself (Atari consoles throughout the Mid 90s, thanks Dad!), I have great memories of playing games with my family, when my father and grandma would play with me.

It’s nice to go back…

TINTINTB303 9 February, 2013 @ 9:49 am   95

A few of us had a similar discussion on the Vita forum a few months back and try to echo my sentiments from that.

Yes I have fond memories of old (retro) tiles. My favourite memory being of Target Renegade two player 😀

I recently played a few PS1 ‘classics’. One of them being Destruction Derby. Now my brother and I spent days on that game and had SOOOO much fun but when I booted it up on my PS3 and Vita I found that the passion just wasn’t there anymore. It was good for a 5 minute skip down memory lane but it really was an example of how far(in my opinion) modern games have come.

I would have maybe prefered to keep some of these games as great memories as apposed to playing them now and realising that in modern times they just don’t hold up (in general anyway).

I still stick a few old/retro titles on for say 10 minutes but that is all I can play because like I said before, the PASSION for them has just been lost somewhere down the line.

I prefer the fond memories if I’m totally honest with myself 🙂

TINTINTB303 9 February, 2013 @ 10:02 am   96


Many of the great orchestral pieces, concertos etc are well over a hundred years old and sound just as good as they did then as they do now.

Music stands the test of time (in general) a lot better than videogames ever will be able to IMHO.

I suppose it’s a subjective and personal thing at the end of the day 😉

bedhopper 9 February, 2013 @ 10:23 am   97

for me retro gaming is a good thing as it takes me back to the good old days with fond memories when games took ages to complete and you got your monies worth from them

solarwind12 9 February, 2013 @ 11:04 am   98

Retro Gaming is a good ‘genre’, But it certainly isn’t to my liking, i say it’s good only because the people who want to play the older ‘type’ games Can, however i can’t help but compare various reasons Why people want that kind of gaming experience with the people who, for instance favour a 60s or 70s look in their decor, the reasons seem to be very similar. ie it reminds me of ‘earlier’ days,. when We used to get value for money,. it’s something i / us, couldn’t have back then,. and most of the other ‘reasons’ people have been mentioning in the posts. Though it must i suppose all boil down to personal tastes, i am not really even sure If retro gaming Can just be lumped as retro gaming either. i mean what must a game posses to fall into that catagory,?. All i know is the majority of the games some people want, play, and call ‘retro’, bore the socks off me, i Do get that ‘retro’ is where it All began, and continues ‘somewhere’ in todays games, But (lol) i can remember seeing the first mobile phones, they were in a breifcase sized form, But i really wouldn’t fancy the thought of using one of those today, compared to my other options. btw (cough) Rockin prize Fred, my fingers are crossed for this one.


breeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bup…… breeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bup. continue making this noise for about twenty minutes before playing any game. then switch off your console after the title screen loads and pretend it crashed. ahh I remember the days of speccy gaming. knight lore, jet set Willy, manic miner. These were proper games. none of this namby pamby endless continues rubbish. bloody kids today don’t know they’re born! I remember when I were a lad (anybody else hear the hovis tune?)… still love the Sonics, Mario’s and fond memories of the old level nine adventures (anybody else?). still enjoying the hd remakes on the ps3 too, but let’s face it. some games are best left as fond memories. I played elite to death over a year on an old BBC b. played it again recently…… childhood ruined. I was just watching lines and dots on a screen. I distinctly remember pulling up alongside great hulking star cruisers and asteroids… not triangles and rhomboids! (sniff)

RayTheGmr 9 February, 2013 @ 12:25 pm   100

The best games i’ve played recently are retro releases.I bought final fantasy VII awhile ago and fell in love with it. After playing it, i bought all of them no questions asked and it’s been the best purchase ever. Playing through the first one which is amazing for a 25 year old release with with just the improved graphics. I love both new and retro games, they don’t need fancy graphics to be fun and just have awesome replayability like Tetris (can’t beat good old Tetris!).

pokersean 9 February, 2013 @ 12:33 pm   101

I like retro games if they’re good. Simple as that. I wouldn’t play a game because it’s retro. I also wouldn’t not buy a game because it’s retro. I judge retro games in the same way I would judge any other game. If it looks good and I think I would like it I’ll buy it. Simple as that.

BluSpykz 9 February, 2013 @ 12:54 pm   102

I love retro gaming. Without the ridiculous graphics, or the corny speech, or the poorly translated wording (all your base are belong to us!) we’d not have half the current things we have.

Some of the best games, or gags in movies, stem from retro gaming. Things like Jason Statham’s “CRANK 1 & 2” movies are heavily inspired by retro gaming.

So when modern games can put a twist on the retro games of years gone by, it’s nice to see companies recognise just how important they are to our current way of entertainment.

Not to forget they are insanely fun. There’s nothing like unwinding to silly humour, which after a hard / long day is much more enjoyable than sitting down with a serious game.

uncleniccius 9 February, 2013 @ 12:56 pm   103

This is a really good question!
The answer for me is both yes and no.
If I played a game when I was younger (when it came out) I usually am able to play it quite a lot without it feeling weird (plenty of N64/Gamecube/PS2 games make me feel this way) but most other games feel far too dated for me to play for the first time now, particularly when there are plenty of recent games for me to play and enjoy.

The only example which goes against this is Final Fantasy, as I had never played any of them until I got my Vita and I am really enjoying FF6. This is due to a non realistic art style which makes it feel less dated (some games from the early PS3 days feel more dated to me) and also the music which is done really well.

It is an odd way to look at it, but playing a game when it came out has a huge impact on your perception of it.

Sp4rkyM4rk1337 9 February, 2013 @ 12:57 pm   104

For starters I feel there is a line to draw. How far back do you consider ‘retro’, and can you differentiate between ‘retro’ and ‘classic’? If the game-play and storyline is complex I tend to put it in the latter category. To me, the original PlayStation is not so much a ‘retro’ system as it is a ‘classic’ system.

I look at retro games as shorts, and these days they act as a nice break from that blockbuster title you are playing your way through. The titles are often no more than a couple hours long and require a significant amount of skill to complete. I also tend to be attracted to arcade games like Pac-Man and Xevious where the pure focus is your high score.

andrewjohnyoung 9 February, 2013 @ 1:05 pm   105

I must say I can see both sides of the argument, why re-hash an old game when developers should be coming up with new ideas. But it’s not just games that suffer this, look at todays current movies/TV/music.

If game remakes are done right it adds great value and is probably worth the sub £20/£25 being charged.

My personal thought on re-releases is positive. Now I’m a grown up (lol) I can revisit the PSone and PS2 days and buy all the games I wanted but couldn’t have. It’s like Christmas all over again and with no parents controlling my wallet strings I am free to buy whatever I like whenever I like.

My favourite re-release was the devil may cry series as Devil May Cry 4 was the first game I bought for my beloved PS3. It’s allowed be to discover the origins of the series. I’ve recently purchased DmC and am looking forward to playing it after Hitman Absolution.

I still own my PS2 but it’s more convenient for me to have all the games on a compilation disc rather than trawling through ebay/cex the second hand copies and hoping to find what I want.

I’m looking forward to buying the Hitman/Ratchet and Clank Trilogy next and have completed the Prince of Persia trilogy on both PC and PS3.

Ants_Pai 9 February, 2013 @ 1:28 pm   106

I love retro titles, infact the first two games I purchased (not part of ps+) for my Vita were The Flying Hamster and the PSP Sega collection. I know Flying Hamster isn’t a retro title but the gameplay and difficulty reminded me of retro titles I remember. So yeah love retro titles 🙂

silmorat1 9 February, 2013 @ 1:48 pm   107

Retro games as you have said it is a nostalgic trip back in time where the fondness of games you loved and the good times were had.
Even though games nowadays have the greatest graphics and sound, they may have the look and lots of shiny polish to them but sometimes at the expense of gameplay (which could be argued is the whole point of the game). OK some retro games were very basic and maybe not so good but when you come across a game such as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Megadrive you are blownaway by the way its just as playable now (but if you have never played it well shame on you.

I sought of still remember the classic Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner on my Dragon32 which were great platformers of the time but the earliest game, that is if you ask me, is the ultimate retro game well in my eyes, it had to be Atari’s Space Invaders

Just mentioning it brings back the awesomeness of it, I want to play it again now…………tears of nostalga …….hell yer

Andy-Ann 9 February, 2013 @ 2:38 pm   108

I still love retro game now.My first game was on NES.When I was two years old my father gave it to me.That is a very important memories for me.Of course, retro game is very nice too.

DayzeeNL 9 February, 2013 @ 2:49 pm   109

I’ve only been a PS-gamer since a year and a half, so I don’t own any of the former consoles nor the games. Though back in the day my younger brother had a PS1 and I spent numerous hours shooting alien pigs (Duke Nukem).

I do sometimes pull out my GameBoy collection, Tetris is still a fantastic and addicting game, and of course Super Mario Land is a classis.

On the PC I would love to replay my retro games, sadly they often don’t run anymore. Theme Hospital, Theme Park, Colonization, Caesar, Age of Empires, Warcraft (zogzog!), Starcraft, Dungeon Keeper.. ah the memories 🙂

Project2insanity 9 February, 2013 @ 3:01 pm   110

I need to agree with the folks who don’t consider PSone as retro yet so my opinion is based on earlier titles.

One thing which was commonplace in retro titles is theme music and is largely lacking nowadays. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of great music in games still but back then, without being able to commission composers and orchestras for soundtracks, it wasn’t so much about creating a mood for each situation but rather to say ‘time to kick butt!’ Same goes for movies (original Robocop for example). Sometimes I’d load up Turrican or Brutal Sports:Crazy Football just to rock out!

Some modern games like MGS still have that element although as it pushed forward the series, it lessened the theme. In short, I’m really saying the music had more identity.

On a positive note, as I hinted above, there are still a few modern titles that haven’t given up; 2009’s Bionic Commando nailed its homage in that respect. Starhawk also did spectacularly in keeping themes alive.

Chr15toff3e 9 February, 2013 @ 4:01 pm   111

I’m not a big fan of retro games due to the outdated graphics and sound. I find that I could be using my free time to play games that I haven’t played on the current console. But I seem to have bought Tetris, Pac-Man DX, and played Magic Orbz that was offered with Plus. So I still must have some love for them, but only if they’re available in the new versions. Even then I don’t spend a lot of time on them, but these are the type of games that aren’t time consuming, and sometimes help relive the good old days of gaming for a while. It just has to be in High Definition for me to play them, so it’s kind of a mixed bag for me.

cthulhu85 9 February, 2013 @ 4:03 pm   112

Sometimes I start up a C64 Emulator to play some of the games I grew up. It always surprises me how much fun they are, yet how simple they were (most of them). From Last Ninja to a more obscure (?) title “Cliff Hanger” (which I LOVED as a child, and still find rather amusing).
I also do from time to time start up the SNES and enjoy the classics from that time period (Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Secret Of Mana (!!), Soul Blazer etc.). I’ve also stocked up on a lot of games that I never had the chance to play when I was younger. I prefer to play the games on their original machine, and I just love the SNES controller (at least compared to the NES controller which I find horrible to use over longer times, though I don’t recall having a issue with that when I was younger!)

gamerKrisCA 9 February, 2013 @ 4:07 pm   113

I’m a big fan of retro gaming. It just brings back fond memories from my childhood. I am normally playing at least one retro game and one modern game at any given time. I like the balance.

Opt1mus76 9 February, 2013 @ 4:30 pm   114

I’m a confirmed retro gamer and I love it. I’m from a time when games didn’t have photo-realistic graphics or jaw dropping vistas. We had playability. Don’t get me wrong as I’m loving Far Cry 3 but the games couldn’t sell themselves on graphics so generally they were all incredibly fun to play. Something which I’m not always sure you could say about modern games.
There’s also that feeling of warmth inside from playing Midnight Resistance (why has no-one ever released a Data East arcade collection?), Rick Dangerous or F29 Retaliator that I doubt I could ever feel with Battlefield 3 or even Uncharted in 25 yrs time.
I was brought up to never forget where I came from and I feel gaming is the same. Looking back at Operation Thunderbolt (or Operation Wolf) on the Spectrum and seeing it as predecessor of CoD’s campaign levels (how many of you remember the hijacked plane level? remind you of Mile High Club from CoD4:Modern Warfare?) or how much sandbox games have evolved from Hunter or Midwinter?
I am wondering where the Revenge Of The Mutant Camels HD remake (in some form of fps probably) has got to though

Lunastra78 9 February, 2013 @ 5:26 pm   115

Yes I recently re-played Resident Evil 1-5.

It is a strange experience to play all (main) games in a series like that, seeing how the games constantly evolve through the years. Playing them all quickly makes it evident how each game became more action-oriented and less survival horror-ish.

Still, I hope the future of the series will go back to its roots to evoke some of that horror I first felt when playing RE as a kid.

KylieDog 9 February, 2013 @ 5:36 pm   116

Play the game, not the era.

Just because gaming has evolved it doesn’t mean old game styles are not fun. Ignoring a retro gameplay style is ignoring a possible creative path if you’re a dev, or a possible good game if a player.

If a game is fun it is fun.

Superbuu3 9 February, 2013 @ 10:43 pm   117

Some of the newer games that have nod backs to classics like hard corps and Castlevania Harmony of Despair, did amazingly well to recapture the great gameplay aspects of the classics. Treasure releasing gunstar heroes was a great treat for me and my whole family have enjoyed playing that on PS3 for nostalgia, in fact the whole of the mega drive classic collection was full of retro goodness. Going back to play game series like Deus Ex after playing there newer versions is always fun to see that even old games may have better gameplay aspects but gameplay has evolved in other areas then it is great.

I just have to mention team shinobi aka Sega Wow they made the shinobi series, streets of rage and those were amazing games showing that gameplay thats good never get old despite the graphics. They have such a talented team as they released my fave RPG this gen Valyria Chronicles. So I’d say that retro gaming allows us to see just how great game companies have evolved and lets us know what games to keep track of. As of yet Sega wow have never let me down and i can’t wait to see what they do next whether its modern or retro.

sickmoth 9 February, 2013 @ 11:08 pm   118

How can you joke about this it’s serious i love retro games the bouncer ftw ps3 Xclusive sony is the best but cmon no joke’s why i love the solid snakes game i cant remember its called metal gears i think love it! Please someone answer it’s nearly midnight,

Alex-1124 10 February, 2013 @ 4:37 am   119

Hell yeah! Retro games are quite a rare breed now, each and everyone must be treasured. That blast from the past feeling is great even though X game is new, it just has that classic sense about them. I grew up on (like many others) the games that are deemed retro today, so I will always love retro-inspired games. Always.

Starfox5456 10 February, 2013 @ 4:56 am   120

yes i’m kinda retro i play old mario games but mainly stickly to the latest games au revior from Andrè

Starfox5456 10 February, 2013 @ 4:58 am   121

* revoir

wallsofrock 10 February, 2013 @ 9:36 am   122

retro is best, all games today are near exact copies except with better graphics
Jet pack joyride has me hooked, such a simple concept but so much fun

Martin_Silenus 10 February, 2013 @ 12:48 pm   123

I have been a gamer since the day my dad came home with a Binatone system (with light gun!) back in the late 70’s.
For me, it’s not so much about retro, but about quality, playable games. I recently visited my parents, and after looking through the loft I turned up my old ST. I decided to try out some of the old games. Many games I had fond memories of had not aged well, but others, such as Speedball, Xenon and Kick Off, were still great and I whiled away an enjoyable afternoon with them.
These games stood the test of time because they were, and still are, fun to play. Regardless of the graphics and the dodgy old 8-bit sound, a good game will always remain a good game.
I took my son to a games exhibition, featuring games from all era’s. Of all the games there, my son spent most of his time playing Donkey Kong. He did not care that Mario was just a pixelated blob, he found the game addictive and fun to play.
Good games, both old and new, deserve to be remembered and played by everyone. HD remakes and collections are a great way of allowing the new generation a chance to sample an old classic, as well as providing a nostalgia trip for older gamers. Old Beatles albums get remastered and re-released, so why shouldn’t games?

pineanas 10 February, 2013 @ 1:46 pm   124

I started off as a PC gamer, my first games being Prince of Persia, Lotus challenge, Dune II, Wolvenstein 3d ..etc.

I moved to playstation around the end of the PS2 era, but as far as some games go, I still go back to retro.

There is a sort of complexity and no hand holding that is just not there anymore. I still replay from time to time Deus Ex 1, System Shock 2, with outdated graphics the mood of the game is still unmatched. Same with Morrowind, which was the pinnacle of the elder scrolls…

As far as console titles go I still have more fun playing Crash Bandicoot than some new releases. I remember when games were all about gameplay, hitting the platform just right, nailing down the timing like in Castlevania, perfecting a level.
Todays story+set piece “wow” factor is great, but it wears off fast, leaving you wanting for a new game after you finish one.
Some retro titles however have endless replay value, because its you against the gameplay (your own skills and reflex) and not a one-off amazing story.

Have a great weekend, greetings from Poland!

ShinYagami13 10 February, 2013 @ 3:15 pm   125

i m 35 and i ‘ve been playing video games for almost 30 years now
they are a huge part of my life and they have been there for me in good and bad times, so every time i play a retro game in my mind its like i m living those moments again =)
i can only compare this feeling with the one you get when tasting something you havent tasted since childhood and suddenly its like you are a child all over
last time you guys had me reminiscing was with wonderboy in monster land and after i went through it like 3 or 4 times i even wrote a trophy guide for it! thats the thing about retro games, they may not be visually stunning but they are fun and highly addictive!
now you guys went and did it again with the classic alien breed but what really got me all excited was Kevin Carthews words that there may be another princely character due to leap onto PS3 and PS Vita at some point in the future! looking forward to that people =)

KRadiation 10 February, 2013 @ 3:55 pm   126

For me, the perfect retro games come from the 16 bit era. You can play almost any of those right now and they still look and play as good as they did when they were new. Me and my brothers still get together to play games like sonic, mario brothers, Gunstar heroes, final fight, streets of rage 2, Saturday night slam masters, wrestlefest arcade and contra. Funnily enough, as soon as we sit down with joypads in hand…. We’re exactly the same as we were 15+ years ago. Distracting each other, knocking pads out of each others hands, blaming each other for a death or arguing over who took the last health pickup while already on full health.

dogwalker4000 10 February, 2013 @ 4:07 pm   127

I’m a big fan of retro games, they invoke childhood memories and they are mostly dripping with charm, which a lot of modern games seem to lack in my opinion. That said I do prefer to play retro games on the go, either on my vita or on my phone, I just think my big tv loses the charm these games have to offer somewhere on the way.

The retro game that I always go back to is Shining Force on the Mega Drive, I first played it round my nans because my uncle had it. After much begging to my mum and dad we finally got a Mega Drive one Christmas and me and my brother would compare our characters to see whose was best and to see who could finish it first (wasn’t me unfortunately). That game was my introduction to RPGs and I have no doubt my gaming tastes would’ve been very different without it. It’s retro in every sense and its a shame they don’t make them like that anymore.


i play and love retro games for the POWERRR!!

Intrinsically linked in my brains harddrive is how fustrating all those old generation games were when I was young and how many times I died playing them.
Now my bigger badasser self who has honed skills from years of falling down infinite pits of doom and jump/ducking diffrent planes of assorted fireballs can kick some pixel ass!

And vengance is sweet.

happymedic 10 February, 2013 @ 4:52 pm   129

My first memories of gaming span from playing two player Midnight Resistance on my cousin’s Amiga, followed by bouts of Street Fighter II. I was amazed back then at the thought of being able to control a character on screen with commands on a joystick!

I think its difficult to define when a title becomes retro these days since it could be argued that some playstation 1 titles are old-school. Regardless, the nostalgia from playing some of these older games is unmatched. Sometimes, it can be for the atmosphere the game set up (for example, the bleakness of silent hill), the engaging story (Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI are perfect examples), or just the straightforward no nonsense intense gameplay (a jewel of an example is the seminal Gunstar Heroes on the megadrive). I think playing these wonderful games of years gone by should be a necessity for developers, so that they can see how through trial and error, some games just got everything right.

airforcekid128 10 February, 2013 @ 4:58 pm   130

love playing ps2 my first and best console ever

airforcekid128 10 February, 2013 @ 4:59 pm   131

nintendo 64 as well

Demoplay86 10 February, 2013 @ 5:15 pm   132

I love my 8bit remakes and re-releases. I have bought 90% of them.
I would like to say that I want 16bit remakes/re-releases. Specifically RPGs. Breath of Fire I and II, Secret of Mana I and II, Secret of Evermore, Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia, Terranigma, Lufia..
There are plenty of non-RPG 16bit classics also. Seeing any of them with a trophy set would be awesome. Battletoads, Megaman X1 – 3, EVO, Demon’s Crest, Act Raiser, R-Type 3, Darius Twin, Killer Instinct..etc.. I could go on forever.

16bit remakes/re-releases with trophy packs! BRING EM ON!
8bit, well i’ll buy them all too. They made gaming what it is and my childhood. Love em all

yorkshire101 10 February, 2013 @ 5:45 pm   133

Retro gameing for me takes me back to when me and my cousins used to all get together during school holidays. We would play agaisnt each other with winner stays on or co-op if u die someone else takes over it also has a feeling of being a saftey blanket for many usually it takes us back to a time when we had less to worry about or jsut to when games were nice and simple

Leewom69 10 February, 2013 @ 7:14 pm   134

Retro gaming for me is just like looking through a photo album. I spent plenty an hour in front of a tv/monitor as a kid, both alone on a quest and passing the pad with friends (something I really think has died out and I often love trying to bring it back with my friends)

I look back fondly and any chance I get to boot up a game I remember fondly is a pleasure and usually a nostalgic afternoon into evening affair. I remember when I was away in Poland for xmas one year and a NES came out, I took joy in picking up the pad and making my way through Mario (world skips and all…)

I used to have every console I have ever owned and all of the games I loved, but growing up, space and getting married meant this stuff needed to be turned into a deposit on a flat, paying for a wedding and all that other ‘adult stuff’. But I have a few games (nintendo back catalogue on the wii)and enjoy having an old school blast or jump around every now and again.

Anyone who is a retro gamer I highly recommend Wreck it Ralph, its a nostalgic love note to my youth certainly. And the end credits just made me smile from ear to ear.

So yes, retro gaming, its important to me most certainly, both for pleasure but as a history lesson.

Tomtomtomtotmotm 10 February, 2013 @ 10:43 pm   135

The music.

As soon as I boot up my old dreamcast and pop in my copy of Phantasy star online – the theme brings me back to my childhood.

No game has impressed me as much before or since I played this masterpiece. It was absolutely amasing, playing with players from around the world on a console? I had no idea it was possible until this.

The minimalistic story and wonder of who was Red Ring Reco kept me enthralled. The constant desire for those elusive red boxes keeps me coming back.

ninenullseven 10 February, 2013 @ 11:28 pm   136

For me retro gaming means… local multiplayer. I won’t talk about anything else, because times are changing, games are changing.

As I was growing up I was so eager to see new games, new experience in local multiplayer! How we can have fun with friends, how we can overcome impossible odds together, living through other worlds, other adventures bounded together with controller cords. And while internet was growing I imagined how we can party with more people! Connect to other parties to have fun together, mixing the offline and online parties!
But NO, big *** NO. Industry decided to go all online… Gamers decided that it’s more awesome to sit in a lonely room lit by blue light of big screen TV. So for me the golden age of gaming is somewhere in my nostalgia and childhood days. And almost no developers can catch up with this, and so I don’t care much about retro-gaming now. I’ll better go playing my Sonic 2 on Vita again (Genesis collection for PSP).

skatepunk36 11 February, 2013 @ 12:25 am   137

I don’t like retro gaming, even when I started back with the c64, then amiga, pc, and all playstations .. alo tof nice memories

I think i am corrupted by the HD resolution.. its not all about the graphics for me, but ps1 games are simply ugly on a big screen for me and even on the vita…

I really love HD -Remakes – Tony Hawk HD remake was the most awaited game ever for me soon, but except for Hogs of War (only retro game i play) luckily most game concepts are luckily available now for the ps3/ vita..

I don’t miss giana sisters when I have beautifull j&r games like raymen, LBP, Limbo… there are great sidescrollers inspired by turrican or r-type … there a new versions of Bomberman (couldn’t live without this game)and some other real classics…

I won’t say all games nowadays are better, definitly enoyed the scary athmosphere of the old silent hill / resident evil games more but I normally always find a good alternative… currently i paly the first dead space… yes there is a lack of good stradegy + adventures but luckily x-com, the cave, monkey island hd, the walking dead fill the hole a bit…

chrisboers 11 February, 2013 @ 7:46 am   138

For me, this really depends on what your definition of ‘retro gaming’ is. I know many (indie) developers are now hopping on the 8-bit artstyle bandwagon, mainly because it’s cheap, and they think they don’t have the means to make a game look fancy. However, Bigsky Infinite, Jetpack Joyride, Dyad and the likes have shown that it is very well possible to make a game look pretty without spending years coding graphics. So, on the graphics side, I definitely don’t like ‘retro gaming’.

Gameplay-wise though, I definitely enjoy games that offer retro-style gameplay, with the already mentioned games as prime examples. I was hugely disappointed by Double Dragon Neon and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which both didn’t look any good, and had no ‘modern’ gameplay. On the other side, this weekend I bought Super Stardust Delta, which is the third time I bought it, after the PS3 and PSP versions. Simple, but great graphics, and excellent, fast-fury gameplay. Just like I like it!

xXCoolestChappXx 11 February, 2013 @ 8:23 pm   139

i appreciate retro gaming, it’s a way for me to remember the good ole days of memory cards, game genies and all other things retro.

my love for retro gaming now is merely based around what i use to play and how much i can enjoy it now that were so far advanced with technology.

but ill never forget where i came from, without retro i wouldn’t be passionate about gaming the way i am now. great topic guys!

Dvil0020 11 February, 2013 @ 8:32 pm   140

retro gaming holds a special place in my heart as i grew up in the 90’s and was a huge part of my childhood when i was growing up games like sonic, Mario, crash bandicoot, pokemon, street fighter 2 among other games influenced me a lot as a 8 year old kid and I’m now 23 and my love for gaming has grown a lot since then and made me appreciate it even more and even got me started collecting games and consoles as i grew older aswell as teaching my younger brothers and sisters to play games and appreciate the games and consoles that make the games this gen what they are today

ferenzzz1971 11 February, 2013 @ 9:05 pm   141

I’m still love to play on my PS3 every day, but I can’t stop using my old ZX Spectrum and my ATARI ST, when it’s a busy day I drive home like in GTA and turn on my ZX or ATARI and play retro all the evening till my wife starts complaining and refuses to bring me another beer.. lol.. It’s true, even though I have a PS3 these old beauties still entertain me! 🙂

That;’s what TRUE retor gaming is for me..

lisatsunami 11 February, 2013 @ 11:53 pm   142

I think happy childhood memories are why so many of you like retro gaming. Since I only started gaming 5 years ago I have no reflexive love of platforming or 8 bit. When I see footage of old NES Zelda I can’t imagine playing such a flat, repetitive landscape. I love this gen but probably when PS 5 comes out I’ll be pining for the great gameplay of the PS3, that I weaned on.

Having said that, I will admit I was shocked at how enjoyable the original PS1 Tomb Raider was, despite looking like old poo on an HDTV. Great gameplay will hold up.

DoYouLikeMyID 15 February, 2013 @ 3:21 pm   143

Thanks for picking my comment and congratulations to all the other winners as well! 😉

Also, I didn’t have the extra space to mention that I think remakes of older games can be great too, it brings the nostalgia of some of the classics in an improved version to the older players, and newer gamers get to experience these classics for the first time without only seeing graphics that aren’t up to todays standards, but actually being able to enjoy the great games. (It can be pretty hard playing FF7 for the first time in 2013, because of the graphics standards we’re used to).

I haven’t played the original Ninja Gaiden Sigma yet, but I’ll definately give the newer Vita version a try! 😀