Retro Console: Intro
Retro Console, also known as Classic, Vintage or Old School Console, is a retrogaming device to play retro video games from the days past. In addition, retrogaming devices can also be retro home computers and retro arcade video game machines. Retrogaming itself is based upon systems that are obsolete or discontinued. Devices can be divided into generations.
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Retro console generations
Retrogaming usually involves around playing retro video games, produced from the early 1970s to late 2000s. Or in other words, it can include playing video games on, or released for the 1st to 6th generation of video game devices. Read more about console generations
Retrogaming has existed since the early years of the video game industry, but was popularized with the popularity of the internet and emulation technology. It is argued that the main reasons players are drawn to retrogames are nostalgia for different eras, the idea that older games can be more challenging, and the simplicity of the games that requires less hours of gameplay.
Generally retrogaming has three main activities:
- Vintage retrogaming
- Emulated retrogaming
- Ported retrogaming
Vintage retrogaming includes gaming that is played on the original hardware. Players are usually also collecting the original hardware, cartridges, and discs the video games were originally released on. The hardware collected includes arcade systems, old home consoles, and their cartridges and discs. Emulation involves newer systems simulating old gaming systems. This way you can bypass the need to collect old consoles and original games. ROMS, read only memory files, are taken directly from the original cartridge or disc from third parties. They are then typically put online through file sharing sites and played via emulators on modern hardware. Ported retrogaming allows games to be played on modern hardware via ports or compilations. It’s different from emulation because the games are being rewritten for the new system and don’t use the original ROM files.
Additionally, the term retrogaming could apply to a newer game, but with features similar to those of older games, such as an “retro RPG” which features turn-based combat and an isometric camera perspective. Or modern games with simple old school pixel graphics and so on. Source
There are different types of retrogaming movements. Most generally, retrogaming can be categorized by the way of playing the games:
- In alphapetic order (usually only one specific device at the time)
- In chronological order (specific device, specific game series or playing every possible game year by year)
- Mixed order but follow a specific device or brand (Sega, Nintendo, Atari, Commodore, Genesis, Atari2600, Amiga)
- Playing only specific game category (complete every RPG game ever made)
- By generation (8-bit gaming, 16-bit gaming, 32-bit gaming)
Modern Retro Console
Modern retro console is a device that was built after obsolete or discontinued gaming system and it’s purpose is to emulate, or to be able to read and play original vintage media (cassettes, discs, floppies or any other format necessary) to play video games from the past.
Here are few of the modern retro consoles released:
- Nintendo Entertainment System Classic (NES Classic)
- Super Nintendo Classic Mini (SNES Classic Mini)
- Sega Genesis Flashback and Mega Drive Mini
- Some Atari Flashback Variations
- Retro Bit: Super Retro Trio
- And Others..
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Last modified: 2018-04-07