Why Do I Play Vintage Games?

Sega DreamcastI had someone ask me recently why I am putting so much effort into setting up my old game systems and such. I have plenty of computer to run the latest and greatest games, so why the drive to hook up 20-year old game systems? Although the games of today have amazing graphics, sound and story lines, I still enjoy returning to the roots of the video gaming industry and experiencing how far technology has evolved. After all, some of my favorite games are on the older systems – even today.

Atari Combat

Exploring the Roots of Gaming

I have been an avid fan of technology since I was younger than my daughters. My earliest memories of gaming were that of my dad’s Atari 2600 playing Combat with my younger brother. Those were good times. In fact, those were really good times that I enjoy feeling again once in a while.

Nostalgia
Nostalgia can do quite a bit for an older gamer such as myself. Playing a game, hearing the sounds and reading through the quests helps me recapture part of my past, and I can actually feel the sensations I felt 30 years ago. The brain is a wondrous thing, I think.

Being Amazed By the Games of Today
By playing games on older systems, I marvel at how everything has advanced so much. Development capabilities have grown allowing so much more to be added to the experience. It helps me appreciate what we have today that I didn’t have back in the 1980s. And, it helps me see just how many things people take for granted in the digital world.

Sega Genesis

Entertainment Value

There are many games out there that I never had the chance to beat. Now that I am a part-time streamer on Twitch, I have the opportunity to explore these games with others. For me, it’s incredibly fun – especially when I get into deep conversations about game play. Other games, I just enjoy playing over and over again. In fact, I am looking forward to getting the Sega Genesis hooked up – I got a lot of games I wouldn’t mind hitting again.

Don’t get me wrong, the games of today are very engaging. However, that doesn’t mean that the games from 30 years ago have lost their luster. If you can get past the lack in technology and just enjoy the game for what it is, nearly anyone can have fun playing an older title.

So, go forth my friends and enjoy what you have today. It may be obsolete in 30 years, but you’re creating memories that will make you smile when you show your children and grandchildren how you laid the smack down in Starcraft II or some other game that you enjoy immensely. Don’t take for granted the experiences your creating now, but take advantage of the moment.

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Michael Brockbank

I have been playing games for more than 30 years. I wouldn't consider myself a hard-core gamer, but I have brought the pain in my day. Now that I am rounding the horn at 40, I still enjoy everything from booting up the old Commodore 64 to exploring new titles in Steam. You're never too old to enjoy a good plot and mind-numbing graphics.

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