People’s Obsession with Retro Gaming Is Fuelling the Rise of Vintage Games

With the advent of personal computers in the early 1970s, mass-produced gaming consoles become a reality. Early computers such as the Macintosh allowed users to connect their devices with other gamers as early as the late 1980s. The real revolution in gaming came when the internet allowed multi-player games. With technological advances, players can now play their favourite games in the online casino London whenever and wherever they want. However, there has been a revival of vintage video games in the last few years. Read on to know why gamers are returning to the classics.

Vintage Games Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

Nintendo launched a console in 2017 which was very difficult to find after its release. Retailers almost struggled to keep up with the high demand for the console. It was the SNES classic, a replica of the popular Super Nintendo Entertainment System from the early 1990s. Over 10 million units of the console were sold by the end of 2018.

The huge success of SNES classic indicates that retro games are as popular as ever. Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy was also released by Activision in 2017, a revival of the platformer saga that was originally launched in 1996. Following the trend, Sony and Sega have also released revivals of their own retro game systems. As major companies like Microsoft and EA offer subscription services, it’s possible that vintage games will make their way in those content libraries.

Why People Still Love Retro Games?

You might have noticed that we’re seeing the revival of games that debuted during the mid-to-late 1990s. “During the 1990s, games became less pixelated and are therefore easier to remake today in a way that works in a good manner,” says Michael Pachter, managing director at Wedbush Securities. “Also, the games are really good. You can say it’s a testament to game design.”

There is also a reason vintages games and retro consoles have proved to be successful in recent years. The people who grew up playing these games in their teenage years are now sharing them with their children, according to Pachter. “These gamers now have enough money to spend on vintage games, whether they’re sharing with kids or not,” says Joe Tartaglia, owner of a retro game shop. “My customers are either vintage game collectors or players who grew up with these games and want to re-create their memories of childhood.”

Feeling of Nostalgia

The retro aspect has changed the way people buy games. Kevin Cornwall who manages retro games shop in Croydon says that the physical store adds to the vintage feel. “It is what gamers want, it is the feeling of nostalgia, being able to see and feel the boxes,” says Kevin. “As modern gaming has some pitfalls, people are turning towards retro gaming in order to re-create some aspect of their childhood.”

As there are various gaming cafes, you can try these games before buying. They were more common in the US and Japan at the start, but the UK is getting on the action. 

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