As retro gamers here, we are loving the recent trend in gaming nostalgia. Finally some appreciation for the past! It can be hard at times as an older gamer to try and explain to your generation Z and younger friends just how exciting games like Pong were, or why you will forever have Sonic the Hedgehog 2 tattooed on your heart. But worry not, the revolution has happened and the retro revolution is here!
National Video Game Museum, anyone?
For a start, the National Videogame Museum has recently opened in Sheffield. It offers a unique opportunity for visitors to not only learn about the rich history that the UK had in the development of the videogame industry that we know and love but also allows you to personally kick the butt of younger generations on your favourite retro games. Who could ask for more?
On their website they state:
Discover the past, present and future of play in a brand new, interactive, family-friendly museum.
Explore nearly a hundred different games, including some classics you grew up with and some you may have missed!
Learn about gaming culture, and the objects that represent it.
Create your own games, using our dedicated creation stations.
Well, I don’t know about you but we’re booking tickets as we type…
The History of British Video Gaming Documentary
The retro gaming abundance doesn’t stop there as giffgaff, the mobile phone network, has announced it’s first-ever documentary – The History of British Video Games. Produced in partnership with the newly opened National Videogame Museum mentioned above, the film celebrates the pioneering role British gamers have had in the industry since the 1980s.
Presented by Eurogamer’s Aoife Wilson, the film is the first-ever documentary to focus on the story of videogames in Britain and takes viewers on a gaming journey through the decades. Starting in the 1980s with the British made ZX Spectrum, before moving through the 1990s, into the 21st century where it examines the growth of mobile gaming and the increasing diversity in the industry.
The film also looks at future predictions for the gaming industry in Britain. The Oliver Twins, who began their gaming career at just 12 years old in the 1980s, believe the next revolution of games is just around the corner with live streaming set to play a big part in this.
The Oliver Twins said “The UK has been at the heart of the creative and technological revolution of video games since the early ’80s. The next revolution is just around the corner as games are streamed live from servers, which will lead to almost instant entry to thousands of online multiplayer experiences with lower entry costs.”
Also riding the wave of this gaming nostalgia have been the gaming companies themselves, the core three all launched micro devices within the past few years. The most recent being the September launch of the Sega Genesis, which is following on from 2016 when Nintendo launched their “NES Classic”. This was followed by the less successful “Playstation Classic”. So what exactly are these microsystems? Well…
What makes these special is that they are mico systems complete with the original games that made them famous. So here if your change to relive the history at home in your and creating some old memories around the old one. And, you don’t have to blow into a very old cartridge…
So let us know what you think about this recent trend in retro gaming. Do you play retro games with a family or discuss the history of gaming and your experience of it? We’d love to hear about your experiences if you do either below or on our social channels!