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So I'm sitting here, commenting on a few posts and what-not. Something occurs to me... are there any retro gaming enthusiasts that hang out at the Daily Kos?

Retro gaming, as it is right now, entails any video game system that predates the Playstation One. Myself, I dig on the old school Nintendo Entertainment System. It's the gaming console that brought about such classics as the Mario series, the Ninja Gaiden series, Castlevania in North America, and Karnov. There are other good systems like the Sega Master System, the Sega Genesis, the Super NES, and the Turbo-Grafx.

Pre-dating the NES was the Atari 2600. It had some AWESOME games on it. Frostbite, Keystone Kapers, Maze Craze, etc. What about arcade games? Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Satan's Hollow, Tapper, etc. etc. etc.

Is there anyone else around here that likes good, old school gaming?

Originally posted to robbryant on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 02:44 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos Gamers.

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  •  i just purchased as a gift from woot a hand held (1+ / 0-)
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    gaming platform with 20 different games in it. many were variants of old school arcade games, with a color screen or could be plugged into a tv with the cable provided.

    at $9.995 and free shipping it was a mega deal.

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    by Miss Ile on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 03:33:27 AM PST

  •  I still have a Sega Genesis... (1+ / 0-)
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    It would need some work to make it functional again.  I never had a lot of games...  Just a few that I liked.  My favorite game for it is a Micro Machines racing game.

    I also have a unit with old arcade games like Centipede and Pole Position.  My favorite arcade games were Battlezone and Galaga.

    BTW, if you bring it up as the subject of your diary it is by definition NOT off topic.

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    by PvtJarHead on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 03:37:02 AM PST

    •  haha! (1+ / 0-)
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      I wanted to make sure, because the main mission statement of the site is "elect more and better democrats." I don't know what the protocols and all that jazz are for around here haha

      I've played Micro Machines on NES. It's a pretty damn good game!

  •  Remember (1+ / 0-)
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    the Stargate version of Defender?

    I'd love to have a version of that.

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    by kestrel9000 on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 03:53:23 AM PST

  •  Games have made "big time" (1+ / 0-)
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    The average middle elementary kid spends 7 hours a day in front of a screen. They live their lives, making their "real world" decisions there. It's not good, but it's true. Those old games are now more relevant than ever. There's a new publication from National Academies of Science that studies games and their effects. Who'd a thunk it twenty years ago when we started playing those games?

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

    by MrMichaelMT on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 04:04:56 AM PST

  •  Former gamer here. I recently helped my parents (1+ / 0-)
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    dig through many old game systems and we started shipping them out to a brother and a sister of mine. We did send out an Atari and an NES among other things. It's been years since I've played any of that.

  •  I have the following retrogaming systems (2+ / 0-)
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    Atari 2600
    Commodore VIC-20
    Commodore 64

    I bought a special cartridge (MMC Replay) that plugs into the C64 and has an SD card reader.  I have about 10,000 software titles that can be played on the original C64.

    But I also play NES, SNES, Odyssey 2, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, MAME via emulation.  I use Gameboy Advance (with flash rom), Nintendo DS, the GP2X, iPod Touch, the iPad, and even my Android phone to emulate classic games on handheld devices.

    It's not so much nostalgia, but rather the aesthetic of 8-bit graphics that draws me to retrogaming.  I never played the Odyssey 2 or had a ZX Spectrum computer, but I like the games on these because I consider well-crafted big pixel graphics to be a thing of beauty.

    I don't have the time or the patience to spend untold hours to play World of Warcraft.  And if I try to play PS3 online games, there's always some kid with lots of free time who will whip my ass.  If I'm waiting in line to renew my driver's license, I'll whip out my Android phone and play a quick game of Pac-Man.

  •  "...that predates the Playstation One." (2+ / 0-)
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    zubalove, robbryant

    Well, retro is relative.  Some might even consider the PS One to be 'retro' right now.

    Or perhaps retrogaming will subdivide itself into 8-bit, 16-bit categories.

    By the mid-1990s, the Commodore 64 was considered retro.  But the games and the machine itself was cool.

    While DOS games from the 1980s get some interest with retro enthusiasts, you don't hear much pining for Windows 95 even though that OS is 16 years old now.

    I have a theory that retrogaming/retrocomputing was quite popular during the Wintel's heyday because of how 1990s era PCs were so drab and boring.

    The iPad is a thing of beauty, Steve Jobs, megalomaniac that he was brought back the days of when computers were cool to look at.

  •  One thing I like about the Xbox 360 & PS3 (2+ / 0-)
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    is the retro style games that can be bought on the Xbox Live Arcade & Playstation Network. Games like Megaman 9 & 10, Bionic Commando Rearmed 1 & 2, Castle Crashers, Scott Pilgrim VS the World, Alien Hominid and many more.

    Since I'm a fan of old school games and sandbox crime games like Grand Theft Auto, I'm really looking forward to Retro City Rampage.

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    by eaglekid85va on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 05:38:56 AM PST

    •  Did you know... (0+ / 0-)

      ... that Retro City Rampage started out as a game that was being developed for the NES, and was called Grandtheftendo? Brian Provinciano has posted a couple of times on the NES Dev forums. Seems like a cool dude.

  •  Definitely! (1+ / 0-)
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    And my kids do, too. They are always downloading emulators, many for old castlevania and metroid games. Bill loguodice wrote a great book on retro games, called "Vintage  Games." he runs the Armchair Arcade Website.

    I lI've Frogger, Tempest, Bubble Bobble, the old King's Quest games, Arkanoid, Super Mario Brothers, And Sim City.

    Most of today's games quickly give me virtual sickness, so I am, alas, largely limited tO retro games. Side scrimmage rarely make me sick.

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    by CatM on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 05:43:23 AM PST

  •  Love pitfall on Atari 2600. (1+ / 0-)
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    newer versions make me too dizzy, but as an Easter Egg, they often include original Pitfall, which my boys unlock and let me play. They think it is too hard! I started playing games when I was three, on the Odyssey, and have been playing ever since. I also loved Defender and Breakout on the Atari 5200. And I can never ever pass an old Ms Pacman console without dropping in a few quarters. I beat my resident Metal Gear Solid champs at Ms Pacman every time.

    My oldest son still has a working Sega. We play "zombies ate my neighbors" on it. Loved sonic, earthworm Jim, and the pink panther.

    Wow I am old. :(

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    by CatM on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 05:53:22 AM PST

  •  Asteroids and Space Invaders on stand alone (1+ / 0-)
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    video arcade machines.  The 70s.  

  •  Japanese RPGs (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm always amazed at how well some of the old JRPGs hold up today. Anything from Square still plays well. Secret of Mana has been ported to the iOS as have some Final Fantasy games (not 7 though. When will FF7 get an update!?)

    Interestingly, the Sonic the Hedgehog games have all been ported to modern devices and seem quite popular. I just got Sonic CD for the ipad this weekend, and XBLA has them on sale today. Not to mention that Sonic Colors was a contender (although it never had a chance) for Game of the Year on the Wii last year.

    If you think about it, the video game field is very respectful to its roots. Updates and sequels often pay homage to what came before as opposed to how Hollywood does things. Fallout 3 not only pays respects to previous Fallout games, but to the game Wasteland as well.

    I used to be a purist who insisted that an old-school game be played on the actual system, but now I've moved away from that.

    Given I can fire up an emulator on my work laptop and play "Vay" instead of dragging my Sega CD unit out of storage, it just makes more sense and is a more enjoyable experience.

    For old school PC games, I suggest Good Old Games.

  •  There is gamers at my group Daily Kos Gamers.. (2+ / 0-)
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    eaglekid85va, robbryant

    Republished your diary to the group.

    "You have to understand Neo, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged, and many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it." - The Matrix

    by pot on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 07:43:33 AM PST

  •  Received the iCade for Christmas (1+ / 0-)
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    and paid 9.99 for 99 Atari 2600 games through an app. I love retro gaming.

    I like to hide mine in the crack of a turkey.

    by DoobyOne on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 10:15:16 AM PST

  •  If you are in Sin City there's a bar/club (1+ / 0-)
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    downtown called Insert Coins that is full of vintage video games from Space Invaders to Defender to Centipede.

    Very popular with those not born when the games were new.

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    by Greyhound on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 01:05:27 PM PST

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