Leaving YOUR Gaming Legacy to the Next Generation of Gamers

Okay, listen up, gamer parents. Did you ever think of the idea of leaving your gaming legacy to your children? That is, leaving the legacy of the games YOU yourself grew up on with timeless consoles such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), or its predecesor, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)?

The same is true for games that are timeless classics – who could ever forget the days they learned how to play Super Mario World on the SNES? Or Super Mario Brothers on the NES?

If I were to make an analogy, I would say that these games were the nursery rhymes of every single gamer that grew up in OUR golden age of gaming – from the Ataris to the first iteration of the Sony PlayStation.

See, some of us who already have children who are too young to enjoy the AAA games that are all the rage nowadays may either choose to have fun on the swing – which isn’t a bad idea, since children need to get out more these days – or to play video games like daddy does, which was the path I chose for myself back when I was a younger gamer. No regrets.

Be that as it may, we’ve examined how you could turn your children on to retro gaming, and why you should at all.

It might sound as though I was blowing smoke up your ass, but there are some very valid reasons as to how it could be beneficial for them to walk the very same gaming trajectory like you did – even in today’s world of AAA gaming; which, arguably, is moving towards a soulless, sanitized, and overly commercialized gaming experience – if it isn’t already one. But that’s another story best reserved for another day.

As it stands, let’s examine the reasons why and how you should turn your child on to retro gaming – nostalgia reasons notwithstanding – and dust off those Nintendos (or emulators), because this is going to be a good one.

Retro Gaming Is Easy To Learn.

Ever play a game for children on the iPad? Chances are you’ll be surprised at how complicated they could get. Try picking one up – chances are you’ll find it unplayable. In fact, most of the new games that we let children play nowadays pale in comparison to the games we grew up on the NES – ask a child to play Super Mario World for the first time and watch how easy he learns, as a fish would to water. It’s an experience that fully engages them and teaches them the rudiments of gaming, and gives them that determination, patience, skill and drive they will need to conquer more complicated AAA games for children. Just look at why no one plays Pokemon GO anymore. I know I’d rather play the Gameboy version, but I will digress.

Retro Gaming Makes For Better Bonding Experiences.

Granted, you can say the same for any AAA game out there – but would you rather explain gaming plots that are too convoluted to explain, or are rather mature in nature to your children, or would you rather make it simply a matter of defeating evil bosses in Streets of Rage or in Contra? I think I know what will be more fun and more of a bonding experience for the both of us – and that will definitely be SoR or Contra.

Retro Gaming Is For The Children.

The nature of retro gaming to be good, clean, and simple fun makes it infinitely better for children to play – it’s engaging, it’s challenging, and arguably, the games are of a much higher quality, since there isn’t any downloadable content or bug fixes in the event of gaming problems. It’s just a matter of practice making perfect, of simple, unconvoluted goals, and a more innocent experience away from the agendas that today’s games tend to push. And even if your kid ends up one day switching your NES for the latest PlayStation, you’ll know you’ve done your parenting well, since you trained him in the same way you did yourself. Gaming should be fun for children – otherwise it defeats the purpose of gaming itself.

Dissecting the Enduring Appeal of Retro Gaming

The recent release of the mini Nintendo NES Classic Edition, which is an undoubted hit in recent gaming history, has proven the enduring appeal of vintage gaming – it’s just proof that retro consoles are gaining popularity yet again, despite having had a dedicated scene that had been reliving their memories on emulators and ROMs.

It must be the gameplay. The dated graphics. The great music on synths.

But what’s really behind the stunning and triumphant comeback retro consoles have made? Let’s look at the ways.

A E S T H E T I C S.

So then, let’s start with the most readily distinguishable characteristics of playing retro games – the aesthetics.

The low polygon 3d environments that retro games fully operate on may be hard to swallow for the generation of gamers who were raised on AAA games on newer consoles onwards, but I believe I speak for most of us gamers (as part of the first wave of millennials) that there is an unspeakable, unmentionable, and undoubtable charm to explore worlds that are totally otherworldly, even if they are a byproduct of being a technical limitation. They were what defined video games as video games, in that they looked unreal. Graphics from the earliest Ataris up until the PS1 or Nintendo 64 (which, as an aside, were the last consoles I personally enjoyed and fully got into), are just special in that sense.

Truly Innovative Gameplay.

The limits that are inherent in retro gaming brought some of the most innovative gameplay that was around at the time – and you, as the player, were truly part of the gaming experience. Contrast this with the new AAA games with all the fancy graphics, gargantuan worlds, and flashy cinematics, which all feel so repetitive, rote, and shallow – think of the last time you were really excited about a current-day AAA release as opposed to waiting for the sequel to Final Fantasy III was – as it is, it’s a bad example, since it fell short of III in so many ways, but you still looked forward to it. Limitation is the mother of creativity, and that was so true for the retro games we all grew up with.

A Trip Through Time.

In the same way people have gone back to analog vinyl records, there are thousands and thousands of games that were all, in some way or another, predecessors of today’s games – as in music. There are so very many games that broke boundaries just as the analogy holds in music to get us to the situation today. And back then, we never got to play many of the games that came out, since video games for us was a treat to us by our parents. And the fun of discovering a game hardly anyone talks about that has flown under the radar of over 30+ years of gaming history is infinitely more interesting than any AAA game in the market today.

Often Emulated, Never Duplicated.

Retro games are simply good, clean fun – you never had to study over-complicated tutorials and controls. You simply launched yourself into it. And since most of these games offered little in terms of storylines, save for the role playing games on these consoles, gameplay had to be creatively enhanced. Many developers still emulate the innovation the originals came with, but could never come close to it.

Attention To Quality.

Quality HAD to be in the mind of developers for them to release a game without any bugs. Contrast that to the fact that downloadable content didn’t exist for the SNES or the Sega Genesis – either the developers put everything they wanted to for that particular game release, or wait until the next. Furthermore, retro games did not have the luxury of patches like they do now. It had to be now or never.

The Beauty Of Simplicity.

Simplicity is joy. Retro games are very easy to understand and play – the goal is clear, the controls are simple, and you can simply pick it up and play from where you saved without any problems. This is true for most, but not all games. Contrast this with today’s AAA games – how many of you have felt lost and needing to relearn the controls and story for a game you stopped playing? Gaming has become complicated now, and has lost the beauty of simplicity that gaming was supposed to give us, rather than endless downloadable content and complicated controls.

These are just some of the reasons why retro video games’ appeal endures even up to this day.

What are YOUR reasons?