WHY do we collect classic games?

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Hey guys! Another video this time a response to an awesome question "Why do we collect Classic games?"
Please chime in with your own response and opinions THANKS!

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Bill Loguidice
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Much the same thoughts as

Much the same thoughts as mine. Do they allow video responses to video responses? ;-)

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Rob Daviau
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Yes Bill I believe they do

Yes Bill I believe they do lol!

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Oldschool games, some people just don't "get it"...

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Matt Barton
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I just made a few good

I just made a few good purchases at the local used game shop (which I didn't even know existed until yesterday!)

PlayStation: Descent (in original box), Gran Turismo
N64: Body Harvest (in box)

Got these for $5 each. I'm quite happy with the value. It's a bit different than the type of retrogaming you're talking about, since I haven't played any of these before. It's rather like discovering an alternate past--I always like to think what I would have thought about such games if I had first played them back when they were released.

I also agree with your wife that a lot of this is revisiting youth, but I think it's also genuine historical curiosity. Socrates placed great emphasis on "knowing thyself," and exploring your roots and the context of your favorite hobby isn't just frivolous. As you said (and is my case as well as many others), certain games played an important part in our critical development. Exploring those old games is also a way of exploring yourself, considering how you've changed and reflecting on the future. Sometimes I've gone back to play an old game and thought--when I was a kid playing this, I was certain that I would be a great sci-fi author by the time I was 30. Why don't I make another stab at it? You probably know what I'm talking about.

I think the first game I really remember beating was Pool of Radiance. Of course, a lot of games back then couldn't be beat, and I'm not counting those I beat with trainers or cheating of any sort. But I fondly remember completing almost all of the gold box games and then the later Might & Magic games. I'm sad to say that I very seldom completed adventure games back then because of the lack of hints. It was just too easy to get stuck and not know what to do. I'm pretty sure I was able to complete at least some of the Turrican games, though I can't quite remember. I completed Metriod and S. Metroid much later via emulation.

There's also something to be said about the joys of learning about older technology and its limitations, and how clever developers back then dealt with or even overcame them. Reading those stories and seeing their triumphs first-hand can be very inspiring and empowering. I got some of that going from NES racing games like Rad Racer to F-zero on the SNES. It's not just "better graphics," it's a technological feat. I also love exploring old computer systems such as the classic Mac. It can send chills down your spine thinking about how amazing or at least bizarre that OS must have felt in 1984. Of course, I like to go a step further and try to find contemporary reactions to these developments, and am often surprised by how critics will have little to nothing to say about stuff that later turned out to be huge, whereas they give all their prizes and awards to games that few have ever heard of today. Just goes to show that critics seldom have any idea what they're talking about.

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