Why We Love to Play Vintage Video Games

It seems to be human nature that when a technology becomes completely obsolete, the more people want to return to using it.  That goes for video games as well.

Perhaps we long for playing vintage video games because they bring us back to an earlier part of our lives that was more enjoyable, or maybe less stressful. Maybe we yearn to play the old video games because they were simply downright fun to play.

Let’s face it, back in the old days, video game graphics were nothing close to what they are today, yet the games were just as enjoyable – maybe more so – than games available today.  Some manufacturers are now recognizing the fact that consumers truly want to play games of the past.

These “retro” games are now becoming available on some of the modern day platforms.  You are now able to purchase old Nintendo or Super Nintendo games and enjoy playing them on a Wii or XBox 360.

Retro games are a boon for video game manufacturers because they can continue to earn revenue from games that are long gone from their production lines.  The cost to resurrect a video game from the past is very low, and it can be sold at a significant profit. Downloads from online sources are pretty much cost-free on the manufacturers’ end, yet consumers will still pay for them.  Nintendo is smart in offering these retro video games to consumers.  Where there is demand, there needs to be a supply.

If all video gaming companies were smart, they all would offer games from the old days to consumers to play on their current gaming platforms.  I, for one, would love to fire up the old version of Missile Command on my Playstation 3!

But alas, most companies pour all of their money into producing flashy, high-tech, high-end graphics new video games for consumers.  The fact that most vintage video games are virtually unplayable on most modern gaming consoles, make the vintage video game market a huge opportunity for those looking to buy and sell old games and vintage gaming consoles.

The fact that most vintage video games are virtually unplayable on most modern gaming consoles, make the vintage video game market a huge opportunity for those looking to buy and sell old games and vintage gaming consoles.

Sega Genesis, Atari, and early Nintendo gaming systems are going for big bucks online and in vintage video game stores.  Some vintage games are selling for $200+ dollars!  Amazing when you consider they sold for only a few dollars when they were first produced and offered in the marketplace.  That old Nintendo video game system may be worth more money than you think!

One advantage to older vintage games is that that were not so difficult to master.  They carried nothing near the complexity and the man-hours it takes to master a modern-day video game. Video games of twenty years ago did not have 150-page books on the market to teach the user the tricks and secrets to playing the game.

Within a few minutes, one could master the basic fundamentals. This simplicity offered anyone and everyone the chance to enjoy the game within a few minutes without spending weeks or months learning how to pass the first level of the game.

Don’t get me wrong, graphics are a wonderful thing, but the most important part of any video game is the “fun factor”.  Vintage video games didn’t take a thousand hours of playing it to get to the “fun” stage.

Many kids today have never experienced the simple thrill of Asteroids, Missile Command, or PacMan.  Perhaps they never will. Then again, many of those games required the user to insert 25 cents into a machine.  If you are like me, you probably spent your share of quarters enjoying the old games from the big consoles located in restaurants, donut shops, and bowling alleys.

Once video gaming systems made it into the home there was not the need to “go out” to play video games.  But the simple games were still easy to master and a heck of alot of fun to play.

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