I recently read an article online about the up and down sides of video game nostalgia and what's been driving it. The author made a good point, that I agreed with, in that we hunt for that Christmas/Birthday morning feeling of being a child again...Saturday morning cartoons... opening that box and feeling the excitement of a new game system you were hoping for. The technology was all new, there really was nothing to compare it to, unlike today. Something like this has that potential to be that or be the opposite where you'll be totally disappointed mainly because we set our expectations too high.
Most, if not all of the the "Flashback" models leave us with that exact thought. It's not the same, so it's not good. Well... it's not meant to be the exact same thing, it can't be because it's not the original system or technology, and well.. we're a lot older and maybe don't remember how crappy some of our Tv's we're, or the games, or the problems the unit had..etc. Only a total purist will be content playing an original 1978 Sunnyvale Atari Heavy Sixer on a tiny 13" B/W RCA in a tiny, dim lit, stuffy, wood paneled bedroom decorated with 1970s style nostalgia. Most of us would rather play these things and our originals on 65" 4k LED screens with HDMI quality graphics and sound.
For me, I hope it's something I can simply have fun with, turn on and enjoy. Much like the late model retro cars like the Challenger, Camaro and Mustang are to pure collectors... at this point in my life as much as I love the smell of the old beasts, having all the modern amenities and Air Conditioning with the look and feel of an old car is far more enjoyable than spending all my time and money keeping the old one running and looking new.
I hope that makes sense... Lol. Let's just be supportive and see where he goes with it. Maybe it will be a retromod and something that can remind us of the past but be enjoyable for the future. If not... plug in one of the several original sets we all have and keep on retro gaming.
Personally, there's a bit of over-thinking there. Nostalgia is a feeling, true, but it is not a specific thing and you can't necessarily quantify it as "we hunt for that Christmas/Birthday morning feeling of being a child again." Nostalgia is manifested in many different ways, and processed differently by different people. In fact, it doesn't always have to tie back to a childhood memory.
I think based on the comments in this thread, most people were actually quite satisfied with the "Flashback." I know I was.
I do agree with you on one thing, something I call the "Renaissance Faire" effect, which is an analogy I once heard game artist Mark Ferrari use. It goes something like this:
When people want to go back in time and relieve, say, medieval times, they are not talking about returning to the Renaissance, not really. No, they actually wish to see the Renaissance Faire.
Nobody wants to go back to the Renaissance, with its rotting meats, filthy smells, weird skin diseases and mutilations, walking around ankle-deep in sewage, random killings and assaults, etc. They just want the fancy dress, the chivalry, the elegant speech, the beautiful colours, hand-made items, roasted turkey legs, music and dancing, etc.
People tend to forget the past was an ugly place, and they just remember the good stuff, and that's fine.
And I think that's what something like the Flashback provides to most, in spite of its imperfections.
However, I don't go to the Renaissance fair to see fighter jet acrobatics, skydiving formation crews, laser shows, Star Trek sets, or any sort of other crap that is not tied to that particular period or memory I wish to evoke. That's why I think that adding all sorts of bells and whistles to the Intellivision which have nothing to do with sanitizing, improving, and evoking the good memories of times past, has any place in it. In fact, it cheapens it.
I will wait and see what they produce with this new project. However, I am not optimistic because nothing I've read or seen so far on it has suggested anything more than repeating the same mistakes in the past, or differs from any other attempt to cash in on the "retro" wave. I'm not saying it will necessarily fail, or that I won't buy one. I am saying, though, that skepticism is as of now, my "default mode" -- let's see what they do to move the needle.