Atarifever, on Sat Jul 16, 2005 10:02 AM, said:
SteveW, on Sat Jul 16, 2005 6:34 PM, said:
I had a Pong machine before the 2600, a Coleco Telstar. But it wasn't really a programmable, cartridge based machine, so I won't count it.
I'm kind of ashamed to admit it, but I originally wanted a Magnavox Odyssey2 instead of a 2600, because it was such a cool looking console in the catalogs my brother and I used to look through leading up to Christmas. My brother's the one who wanted the 2600, and luckily he won out. We got a 2600, with the games Asteroids (mine) and Space Invaders (my brother's). I quickly came to love the ol' Atari VCS. Incidentally, I finally bought an Odyssey2 at last year's Oklahoma Game Expo, and I'm really, really glad I didn't get one in the day. It's not an impressive machine in use.
Honestly though, I bet if the Odyssey 2 really had been your first system then you'd have a soft spot for it right now. I don't like the system either, but I'm sure if I had one in the day then I'd love it now. There's a lot to be said for a system after it becomes tied to memories involving ring pops, Saturday morning cartoon watching, and pretending you're in your room at homework.
You're right. Nostalgia, in all honestly, may be an even more important factor of a game or systems value to you than the game or systems own merits.
I don't think for instance, I would love Star Control on the Genny nearly as much if it didn't remind me of the Urbandale pool in the summer, or I don't think I'd enjoy the CD-i nearly as much if it didn't remind me of going over to my Uncles Chris and Steve's house (who at ths particular time in the past lived litterally five houses from where I do now) with Mom and Dad and grilling out and watching movies on his big screen and playing CD-i.
Then again, it works the other way too... I don't think I'd enjoy Urbandale pool nearly as much as I do now if it didn't remind me of games like Star Control or Donkey Kong Country etc etc etc.
For me, I remember most of the events in my life by what game I was playing at the time, (and to a lesser extent, what song I was listening to at the time) and most places I go have a video game tied to them too. Sometimes it works that way with people too. My uncles Chris and Steve, for instance. They're great hosts, pleasant conversation, nice people, I like them, but I don't think I'd be as compelled to visit with them were it not for that air of reliving the old days.
But then again, that too is a two way street. I sometimes also remember the games by what I was doing and who I was hanging with at the time.
Nostalgia is powerful, in small doses, it's a huge upper, and in large doses it's a huge downer, at least for me...it's bittersweet, but were it not for nostalgia, I wouldn't be half the retro gamer that I am now.
Then again, there's one other aspect to retro gaming, where you can enjoy it for nostalgia sake even though you never had it, like Steve W's Odyssey 2. You could've spent your childhood lusting after it, yet never acheiving it (or aquiring I guess is a better word) and then when you get it, it's the realization of a childhood dream. Such for me was the Jaguar, the 3DO and the Neo Geo. It's indirectly nostalgic. It doesn't stir memories directly, but your fullfilled quest makes you feel like a kid again, at least for a bit.
Edited by Mr_8bit_16bit, Sat Jul 16, 2005 1:13 PM.