Part of it, though, is simply a love for the styling. I'm not a big fan of the woodgrain on the Atari 2600 (though I really like the shape) but I love the design of the Atari 800 computer and the peripherals. I also love the cabinet designs of most of my favorite arcade games. Check out this book about old computers -
the design approach to them gets me and I say this having never seen any of those before so it's not nostalgia for them, it's nostalgia for that kind of design, at least for me. Same goes for mid-'60s/early '70s muscle cars and also mid-century/contemporary architecture (Koenig, Neutra, Eichler), there's just something "right" about those buildings even though I never lived in one, only saw them around as a kid. That design speaks to me. This is why I much prefer old video games that are boxed - I want the cover art and the special fonts and all the rest that the packaging offers even though you can't play the packaging.
It does take me back to my childhood, all of it. I miss that time a lot. But I also prefer old 8-bit games to the current choices. I want a fun game, not a photoreal rendered sim. My mind can fill in the blanks just fine. I know Space Duel and Xevious and Tempest aren't realistic and I don't care, that's not the point.
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