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May 2017 Retro Gaming Article


May 31, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

As PS3 ends production, some ask if it's games are now “retro games“. No, they are not.

Sony PlayStationn 3 discontinued in Japan
I find the varying definitions of "retro gaming" quite confusing. Why can't we agree to a time-based standard?
After eleven years, the PS3's production ends in Japan. The PS4 is already in it's second iteration with the PS4 Pro, so it's no surprise that the former console would come to an end. Sony warned of this just a few months ago, in March.

We always hate to see a console come to an end. While the PS4 has taken hold during the past 3½ years, it's yielded a lot of titles I've greatly enjoyed. Not long ago, I was a bit stunned to realize how many retro-inspired PS4 games I've found for this 8th generation console. Even though I can play DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours on my PS4 doesn't make it a retro console any more than the production end of the PS3 redefines it's game library as retro games.

PlayStationn 3 meme Your old table doesn't become an antique because you bought a new one. Mom's 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier isn't a classic car. I think the passage of time is the deciding factor of retro classification.

We've adopted a 20-year mark to define retro gaming. Once a console is twenty years old, we say it's retro. We love the quirkiness of Nintendo's Virtual Boy, but it wasn't a retro console when it was canceled in 1996 after only eight months on retail shelves!

Regardless how you feel about labels, gaming will forge ahead, leaving a trail of history that will repel or delight future generations. That history will always remain awesome to those who lived within it. I still love my Atari 2600 as much as I look forward to my next PS4 purchase... and how about that Nintendo Switch!?!

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