If you previously registered on VGF XenForo boards, you will need to use the forgot password feature in order to be able to post here. If you do not receive a password reset by e-mail, use the contact page or post in registration/login help.

What do you consider "retro games"?

Moderator: е и ժ е я

Post Reply
User avatar
nerofire68
Posts: 26
Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:17 pm

What do you consider "retro games"?

Post by nerofire68 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:27 pm

I am curious because some people consider anything prior to the year 2000, others will say anything before the Xbox 360/PS 3, and then some will say anything that is not considered the current platform. I'd like to think that retro gaming stops around 1996 because I don't view the N64 as a retro console. Am I wrong?

User avatar
Bomby
Moderator
Posts: 22755
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2000 1:00 am
Location: Not sure
Contact:

Post by Bomby » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:46 pm

When I think retro, I personally think of anything from the SNES/Genesis generation of consoles (4th gen) or older.

User avatar
I REALLY HATE POKEMON!
Posts: 27498
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2000 1:00 am
Location: California, U.S.A

Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:50 pm

I'd say at this point everything up to Dreamcast should count. As time carries on the list will keep growing but I can't really consider something only a couple of console generations back "retro" just yet. Some people even try to include 360 citing the fact that it is over a decade old but it's still getting games. PS2 had its last release only a few years back. I think it takes some digging to be retro, not just not being new.

User avatar
nerofire68
Posts: 26
Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:17 pm

Post by nerofire68 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:50 pm

[QUOTE="Bomby, post: 1622966, member: 17840"]When I think retro, I personally think of anything from the SNES/Genesis generation of consoles (4th gen) or older.[/QUOTE]
That is kind of what I was thinking. So this means that anything as of the N64 and beyond are not considered 4th gen... At east according to wiki anyways.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_ge ... e_consoles

User avatar
nerofire68
Posts: 26
Joined: Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:17 pm

Post by nerofire68 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:51 pm

[QUOTE="I REALLY HATE POKEMON!, post: 1622968, member: 18119"]I'd say at this point everything up to Dreamcast should count. As time carries on the list will keep growing but I can't really consider something only a couple of console generations back "retro" just yet. Some people even try to include 360 citing the fact that it is over a decade old but it's still getting games. PS2 had its last release only a few years back. I think it takes some digging to be retro, not just not being new.[/QUOTE]

Yeah like if you can still buy the console and the games relatively easily, then I don't think it is old enough.
Also, some people will take in to account the graphics as well. I mean to me, retro means retro graphics as well.

User avatar
I REALLY HATE POKEMON!
Posts: 27498
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2000 1:00 am
Location: California, U.S.A

Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:55 pm

That's a good point. The original Xbox had HD capabilities. That alone should definitely bar it, and by extension its competition, from consideration of the "retro" label IMO.

User avatar
VG_Addict
Posts: 7905
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:24 pm
Location: In the Vicinity

Post by VG_Addict » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:22 pm

I see retro as Dreamcast and earlier.

User avatar
е и ժ е я
Supermod
Posts: 40953
Joined: Sun Aug 18, 2002 1:00 am
Location: I rub my tilde all over your asterisk
Contact:

Post by е и ժ е я » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:34 am

There's a difference in the companies and the trends in the industry. Once the GCN/Xbox/PS2 were secured in their positions, game design started to solidify and iterate more in singular directions. Prior to this generations, the players were different and the marketing was different. I think it's mostly a post-communication thing as the internet going mainstream and programming teams growing larger and becoming very structured hierarchal systems changed the creation and feedback process drastically.
I muttered 'light as a board, stiff as a feather' for 2 days straight and now I've ascended, ;aughing at olympus and zeus is crying

User avatar
I am nobody
Moderator
Posts: 12091
Joined: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:26 pm
Location: -89.97814998,-42.2333493

Post by I am nobody » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:07 am

I definitely thought the SNES was retro 16 years after launch in 2006, so it seems natural that the GCN would also be retro 16 years after launch in 2017.

User avatar
Marilink
Supermod
Posts: 39966
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001 1:00 am
Location: MY TOE! MY TOE!
Contact:

Post by Marilink » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:25 pm

I pretty much consider anything older than 10 years to be retro. That includes the Wii at this point, which seems insane, but then I think about it and it makes sense. Wii Sports and the rest of the early Wii lineup does indeed feel retro to me.
Carthago delendum est

User avatar
е и ժ е я
Supermod
Posts: 40953
Joined: Sun Aug 18, 2002 1:00 am
Location: I rub my tilde all over your asterisk
Contact:

Post by е и ժ е я » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:24 am

[QUOTE="Marilink, post: 1623217, member: 23215"]I pretty much consider anything older than 10 years to be retro. That includes the Wii at this point, which seems insane, but then I think about it and it makes sense. Wii Sports and the rest of the early Wii lineup does indeed feel retro to me.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, at this point there's now 'early 3D retro' which cuts off around the early Wii games, and there's 'classic era retro' which is basically 2D gaming from the 90s backwards in terms of style.
I muttered 'light as a board, stiff as a feather' for 2 days straight and now I've ascended, ;aughing at olympus and zeus is crying

User avatar
SmoothOperator
Posts: 147
Joined: Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:52 pm

Post by SmoothOperator » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:12 pm

I consider anything older then me to be retro :P

I really don't feel like ten years should be enough to classify something as retro. Just because the pace at which things grow in the video game industry is -whoa- doesn't seem like a good reason to consider a console to be retro once it stops getting new releases.

User avatar
I REALLY HATE POKEMON!
Posts: 27498
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2000 1:00 am
Location: California, U.S.A

Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:50 pm

^ Yeah, think of music or movies and what's called "oldies" or "classics." It tends to be 60's-80's. I don't think anyone calls Katie Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" an oldie just because it's almost 10 years old now.

User avatar
VG_Addict
Posts: 7905
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:24 pm
Location: In the Vicinity

Post by VG_Addict » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:55 pm

[QUOTE="I REALLY HATE POKEMON!, post: 1623996, member: 18119"]^ Yeah, think of music or movies and what's called "oldies" or "classics." It tends to be 60's-80's. I don't think anyone calls Katie Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" an oldie just because it's almost 10 years old now.[/QUOTE]

I think of oldies as 30s-50s.

User avatar
I REALLY HATE POKEMON!
Posts: 27498
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2000 1:00 am
Location: California, U.S.A

Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:56 pm

what even was the 30's

User avatar
Random User
Posts: 12600
Joined: Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:54 am
Location: SECRET BASE INSIDE SNAKE MOUNTAIN
Contact:

Post by Random User » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:48 pm

The Great Depression.

I consider anything Fifth Generation and lower to be retro. Though sixth generation is getting there, especially when you go back to play them. The consoles and their lack of compatibility with some televisions really shows off their age.

Post Reply

Return to “Retro Games”