Mar 24

Going full retro (the event)

It feels like it was just about 20 years ago, that I was a kid enjoying videogames… but it was actually just this past weekend when I was playing some good old classics from Atari, Sega and Nintendo… like such a kid, but having to pay bills.

I have been accumulating a modest collection of video consoles in recent times… I guess it is the equivalent of getting a chopper at your 40s, just that I am still ‘only’ 35 (I have to start thinking on choosing a bike though, that’s going to be hard, since I do not really like them). Not that I get a lot of time to play, but I do enjoy the research, the memories and the ‘quick’ game now and then.

I cannot really pinpoint what it is exactly about going back to those pixellated days… I know I am not the only one, but why do we do that? is it just because it reminds us of better (or plain easy) days? because it makes us feel younger, doing the same interactions with some character on the screen as we would decades ago? is it the new perspective it brings, as an adult, into the video gaming industry and history, now that it has become a mainstream form of media instead of something for nerdy kids? maybe it’s just a desire for collection?

possibly a bit of all of the above… but this post is not to discuss reasons, this post is not a cure or a path to epiphany… this post is just to announce another dose, for those in need: as part of the Telegraph Hill Festival, I am organizing a retro gaming event for people that want to revive the good old days, when music wasn’t so loud and things were made to last. Starting at noon this 5th of April, at the Telegraph At the Earl of Derby (that’s a pub, here) we will have a blast from the past playing old school games, competing with each other and arguing why Nintendo was better than Sega (or viceversa). Modern day kids welcome!