Is old school gaming making a come back?

Thinking out loud: What seems be more popular these day’s modern console gaming or gaming on old school consoles?

I keep seeing posts of the “Sega Saturn” with amazing title’s which I still need to play coming up on news-feeds and articles such as: “Panzer Dragon” and “Burning Rangers” “Chrono-trigger ” and “Secrets of Mana”.


The Dreamcast:

This console refuses to except that it went out business along time ago: Not surprising really as it’s easy burn games to CD’s which then can be played on the Dreamcast. Dreamcast also has one of the best gaming dev-kit’s to build games on.

New game coming out possibly in 2016 for Dreamcast: “Elysian of Shadows”


The “Mega-Drive” aka the “Genesis”

Where do I start or begin with this console, This was the console that sent “Sega” high above other competition in the 90’s. The Mega-Drive has such rich amazing collection of games back in it’s day, it’s hard to guess where did it all go wrong.

I remember playing fantastic title’s like: “Streets of Rage”, “Gun Star Heroes”, “Micro-Machines”, “Earth Worm Jim”, “Mega Bomber Man” the amazing helicopter game by “Electronic Arts” – which I still have fond memories of playing it still hold as one of the best gaming experience I have played in gaming but that is my opinion. There really is nothing quite like setting out on open landscape and blowing stuff-up in a Helicopter while also rescuing the President in “Jungle Strike” or going on rampant rampage in Gun-Star Heroes.


There are other games I loved about the Mega-drive but so many games I could talk about or mention but there are 3 games which were little obscure but very fun at the same time such as:


“The Lawnmower Man”
“Eternal Champions”


These game may not of been the AAA title’s of there day in the 90’s, but I liked them due how the gaming scene was back in the 90’s how there was game for anybody. I think there could be many reasons why Mega-drive had such cult-status in gaming it was never truly bound to just few exclusives but had many title’s on it which could appeal to any audience.

The Disney and Virgin Games on Mega-Drive were some of the best for it’s day such as the “Lion King” and “Aladdin” not forgetting the “Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion” & “Mickey Mania”.

Sega will be releasing some of it’s old classic IP’s soon on the “3DS” in full (3D) look out for this in the coming future. Sega was the master back in the 90’s. I think newer generation gamer’s should at least give the old library a try on the “3DS” I most certainly will be.

Not just for nostalgia reasons but also see how well (Sega and Nintendo) revamp these classics in glorious 3D.


“SNES” AKA “Super Nintendo”

Another beastly console which pretty much scene holy-grail of JRPG apparently the definition what fun should be for a console with games like: “Chrono Trigger”, “Secrets of Manner” and “The Legend of Zelda” my personal favorite “Illusion of Time” still being talked about and possibly a return by fans of this style of gaming.


Why Fans are keeping old school gaming scene relevant?

It makes one wonder what is it about these console’s and games the fans and the retro-crowd still like about the old gaming scene?

Where as modern console games these days are re-hashes of the same game or re-skinned games as something else.

– “Order 1886” for me feel’s more like re-skin of “Gears of War” or take “Destiny” for instance which pretty much another take on Halo with some MMO mechanic’s thrown in.

Makes one wonder is there market for the old-school gaming that could make a come back in today’s gaming scene; I mean we have seen allot of fans out there trying to bring classic’s back from the dead only to be shut down my dissed-letter’s.

Such as fan made “Mario 64 HD” and “Streets of Rage” remake being some of the most well known games that have been shut-down.

Not just fan-made games either: There was fan made short-movie based on “Metal Gear Solid” that was shutdown last year. It looked pretty amazing what they did with such little budget but again it was another fan project that was shut down by the IP owners.


Untapped IP’s could be heading?

Got me thinking? Where future of gaming is heading for the niche-market and true fans of certain genre’s; Be it “Eternal Champions” on the Mega-Drive or “Chrono Trigger” on the Super Nintendo.

There is growing interest old school games from the 90’s but also is there room for it in today’s gaming world? which is dominated by consumer gamer’s.

Would it be good for gaming in general; if we had more choice and be able to choose more title’s to our own liking and not the games which are tailored for the masses..

I think what I am trying to say is; there not much variety anymore in compared to how it was in the 90’s. I am done to death with shooter’s these days, I am at the point where if see another shooter even If I am not playing it actually wear’s me out bring’s on gaming fatigue: Ohh look another call of duty… Sigh! no.

I think after this little rant do you think the tide is turning in the gaming world? Will see more open gaming scene than what we have since been getting in the last 7 years since the (PS3) and (XBOX 360).

The constant milked and cash-cow games such “Assassins Creed”, “Battlefield”, “COD”, “Halo”. I am adding “Resident Evil” to this list because it’s clearly has not changed for the better but that just my opinion.

Also to make this relevant to this page could this mean we might see increase interest in the old school gaming and use of older untapped IP’s in the future? or is gaming scene too divided? or are we going to get is massively over-budgeted games designed for the masses for the coming future.

It’s groups like “Shenmue500K” other fans site’s out there that keep these old school game’s alive and relevant to the gaming world that create interest but also create variety that something that surely lacking across the board modern console’s but also on PC too.

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