Gaming History 101

Know Your Roots


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Retro gaming really seems to be in a league of its own.  Overcomplicated explanations and dissections of frankly semantic themes are just another day at the office for the retro gamer.  So what if you’re a newbie?  Is it appropriate to be ageist towards a young gamer who picks up a title like Super Meat Boy and wants to explore its roots?  In truth most retro gaming sites and blogs would scoff at the poor lad, mocking him for the fact that he was in diapers when the N64 released and the fact that he doesn’t know why, “your base are all belong to us” is relevant or funny.

That’s where this site comes in.  This is an informative, dissective, and intriguing guide to world of games from, in perspective, long ago.  In Gaming History 101 we are your first delve into a time where checkpoints didn’t exist, a 30 minute campaign was commonplace and no one got heckled online because it was limited to pathetic keystrokes and ASCII.  It is intended to be informative to the masses and entertaining to the group that wouldn’t dream of touching a Genesis controller again.  If there’s a topic you’ve always wanted discussed but were afraid to ask, this is the place to do it.

Unlike contemporary gaming, which scrapes to collect as much information as possible on titles more than 12 months out, old school games and concepts never run dry.  So join us, fellow gamer, and either re-live the days where time was abundant and money was scant or vicariously imagine the days where the Internet didn’t exist (if you can).

Written by Fred Rojas

October 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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