What’s considered “retro gaming”?


What do you consider “retro gaming”?

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John “Gamester81” Lester started playing video games at a very young age. His first ever console that he played was a Colecovision, quickly followed by an Atari 2600, and his passion for video games hasn’t stopped. In 2008 John decided to start a video game review show on YouTube called Gamester81 by reviewing rare and retro video game systems and games. His show quickly grew in popularity, and he became friends with many other gamers in the YouTube community.

He is also one of the hosts of the All Gen Gamers Podcast which is a bimonthly podcast for people and video games of all generations.

Some of John’s other hobbies includes collecting Star Wars memorabilia (YouTube channel Starwarsnut77), playing classic arcade games (YouTube channel Gamester81Arcade), watching sports, and listening to music. John is a big fan of the 80’s and 90’s and in 2009 started a YouTube channel called NEStalgiaholic where he talks about nostalgic items and memories from his childhood.

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Favorite Systems: Colecovision, Commodore 64, NES, & SNES.

Favorite Games: Donkey Kong Arcade, Atari Star Wars Arcade, Super Mario 3, Final Fantasy II, & Goldeneye 007

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  • Willrock14

    I think personally retro gaming starts with pong consoles starts with pong consoles and ends right now with the n64

  • Patrick A Crone

    Retro gaming to me is any system pre 2000. Also, and I know this might sound a bit snobby, the games should be played on their original consoles. As cool as it is to have a PS3 or XB360 disc with all the sonic games on it, the game just doesn’t feel the same on a Dual Shock 3 controller. Plus, with the ease of downloading ROMs of older games and playing them on a PC, retro games are reduced to a quick glance before going to another title that was easily acquired. There will always be a bit of magic to the ritual of old school console gaming. Long before the days of dash boards and custom operating systems, it used to just be you and the game. Turn the power on and all you got was a flashing or blank screen without the cartridge in it.

  • lancep2014

    I consider it an point of view thing like the glass is 1/2 full or 1/2 empty thing. In my case since grow up in the 1980s and 1990s I marked thing’s like NES, SNES, and Genesis as retro, thing’s like the CD-ROM based PlayStation simm retro, thing’s like the 1st X-BOX and PS2 old school. Now with the PS4 I marked thing’s like the PS3 simm old school.