What is Retro?

I guess if you are going to write about retro gaming, you have to define what you mean by “retro”.

This is not as easy as you might think. People have very different ideas of what retro is. Some think anything older than the last generation of consoles is fine; others find it hard to accept that the Playstation One is now considered retro by many. Retro Gamer magazine has a rough rule of thumb that anything older than 10 years may be considered retro.

Personally, I tend towards the broader definition, although I do think that the golden age of gaming was the 1980s to the mid 1990s. This was the birth of popular home computing, an era of massive innovation when so many things were being done for the very first time and it all felt fresh, innovative and exciting. That said, I’m equally comfortable accepting the Playstation 2, Gamecube and original X-box as retro.

What that means is that you can expect to see anything from the early 1980s to the mid-2000s on this blog. You might not agree with my definition, but at least you now know where we stand!


One thought on “What is Retro?

  1. Never really thought about that. I just loosely use the term for everything that’s relatively old (hey, that means I’m retro, too). But in the end it’s just a definition no one really owns.


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