I am all for the growth and diversification of a sub-culture as it tends to bring more talented people or companies to the public eye - but one thing that has stuck in my craw is that I am now labelled by the media as a 'Retro-gamer' - admittedly having a blog called 'Retro Game Punk' doesn't help much...
If I am to wear the title of a #retrogamer I need to understand its meaning to both myself and to the masses, and at first this seems straight forward because its all there in the title but I don't think it really fits... as I will explain in ever so boring subtitles.
Is it 'Retro' to collect old game & consoles?
Is it 'Retro' to only play old games?
What is 'Retro' ? [and does it have a cut off date?]
If we go by the literal meaning it means 'old' or 'backwards', this is were most arguments happen and it possibly is they hardest thing to disassemble as a concept.
Are we to understand the Wii is 'Retro' because it is no longer manufactured? Seems a bit weird to me as the games are still being made, and are in fact compatible with the latest offering, the Wii-U... and...
If the Wii isn't considered 'Retro' because we still play the discs in our modern hardware - what about the Sony Playstation? The discs are no longer produced but still work on the PS3 and the games still available to buy on PSN... and...
What about the N64? That came out in the same console generation as the Playstation - so if the Playstation isn't 'Retro' can the N64 be considered it? You can't put the old cartridges in the new systems, but a few of the games still are available on the Wii's marketplace... and..
If the N64 is not infact 'Retro' due the games still being able to purchase in digital format then the NES, SNES, MEGADRIVE and various other cartridge based systems that still have their games available on new systems are not in-fact 'Retro' as they are still a commercially profitable and available commodity.
... So nothing is 'Retro' then?
Here is my best attempt to summarize before you all fall into a deep coma from boredom...
It does not implicitly specify how old something has to be - simply the fact you enjoy it regardless.
'Retro' by the outsiders definition is a demographic more likely to buy things that look or remind nerdy adults of something they once knew. It is a sales tactic designed to make you associate with a niche and buy into product.
What do you guys think? am I off the mark here or am I really giving this too much thought?
...No... I am in-fact 100% correct...