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#1 11 years ago

hi guys.

hopefully this is the right place to post this.

it might sound kinda weird, but i am needing a fair amount of info about the retrogamer, like preferences, differences to the casual gamer and hardcore gamer, and any other info, if anyone has any info, it would be greatly appreciated.

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thanks.




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#2 11 years ago

Personally, i'd say that In general retro gamers are gamers who were around in years past. They played games in an era where graphics were horrible by todays standards and the games of the day compensated for that with incredible gameplay and infinite replay value. As a result, they are still a lot of fun today, to the point where they are better than modern games. Like, Master of Orion 2 (released in '96) for instance.

As a result, they still play the older games and don't tend to buy quite as many newer games as other people.




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#3 11 years ago
Freyr;5217786 As a result, they still play the older games and don't tend to buy quite as many newer games as other people.

For some people hardware costs of new PCs are another factor for playing retro games. Plus, old games are either cheap or free.




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#4 11 years ago

Casual gamers often derided for their lack of interest in gaming. They are not usually considered to be gamers. They spend less for gaming hardware, and usually do not buy any add-ons for their computer. These individuals usually play short games, and easier games. Furthermore casual gamers often have trouble learning games with complex controls, such as most games for an X-box, or Playstation. They tend to prefer point and click games on a PC, or simple motion games on a Wii.

Casual gamers are believed to be more social than more serious gamers. Usually real world commitments keep casual gamers from spending too much time with games. These commitments may be the need to keep in touch with friends, or watching small children, or even work related matters, etc... Sometimes casual gamers suffer from a strong sense of guilt for spending too much time gaming, which prevents them from enjoying the more hardcore games. Other times, casual gamers simply have not found a genre that interests them. Casual gamers are usually drawn to more social games, such as MMORPGs, and "Sim's" games.

Hardcore gamers have to have the latest game in their favorite genres. They also spend top dollar for their preferred gaming machine. They often spend hours playing games, before switching to another activity.

Retro gamers are gamers who enjoy revisiting titles from years past. Often titles that they have played several times before, or missed out on when they were new. Graphics are clearly not an issue for retrogamers, but they do care about the experience.

While a gamer cannot be both hardcore, and casual, retro gamers may still be either hardcore, or casual. However, retrogamers are usually more hardcore.

Freyr;5217786Personally, i'd say that In general retro gamers are gamers who were around in years past. [/quote] Not necessarily, some retro gamers merely are curious about how games of old played. I myself fit into this category, albeit just barely. I missed out on the Atari 2600 classics, having played only the more popular games, Missle Command, Asteroids, and PacMan.

[QUOTE=Freyr;5217786]As a result, they still play the older games and don't tend to buy quite as many newer games as other people.

I would generalize that statement. Many retrogamers do buy just as many new games, as old games. They enjoy games, and so are happy to have a new world to visit. They often have two computers, a cutting edge machine, and a retro machine (running Windows 98SE).

Two types of retrogamers do fit that statement. Those that look for a good story, or replay value, and are bored with most modern games. Then those that are forced into retro gaming, due to a low gaming budget (myself).




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#5 11 years ago

Retrogamers are basically those who prefer playing games from the past (like Atari or Famicom/NES). They can be hardcore or casual depending on the level of difficulty in the games they play. An example of hardcore retrogamers are those who play speed runs in Megaman.

Casual retrogamers are those who probably just enjoy playing simple games that can be finished in a short time such as Tetris without really perfecting the way they play the game. If for example a gamer plays Tetris and aims for the highest score/speed runs, then that would be considered a hardcore retrogamer.

Casual gamers don't spend time perfecting a game. Hardcore gamers do, and this causes them to have less time for socializing or doing other activities.

Basically, hardcore gamers really get serious about video games as a hobby.




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#6 11 years ago
neko_cat;5229775Retrogamers are basically those who prefer playing games from the past (like Atari or Famicom/NES). They can be hardcore or casual depending on the level of difficulty in the games they play. An example of hardcore retrogamers are those who play speed runs in Megaman. Casual retrogamers are those who probably just enjoy playing simple games that can be finished in a short time such as Tetris without really perfecting the way they play the game. If for example a gamer plays Tetris and aims for the highest score/speed runs, then that would be considered a hardcore retrogamer. Casual gamers don't spend time perfecting a game. Hardcore gamers do, and this causes them to have less time for socializing or doing other activities. Basically, hardcore gamers really get serious about video games as a hobby.

^ This, although i'd also like to add that Retrogamers don't JUST play games from all those years ago, but aswell as playing games can trigger nostalgia for them or games that run on last-gen systems.




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#7 11 years ago

I could be considered a 'retrogamer' of sorts. I still play the very first video game that I ever got truly interested in: Wolfenstein 3D. It isn't the only one, I play quite a few games from before '95.

That isn't to say that I don't play more modern games. My PS3 and 360 both say that. I just find that modern games focus too much on graphics and because of that, the gameplay suffers. Games from that time period seemed to focus more on gameplay than graphics.


Disclaimer: Personal opinions still not endorsed by Ryojin.



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Ryojin;5233551I could be considered a 'retrogamer' of sorts. I still play the very first video game that I ever got truly interested in: Wolfenstein 3D. It isn't the only one, I play quite a few games from before '95. That isn't to say that I don't play more modern games. My PS3 and 360 both say that. I just find that modern games focus too much on graphics and because of that, the gameplay suffers. Games from that time period seemed to focus more on gameplay than graphics.

People seem to say that alot, but that's only because that's how you remembered it when you were a kid, the consoles were all at each others throats for the better graphics in retrospect, infact, Turok 1 on the N64 got alot of great ratings because it introduced the "fog of war" type gameplay in FPS's, allowing for better graphics with minimal FPS loss.




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#9 11 years ago
Personally, i'd say that In general retro gamers are gamers who were around in years past. They played games in an era where graphics were horrible by todays standards and the games of the day compensated for that with incredible gameplay and infinite replay value. As a result, they are still a lot of fun today, to the point where they are better than modern games. Like, Master of Orion 2 (released in '96) for instance.

I strongly disagree with the point of yesterday's games having awful graphics by todays standards. This only fits into the very very early games, or the first games that began sporting 3d. The truth is, that old 2d based games tend to have magical painstakingly crafted graphics which have often not been beaten even today.

Merely compare Dragon age origins with for instance Baldur's gate as a direct successor. Baldur's gate might be technologically behind and won't put as many pixels on the screen, but it is far more captivating.

This also goes for games that still use pixel sprites. Many would also argue that ascii based games have a specific kind of graphics as well.