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January 18, 2005 at 2:38 pm #3715AnonymousInactive
What does everyone think about the massive interest in retro games at the minute, is anyone here an eBay junkie? I’ve bought quite a bit in the past year or so.
And does the trading of games effect the industry (either negatively or positively)
January 18, 2005 at 2:51 pm #17081AnonymousInactive
A lot of the retro games that are traded you can’t even buy now brand new so I don’t see how it could effect the industry negatively.
I like Retro games, but only to the extent of them being released on say a Gameboy or GBA etc. I wouldn’t go out and buy a Snes of someone or anything…..
January 18, 2005 at 3:12 pm #17082AnonymousInactive
I love the return of the retro games, the atari game bundle for the xbox is hours of fun. complete playability. i agree with nooptical, i would say it actually would give gamers interest in other gaming genres, in either retro games or todays games.
January 18, 2005 at 3:20 pm #17083AnonymousInactive
What does everyone think about the massive interest in retro games at the minute [/quote:d69e8c0e9d]
the retro thing has been around for a good few years, its just getting bigger, + companies are only now reacting to the demand, e.g. 12 megadrive game in one controller type thing.
i bought Dark Saviour for the saturn a few weeks ago on ebay, its a good game. also REZ for the dc, but its not really retro.
like Nooptical said i would not buy a snes cart too much hassle, same with emus on the pc. but having said that i have thought about buying a few good neo geo cd games and running them on my dc.
January 18, 2005 at 8:53 pm #17094AnonymousInactive
I like Retro games, but only to the extent of them being released on say a Gameboy or GBA etc. I wouldn’t go out and buy a Snes of someone or anything….. [/quote:ee8a20a031]
I would be the opposite to that, If I saw an oppertynity to pick up an old classic on a newer Console I would take it.
While not Retro in the true sense of the word I do like to colllect Dreamcast Games, infact I have some 70 of the 112 European releases, and I love them all. Especially Street Fighter 3!
January 19, 2005 at 8:15 am #17105AnonymousInactive
What does everyone think about the massive interest in retro games at the minute,
Not quite “at the minute” – it’s been going at least 2-3 years. But that’s been posted already. However, if you’ve only just started (about a year ago), I’d guess it’s fair to say that you’ve been paying inflated prices already, so in answer to this bit:
does the trading of games effect the industry (either negatively or positively)[/quote:724b077e9b]
Inasmuch as there is a distribution industry specialising in retro (the main outlet of which is eBay but also quite a few successful shop/websites not trading on eBay), the effect is quite positive for them and totally negligible for current developers/publishers (that’s of course abstracting sales of ‘retro compilations’, e.g. Atari, for modern platforms – but I don’t consider that ‘retro’: for me, retro has to include/be dependent upon the original hardware).
I’ve bought quite a bit in the past year or so.
To finish, as I’m always one to answer a question with another, I’d say that a good first question would be: how much of the “quite a bit ” that you’ve bought are you actively playing?
January 19, 2005 at 9:09 am #17109AnonymousInactive
Not quite “at the minute” – it’s been going at least 2-3 years.
Im aware it’s been going a few years but I think it’s got a lot more mainstream now, there’s retro magazines (at least two i’ve seen) in publication and it just seems a lot more people are doing it
how much of the “quite a bit ” that you’ve bought are you actively playing?
Well i usually try and not pay over the odds for things so I tend to buy those job lots (usually 6-20 games in one auction) and weed out the rubbish. I’m quite interested in design so i’ve played up to an hour on most of the stuff i’ve bought, longer on some of the “classics”.
Just to clarify the trading thing. I was looking at it more from the point of view that if someone trades a game, then someone buys said traded game does the industry lose out? (i’m assuming all the profit from a traded/2nd hand game goes to the store selling it)
And if the industry looses out I would assume it affects the publishers more than the actual dev teams (in terms of profit) but I’m sure that would have some sort of knock on effect (publishers not making as much money, less likely to take risks etc)
some good points so far on this thread, enjoying it :)
January 19, 2005 at 9:19 am #17110AnonymousInactive
Re. trading – your point is no different from a thread on, say, the effect of (modern, i.e. non-retro) game trade-ins. So what’s ‘Retro’ got to do with it?
Insofar as ‘Retro’ is concerned, the effect is absolutely inconsequential, since the lines are just not carried by retail anymore (unless in some obscure Latin American country) – ergo wholesalers haven’t been purchasing any new stock from manufacturers or publishers for aeons – ergo manufacturers or publishers just haven’t been manufacturing the consoles/carts/games for aeons. So, sorry but I just don’t see where you’re coming from?
January 19, 2005 at 9:30 am #17111AnonymousInactive
Sorry, probably shoulda made this two threads, or at least separated the questions a bit better. Monday’s eh!
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