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Dtoid Community Discusses pt 5: Retro Renaissance

Did your team win the Super Bowl? Do you care? :P

Anyway, it�s another week and another discussion. This time, I was pleased to have Vexed_Alex, Gandysampras, Mxyzptlk, and Silverdragon1979 on board to talk about the recent influx of retro games, which I like to call the �Retro Renaissance�. The question I posed to them is below. Read on to find out their responses!

The Retro Renaissance: If you are a retro gamer, this past year has been great for you. There have been many great retro games that have come out on XBL, as well as games that were made specifically with the retro gamer in mind, like Mega Man 9. But one thing that concerns me is the fact that it almost seems like creativity in the gaming industry has somewhat stalled. Many of the most anxiously awaited titles are just sequels or prequels of existing games....A main reason for buying a PSP is the chance to run emulators on it....Possible new IP's on the Wii are hinted at, but then never heard of again.

Being a retro gamer myself, I love the chance to play all these old games, but I wonder where are the great new ideas? Do they exist, but just the excitement for these retro games overshadowing them so they seem to be overlooked? Am I just making stuff up? Do you like pie?

Contra with 2-4 online co-op? I'm sold!


BurgerTime. Someone needs to bring BurgerTime back damn it. And Chase H.Q. And Q*Bert.

Actually, I can think of quite a few classic titles that have been resurrected over the years only to disappoint. I'm looking at you Golden Axe and Spy Hunter. Sometimes it's better to for these to stay nothing more than fond memories. Of course, titles like Bionic Commando: Rearmed and Pacman: Championship Edition are great examples of doing it right. Those are the exceptions rather than the rule however.


Hope you�ve enjoyed this week�s discussion! As always, let me know if you�d like to be on a future panel!
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About Jesse Cortezone of us since 4:34 AM on 01.13.2007


I am a Ph. D. chemist from the University of California, Berkeley. I have been playing videogames since as long as I can remember! My past favorite games include Secret of Mana, TMNT: Turtles in Time, the Resident Evil series (Jill is SUCH as master of unlocking), FFVII, Smash Bros Melee, and many others.

I've definitely gone through phases in my gaming "career". I used to LOVE fighting games in the time of Tekken Tag and Marvel vs Capcom II (my favorite fighting game), but now I find myself drawn to the more story driven games, and very recently, the music games....:)

But....fighting games are making a comeback! SFIV! MvC3! BlazBlue! Beware everyone, Tactix has put a quarter on the screen and is challenging you for battle!

It was mere chance that brought me to Destructoid back in early 2007, and through it all I've stayed because of the great writing staff, a community that cares, and lots of new internet and IRL friends. Destructoid has changed my life. True story.

If you live in the SF Bay Area, check out the DtoidSanFrancisco C-blog and join the Google Group!


Check out the past installments of my DTOID COMMUNITY DISCUSSES! Series:

Part 1: DLC
Part 2: Achievements
Part 3: Gaming Journalism
Part 4: Next Next-Gen Consoles
Part 5: Retro Renaissance
Part 6: Games That Suck
Part 7: Educational Games
Part 8: Evolution of Gaming Music
Part 9: Gaming Merchandise
Part 10: Iconic Games
Part 12: GDC
Part 13: Videogame Movies
Part 14: Competitive Gaming
Part 15: Level Design
Part 16: Emulation and Game Modding
E3 Edition: Microsoft
E3 Edition: Nintendo
E3 Edition: Sony
Part 17: Triple A Titles
Part 18: Fighting Games
Part 19: Digital Distribution

Card courtesy of TheGHost

Rock Band tag courtesy of CutieHoney

Thanks guys!

Last but not least, Chad Concelmo and I are the same person. Go ahead and ask him. :P

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