Why is retrogaming so popular? (Part 1)

As the video game industry grows and grows, there have been an interest for its past achievements as well as failures. Not only that but playing games from the past made a comeback like no other. Even Nintendo jumped on the train with the NES Classic everyone wanted before Christmas. But why is this cultural practice known as retrogaming has become more and more popular over the past few years?

There are several answers to that questions. First, the nostalgia effect is something we, as human, respond to very greatly. We love remembering things, good or bad (but especially good). It makes us feel safe considering the path we took and the place we ended up being. It reminds us of this impossible boss fight in Megaman II that we eventually passed after many many tries. This is why an item such as the NES Classic was going to be guaranteed success. It’s smaller than the original system, plugs into the TV using an HDMI cable and doesn’t require to have any cartridges! All that for “only” 60 bucks! Instant success that led to one of the drift of this practice: reselling for a huge profit.

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Indeed there is nothing wrong with selling to a profit. Heck, this is how our modern capitalistic world functions, whether we like it or not. Sadly, in the retrogaming world, because of incorrect information broadcasted by the mainstream media, people think they have treasures lying in their basement/garage/locker, you name it. Turns out it’s not the case! It takes a full amount of research that is not based on a single eBay listing to determine the value of a game. Sure, there are some easier than other to evaluate but there are a whole lot of variables to take into consideration (condition, “rarity”, was the game heavily distributed when first released, and son). Nevertheless, some stores whether physical or online are focused heavily or only in retrogaming (Retrogame Shop in Paris, Video Games New York in NYC, Digital Press in New Jersey,…).

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Moreover, retrogaming opened up a whole new kind of study: video game history. Like yours truly, some people spend hours and hours doing research, interviewing gaming industry veterans, in order to write articles, books, create videos and whatnot. But hear me out now, it already existed long before retrogaming was even a thing as the first books were released in 1993 and 1994 respectively, the latter beginning its inception in 1987! Nevertheless, with publishing houses specialized in video game topics opening all over the world, it exploded. There’s not a year with five, six, or seven book projects being launched either traditionally or via crowdfunding especially Kickstarter. I love it, and I was even part of it twice for one “success” and one “failure” (I’ll let you know why I used quotation marks later.

Anyway, here it is for part one. Let me know what retrogaming means for you and I’ll join in! Part two coming up soon!

Why watching cooking shows is inspiring

Earlier this year I read Simon Sinek’s Start with Why and was deeply inspired by it. So I figured I would start this blog with a “Why” statement. Here we go!

Ever since I met my amazing and wonderful girlfriend, I’ve been watching TV shows that I didn’t even remotely consider a thing before she introduced me to that wild world. As a matter of fact, as a French person, cooking shows were something that was aired in the morning and hosted by an old fat lady with a southern accent. It’s typically something you would watched whenever you were visiting your grandparents. But it all changed somewhere in the new millenium.

Indeed, thanks to the joint effort of Anthony Bourdain and Shep Gordon (among others), cooking would be something cool with handsome hosts and inspiring candidates. Chef would be known as celebrity chefs and kitchen swearing would be broadcasted live internationally. Food would even have its own channel, Food Network.

Well, over the past five years, I’ve been watching a lot of different shows, in both English and French (my mother tongue) and I learned a lot but more importantly, I was inspired. Every single one of the show we watch rely on some form of competition. Sometimes it’s a single effort, sometimes it’s team work. All the candidates whether they’re decorated chefs of amateur but gifted cooks have to put up with so much pressure while constantly thriving for creativity.

Watching them made me realize that those shows were the epitome of life. From the time sensitive environment to the proverbial judge who holds your future in his/her hands, I felt very humble while following the competitors—production values sure did help. They work under immense pressure for a place in the spotlight. Among all that they manage to stay creative and provide unique dishes while sometimes experimenting with the flavours or textures.

Even though the results can seldom catch the judges off guard, it is often brilliant and sometimes exceptional. I like cooking (especially desserts) and I’m nowhere near the level of one of them but it’s nonetheless inspiring to watch them go and create something great!