The Aging of the NES Generation

Video games have been around as we know them for close to four decades. In that period of time, we have watched the world of games transform more quickly than any other medium that has preceded it. We went from arcades to the home, 2D to 3D, buttons to touch screen, and tactile to motion control. Game design has rapidly evolved from simply shooting pixelated objects for the high score to puzzle solving and emotionally charged decision making, but one thing that never seems to change is the appeal of nostalgia.

Gaming is old enough now that we have several generations of people who have proudly used either a joystick, paddle, d-Pad, analog stick, or motion controller, and it seems that every one of them is determined to recapture their childhood memories in a bottle. And publishers, it seems, are more than willing to cash in.

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