Gaming's Money-Making Nostalgia Machine

Game News: Gaming's Money-Making Nostalgia Machine

As evidenced recently by the NES Classic and the resurgence in repackaged classic consoles, remakes of games outselling new IPs, and more remasters than ever, gamers are suckers for nostalgia. We'll pay good money for old stuff, and gaming companies know it. There's even science behind it.

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  • Shmittles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I've no issue with the current amount of remasters and remakes. They're necessary for a lot of good things. It's possible for the amount to become "too much", but I don't think we're anywhere close to that. It's been a good year for gaming, for both old and new IPs.


    Also, the game I'm most interested in seeing remastered right now is Skies of Arcadia. GET ON IT SEGA!

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Microsoft Weirdos 10

    1 month ago

    Sometimes, the only way to introduce a new audience to glory-day content is to remaster or reboot the property. While those of us from the days of DOS (no -- nothing to do with DDoS) have no issue getting DOS games to work on modern machines, but only a very rare few who grew up with GUIs will be willing to do the manual footwork to make such work. There's only one other option for the modern gamers to experience a successful legacy game.


    It's not always about nostalgia. It's sometimes about not re-inventing a successful but outdated wheel.

  • jagg214 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I wonder how much the "nostalgia" is for things people actually experienced. I know I'd love to get an SNES classic not because I have fond memories of playing it, but because I had friends who had it but I never had the chance to really have it myself. Same for crash since I wasn't a play station owner. When they were new properties I didn't have much say as to what was being bought. When your young ya don't get to pick all the games (least if you're not well to do and spoiled), but now being older with disposable income, I could see myself buying these things to fill in those gaps of games I never actually had.

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I see it as almost like releasing Aliens or ET or The Sound of Music on Blu-Ray or republishing The Hobbit or A Tale of Two Cities or Dr. Seuss. Disney re-released Lady and the Tramp after 50-odd years to gauge interest in a sequel. Why can't Activision re-release Crash to do the same?