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Retrogaming, also known as classic gaming and old school gaming, is the playing or collecting of older personal computer, console, and arcade video games in contemporary times.
Usually these systems are obsolete or discontinued.
Retrogaming has three main activities; vintage, emulation, and ported. Vintage includes games that are played on the original hardware.
Emulation involves newer systems simulating old gaming systems, while ported allows games to be played on modern hardware via ports or compilations.
Participants in the hobby are sometimes known as retrogamers in the United Kingdom.
Retrogaming has existed since the early years of the video game industry, but was popularized with the popularity of the Internet and emulation technology.
It is argued that the main reasons players are drawn to retrogames are nostalgia for different eras, the idea that older games can be more challenging, and the simplicity of the games that requires less hours of gameplay.
The first known instance of the term “Retro” in terms of gaming came from the RetroGames videoGame store launched in 1997 followed by the emulation website retrogames.com in 1998.
The original name was coined by Robert Frasure of RetroGames when he found that “Flashback Games” was taken.