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Post by GarryG » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:26 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Glad people think the GameCube is retro. It's our retroinspection for issue 50
Er, is this going to be on the next page to the 'Xbox 360, the best little retro machine ever' article then :lol:
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Post by djcarlos » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:18 am

The Cambridge Dictionary states....
adjective
similar to styles, fashions, etc. from the past:
retro clothes/music
a retro style
the past (TIME BEFORE) noun [S]
the period before and until, but not including, the present time
So, I would say anything not "current-gen" is retro.

Although, some older systems are being kept alive by new products being made for them (Chronosoft games, for example), so maybe we should extend the definition (in our case) to anything that is not available on general sale to buy brand new.

So, a PS2 or Gamecube are not retro yet, but a PlayStation or N64 is.
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Post by Bub&Bob » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:13 am

GarryG wrote:
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Glad people think the GameCube is retro. It's our retroinspection for issue 50
Er, is this going to be on the next page to the 'Xbox 360, the best little retro machine ever' article then :lol:
Just after the PS4 feature....
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Post by morf » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:59 am

For me, everything till 95 ish.

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Post by reech » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:41 am

I think that's the point, morf. Everything is going to be 'for me'. Retro is pretty much in the eye of the beholder when it comes to these things.

The only thing we can do is hope the rabid 'fans' don't spoil it for the rest of us who like an interesting read ;)

Is 10 years too early for 'retro' would be my question; I'd be interested in seeing a feature about MUDs\MUSHes which just stopped with the start of the first online 'graphical MUDs' like Meridian 59, UO, Everquest...

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Post by mick_aka » Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:21 pm

On a personal level I class anything from the previous decade and before as retro, and anything from the current decade as contemporary.

On a more official defining level, retro implies anything 'not of this time' so applying that logic to games consoles & computers they automatically become retro as soon as both systems and games/media totally cease to be 'officially' produced.



...I think I will stick with my system.
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Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:08 pm

Luckily, we go by my system, which is. If I think it's retro it goes in the magazine.
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Post by paranoid marvin » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:17 pm

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Luckily, we go by my system, which is. If I think it's retro it goes in the magazine.
Well , it's worked pretty well up 'til now
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Post by 3fruits » Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:26 pm

if u exclude anything still for sale and widely brought by people such as ps2.

I would include jaguar,dreamcast,3do all as retro

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:29 pm

3fruits wrote:if u exclude anything still for sale and widely brought by people
Like the C64 DTV?

Or the NES on a chip machines that are in every market?

Or the Amstrad Em@iler with its built in Spectrum games?

Or the Pac Man and Space Invaders machines they sell in John Lewis?

Or...

this exclusion rule isn't working, is it.
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Post by 3fruits » Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:50 pm

anyone would think u were being picky,lol

based on original release dates then my theory works

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Post by Shin_Gouki » Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:57 am

I don't see why some of you have an issue with having the Gamecube in the magazine, if it's such a big issue just don't read the article. :?
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Post by GarryG » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:18 am

Although the Dreamcast has been featured a few times, I think the perception is that things like the GameCube, PS2, Xbox etc were too mainstream too recently to be covered as 'retro', and I totally agree with this.

The Dreamcast is not a retro machine, it is not made with retro hardware, but it does have a lot of 'retro type' software out for it. So I'm not opposed to this being covered.
By the same token, if the 'Viewtiful Joe' series of games were covered, I wouldn't be opposed the the GameCube games being covered in such an article


Personally I think the PS1 is rapidly becoming borderline now, as the stepping-stone from 'retro' to 'modern' gaming.

I'd like to see the original PS1 OddWorld games given the full RG treatment.
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Post by Bub&Bob » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:35 am

Still waiting for a feature on the Driver games series..............
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Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:47 pm

Bub&Bob wrote:Still waiting for a feature on the Driver games series..............
one of our freelancers is in touch with a guy who worked on Driver. Or was it Stuntman? I can never remember...
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