Discovering retro games

I’ve been on a nostalgia trip these days. I guess its because most of my friends have left, I’ve lost a lot of my money and broke up with my gf, and am now on medications and am pining for the past.

So I watched a lot of old flicks but not only that but these days I also been playing a lot of old games. Like NES games. I grew up in the age of SNES and N64 so NES games always felt too ‘old’ for me and was before my time but I tried playing some of the old school RPGs and it actually felt pretty good.

A lot of older games were actually *really* difficult and there was no internet or walkthroughs back then I can only imagine how much time it would have required to beat these games. Ghost and Goblins, Super C and Megaman 2 some of the hardest games I’ve ever played.

Here’s some of the old school RPGs I’ve enjoyed playing these days, check them out!:

Ultima IV: Quest for the Avatar

Final Fantasy II

Phantasy Star I

Wizardry: Proving grounds of the mad overlord

Dungeons and Dragons: Hillsfar

Dungeon Master

Dragon (Quest) Warrior II

Legend of Zelda

Startropics 2



My love of retro-futurism

First, a little update on my life; I’m working two jobs now. One job to pay for tuition (EnvCan) and another job to pay for my car (MiraTel). I now work 14 hours a day, 4 days of the week. I also have a night class and am also attending Toastmasters gatherings whenever I have free time. In short – life just got alot more hectic (I’m actually writing this post at work). I still have time to record videos and music, however =).

Now, the main subject. I’ve always been fascinated by America’s post war prosperity years (1946-1964). It may be nostalgia for a time I never lived in, but mainly its the class and sophistication. Men wore suits, ties and hats. Women wore dresses, gloves and bonnets. Now that’s my kind of society! No ripped jeans or baggy shorts please. Frank Sinatra and Orson Welles versus Slipknot and Miley Cyrus? There’s no comparison.
Cars are another great example. As fine looking as the cars on the road are today, I think they all look very bland and boring. Now compare that with these:

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

1949 Packard Convertible
1949 Packard Convertible

Very classy and it exudes elegance. The cars that can do that these days are $300,000+ mammoths like the Rolls Royce or Maybach. Back when American cars were actually envied by the world, they also produced fine unforgettable pieces of art, and whenever I see a classic car on the road I can’t help but stare. They are just like those glorified actresses such as Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn – classic and timeless.

In a way, I like the retro-futuristic style. I love the elegance and class from retro items and as a tech geek, also enjoy the benefits of future technology. I’d imagine if I was an interior or product designer, my home would definitely be full of retro-futurism. I’d have record players that could play CDs. Spin-the-dial telephones that have buttons. 50s style TVs that could display HD.

What a fantastic concept. Maybe I should be a designer someday.

Edit: Over 20 clips I found of that era were combined together for this clip, hope its enjoyable.