Gather round the LED campfire, children, and let us tell a tale. See this relatively simple rectangle with two buttons and a D-pad? That's what we played video games with back in the old days, you spoiled whippersnappers. And to be honest, we still love those retro video games. The cover designs were beautiful. Characters like Mario and Sonic are still icons. Galaga got a shoutout in the first Avengers movie. Sure, maybe water levels drove us nuts, but we still think next generation games could learn a thing or two from their ancestors.
In fact, there's a high likelihood that you, the reader, have a video game system with the ability to play old games. Maybe you dusted off your old skateboard decks and poppunk CDs the second Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 came out on Playstations 4 and 5. Maybe your love of the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons has you still playing NBA Jam. Maybe you just like firing up the NES emulator to see if they feel pain in Mike Tyson's Punch Out. And what's more fun than playing retro video games? That's right, reading about them! Right here, on this very website!