If you try to look up what retro means you will be confronted with tons of pages describing what retro means, where retro ends and nostalgia begins, about retrofuturism, retrotronics and everything related to retro. I was not able to find one single definition of what retro means – so i decided to find my very own retro definition.
For me, retro means something that touches me in a way that i smile when i think back about it. This could be my very first e-cigarette (Ego-T for those who are interested) which is only six years old apparently, or my very first car (Mercedes W124 200D) which is a bit older but not old enough to be considered an official old-timer.
It’s the same for PC Games, and especially for them because gaming was always something i loved. When i think back to my teenager days i think about spending hours in Black & White, throwing people around, playing Splinter Cell and Thief: The Dark Project for the first time and it brings a smile to my face even if those games are not really considered to be retro as maybe The Oregon Trail from 1971 or Doom from 1993.
So I had to decide what does bring a smile to my face – and i came up with the late 90s and the early 2000s games. Unfortunately i was not able to really enjoy all those games the way you could have enjoyed them due to a severe lack of competent hardware and money to buy it. Now, around 20 years later, i would be able to afford them but almost everything from that time period has become so cheap lately (Because it’s not officially retro i guess), so that this hobby seems to be a rather cheap one.
As stated – Old Hardware from the late 90s and early 2000s is cheap now, so that’s where I started…