|An old person...|
There might be medical technology to prolong/restore our youth, or we might have Star Trek style holodecks which would surely occupy a lot of time. We could be friends with aliens who have shown us all manner of wonders, or perhaps we will have been enslaved by some for being the dicks we surely will be when we meet extra-terrestrials for the first time. We might've even destroyed ourselves by then, and the way we're going I really wouldn't be surprised by that outcome. But if we live long enough, and if it's realistic, would we be suitably motivated to spend our remaining days in front of old game consoles and clacky computers, or do we face the same fate as the old people I walked past recently?
|A video game (a rather splendid one, no less)...|
I'm pretty sure I'll get suckered into their uniquely appealing worlds and I just know how much time they will take up. I can count on the fingers of one hand how many I've actually gotten around to playing properly and that makes me a sad panda. That's just the ones I know about too! If running this blog has taught me anything it's that there are also a crapload of fantastic games I've never seen, heard of, or know anything about. There are still tons of classics from all genres I haven't played yet, and that's without even thinking about the masses of modern-ish games - there are so many great looking adventures from the PS2/Xbox/GC era onwards that I've barely glanced in the direction of. I even own a load of them!
|Grandpa knows how to shred on his axe...|
So, assuming we're still alive, still motivated, and rich enough to own some of the world's dwindling supply of originals or don't mind emulation, it's feasible to use our retirement as a 'catch up' period, or alternatively a 'last chance to play before you die' period. To say there are enough games to keep me busy long into retirement is putting it very mildly indeed, and the thought of having all that time to dedicate to such a goal is a mighty appealing one. But again, we may well feel differently in thirty years time, so perhaps I should be asking a different question; the one this feature is named after in fact - do you think you'll ever get too old for retro?
It's actually an interesting point to consider, I think. Most of us who grew up on the 8-bit machines in the early-to-mid-80's can unquestionably be classed as middle-aged now. Do you think there will come a point where you lose interest in the retro scene? Will you finally 'grow up' and accept that the golden age of gaming is over, and that no amount of denial or rose-tinted specs will bring them back? I suppose for many of us, retro is life and will always be with us in one form or another, but what about the rest? Will you ever be too old for retro?