Retro Gaming: The Comeback We Hoped For

Retro Gaming: The Comeback We Hoped For

Even with today's high-defintion graphics, people still go back to the classic 8-bit gaming of the 1980s
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Nintendo has fallen on some hard times over the last few years, especially due to low sales figures on the Wii U, but around 2016, things started to turn around. They released a plug-and-play type console, the NES Classic Edition, preloaded with thirty NES hits. It was a major success, local stores did raffles (as Nintendo only sent a small number to each store, but more on that later.) Essentially, the console was an emulator – which has become a popular way of playing retro hits without exactly needing the original console. It seems that retro gaming is coming back, be it downloadable classic games on Steam or other online marketplaces, or even arcades being opened with the famous cabinets and pinball machines. But in today's world of gaming, where you can free roam fantasy worlds and play online with people all around the world, why would people want to go back to the basics?

The NES Classic Edition was far from the first remake of a famous video game console. Atari and Sega both have made remakes of the 2600 and the Genesis, though those are pretty affordable and are pretty easy to find, compared to the NES Classic. And as I stated, emulation is a popular system online – you can download a program for Super Nintendo, N64, Dreamcast, PlayStation, you name it – if it's a console, there's either an emulator for it or one in development. Because of the easy access to such programs, and the availability of ROMs (games unofficially ported for use in emulators), many have worked to make “ROM hacks” of iconic games, such as the infamous Kaizo Mario, thus bringing new life into the games many played as children. The Retron console line is an affordable remake of the NES, Super Nintendo, and Genesis all in one single machine, providing high-end emulation for all three consoles and a cheap way of replaying your classic game library you found in the attic. You can go right online and, for free, spend a few hours reliving rainy afternoons playing Nintendo. The actual companies usually turn a blind eye to emulation, often producing ones of their own to compete with the market – but at the same time, they are aware if someone buys an original Dreamcast at their local video game store, the store gets the money, so it doesn't matter if they're getting it for free or not.

Arcades have made a comeback as well, not unlike vinyl records and cassette tapes. Movie theaters and department stores often keep a few games set up, mostly your racing and shoot-em-ups so when you're waiting for the movie to start, they can get a few more dollars in quarters out of you, but if you look hard enough, you can find classic style arcades. For example, I used to go to a roller skate rink before it went downhill fast – and they had several arcade cabinets, including a obvious Doom clone and the original Marvel vs. Capcom. I'd be lying if I said I played more of that than I did on the rink. And now, in 2018, another arcade opened up in Maine, this one in Augusta – and they have it all, from Mrs. Pac-Man to a very recent Batman game with HD graphics - which means companies still produce arcade cabinet games. Yeah, kids show up, but you know the parents also go and have a good time because they remember these from their youth, thus allowing the generations to come together under a single roof to play some video games and set a quarter on the machine. And like vinyl, it seems like a small market – but usually arcades are near other places like stores, so now you have a place to either drop off your kid or you can relax after a shopping trip. Add in that shows like Stranger Things are popular with a younger crowd, and the show involves things from the 1980s like arcades, Dungeons and Dragons, and classic rock – now kids want to go to a similar place and play the same games.

However, while those have contributed to the retro revival, it really boils down to nostalgia for the 1980s and 90s kicking in. From movie adaptations of Transformers and tributes like the previously mentioned Stranger Things, the children of the 80s have grown up, but never lost the nostalgia for the past, which is true for all generations. These kids now have kids of their own, and while those children may be able to play great games like Halo and BioShock, the parents remember a time where Nintendo ruled the roost – and in the case of Nintendo, game series like Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Pokemon have continued to produce new games and new content regularly, thus allowing today's youth to have “their Zelda” and another group of Pokemon that they can name, but 90s kids can't keep up with (the Kanto region, oh yeah I can name them off). Nostalgia comes to every generation, but with the millennials, they have the ability to go online and get aspects of their childhood, still in relative high definition.

Everybody has that thing that reminds them of the “good old days,” whether it's music or TV shows or even a teapot, we all get nostalgic for something. And with the current group of young adults, they grew up with the rise of video games, hence why now we're seeing an 80s revival. From It being moved to take place in 1989, to re-releases of classic video game consoles, to 80s pop getting airplay on radio again, peak nostalgia has come into play. You can drive half an hour and play a few games at the arcade, you can play Super Mario Bros and Sonic the Hedgehog on your home computer without any issue (there's even controllers you can buy for them). In time, we'll see a revival of things we grew up with, like the Gamecube and Windows 95 games. For now, we're able to practically go back in time and play out the games that made the industry what it is today. Retro gaming is in its peak, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!
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When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes, and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts that are worth following:

-@brandonwoelfel

-@tess_and_sarah

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-@cats_of_instagram

-@zodiac.signs

-@thegrilledpineapple

-@jazzjennings_

-@chipper_thegolddog

-@llauratheleo

-@heyshalice

-@sailorhaley

-@sandcloudteam

-@photosabss

-@sharkbaitblond

Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your Instagram photo that you wish to post!

1. Life goes on, with or without you.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12. Life is a gift.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you used to be.

16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

17. Get the gist.

18. Boy, it's the 21st Century, get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

26. Happy as a clam

27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." — Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars — Coldplay

46 . I keep dancing on my own — Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself — Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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Stop Texting And Start Making Memories With Your Partner

You'll blink and your time together will be over.

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Technology is taking over our lives in this day and age. People use their phones for every aspect of their lives and they rely on them way more than they should. People act as if their phones are their lifelines.

They set reminders, the play games, track their food and exercise. You name it, you can probably use your phone for it. They have absolutely taken over everything so it's no wonder why people can't seem to take time away from them.

I will be the first to admit that I have an addiction to my cell phone. It is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see before I go to sleep. My boyfriend has an addiction to his as well. It's a problem. In any moment of silence, we check our phones or answer texts.

We get so focused on our phones that we will go hours without speaking to each other or making any noise at all. With the already limited time we have to spend together, we really shouldn't be worried about Facebook videos and Snapchat updates.

I hadn't really noticed it was a problem until my boyfriend pointed out that we go days at a time without having a real conversation. I scrolled through our texts and realized he was right.

We had been missing out on weeks of making memories and planning dates because we were too busy being in a committed relationship with our phones instead of each other.

Relationships are about balance and about making an effort to spend time together and make memories. It is about learning about someone so you can fall for them a million times. You can't make memories like that from behind your phone screen.

What happens when your phone dies and you don't have your phone charger? I'll tell you. You're stuck in awkward silence waiting for your partner to get off of their phone.

Or you sit in silence with your partner not knowing what to say or do because you have been treating your phones like lovers instead of each other. That's just painful.

You can't fall in love with your phone and the way that it has grown and changed over the years. Your phone can't hold you when you are sad. It can't take care of you when you are sick. It can't hold your hand in the car or make you laugh. So why choose it to spend time with over your partner?

Do you really want to look back on your relationship years from now and wonder why you don't have any memories? Or wonder why you can't remember anything you've done together?

No. No one wants that. So turn off your phone, put it on silent, hide it away and spend time making memories with the person you love that will last far beyond your phone battery. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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