Retro means retrospective. It’s a look back on something that appeared or happened earlier in our collective history. But at the moment, retro tends to focus on the 80’s, and it currently means cool. All you need to do is look at pop culture to see how popular retro is right now. From the reboot of Star Wars to one of the most popular TV shows, Stranger Things, films and TV are recreating the 80’s. And that’s what retro gaming is all about. And it’s what we love, here at Williams amusements. While some of our machines are full vintage, from the era itself, many of our others are retro gaming systems. Built to look and function just like the originals, but with some added benefits. As a result, we have created this guide about the popularity of retro gaming.
It would seem good memories are hard to beat. As screenwriters and directors recreate their 80s nostalgia, we follow suit in our own way. Building and recreating some of the classic games of the 80’s is a great way to relive the good memories, and also to make new ones. After all, the 80’s for us were full of games and arcades, fun and laughter. So why not check out some of our new retro machines, from Q-bert to Donkey Kong, we have all the classics, and more. You’re guaranteed to run into some familiar faces.
Vintage v Retro
But if your love for the 80’s is tempting you to purchase a vintage machine from the era itself, why should you instead opt for the new retro machines? Well, its simple. A vintage machine is not going to be in the same condition it was back in the day. It’s way more likely to have faults, and break down. In contrast, a new retro machine is actually a brand new machine, simply designed to look and play like your old favourites.
In addition, because our retro machines are built with a MAME system, they can actually play thousands of games. So you can have all your favourite 80’s games on one machine, without having to buy several cabinets!