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In different articles, the considerable sensory pleasure of outdated technology has been claimed here. Cassettes, VHS and, of course, video games. The very respectable option of enjoying pre-Playstation 3 games (we don’t even need to go back to the seventies) only through emulators is very respectable, but frankly, who has not felt the roughness and tactile and visual imperfections of the cartridge, the joystick, the diskettethe tube monitor, the arcade machine, the multi-load cassette or the keyboard with rubber keys, half (or more) of the party is lost.

There’s something inherently appealing about the touch and sound of the hardware itself in outdated technology: plastic, metal, switches, and the soft hum of monitors make up a soundtrack as distinctive as the soundtrack. chip tune that accompanies the games themselves. It’s a feeling new consoles, with their oversized, functional designs, simply can’t replicate.

That’s why I’ve been hooked on retro video game accounts on social networks for a few weeks where the only thing they do, simply, is connect old hardware and play for a while. They are not gameplays, they do not tell me stories, they do not tell me about the historical importance of this or that game nor do they convoluted gameplays (in fact, the part where they play is the least interesting). They just plug in a gadget that seems absolutely miraculous to begin with that it’s still working, and try it out with some game.

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On the best channels of this type, the viewer can get in touch with a feeling that only collectors of vintage hardware will understand. The keyboards, the towers, the current transformers, the gigantic monitors are often shown to us in an absolutely pristine state of conservation. In mint conditionas they say, so the feeling of traveling to the seventies, the eighties, the nineties to test an artifact of the time in situ is total.

Some sounds from the past

My favorite of all the channels dedicated to this type of experiment is on Tik Tok, and it’s called pcretrolab. The person in charge of him, Giovanni Casale, has almost 250,000 followers on Tik Tok, and on his channel you can see videos as absolutely hypnotic as this game on a PC with i386 to ‘Tetris’this test with floppy 3 1/2 of that ‘OutRun’ fishbowl of horrid memory or, already with other devices, this ‘Wonder Boy’ on Commodore 64 on disk that makes you drool.

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It is not the only account of these characteristics. For example, the Spanish lifeextraretro He has 12,000 followers and is mainly dedicated to making direct on Twitch, but his videos are very interesting, since he often loots content from others (always crediting it, yes) and allows access to many other accounts with this type of content. For example, from the instagram account didsomebodysayretro have this NES Tetris game on a portable TV.

And for very coffee lovers of retro archaeology, keep an eye on the account of vitaskhr (whom vidaextraretro also often rebroadcasts in his timeline), which has a collection of delicious unknown consoles and whose games it runs without preservatives or additives. Some examples: this ‘Centipede’ on the very rare Atari 130XEa test of the ‘Lancaster’ on a 1979 Apple II Plus and a power on (often limited to starting the hardware, and the result is already pure magic) of a 1991 Macintosh Powerbook 170.

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These are just some clues for you to investigate for yourselves. The retro scene in social networks is not just annoying talking about Nocilla sandwiches or speeding through the worst Sonic game. There’s also simple, pleasurable sensory stimulation for devotees of rough carcasses and brightly colored pilots. The authentic retro paradise.

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In different articles, the considerable sensory pleasure of outdated technology has been claimed here. Cassettes, VHS and, of course, video…

In different articles, the considerable sensory pleasure of outdated technology has been claimed here. Cassettes, VHS and, of course, video…

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