I'm big into what is described as retro-gaming, the thing is that I dont really think of it as retro, not really, I think of it as eight bit gaming and its just a hassel that the companies which supplied to that market or the market itself are no longer in existence.
In some respect there's nostalgia involved and also I know that if I play games which were challenging to me when I was growing up they wont always prove that challenging now because I'm older and a lot of the necessary thinking or puzzling skills I possess now are much improved on what they were when I was playing before.
Although that's all specific to gaming and I'm more interested in retro generally and what people consider retro and what its relationship is to the present, is it just a hipsterish notion? Is it just nostalgia? Does it have anything to do with the fact that we're living in the future of yester year and all the imagined/prophesised (hoped for) innovations havent arrived and dont look likely now? Does it ever weird you out or are you surprised when someone talks about something you grew up with as "classic", "retro" etc. and do you think that its becoming a more rapid thing that films, games, books, entire genres are considered "classic" or "old" when they are comparatively recent in production?