Video games have evolved as one of the best forms of entertainment over the last three decades and growing immensely in popularity. Video games serve as one of the best means for spending time with loved ones or simply having fun with friends. The modern trend of video game popularity was not always visible. Conventional designs for video games were sluggish and unattractive and had more of a scientific value rather than entertainment value. Initial designs for video games focused on creating a video display using interactive visuals complemented by in game responses and feedback as the game continued. Over the years, the designs for video games have been completely revolutionized. However, few games are considered by casual and hardcore gamers to be classics.
Classic video games were produced in a time when graphics and animation were of poor quality and gamers were attracted only by the great game play these games offered. They belonged to an era when video games used 8-bit to 16-bit microchip technology. They were introduced around the 1980s and included games made for popular game consoles such as Commodore 64, ZX81 ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis / Megadrive. Some arcade games are also considered as classics and were invented by large game developers such as Sega, Atari, and Williams Electronics. Classic video game designs required little work and were not as complicated as today's game designs. These games were recognized by attributing them to individual programmers like Eugene Jarvis, Dave Theurer, Jeff Minter, Tony Crowther, and Andrew Braybrook. Classic video games are usually played on the original hardware while some are played through emulation. Emulation usually attracts controversy as the software used within emulation may be illegally copied. Some classic video games are designed again to form a better version with the same story line and game sequence.
Classic video games can be acquired from websites online. They can be downloaded for free or need payment of a fixed sum of money before download. Classic video gaming is also referred to as retro gaming.