Trying to come up with a definition for a retro game is extremely difficult. Many websites give different information. But which one is right? We did some research about this question many many times. Opinions are differents and after a while of thinking, I came up with my answer for the question. So even consider this to be a controversial topic, which I totally don’t get. Keep in mind that I try to make a definition here of what exactly is a retro game. Like “when is a game retro?”.
So, are retro games, games where the mainstream doesn’t care about anymore? Yes and no ! Bargain sales don’t count. But I think I can say that whenever a game starts to get sold on second hand stores for low prices or not anymore on store shelves, it’s retro for sure. And yes, one thing is for sure: A retro game is an old game. But there is still a lot of debate when exactly a system turns retro. The issue we still have is about generation 7. Well, I think as soon as you barely see generation 7 games on the shelves, they are considered retro. When the first hand copies are becoming extremely hard to get. Since saying that games that need to be at least 10 years old to be considered retro, leaves one big time gap to be questioned. So, a game that is for example only a 5 years old, isn’t retro yet ? :-)