Video and computer games continue to evolve and new technologies have allowed them to be more advanced than ever, but more than half of Americans say newer isn’t always better.
A new report has found that more than 3 in 4 Americans would still play classic computer/video games if they were available, and nearly half say they’d be willing to donate money or fund to get a new one. version of their favorite classic games.
The most played classic computer (PC) games: Solitaire, Minesweeper, The Sims, Frogger, Doom.
Most played classic video games: Super Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
68% who own classic consoles still use them regularly.
Favorite retro video and computer games and why classic video games are still close to our hearts
A Twitch streamer made national headlines earlier this month when he downloaded all of the Super Nintendo manuals and uploaded them for free. That was good news for the 39% of Americans who still play classic video games and the 21% who bought a classic console just to play an old favorite again.
Why are Americans so obsessed with the classics? More than 3 in 5 say they turn to old games because they remind them of their childhood and 80% say they feel nostalgia when playing classic games.
The most played classic computer games
“Do you remember playing Oregon Trail when you faced almost certain death at the hands of anything from a river to dysentery? Or maybe you tried your shot at Frogger and dodged as much as you could down that busy street to get to the other side safely. Or did you battle with friends using bananas and shells in Super Mario Kart?
While the new is nice, many Americans would rather bring back the past…at least when it comes to classic computer games and video games (from the late 80s, 90s, and early 2000s). A new survey of more than 1,000 Americans reveals that many would spend the money to be able to play their favorite childhood games again.
If people could go back in time, the first computer game they would click on would be card games like Hearts or Minesweeper. Nearly 60% have played the classic computer game on PC, and many of them still do. Nearly 1 in 3 (32%) admit to still actively playing it!
Other classic computer games that people have played the most are Minesweeper, The Sims, Frogger, and Doom. Nearly 2 in 5 people (39%) still play classic computer games. In fact, Americans spend an average of 3.5 hours a week playing them!
As for those who no longer have the game or a computer to play on, they miss these games very much. More than 4 in 5 (85%) said they would continue playing these games if they could,” said Neal Taparia.
The most missed computer games by generation
“When it comes to classic computer games, each generation picked a different one as their favorite! The best game for Gen Z (18-25) was Club Penguin, Millennials (26-41), Miss The Oregon Trail, Gen X (42-57) might opt for another Frogger game, and Boomers (58-76) wish they could play Doom again.
However, there have been crossovers between the generations. The Sims is a premier game for every generation. Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen Xers are big fans of The Oregon Trail. Gen Xers and Baby Boomers also share a love for Frogger and Doom.
These games really had an impact, as 81% of respondents said they miss classic computer and video games,” said Neal Taparia.
Take a look at the full report for additional stats, including the most missed games by generation, the classic games people are still playing most actively, and more. https://solitaired.com/favorite-video-and-computer-games
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