Retro Modern Redux at CES


I first wrote about a great Retro-Modern mash-up in April of last year but, unfortunately it was only a very imaginative April Fool. But, like all those who dreamt of an iPhone on Verizon’s network, good things come to those who wait.

A few weeks ago I was browsing articles about the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and saw this New York Times article touting the debut of an iPad-based old-school arcade game. A few clicks later and there was a Wired Magazine report from the floor of CES showing the iCade in action.

I know that gaming graphics, technology, theory and well, everything, has advanced light years since these arcade games from my youth (also, the parents of today’s youth). None-the-less, nothing beats the simple pleasure of flying my cursor-like ship through the featureless sky and blasting barely-drawn asteroids to bits.

This example seems to appeal to all types with its combination of the iPad and Atari games. Case in point, this photo is from Martha Stewart’s blog.

Maybe what’s at the heart of all Retro-Modern things is their ability to briefly transport us somewhere. At their minimum they give a wink or nod toward the long-ago relics from our past. At their best they provide a connection between our ever-changing current lives and the feelings we had for all that we once thought would always be there.

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