Nostalgia feels good. Smelling cedar and being transported back to your preschool toy box or stumbling upon an old favorite toy from childhood being sold at a garage sale can bring you back to those happy moments when life was fun and simple. Studies have shown that having personal memories of the past can be a pleasant reminder of our families, childhoods and traditions. It can create a sense of comfort that our lives are worth every moment of living down to the simplest pleasures.
Websters definition of nostalgia is: a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition. When I saw this chart of video game consoles throughout history from vr.space I immediately felt wave after wave of nostalgia.
My first foray into game consoles was actually one that came out the same year I was born. The Atari 7800 which makes this list at 49 by selling one million units. When I was 8 years old I got one passed down from an older cousin. It had a joy stick and three games. My favorite was a driving game where I would have to avoid obstacles on a two lane road. So primitive but I would spend hours trying to beat my high score.
The Nintendo console also brought me back to days playing Mario at my neighbors house. Those little gray brick controllers I could probably draw from memory. Who didn’t love the orange duck hunt gun that had to be purchased separately? My mom wouldn’t allow me to play duck hunt because of it so I would just watch the other kids play and wait until they changed the game back to Mario.