Pushing 30 years old, and I still select clothing for humor value.
Because what's a retro game bash without a game-related novelty t-shirt? Yes, I did wear this. And I'd do it again. In a second.*
On one level, the retro game bash was a chance to get together and re-live some good experiences. Those all-night game sessions in high school were some of the best times of my life. It was great fun to revisit them for a day.
It was also a reminder to savor what we already have. If you're anything like me, you've got a lifetime of gaming collecting dust in a closet somewhere. Games that defined your childhood, that formed the basis of lifelong friendships, that provided some of your happiest memories -- they're sitting in the dark, waiting for you. Give them a try. You might like what you find.
It's so easy to focus on the next big thing, to get swept away in the hype, especially if you're plugged into the games blogosphere. Ask yourself: Does it really matter if BioShock 2 gets delayed? Is it more important to drop today's new release the second tomorrow's hits shelves? At this point, we've got over 30 years of other games to enjoy. It's a shame if we don't stop, once in awhile, to do exactly that. You won't regret it.
Unless you play GoldenEye.
*Preferably with a sexier pose next time.