Many contemporary gamers view retro games as dated relics of the past and unless a shiny new HD version is released, certain retro titles don't exist as far as they're concerned. They choose to ignore the valuable life lessons and advice that can be found in these games, favouring the crisp images, sharp sounds and glistening graphics of consoles and games today over their 8-bit, monotone predecessors.
If I can persuade just one gamer to give a retro title the chance it deserves then my job here is done.
Here's my Retro Game Life Lessons, you're welcome (in advance):
Hard to believe we still have so few strong female characters and so many oversized burly military male counterparts. At least retro games understood that we should never judge another person, even if they are a plumber or...a yellow ball with an insatiable appetite.
It doesn't matter who you are, you have the ability to be strong and kick some serious arse.
Old school arcade games teach us that you can have your own Rocky moments in life. Your opponent may have more health and energy left in their meter but you can still get the final KO. Of course, I apply this to any undertaking in life because when the odds are against you, it's easy to lose sight of what's important...like taking down your opponent when they least expect it!
Pac-Man taught me that fruit is good for you, it can fight off illnesses, keeps your immune system in shape can provide you with all the precious vitamins you need to continue killing ghosts.
Want to do a side mission? Tough. Want to try another area? Not until you've overcome this painful jumping obstacle that you simply can't seem to master. Keep trying and never give up...because you can't.
In 1981, Jumpman was presented with a series of ladders and a giant ape named Donkey Kong throwing endless barrels at him. Despite these overwhelming odds, Jumpman (who later went on to become Mario) stood against an insurmountable foe and grave danger to save a damsel in distress. I could go into the sexist implications here but quite frankly, the same applies to both genders (please see life lesson one).
A familiar line from The Legend of Zelda series is "It's dangerous to go alone! Take This" and Link was right in taking so many objects, weapons and fairies trapped in jars (cruel, I know...but you never know when you'll need a fairy, right?). Being prepared for all situations is an important life lesson, just as weather changes suddenly, so does each metaphorical dungeon we come across.
Even seemingly insignificant items could come in handy in a specific situation at a particular moment in time...maybe.
Just don't take it too far, hoarders might be prepared but they have a hard time keeping track of where they put everything. Be sure to carry a purse or knapsack for your items, any more and you're pushing it.