With so many iconic video games over the years including that blue hedgehog and the Italian with the ‘tache it’s hard to recall the hard grained classics that gamers have played with over the years. Memorable classics range from Final Fantasy to Tomb Raider, which on its release represented a shift towards 3D action that was a notable departure from the more typical side scrolling action of the previous consoles.
More recently, many of these classics have been featured in a number of online games, reviving their popularity among gamers. Going back to that blue hedgehog developers have created formats online where retro games which crossover generations can be enjoyed without the need to dust of the console and crawl behind the television set and battling with wires and power adaptors.
The shift to online form is not unusual – the legendary Lara Croft character is among a range of other classics that are now featured in online slots on Betsafe’s site. This transformation is easy to explain; games like Tomb Raider slots can be played on the go and don’t require bulky consoles, but their themes and characters are still familiar and close to gamers. Moreover, gamers are given appealing offers like Betsafe’s deposit bonus, so it is no wonder that online formats have overtaken consoles, even when it comes to familiar video game titles.
Similarly, in 2010, Final Fantasy fans were treated to Final Fantasy XIV Online – a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and the fourteenth Final Fantasy game to be released. While generally not considered a success, numerous online games have taken to using Final Fantasy themes to add familiarity and thrill to their games. It is the imagery, characters and, especially in the case of Final Fantasy, the music that keep fans coming back to these games and waiting for next releases.
All of these games have of course been some of the strongest and most cherished icons in the history of video games, so it is only natural that they will continue to improve and develop as internet use expands globally over the next few years. However, many 90s and early 2000s favourites are yet to be released in online format, but the movement is noticeable and the pioneers of this transformation have proven their success, so we have no doubt that there is much more to come.
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