“There remains a considerable demand for simple, accessible and most of all fun games for everyone” says gaming academic, as classic SEGA games go mobile
The fact that videogames giant Sega has started to release free mobile versions of classic games from its back catalogue is no surprise to a UK gaming expert.
As well as offering retro appeal for those who remember the arcades of the 1980s, Dr Alex Wade from Birmingham City University, says that their ease of play makes them ideal to entice new audiences on mobile devices.
The first five, including ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, are available now via the Apple and Android app stores and Sega plan to release additional titles every two weeks for their Sega Forever service.
Dr Alex Wade, Senior Research Fellow, Birmingham City University, said:
“The appeal of retro gaming and especially those from Sega is immediately apparent in the wonderful bold colours and sounds which evokes memories of the arcades of the 1980s where Sega produced some of its greatest games. For those that were gaming then, this ‘feeling’ is the motivational factor in keeping these games alive on contemporary devices. Yet, for those who weren’t around then, these games really hit the button in terms of popularity. That’s because their simple input method, bite-size, quick-fire games and iconic characters – such as Sonic the Hedgehog – lends itself ideally to gaming on the go on mobile devices, where it’s just you versus the machine.
“Retro gaming is popular not only because of its nostalgia, but because these are games that we can all play and enjoy, young or old, male or female, hard-core gamer or non-gamer. The appeal for these experiences will only increase as the complexity of technology increases: there remains a considerable demand for simple, accessible and most of all fun games for everyone.”
- Dr Alex Wade, Birmingham City University
Dr Alex Wade has taught widely at higher education institutions in the UK and abroad. He is currently employed as a researcher with the Online Simulation and Immersive Education Research and Development Group (OSIME RDG) at Birmingham City University, which seeks to improve the delivery of nursing and healthcare training to students, staff and the wider health economy.
Alex’s doctoral research was concerned with the sociology of simulators and gaming and, in co-ordination with the other members of the research group is currently researching the effectiveness of game mechanics to the delivery of simulations.
Alex has published widely on the sociology of games, French social theory and everyday life and is interested in the relationship between space and time in videogame technology and new media.
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