Can We Say Adios To Old Tech?

nintendo through the years

It’s quite common for people to have old tech lying around that they still frequently use. I personally still have my Gameboy Advance that I will occasionally pick up, if my boredom is that real. I’m sure there are better versions of the games on the AppStore that I could play, but the nostalgia of it all makes it worth keeping. As technology continues to evolve, we have come to understand that nostalgia is a very strong emotion. I have found this recent forum talking all about keeping old games and devices for the sake of old memories. Bröcker (2015) believes that “no matter how high-tech the Oculus Rifts, Microsoft Kinects, IBM Watson or 3D printers become, there is a love for the mechanics of a pocketwatch and the auditory staccato of a typewriter keyboard”.

This video goes through the specs and design features of every ‘successful’ iPad Apple has ever made. EverythingApplePro starts off by looking at the iPad One and mentions that, to this day, it still has an outstanding battery life. As an owner of an iPad mini, whose battery life is questionable, I thought this information was very interesting. Devices seem to be getting thinner and thinner, so it battery life being sacrificed for this? Sherr (2015) has concluded that “the problem with chemistry is that making it smaller doesn’t always make it better. Think of it like a drink: if you put less beer in your mug, you just have less beer.” Are companies starting to sacrifice key features just so they can produce a new device that rivals its competitors?

The notion of nostalgia and older technologies will be examined through the ‘USED’ and ‘HAND-ME-DOWN’ categories of my photo essay. The owners of these devices will be asked about their attachment to each item and their reasoning for keeping them for so long. This, in turn, will create a comparison between newer advanced technology and technologies from an older generation.


Bröcker, Bernadine. “Nostalgia, Stability And Human-To-Human: What Futurists Can Learn From Old Tech”. Medium. N.p., 2015. Web. 

Sherr, Ian. “Why Does My Battery Suck?”. CNET. N.p., 2015. Web. 


3 thoughts on “Can We Say Adios To Old Tech?”

  1. Oh wow it just so happens I have a lot of information with regards to this topic (especially in relation to videogame tech history). Videogames have a very serious (and in many ways unique) problem and challlenge when it comes to archiving and sustaining it’s own history. I think your comparison between the Gameboy Advance and the app store is actually a more interesting one that you think.
    There are many Gameboy games that get (illegally I might add) released on the app store but many people don’t like them because they weren’t designed with the phone hardware in mind. So they ‘feel’ wrong, and it changes what the game is on some level.

    As a side note, I wonder if the way games slightly change as they are played on different hardware could be compared with the idea of human consciousness being transferred to new, mechanized bodies?

    Anyway, I did a prezi last year on our different relationships with old game tech that might be of interest/use to your studies here:

    I’d also recommend looking into some of those sources that talk about the unique challenges of video game archiving. There is honestly a lot to think about here.

  2. To me, personally retro consoles will never ever die. Their rustic charm, pixelated lack of detail and monophonic sounds will forever stick in my head. Do I think there has been a more adventurous, rewarding game than Banjo Kazooie? No, not at all. I believe it epitomised what gaming was, a revolutionary game for its time with the mechanics of an in depth RPG. Yeah, I love COD and FIFA, and Dark Souls, and the Witcher and Ratchet and Clank (just to name a few of a thousand), but to say that bigger is better is pretty clearly wrong, especially when you take into account Nintendos fall from grace N64, Super Nintendo will never die. And just like the pocket watch, I hope it stays that way!

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