In the old days, gaming was a predominantly solitary affair. Sure, there were enormously popular titles, including little-known single-player games with intimate cult followings, but there were few opportunities for developers and players alike to build thriving communities.
Today, the power of online social communities has changed all that. We’re now even seeing entire genres and platforms (think the Amiga 500+ or Super Nintendo) being revived after decades of inactivity. In fact, there are now online communities dedicated to games that haven’t been in the charts for over twenty years, as well as a tendency to draw upon this nostalgia to inspire the development of newer takes on older titles.