Cyclical Gaming

Games take a step back to incorporate nostalgic elements from the past

Implications - Creating a sense of community within their fan base, video game developers are reusing familiar characters and themes of the past to spark emotional attachment amongst Millennial players. Reimagining highly recognizable characters from gamer’s adolescence increases brand engagement with new players as well as their core demographic base. This cyclical movement demonstrates a proclivity in the Millennial demographic to turn towards childhood nostalgia-inducing stimuli as a way to elevate their mood in times of stress or boredom.
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42,289 Total Clicks
Feb 16 - Dec 16
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Reimagined Classic Games - This Version Of the Classic Cup and Ball Game Features Audio Instructions
SCORE 3.7
Mild 770 Clicks Pub: Feb 5, 16
Reimagined Classic Games
This Version Of the Classic Cup and Ball Game Features Audio Instructions
The inventor of popular game Bop It, a memory game that requires you to recreate a specific pattern of actions, has modernized and reimagined the classic cup and ball game and made it a little bit... [More]
Disney Emoji Games - Users Collect Cartoon Emojis After Playing Games in 'Disney Emoji Blitz'
SCORE 5.9
Warm 238 Clicks Pub: Jul 11, 16
Disney Emoji Games
Users Collect Cartoon Emojis After Playing Games in 'Disney Emoji Blitz'
Mobile device owners can now text using their favorite Disney’s characters in cartoon emoji form. In order to get emojis on a mobile device, the user will have to download the ‘Disney... [More]
8-Bit Disney Games - GOG.com has Partnered with Disney to Offer SNES Games Online
SCORE 5
This Year and Average 114 Clicks Pub: Aug 10, 16
8-Bit Disney Games
GOG.com has Partnered with Disney to Offer SNES Games Online
GOG.com, an online video game and movie retailer, recently partnered with Disney to release three of its classic video games. ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Lion King’ and ‘The Jungle... [More]
Online 8-Bit Consoles - The PICO-8 Console Creates New and Nostalgic 80s Video Games
SCORE 2.8
This Year and Mild 105 Clicks Pub: Aug 16, 16
Online 8-Bit Consoles
The PICO-8 Console Creates New and Nostalgic 80s Video Games
Though modern game designers often use an 8-bit aesthetic as a nostalgic reference to early video games, the PICO-8 console isn’t like other game design systems. When making an 8-bit Flash game,... [More]
Commemorative Video Games - This New Duke Nukem Release Celebrates a Classic 1990s Game
SCORE 4.1
This Year and Average 73 Clicks Pub: Sep 7, 16
Commemorative Video Games
This New Duke Nukem Release Celebrates a Classic 1990s Game
Gearbox Software is releasing a spectacular new Duke Nukem video game to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular and iconic action video games of all time, namely Duke Nukem 3D.... [More]
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