Technology is bringing video game enthusiasts experiences so immersive and lifelike, it's hard to imagine how it could be enhanced any further.
Perhaps for that reason, gamers are craving a bit of nostalgia. The proliferation of retro gaming has seen a boom in classics like "Space Invaders," "Centipede" and "Frogger" — all of which are making a comeback on major consoles.
Later this month, Nintendo is expected to release the Super NES Classic Edition system, which may be a big dose of deja vu to anyone who played 20 years ago. Meanwhile, AtGames is releasing high-definition versions of classic consoles like Atari, Sega Genesis, ColecoVision and Intellivision.
"After some generations, all forms of art and media become classics," said Jared Miracle, an anthropologist and education researcher who specializes in game studies at the Ocean University of China. "Think of 'Donkey Kong' as having status akin to 'Oliver Twist.'"