Nostalgic gaming - how playing the video games of your youth reconnects you to yourself

by Josh Nicholas

25 December 2021

Bowman, an associate professor of journalism and creative media industries at Texas Tech University, has a vast collection of consoles and hundreds of cartridges and discs.

Like me, he grew up in a time when video games were intimately tied to a physical device. We played using handheld consoles, while the games themselves were on cartridges – the kind you pulled out and blew out the dust from if it wasn’t working.

As kids we spent hours immersed in gaming worlds, but when our devices were lost, broken or superseded, the game likely was too.

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