Commentary

The future of video games

Updated: May 21, 2009, 1:42 PM ET
By Jay Corbin | ESPN RISE Magazine

The best video games of tomorrow are the same as yesterday.

It seems the retro bug is everywhere these days. You can buy sneakers Michael Jordan wore in the 1980s. You can head to your local cineplex and see the latest "Star Trek," a franchise that has been around for generations. Even '60's music icon Bob Dylan has a new CD out.

So why would the video game industry be exempt from the retro bug?

The answer is, it's not. Software companies are taking classic games that debuted as early as the 8-bit days and is showcasing them on platforms with super processors and pictures that can be seen at an incredible 1080 dpi.

1987's "Punch-Out!!" is coming back for the Wii, 1987's "Street Fighter" and 1996's "Resident Evil" are available for the PS3, XBox360 and the PSP. In 2007, "Sonic the Hedgehog," which SEGA originally released in 1991, was re-released for PS3 and XBox360.

Jay Corbin is the lifestyle editor for ESPN RISE Magazine.