Retro Gaming with Modern Technology

Similar to a first love, many people don’t forget their first video game. The theme songs, frustrating new challenges, high scores and endless game overs – it was an experience. Mine was Tetris on GameBoy.

Modern gaming has introduced futuristic graphics, complex stories, complex story lines and innovative game play. It has also opened a time portal, letting people experience old school gaming on their smartphones or tablets.

The classic game Tetris was first released in 1984 and was first available in the U.S. on the Commodore64. Almost 30 years later, the game continues to thrive. According to EA, the game had been downloaded more than 100 million times since 2005. The puzzle game can be found across multiple platforms: Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.

Arcade fans can once again experience classics, but this time without the quarter munching machines. Gamers can eat fruit and avoid hosts playing Pac-Man or safely leap across a busy street in Frogger. Android users can find these games in the Google Play Store and Windows Phone 8 gamers can find them in the Windows Phone Store.

Retro console fans can reconnect with their old blue friend, Sonic The Hedgehog, and collect rings at high speeds. When it first came out in 1991, gamers could only play this one at home. Today, most people with a smartphone can download this classic game and carry Sonic around in their pocket.

With gamers across the country gathering this week in Los Angeles to discuss the future of gaming at E3 2013, it seems like the perfect time to play a few levels of your first video game. What was your first game? Let us know at @VZWnews.