Why Retro Gaming is Difficult on Modern Televisions

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Did you buy your new HDTV, get it out of the box and think, “Wow, I would love to play my NES on this thing”? Well take it from a person who has tried it – don’t bother. If you can get the old system to even show up on your new TV, I am talking to you Atari 2600, that is only half the battle. Once you get it running, you will be asking yourself, why does this look so bad?

While I cannot offer you a simple answer here, the good folks at NFG World have put together a primer on the subject that will educate and illuminate and if you are like me, have you hitting garage sales to buy an old television for gaming.

Aspect Ratios, Scanlines and Modern Displays [@] NFG World

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One thought on “Why Retro Gaming is Difficult on Modern Televisions

  1. I use the Homebrew Channel on my Wii to play retro games on my HDTV, and they look great. SNES looks the best, but I haven’t tried anything lower than the NES.

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