The Playdate — a specialty handheld system which software and game publisher Panic just announced, looks pretty neat I guess. I’m not really sure how ambitious the company is with this thing, but looking at it also makes me think about all the other retro-style specialty hardware out there and wonder if I’m nostalgic for that old hardware at all.
In September I did a post about why I personally don’t want any of these little retro consoles and would rather just buy the games they contain on hardware I already own. When I look at the Playdate I just have the question, what about its exclusive games — from developers like Keita Takahashi (Katamari) and Bennett Foddy (Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy), makes it impossible for me to just play them on my PC or my Nintendo Switch? Continue reading