Retronauts: The Media is the Message

From punch cards to MicroSD chips, video games have appeared on an enormous variety of physical formats through the years. Each and every one of these media formats has had an impact on the nature of the games it contains. In this retrospective survey, we’ll look at the history of games media formats and how they’ve impacted the design of video games. How did CD-ROM seek and access times define entire game genres? Will magnetic media self-destruct? Who was the first genius to discover Switch carts taste terrible? We attempt to answer all these questions and more!


Jeremy Parish [Media Guy, Limited Run Games], Bob Neal [Editor, RetroRGB], Benj Edwards [Editor, Vintage Computing]