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Basic Trope: A media source uses an old aesthetic.

  • Straight: Jammer is an 8-Bit platformer made when HD games are all the rage.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Jammer is a borderline Amiga video game played on a modern console.
    • Jammer is only playable on old emulators. As in, even the emulators have stopped updating years ago.
  • Downplayed: Jammer uses retro aspects, but is mostly a modern game.
  • Justified: Jammer was made by fans of games of old.
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  • Inverted: Jammer is an 8-bit platformer made for 8-bit consoles. The plot and practically everything but the gameplay sounds like something from a modern game.
  • Subverted: Jammer is actually quite a modern game, with the graphics and all.
  • Double Subverted: But the game is a throwback to the genre in a different respect, such as storyline or humor.
  • Parodied: Even the glitches and Game Breaking Bugs that could appear in old games are faithfully recreated. The characters in the game complain about it a lot.
  • Zig Zagged: Jammer is a collection of minigames, some modern, some classic.
  • Averted: Jammer is a modern game, with no retro aspect at all.
  • Enforced: "The people working on creating this game are inexperienced. Let's make a game that's easy for them to create."
  • Lampshaded: "Didn't games like this stop being made in the 80s?"
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  • Invoked: A teacher in a course for programming tells the students to make their own games and start small by making simple, old-school games.
  • Exploited: A fan convinces their friends that not all modern games are worse than the oldschool ones by letting them play Jammer, but not telling them how young the game is before they are well into it.
  • Defied: "We are not making a soundtrack of bleeps and character sprites composed of big boxes!"
  • Discussed: Some NPC talks about how he feels like he was left in a former era whenever he looks in a mirror. The protagonist may or may not understand exactly how he feels.
  • Conversed: "When was this made again? ... Two years ago?!"
  • Deconstructed: The fanbase is small due to the game catering to a little niche - too small to pay off. The company's first retraux game becomes their last.
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  • Reconstructed: The game becomes a Cult Classic, and the fanbase is willing to pay for merchandise that keeps the company afloat, allowing them to keep making retraux games.

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