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What if the popular shooter Halo was made a decade earlier? What if Nintendo decided to make a fighting game featuring its stable of characters a console generation earlier than it did with 1999’s Super Smash Bros.? What if the role-playing game Final Fantasy XIII looked more like Final Fantasy VI? Well, they’d all probably be a lot more pixelated, but (as the gallery below shows) they’d still look awfully fun.
This collection of images, originally gathered by Reddit user Afrotators (I always love these usernames), shows multiple titles from gaming’s more recent years given the retro treatment. It makes you yearn for the days when pixels dominated polygons and your mother picked out your clothes for you. Now she just ties my shoes for me. Oh, how I miss those golden years!