Is there a Nokia 3310 of video games?

News everyone’s favourite mobile phone is making a comeback has thrilled tech fans. Could the same happen to the Game Boy or PlayStation?

There has rarely been as much excitement in the phone world as over news that the iconic Nokia 3310 is making a comeback. Launched way back in 2000, a naive age when people bought mobile phones in order to talk to each other, the handset is still famed for its lengthy battery life, structural solidity and Snake II. Seventeen years later, modern smartphones are crammed with high-tech features, but you have to charge them constantly and their demands on our attention – via endless social media alerts, updates and notifications – are becoming tiresome. Some people yearn for a simpler age when the phone just did what it was primarily designed for and most of your text messages were from confused relatives saying ‘AM I USING THIS CORRECTLY’.

This kind of industrial technology nostalgia is usually just that – nostalgia. Very rarely do people actually really want to go back to primitive formats. You can yearn whimsically for the warm-toned glory days of the VHS player, but just remember when you had to program one to record Match of the Day. That’s right, they called it programming – because it was complicated and it often didn’t work. But the Nokia 3310 was also easy to use. It provided a service that is still relevant and valid today.

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