UNITED STATES—Whilst virtual reality and self-driving cars are showing no signs of letting up, it seems as though some of us are countering these modern trends by taking up some very retro hobbies.

In the past few years we’ve seen a pattern emerging for people to delay the inevitable digital future by embracing analog and getting back to a more relaxed way of enjoying life


It’s perhaps the revival of vinyl culture that’s been the most visible example of this trend. Whilst listening to music on vinyl has been dismissed as being just a nostalgia niche market, it’s hard to argue with the fact that this supposed niche market is on track to become a billion-dollar industry by the end of 2017

Whilst there’s no denying the impressive way that smartphone cameras allow us unsurpassable convenience in taking photos, there has been an interesting return to analog photography too. With Fujifilm’s Instax analog camera boasting some impressive sales figures last year, it seems that more of us are keen to get a little more physical with our photographyhttps://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4116/4787509252_d734b834c7_b.jpg

It’s a trend that’s also become noticeable in the gaming arena. Whilst virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift point to our video gaming futures, retro arcades like EightyTwo in downtown Los Angeles are keen to offer us some simpler gaming pleasures. With plenty of classic titles like Donkey Kong and Street Fighter, as well as endless pinball games and invigorating cocktails, it’s helped us revisit some retro gaming action

And there can be no denying that Las Vegas is enjoying unparalleled popularity with record visitor numbers flocking to play the city’s legendary casino games. And even if you were looking to play some classic options like roulette, there are now handy roulette guides online at Lucky Nugget Casino that all make it so much easier to get acquainted with this old-school game


But it’s not just these entertainments that are showing that we’re keen for a little nostalgia, as places like The Granada in Los Angeles show that ballroom dancing is making a comeback, whilst even the pleasures of sailing are starting to attract a new generation

Whether it’s taking a boat out to Catalina, or just hanging around the fancy yacht clubs of Malibu, there’s something about getting back to nature that’s proving to be hugely attractive. And whilst it might not be quite as simple as roulette, there’s no denying that it helps us momentarily get us away from our smartphone screens!