Wow, I didn't know someone will have an answer...
Norbert wrote:1) Computers are everywhere nowadays. Gaming and using the Internet are regular activities.
Right, but I think this began before 2011?
Norbert wrote:2b) Several things have brought back interest in Indie(-like) and old school games.
[...] The whole Kickstarter craze contributed to the revival of old school games, remakes, spiritual successors, etc.
[...] Gamers found such games on Steam.
Yeah... I even played (the demo of) a few new but retro-looking games:
* Undertale (2015)
* Freedom Planet (2014)
* You Have to Win the Game (2012)
(and some more that are older and/or don't have Steam pages...)
For some reason I seem to prefer simpler (pixelated and/or cartoonish) graphics over realistic?
(And not just in games but also in comics and fanart and the like?)
This seems to contradict the fact that I played PoP1 which was described as "Incredibly realistic"...
But then it still looks simple when compared to the new trilogy, for example.