Remastering video games has become a trend nowadays in video games industry. Video Games from the earlier 80’s through 2000s are considered a classics from our childhood such as Final Fantasy VII, Grim Fandango, Halo, Crash Bandicoot, The Legend of Zelda and many more. Remaster is the same as a remake of a video with enhanced graphics, audio, gameplay and story from the original game. Some remake and remasters of video games doesn’t live up to the original game as the fans grew with game such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, Splatterhouse (2010), Bomberman: Act Zero, The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, Altered Beast(2005)and more. These remaster and remakes are sometime done by other studios not the original.
Reboot ca also count as remastering because it’s talking old work and making into a new IP. For example, the most successful video game reboot are Killer Instinct (2013), Doom (2016), Mortal Kombat (2011), Star Fox Zero and more. Some company rehash some game and put it in a HD collection package with without significant change or improvement but maybe the graphics but not the gameplay. Companies want to bring back games that sales well throughout the years and want to bring it back to fans of the game, with new console such as Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. There are new specs, graphics and audio that was limited in older video game console, developers can alter the game graphics to make it more realistic, add more content and re-sale the game in digital or physical disc. That’s what remastering and rehashing have in common, video games can be redone and brought back to life in another 20 years it might keep the trend going.