nos·tal·gia/nɒˈstældʒə, -dʒiə, nə-/
1.a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends;
a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.
2.something that elicits or displays nostalgia.
1770–80; Neo-Latin, from Greek nóst (os) a return home + -algia
Dictionary.com, "nostalgia," in Dictionary.com Unabridged. Source location: Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nostalgia. Accessed: July 21, 2011.
Do you still remember the time when 256 colors were sufficient to display anything of importance?
The time when you were entertained by indistinguishable moving pixels?
The time when you were frightened by the Skifree snow monster? You still are.
The time when bloom and blur effects were not used excessively?
The time when performance was a myth and fps meant feet per second?
The time has come to introduce a new era of computer graphics - inefficient, scruffy and marvelous.
The Nostalgia engine is a modern, lightweight real-time rendering engine based on the .NET Framework 4.0 and uses the OpenGL API currently up to 4.1 through the Open Toolkit Library. It is not only a general purpose engine for the everyday work of a visual computing student, but an effort to demonstrate the power of the beautiful C# language and the .NET Framework for real-time applications. Thus, Nostalgia contains .NET bindings for the Cg 3.1 shader language as well as the well-known asset loader Assimp 2.0.