A positive appellation referring to when things weren't flashy but empty of substance, were done by hard work, didn't pander to the lowest common denominator, and required real skill. Labour-saving devices, shortcuts that reduce quality and quitting before the task is done are not characteristics of "old school."

In reference to computer games, refers to a game that had substantial playability without flashy graphics or eye candy. Old school gamers appreciate difficult maneuvers, careful planning, and scorched earth policies.

In reference to role-playing games, old school refers to games that tested players' wits, could kill off careless characters, and required dedication and inner strength to play. Old school games didn't pander to the ideas that everyone is created equal, that all options are open to all races, that the markets were somehow free, and that a quasi-medieval society could have near 100% literacy.

See also classic.
"What's your favorite computer game?"
"StarCrack!"
"Old School, man!"

HackMaster: old school gaming. Who's watching your back?
โดย LWM 30 พฤษภาคม 2008
Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. Can be used to refer to music, clothing, language, or anything really.
Client: We have three PC's running MS-Dos 6.
Consultant: Shi'...that's old school.
โดย cazort 31 มีนาคม 2004
Anything that refers to a previous generation of a subject/idea/object/etc. Typically, they are highly regarded and sometimes the very thing that started it all.
Guy: Damn, Super Mario Bros. The gameplay is old school.

Kid: These graphics suck. Where is the life meter?

Guy: What you say boy? *five across the eye*
โดย Chi Nou 07 มิถุนายน 2005
from back in the day
Alphonse was feelin the old school hiphop flavas
โดย Ed 28 เมษายน 2003
1. Music from back in the day, the last decate and before.
2. A. Some thing that past is time or it's fashion, or
B. a bring back memory of of a thing in the respectable way.
1. Rappers Delight is Ol' School.
2. A. Phist is Ol' School.
B. NWA is the ol' school that still hot today.
โดย oz 11 เมษายน 2004
1) Retro
2) As Before (as something was done, said, etc.)
1) Those shoes are so old school!
2) We're just kickin' it ol' school!
โดย Spoot Juice 23 พฤษภาคม 2004
Someone oldschool is someone acting cool and casual, bombing newbies on it's way, and always doing what he can to get a good time with his real buddies.
Seb dude! You're one oldschool mother fucka!
โดย Mathieu Grenier 03 ตุลาคม 2004

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