Tag Archives: Retro

Let’s Play Boss!

Here’s an interesting one; a brand new shmup for the Atari 2600! This is Boss, and it’s being made by Twin Galaxies high scorer Dave Vogt. He’s running an IndieGoGo campaign where, if the campaign succeeds, you can get this game on an actual Atari 2600 cart, and a mobile edition of the game. Continue reading

Retro Game Stalking In Japan Part One: Den Den Town

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Japan is often referred to as the ultimate Mecca for video game fans. For years now people from all over the world have made the trip in search of retro gaming gold. Recently I decided to head back to Japan and see what I could find. There are two places in Japan where you can find the bulk of retro gaming paraphernalia; the very famous Akhihabara in Tokyo and Den Den town in Osaka.

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First up I hit Den Den town aka Niponbashi. Den Den town is an area the size of several city blocks filled with nothing but store after store catering for the Otaku (nerd). One of my favorite shops to hit up is called A-Too Recycle Media shop. In here you will find games from the MSX computer to the Sony Play Station. Mostly what I like about the shop is that their prices are quite affordable. This is the place where I have found such greats as a cheap copy of Holy Diver, several of the Namcot numbered series, a boxed original Famicom, the Negcon controller and tons of great and unique Famicom carts. In the corner of the shop at the back they have a bargain bucket where you can always find something unique. For example this time out I found a couple of Super Gameboy controllers for the SNES. Continue reading

Happy Birthday PlayStation

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I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Sony, nor am I huge fan of the PlayStation. But I will admit the fact that the PlayStation had a pretty impressive library of games for it. Since the release PlayStation 4, I’ve seen a lot of vinyl sticker packs to dress up your PS4 to make it look like an Atari 2600 or an NES; but I thought to myself “Why hasn’t they made a PS1 skin for the PS4 yet?” Well, the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation comes along, and now there’s a super limited edition version of the PS4 console donning the classic grey colour… Continue reading

Lucasarts… I mean “LucasFilm” is now on GOG.com

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For the last 2 weeks, GOG has been hinting a new publisher to appear on their site. Today they announced said publisher to be LucasArts, whoops! I mean “LucasFilm”. Personally love the Lucas “Film” games (Seriously guys, I know that LucasArts is technically dead, but what gives!?),
I love their point and click adventure games, though to be honest the first few LucasFilm games on GOG today is a little lack-luster, not to mention I already owned all but the StarWars games on this list. Plus I own a lot of LucasArt (I mean Films) games on disc when they re-released in big box sets at GAME quite a few years ago… Continue reading

Revival Event 2014: Overview

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I was planning to write more blogs during the time I was at Revival this year. However, the WordPress app has a hard time publishing on 3G, which is a huge pain when there’s no “real” free wireless. This year Revival was at the same location as last year, Dunstall Park in Wolverhampton.

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I got in on Friday afternoon to help Mike set up his booth for RetroGaming Roundup. @Random_Dave got to show off his new game, James & Watch: Arm, he originally had it as a DreamCast game, but got to port it to Linux at the last minute and had it running on a Raspberry Pi. The game is pretty much like Fire, but you control the 6 year old Mike being thrown about. Continue reading

Review for Yars’ Revenge on Atari 2600

Want to know what my favourite game is on the Atari 2600?

Yars' Revenge (1982) (Atari)

It’s Yars’ Revenge. It’s one of those shmups that tried to be port of another game, Star Castle, but became it’s own game due to programmers not being able to port the arcade game to the 2600. Yars’ Revenge is a rather unique game in the fact that there’s not really another game like it. To explain this game, you play as Yar, an insect alien floating in space, being attacked by the Qotile and it’s relentless homing destroyer missile. The idea is that the Qotile is surrounded by a shield that parts can removed by either shooting at it, or eating chunks out of it. once you expose the Qotile, whilst avoiding the homing destroyer missile. There’s a scrambled coloured bar a little left from the middle of the screen, this is the neutral zone. If you hide inside this, the destroyer missile can not hurt you, but you can not shoot whilst inside the neutral zone. Continue reading

Nintendo Direct 18/Dec/13

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 Nintendo did their live “Nintendo Direct” video today at 2PM GMT. I missed it as I was doing Christmas shopping. But when I got back home I found a whole bunch of stuff waiting for me on Facebook and Kotaku. So let’s have a look at them…

The first thing I saw was the announcement of Super Mario Galaxy’s Princess Rosalina is to be included as a playable character in Super Smash Bros for WiiU and 3DS. As much as I like the idea of more female characters to be added in the roster, personally I could name some better characters to add, like Impa from Zelda, though to be honest there’s already a crap ton of Zelda characters in Smash Bros anyway, maybe Paula from Earthbound, or Mona from WarioWare. Continue reading

How to use DOSBox

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One of the many things that my friends often ask me is how to run their old PC games on their new Windows 7 or Mac OS X machine. Well if it’s a DOS game, you’re in luck. DOSBox is a DOS virtual machine that you can run in Windows 7/8, and there are versions available for Mac OS and Linux too! Continue reading

Retro Revival 2013 live blog

[liveblog]Well I got onto the train at 6am and I’m crazy tired. Not only did I my tickets last night and find them at 1am, but getting on the train was crazy as the doors slammed onto my rucksack (backpack to my American readers). So yeah. Doors eatting my bag and practically left the station a minute after arriving! I’ll be posting more as I get there.

[liveblog]12:54 It appears I can’t figure out how to use WordPress’ Live Blog functions, hopefully it’ll update, I will have no idea though. Anyway, It’s pretty damn awesome, it’s loud and fun. What’s been awesome is to be able to play the games I want to play, even though it’s not as big in size as PlayExpo. I played a fair amount of Phoenix and Scramble without needing to wait a minute. Unfortunatly there’s no Galaga, well there is, but it’s in a MAME cab that isn’t working.

What’s awesome though was that the RetroLords held a Warlords tornement, and guess who’s in the finals! ME!!!! WHAHAHA! SO awesome! I picked up a few games too, though as you can imagine most of vendors here are selling at a high price, which is predictable being an expo and all.

Enjoy the pictures I took!

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Local Gaming Store Goodness

OK OK, I’m terrible at blogging at the moment, it’s six days into a new month and I haven;t written anything new due to a certain Gun of Icarus Online game. And soon the new Sim City game will turn me into a chronic mouse potato. To be kind of honest, I’ve been a mouse potato for a long… time, heh! Anyway, today I went into town today and noticed a store with a Virtual Boy in the window!

I would have taken a picture of it, but I have a thing for not taking photos in shops, mainly because it annoys the crap out of my when people do it at my work; so I’m relying on Google for an image. There was an asking price on a tag that said “Higher than £100”, and when I went to ask them if they wanted £110 for it, they replied that someone has asked £180 for it. The system comes with five games, Vertical Force, Red Alarm, Virtual Boy Wario Land, Panic Bomber and Mario Clash. Weirdly no Mario Tennis to be seen; but each game were fully boxed with it’s manual, though it wasn’t clear if it the console itself with boxed as it wasn’t seen, and foolishly I didn’t ask. The Nintendo Virtual Boy is a bit of a black sheep in the eyes of Nintendo and gamers, as it’s Nintendo’s least selling console. It was released in Japan and the US between the Super Nintendo and the Nintendo 64 due the N64’s delays. It was simply released to keep Nintendo fans happy before they finally release the Nintendo 64 in 1996, but it suffered from low sales, and Nintendo lost a lot of money as some stock was returned to them. Due to this, the Nintendo Virtual Boy was not released in Europe and the UK, so to see one over here is a big deal, especially to someone like me who lived on Nintendo products as a kid. £180 might sound a little steep, but considering that the games are complete in box, it’s not too bad, though I wish there was a Teleroboxer game including in that price.

Not only was there a Virtual Boy in this place, they even had one of these!

A Grandstand Scramble!

Again, due to my manners, based on working in a shop myself, I didn’t take a picture of it, but they had a complete in box Grandstand Scramble that they were very nice to let me play, and dang! This thing looks like it was brand new, well, maybe not for the little bit of metal tape peeling of the corner of the bevel, but the unit itself was immaculate! I flicked the power switch and oh yes, it’s VFD, Vacuum Fluorescent Display, meaning that this thing is bright, really bright! These things would last for generations and still display a strong bright display! Play this game, it’s not quite the same as the Konami Arcade classic, but it’s a decent attempt at it. simply put, you’re a spaceship moving right, and the screen slowly scrolls, as enemies appear from the right hand side of the screen and head towards you, you have to shot them before they shoot you, so you have to dodge their lasers, but just like the arcade game there are enemy bases you can take our by dropping bombs on them. The bombs aren’t quite like the Scramble arcade game, rather than arcing forwards and then down, the bombs in this game just drop down from under your space ship. Bombing the bases give you points. I played this a little and I like it, despite the fact there’s no mountains and terrain in the game. I asked them what they wanted. The shop keeper said he got it for £37 and wants profit for it, so £40 or £45 would be a good guess at what he wants for it. Which isn’t a bad price considering that that RetroGames.co.uk want £40 for just the game on it’s own; that and it’s very scratched on the bottom of the game.

Before I end this blog, let me tell you a little bit about this store that I found these game. It’s a shop called Cambridge Toys and Games. They used to be located in a not so great part of town, but now they’ve gone up in the world in now located in Burleigh Street, right near the Grafton Centre.

They’re a good business that doesn’t focus too much on profit, and support the community. Providing second hand toys of very good quality at good prices. But they sell a lot of games too, mainly modern stuff, but as I mentioned above, they do sometimes hold some nice retro goodies too, so it’s well worth having a look if you’re in Cambridge!