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Video Games - What Should They Remake Next?

Reboots and remasters are nothing new for gaming, but when it comes to fully fledged remakes of older games there's less examples to go around than one might find in another medium, like movies or television...

Passing The Torch

The one thing that my dad didn't show me much of as a kid was video games, which, ironically I suppose, became my biggest passion growing up... 

RGB SCART TV Buying Guide

It's 2017 guys, so if you're still on the hunt for an old CRT TV to enjoy those light gun games and the vivid colours from RGB SCART with scanlines, then you better hurry up! Most of them are long gone.

Finding an old TV like this is...

The Nintendo Switch is a Retro Console at Heart

When Nintendo recently announced their latest console – a home system/handheld hybrid named Switch – gamers around the world were...

What makes an addictive game?

The first game that ever got me well and truly hooked was Tetris. I got a Game Boy for my birthday. It was the clear one where you could see all of the innards of the handheld. We loved that clear hardware back in the ‘90s. It wasn’t my first games system, but it was the first that truly got its claws into me.

My first system was a...

The Top 5 Reasons We Love Retro Gaming

Video games have unquestionably become more ambitious and impressive in recent years. When you look at the likes of The Last Of Us, it’s impossible to overstate just how far video games have come since people were playing Pong forty-odd years ago. But for all the innovations within the medium, and for all the new fangled ideas and increasingly elaborate control schemes, there’s something to be said for how much more straight forward things were in the games we played as kids....

How the PlayStation changed the game

In the early nineties Nintendo was the undisputed king of the video game industry. SEGA had tried to compete with the NES and the SNES home consoles with their Master System and Mega Drive, and while the latter did a lot better than the former, Nintendo were still firmly in first place once all the sales were counted. As the SNES and Mega Drive generation was winding up, SEGA started toying with the idea of using CDs instead of cartridges, even going so far as to release the SEGA CD add-on for the Mega Drive....

Collectors v Resellers: Can’t we all just get along?

Tens of thousands of years ago the very first humans survived as hunters and gatherers. Our ancestors went out into the wild with basic tools and weapons to hunt for meat, and they scoured the forest for fruits, vegetables and berries. At the end of a hard day at the office these simple people would sit around their camp fire dividing up the spoils of the hunt. One of the cavemen always took a little bit more food than he could eat because he figured he could then use it to trade with later. If he didn’t want to tidy up after himself he’d just bribe someone else with a little meat. Didn’t fancy going out and hunting a mammoth? Why, he’d just offer up a handful of berries for any man who’d go in his place. Once the other cavemen noticed what he was doing, some of them kicked off about it, and a never ending argument began....

The First Great Console War

Since man first learned how to fashion undergarments from fig leaves, humanity has scarcely lasted five minutes without starting a war. Whether it’s for land, for religion, or to take down a rotten egg like Hitler and his cronies, we as a people are prone to letting our fists do the talking a little too often. Commonly, resources are the reason that we go to war, whether those in power care to admit it or not. President Bush might like to tell you that he invaded the Middle East for the good of the people, but it just so happens there’s also a hell of a lot of oil over there. When there’s not enough to go around, everyone wants to make sure they get their share. As Tears For Fears once sang, ‘Everybody Wants To The Rule The World’....

What qualifies as retrogaming?

Whether or not a game or system qualifies as retrogaming is a tough thing to quantify and something that different people will often think very differently about. The ‘retro’ in the word ‘retrogaming’ is in itself a bit of a little bit misleading.  Retro, by definition, is a style that intentionally evokes memories of an older style that has since gone out of fashion. So movies from the ‘30s aren’t retro, but The Artist, a recent movie made in the style of an old silent movie, is retro. If we apply the same logic to video games then something like Mega Man isn’t retro, but a game like Shovel Knight is because it pays homage to the NES games of old. Gamers have appropriated the word ‘retro’ into the new word ‘retrogaming’, but unlike the traditional definition, ‘retrogaming’ refers to playing old games rather than games that play like old games....

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