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Is retro nostalgia the secret of online gaming?

Is retro nostalgia the secret of online gaming?

Remember the days before the internet? When most people thought you were strange if you were into collecting old retro gear? Yeah, us too. Nobody really knew how big the market for retro was back then. Not many people  appreciated the value of keeping old…

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6 Ways Our Computer Habits Looked Different Two Decades Ago

6 Ways Our Computer Habits Looked Different Two Decades Ago

The rise of technology is playing an important role in our lives these days. It seems that no one can function without computers, smartphones, or tablets. From today’s point of view, it is unimaginable how everyone managed to survive and any work was completed 20…

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When modems were sexy

When modems were sexy

Perhaps not actually ‘sexy’, but there was a time when modems were pretty goddam exciting. I had seen WarGames and fallen in love with the idea of computers talking to each other. David Lightman had that modem where you actually put the phone handset into…

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How Arcade Halls Are Becoming Relevant Again

How Arcade Halls Are Becoming Relevant Again

Gaming is a multi-billion industry today, with millions of gamers logging in and going online to play their favorite games from the comfort of their homes. Yet, it all started with a humble quarter of a dollar, or ten pence, in many arcade halls spread…

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How did the late 20th Century influence poker?

How did the late 20th Century influence poker?

It’s hard to pinpoint how many variants of poker there are around the world, and it’s as challenging to think about the history of the game. Some attribute its development to the French game poque while others suggest that the prototype of poker is the…

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How my viewing habits have changed over the years

How my viewing habits have changed over the years

There has been some recent debate about physical media v streaming media lately on the internet, such as this thread. I haven’t actually seen much of it myself but I’ve heard about it and that just made me think about how my viewing habits and…

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My chat with Ron McClure, the General Manager of the 1982 Buck Rogers Burger Station

My chat with Ron McClure, the General Manager of the 1982 Buck Rogers Burger Station

Only a few days after posting my original article about the amazing Buck Rogers Burger Station that was in Glasgow in the early 80s, I managed to get in touch with Ron McClure, who was the General Manager of the restaurant when it opened. I…

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This Beatles homage “A Full Day In The Life” by Peter Serafinowicz is a work of genius

This Beatles homage “A Full Day In The Life” by Peter Serafinowicz is a work of genius

I just had to write a blog post about this, because I think it’s so cool. I was listening to Chris Hardwick’s podcast ID10T recently and his guest was Peter Serafinowicz. I tend to only listen to episodes with guests that I’m interested in, but…

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How Nostalgia Media Came to Rule the World

How Nostalgia Media Came to Rule the World

[Banner image source: Pixabay]. There used to be a belief in advertising that when kids grow up and start earning money, their taste fundamentally shifts. Rather than enjoying the games, television and film of their youth, they would now appreciate an entirely different set of…

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Glasgow had an amazing Buck Rogers themed restaurant in 1982 called the Buck Rogers Burger Station

Glasgow had an amazing Buck Rogers themed restaurant in 1982 called the Buck Rogers Burger Station

Glasgow has had some cool themed bars and restaurants over the years. There was the ‘Muscular Arms’ superhero themed bar, ‘The Trading Post’ Wild West themed restaurant and the very popular Star Wars-themed ‘Jedi Bar’ (before litigation crossed over the pond). But perhaps the most…

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