Archive for Retrogaming

The Evolution of Nintendo Consoles, from NES to Switch

The Evolution of Nintendo Consoles, from NES to Switch

Nintendo is one of the brands at the heart of many retro fans. I never actually owned a Nintendo console myself until the Wii (although I did have a Game Boy) but their presence was always a huge part of growing up in the 80s…

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The Humble Beginnings of Casino Video Games

The Humble Beginnings of Casino Video Games

I’m a big fan of casinos. I’m not sure if it started when I was watching James Bond films or perhaps more modern films like Casino and Ocean’s Eleven, but I just like the thrill of the tables and the glamour that is often associated…

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Spider-Man’s early video games

Spider-Man’s early video games

With the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie only a few months away I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger between now and then. Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes of all time. Having been created by Stan Lee and Steve…

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The NES Classic is a Must-Have Present for 80s Gamers

The NES Classic is a Must-Have Present for 80s Gamers

The holidays are right around the corner and that means it’s time to start putting together your wish lists. This season could be one of the best we’ve seen for retro gaming lovers in quite some time thanks to one item in particular. Nintendo has…

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My Retrogaming History

My Retrogaming History

I’ve enjoyed reading/listening to other people’s posts/podcasts about their gaming history so I thought I would write mine. Particularly after just attending Revival Events this past weekend where it really struck me how different everyone’s gaming backgrounds were. It just highlights how rich the world…

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Revival Solstice July 2016 Retrogaming Event

Revival Solstice July 2016 Retrogaming Event

I’d been to a few smaller retrogaming events in recent years, including a small one on Canvey Island by The Retro Lords, two small ones (Retromania) in Essex and London by Retro Asylum, and also Play Margate, but I hadn’t been to one of the…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 23 – The Finished Cabinet

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 23 – The Finished Cabinet

Having an arcade cabinet in my home has been a goal of mine for many years. I’m not the kind of person to want things like flash cars or a big mansion house. I just want a happy marriage and healthy kids, both of which…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 22 – Issues to watch out for

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 22 – Issues to watch out for

When I started this project I really didn’t know what I was going to end up with. I was taking a gamble as I didn’t have much experience making physical things with my hands. All in all I am extremely pleased, nay over the moon,…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 21 – Setting up MAME

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 21 – Setting up MAME

The cabinet is all built, the electronics are all working, so it’s now just a matter of setting up the Raspberry Pi with the correct software and games. I’ll be totally honest and say that I ended up having this done for me. Not because…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 20 – Installing the electronics

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 20 – Installing the electronics

For this post about the electronics, I’m going to cover everything including the joysticks, buttons, all the wiring, the power in general and just how everything works. I really don’t have too much experience with electrical wiring etc but my neighbour is an electrician so…

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