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The Video Shop – A Short Film

The Video Shop – A Short Film

I’m sure many of us have extremely fond memories of visiting our old video store. The excitement of not knowing what to rent. Browsing the aisles looking for some great box art. Reading the blurb to see what the hell a film was about. I’m…

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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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I could spend hours browsing this Swatch website

I could spend hours browsing this Swatch website

Not many things scream the 80s more than Swatch watches. They were cool, they were crazy, they had bright colours, but they were also a really decent watch. Boys and girls both liked them. My only issue was that I really loved digital watches. I…

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Which are the Most Valuable Retro Video Games Ever?

Which are the Most Valuable Retro Video Games Ever?

Video games haven’t always been regarded as being high value collectible items. They tend not to age well, and titles that were considered revolutionary years ago can appear laughable to many people when compared to contemporary games. However, while there’s no shortage of retro video…

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My Love/Hate Relationship With Fruit Machines

My Love/Hate Relationship With Fruit Machines

I’ve got a bit of a love / hate relationship with Fruit Machines (or ‘Puggies’ as we call them in Scotland). I guess they’re called Slot Machines or One Armed Bandits in America, but that’s a slightly different kind of game I think. More of…

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The unreleased Nintendo Sky Skipper arcade reveal at Arcade Club

The unreleased Nintendo Sky Skipper arcade reveal at Arcade Club

I posted recently about my trip to the amazing Arcade Club, in Bury just outside Manchester. That post was about the arcade itself, but I’ve now managed to get round to writing about the occasion. Why did we pick that weekend to go up? Well,…

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The ZX Spectrum Next: A new Spectrum computer gets Kickstarted

The ZX Spectrum Next: A new Spectrum computer gets Kickstarted

I’m a big supporter of Kickstarter. I’ve backed several projects on there. Mostly books but occasionally other things. The ZX Spectrum Next project which launched today is probably the one that I have been most excited about though. At the time of writing this blog…

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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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Johnuary: John Carpenter

Johnuary: John Carpenter

If you haven’t already, please check out my post from yesterday explaining everything about #Johnuary. John Carpenter Before I started Johnuary, I knew the name John Carpenter, but the only film I really knew that was his was The Thing. It helps that he puts…

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Top Ten 80s Watches

Top Ten 80s Watches

This post is in response to the Pop Culture League’s Challenge on Listicular Fortitude. I’m a big fan of watches of all kinds. I’m still stunned that people can make those tiny intricate mechanisms in analogue watches now, let alone over 100 years ago. But…

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