If you’re an old-fart gamer — like me — you may remember, or at least be aware of, the 1983 movie Joysticks. I’m not even sure if this Z-grade, R-rated teensploitation stinker has even achieved the rank of “cult classic,” so I’m hesitant to use it. However, in the interest of research…sigh. I finally pulled the trigger. Continue reading “Oh god, I finally watched Joysticks”
This is a pretty simple gadget, and this will be a very short review, so I’ll get straight to the point: this was a great idea. Continue reading “My Arcade Famicom-to-NES Cartridge Converter: The RGSH Test”
YES! Issue 3 of the RGSH fanzine is DONE and AVAILABLE NOW!
This is the biggest issue yet at 44 pages, featuring two remixed blog articles, and the rest ALL NEW ‘zine-exclusive content!
New features in this issue include:
- 2019’s Best Retro
- Game Collecting Off the Grid
- Video Game Tattoos
- Demakes We’d Like to See
- Strategy: Nintendo Pro Wrestling
Plus a couple of my favorite blog posts, Grails and Famously Obscure Consoles, with expanded text and swanky graphic layouts!
Here’s a quick flip-thru video:
As always, the fanzine is available in both physical printed and digital editions, and the print edition includes the PDF version FREE!
My goal has always been to have the ‘zine out on the blog’s birthday in October, but so far that’s only happened the first issue; however, as it’s an annual publication, I’m also okay with it coming out around this time of year, so I think that will be the new schedule. And get this: I already have plans for issue 4, as that will come out after my trip to Tokyo this year, so you know there’ll be some juicy stuff in the next issue!
Thanks for sticking with me, and I hope you pick up and enjoy the new issue. If you do, don’t forget that isuses 1 and 2 are still available from the Retro Game SuperHyper MagCloud storefront!
I was looking for some of my old Atari catalogs, and I found them in this box that has piles of other stuff in it, so if you have about 45 minutes to hang out, I thought you might like to dig through this box with me.
There’s some cool surprises in here, like original Nintendo Fun Club cards, Midwest Gaming Classic flyers, old console manuals, catalogs showing games that never came out, and some promotional VHS tapes.
Thanks for watching, hope you dig it, and if you do, please do the whole like-and-subscribe thing!
“Hey Teej,” I hear you saying, “After almost 40 years of video game playing and collecting, what is your ultimate Holy Grail? Also, you’re looking particularly handsome today.” Well, thank you, and yes, I’m so glad you asked that question! If I won the lottery, was independently wealthy, got to spend someone else’s money, or was just plain financially irresponsible, what would I buy from that great mythical reef store that has everything I’ve ever dreamed of? This totally self-indulgent article has those answers! Continue reading “Grails”
I can still remember walking into my usual haunt, the Pocket Change arcade in the Fox River Mall in Appleton, Wisconsin, expecting my usual rounds of Street Fighter II, when I saw a new fighting game from Capcom. It was like SF2, but faster, funnier, and…it was full of monsters. Darkstalkers had arrived, and unbeknownst to me, it was about to rocket up my personal favorite game chart with a silver bullet, and stay there to this day.
Even if you’re a fan of pre-NES homebrew video games, such as those available from AtariAge and Intellivision Revolution, you may not be aware of one independently-developed Atari 2600 game from back in 2010 titled A Slow Year, one of the most unique video games I’ve ever seen. Not to reignite the “games as art” debate, but on the sliding scale with “Game” at one end and and “Art” at the other, A Slow Year easily lands farther toward the “Art” end than any other game — yes, much farther than Ico or Journey — causing one to wonder if it even qualifies as a “Game” at all. It does, I think, but as with all the most interesting things in art, entertainment, and life itself, the lines are blurred and the decision is up for individual interpretation. Continue reading “A Slow Year”