Amiga Story | Nostalgia Nerd.

Amiga Story | Nostalgia Nerd.

What goes up, must come down... Welcome to the story of the Commodore Amiga. This is part 1 of a 2 part documentary exploring the history and story of the mighty Amiga from its conception through to its buyout by Commodore.

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AtariCrypt Collection Volume One


Greeting Atarians, my great Colleague Steve Gregory a.k.a. Ataricrypt has joined forces with me Greyfox to bring you the Atari ST Scene a very special gift this 2016 xmas :).

I present to you "AtariCrypt Collection Volume One"

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Aquaricart: The Aquarius Album Cartridge.

Aquaricart: The Aquarius Album Cartridge.

The Aquaricart has been designed to carry ALL of the original cartridge software ever released for the Aquarius System, along with several unreleased, prototype, and enhanced titles.

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DOWNRIGHT BIZARRE GAMES.

DOWNRIGHT BIZARRE GAMES: Video Games that Crossed the Line.

Downright Bizarre Games: Video Games that Crossed the Line pokes fun at the video game industry, an entertainment business that often takes itself much too seriously. This is a hilarious look at the odd side of the industry, from games outside of the norm to bad art and outlandish dialogue.

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Keeping the Ball Alive: 30 Years of Stern Pinball.

Keeping the Ball Alive: 30 Years of Stern Pinball.

Here at RVG we are always happy to help support the gaming scene and the Arcade and Pinball scene in particular hold a huge place in my heart, this new book kickstarter  is all about one of the most iconic Pinball manufacturers still going today.

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Coffee Crisis.Sega Megadrive/Genesis.

Coffee Crisis.Sega Megadrive/Genesis.

Coffee Crisis is a groundbreaking Sega Genesis game in 16-bit, Hi-Definition glory. Stop the Smurglians & save the Earth!

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TANGLEWOOD: An original game for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive.

TANGLEWOOD: An original game for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive.

A brand new and original game for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive, to be released on cartridge in winter 2017. Forum member Bigevilcorporation  has been developing this game for sometime and has now started a Kickstarter campaign and needs your support to bring this game to life.

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Rayman By Rémi - The Collector Soundtrack Album.

Rayman By Rémi - The Collector Soundtrack Album.

Fans of Rayman rejoice and support this new Kickstarter for the proposed Rayman Collector Soundtrack Album.

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Cronosoft: A Retrospective.

Cronosoft: A Retrospective.

With the rise and popularity of next generation consoles, it seems they are taking over the world. New games are released every week and you can’t get away from the ads where you think you’re watching a film trailer and it turns out to be the latest PS4 game. How did that happen? It seems us retro game fans are being left behind when it comes to new releases. Of course, this is inevitable as technology develops and games become more complex so this is something everyone has become accustomed to. But, if like me, you think ‘I would really love some new games for my 30 year old computer! Why can’t people keep on making games? Is that too much to ask?’ - there are some people keeping this dream alive.

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The Story of U.S.Gold Book Review.

The Story of U.S.Gold Book Review.

Welcome to another Retro Video Gamer book review. Fusion Retro Books has been creating a long series of retro gaming books for the last 4 years during which they have created a great selection of retro gaming publications, covering many classic home computers and British Software houses to name but a few.

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The Plot

The Plot.

Oddly enough, there aren't very many games based around Guy Fawkes and his part in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, during which a group of English Catholics attempted to assassinate King James by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. There are, of course, numerous issues with using the story in this way - casting the player as both a terrorist and a hero, for instance, could certainly be considered 'a bit dodgy', and that's before you even get to the fact that Fawkes and his cohorts ultimately failed in their plans and ended up being tortured and executed for their crimes. Nevertheless, a few companies did try to produce a playable version of the tale during the '80s, and Firebird's budget title 'The Plot' was among the last of these  to hit the shelves.

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The Rocky Horror Show

Turning a popular movie or television series into a computer game was always a bit of a stretch, especially during the '80s when hardware restrictions often severely limited the types of games you could produce. Regardless, a great many companies tried and some of them even managed to produce some excellent, playable titles over the years. But in 1985 when CRL announced that they had acquired the rights to produce a tie-in game based upon Richard O'Brien's insanely-popular musical 'The Rocky Horror Show', you could be excused for thinking they may well have taken leave of their senses. The latest Hollywood action-blockbuster you could maybe imagine in 8-bit form, but a musical? On a machine with the musical capabilities of your average digital watch? How could that ever work?

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The Amiga Years Special Edition now available

The Amiga Years Special Edition now available

Amiga nostalgia addicts: it’s time to rejoice, crack open some beers and munchies and settle down in a very comfy chair, because they Special Edition of The Amiga Years is now available.

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Cronosoft: A Retrospective.

Cronosoft: A Retrospective.

With the rise and popularity of next generation consoles, it seems they are taking over the world. New games are released every week and you can’t get away from the ads where you think you’re watching a film trailer and it turns out to be the latest PS4 game. How did that happen? It seems us retro game fans are being left behind when it comes to new releases. Of course, this is inevitable as technology develops and games become more complex so this is something everyone has become accustomed to. But, if like me, you think ‘I would really love some new games for my 30 year old computer! Why can’t people keep on making games? Is that too much to ask?’ - there are some people keeping this dream alive.

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Donkey Kong Arcade Machine – The Home Straight - Part 2

Part 2 – The Home Straight

 

So in Part 1 you will have followed my journey so far in restoring this beat up Donkey Kong cab. I felt I was in the home straight now – it was time for some artwork to be applied to the sides of the cab. This part scared me to death, because once the art is on, it’s on. You can’t get it wrong, there are no second chances. So here it is. A step by step guide to applying side art:

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Donkey Kong Arcade Machine – Raising The Dead - Part 1

Part 1 – Raising The Dead

 

I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to build arcade cabinets from the ground up on a factory production line back in the early 1980s. Rumour has it that those employed by Atari in California to hand build the classic cabs we know and love, were largely low-paid, permanently stoned hippies and Mexicans (am I allowed to say that?!). Some even go as far to say that the unique musty arcade “smell” you get when you switch on a thirty year old arcade cabinet is part weed, infused into the wood of the machines by the workers smoking on joints all day on the production lines.

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