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Retro News & Chat / C64 Bass guitar incorporating SID chip sound
« on: February 12, 2013, 20:04:53 PM »
Ok, making guitars from old broken stuff is old hat and it's a shame that the C64 died but at the same time it's absolute genius to make a bass guitar into a synth by running the sound through the Sid chip.  That C64 didn't die in vain. ... af4EY&NR=1

General Retro Chat / Weird accessories.
« on: September 02, 2012, 19:32:00 PM »
Games developers have always come up with weird and wonderful accessories during their time but none that I have come across during my frequent internet rambles are as strange as this item that has recently cropped up. The Nintendo Knitting Machine accessory for the NES.

Can anyone find any other strange accessories as odd as this?

Retro News & Chat / Favorite game quotes
« on: July 22, 2012, 20:23:42 PM »
Video games have always been a source of amusement when it comes to translations or just odd things to say. Everybody knows the classic line from Zero Wing: "All your base are belong to us"

What are your favorite video game quotes? Don't forget to mention the game and if possible wich console you can find it on.

Announcements and Feedback / Essex Retro Gaming Event
« on: July 03, 2012, 21:01:32 PM »
I just read about this in a local paper. A new retro gaming event will be taking place in Canvey Island, Essex on Sept 1st.  Retro Lords: 7 Generations will be taking place at the Monico Pub on Canvey Island seafront which is practically right on my doorstep as i live opposite the pub.
Anyway here is the web link

It is apparently being held by two chaps that regularly attend gaming events dressed as Mario and Luigi. Either way this will be my first gaming event to attend, first of many i hope.

Marketplace / ebay bargains
« on: May 06, 2012, 11:44:27 AM »
Has anybody won any particulatly good bargains on ebay recently?

Here are my latest bargains. ... 1497.l2649 ... 1497.l2649

Ok, I did pay over the odds for the megadrive games but I have been after Gadget Twins for a little while and who could resist a Korean copy of Decap Attack?

General Retro Chat / PC & DOS Abandonware
« on: May 06, 2012, 11:23:39 AM »
Some of you may well already know of this but I have just found a site that offers free downloads of abandonware games.

There are tons of games to browse through and some absolute classics on there too.

What are peoples opinions on abandonware?
Is it good that there are free retro games to download?
Do you think that if the software company abandons the rights to the game the abandonware sites should make a small charge that goes to the original writers/programmers?

Marketplace / For Trade or Sale (Preferably trade)
« on: April 28, 2012, 13:01:53 PM »
All Games are complete and in fair to good condition unless otherwise stated and have been tested and i have tried to be as fair as possible with the prices stated (working on and trying to undercut average e-bay auction endings and not the buy it now prices)

I would prefer to trade but for those that just wish to buy the prices are on there. I am willing to do small discounts or chuck in a freebie when 5 or more items are purchased. For those that want to trade I have a list of games I am looking out for on this thread: ... ic.php?t=6

Postage will be calculated at the cheapest rate possible. (I recycle all the packaging i can so that always cuts down on overall cost too)  Any questions feel free to message me

Sega MegadriveMega CDXbox (original)IntellivisionDreamcastSega SaturnSega Master SystemNintendo NesNintendo N64Atari 2600Atari 7800Atari STSony PlaystationSony Playstation 2Philips Videopac

General Retro Chat / Favorite Text Adventures?
« on: April 27, 2012, 20:22:51 PM »
Text adventures were a massive, yet often overlooked part of computer gaming history. Hours would be spent typing in "go north", "Pick Up gold", "Hit troll with twig" and other command phrases that would enevitably leave you pulling your hair out in frustration when they didn't work.  Does anyone have any particular memories of ?

My Top Ten are

1) The Hobbit - An absolute classic but I always wondered how on earth I managed to end up inside Thorin!?!

2) The Saga of Erik The Viking - A well written adventure with great graphics by Level 9 computing

3) Castle Colditz - Escape the castle and steal as much Nazi gold as possible

4) Knight Orc - Follow the adventures of Grindleguts the Orc as he wakes up from a night of drinking to find himself in lots of trouble.

5) The Golden Apple - One of the first Text adventures I ever played and also one of the best

6) Denis through the drinking glass - Follow Denis Thatcher on a quest to get as drunk as possible and avoid Maggie

7) Zork - The Classic Text adventure

8) The Wild Bunch - Cowboy based adventure where you get to hunt down members of the Wild Bunch.

9) Valhalla - A Nordic adventure with gods and dragons etc... Just try swearing so you can watch Mary the dwarf wander in and give you a swift kick in the happy sack.

10) The Dungeon Master - Text based RPG adventure that came with its own dungeon Editor.

Retro News & Chat / Goodbye to one of Londons best retro shops
« on: April 12, 2012, 18:39:04 PM »
Another loss for gaming as Games Focus in London closes down.

Such a shame as I'd got a few interesting games there before and was planning another day out to London to go there again :(

Introductions / Hello gang
« on: April 10, 2012, 19:24:09 PM »
Hi everyone,

My name is Martin and I am from the deep swamplands of Essex in the UK, Canvey Island to be precise (really not as glamarous as it sounds). I am an old school gamer with my first console being the Acetronic MPU1000 in 1977 and microcomputer the 16k ZXspectrum. I am still an avid gamer with retro and modern consoles/computers and spend plenty of time scouring car boot sales and charity shops to find those golden bargains.

I have a large collection of consoles and computers and games which I am constantly trying to improve and increase.

Here is the list (in no particuar order),

Acetronic MPU1000
Sega Master System
Mega CD
Atari 2600
Atari 7200
Philips Videopac
Atari ST
Commodore Amiga
Commodore 64
Commodore +4
ZX Spectrum 48k/128k/+1/+2
Acorn Electron
Sega Game Gear
Nintendo Gameboy/Gameboy Advance

Ok, the Xbox360 and Wii aren't retro but todays new consoles are tomorrows retro collectibles. Anyway, Nice to meet you all and hope to speak to all some point soon.

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