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Discussion: Video Game Addiction & Retro Gaming Collections


The retro gaming community is a wonderful place. Filled with plenty of like-minded individuals all focused on the love of pixels and a nostalgic past, it's a great feeling being part of the second life we all lead through gaming. Having said that though, I've noticed a big increase in the number of fellow collectors claiming they are more than addi [ … ]

Last Updated ( 15 November 2016 )

4th & Inches Retrospective: 30 Years On - Where Are They Now?


When you think of good, well known gridiron video games, what immediately comes to mind? Madden? Highly likely. NCAA Football? Probably. Tecmo Bowl? Absolutely. How about 4th & Inches? Probably not. With the current American football season now in full swing and 4th & Inches a mere handful of weeks away from celebrating it's 30th birthday, [ … ]

Last Updated ( 16 October 2016 )

Summer of Sonic 2016 Recap


With Sonic's 25th birthday this year it seems only fitting that Summer of Sonic makes its return in 2016. The once annual convention of all things blue hedgehog related returned with a blast on Saturday, 6th of August and RetroCollect's resident Sonic fanboy was there to experience it...

My girlfriend, myself and thousands of other Sonic fans de [ … ]

Last Updated ( 08 August 2016 )

Journey To The East - How Games Are Altered Though Localisation For Japan


Ever since games have been sold from one country to another, there have always been changes made during the journey. The scope and reasoning behind adjustments to current games are being put under the microscope, however, it's important to remember that localisation isn't a one way street. It can be easy to think that Japan gets to play everything [ … ]

Last Updated ( 31 July 2016 )

The Secrets of 1995: A Seiken Densetsu 3 / Secret of Evermore Comparison


1995 was a great time for the Super Nintendo, but it was also a strange time for the Super Nintendo. It was the year that the 16-bit juggernaut would see many of its most memorable releases: Chrono Trigger, Terranigma, Earthbound, Diddy’s Kong Quest, to name a few. But apart from the sequel to Donkey Kong Country, a lot of the excellent games that [ … ]

Last Updated ( 02 August 2016 )

Nintendo HQ's Golden Ticket: Future Publishing's 1994 Winner Tells Of His Trip To Japan


"Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Golden Ticket, Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you! For now, I do invite you to come to my factory and be my guest for one whole day. I will conduct you around the factory myself showing you everything that there is to see". If anyone alive knew how Charlie felt [ … ]

Last Updated ( 30 May 2016 )

Video Game Shops And The Death Of The Egg Custard Export Trade


"Ireland would be amazing if you could put a roof over it" is what I've been told several times during the course of my ex-pat life here on the Emerald Isle. Never hath a truer word left the lips of a local. So it was a handful of weekends ago, during another glorious 48 hour downpour (the kind that miraculously evolve in to birds chirping, bright [ … ]

Last Updated ( 21 May 2016 )

Retro Discussion: Why Was The NTSC Super Nintendo So Different?


The Super Nintendo was a major success in America, which is not a surprise since it had some amazing games. It was most known for its great role playing games such as the Final Fantasy series and Chrono Trigger. It also had a ton of side scrolling action platformers like Super Star Wars and Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures. It did not run the scr [ … ]

Last Updated ( 18 May 2016 )

What ‘Mega Man’ Taught Me About Life, Perseverance & Reading Instruction Booklets


The annals of retro gaming are littered with tales of remarkable gaming prowess: Super Mario speed runs, unbroken strings of Street Fighter II double perfects… Only recently, the maximum possible score for Donkey Kong was officially achieved, immediately ruining it for other human beings and Billy Mitchell. But I was party to something equally awe- [ … ]

Last Updated ( 19 May 2016 )

Gaming Memories #1: Die! Alien Slime (Commodore 64)


Do you remember the first game purchased with your own hard earned pocket money? Making the small trek to Planet Games back in the good ol' days of the late 80s (exact dates elude me as now I can't even do simple maths let alone remember an arbitrary time period) and spending what must have felt like an eternity for my dad as my brother and I picke [ … ]

Last Updated ( 16 May 2016 )

Bye Bye Collection! Does Starting A Family Mark The End Of Your Retro Gaming Life?


About 24 months ago, everything (and I really do mean everything) in my life changed. Forever. I recall where I was, not necessarily what day, other than it was hot (that being a miracle in itself in Ireland), or what time, other than it was bright-ish out and I was standing in our kitchen; when my wife delivered the news that we were exp [ … ]

Last Updated ( 11 May 2016 )
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