Go 8 Bit – A Show About Video Games Hosted By Dara O’Briain

Video gaming has come a long way in recent years. Traditionally it was something you did at an arcade, with people playing games for hours after hours trying to beat the top score. The games then came home, with people being able to enjoy their frustration and enjoyment in private, then they went back to being public with streamers and tournaments bringing e-sports to the whole world. Dara O’Briain looks to continue this by bringing some of the games back to your TV screen.

With a few exceptions, shows about video games have rarely taken off. An example of this can be found back in 2003 when BBC Two released the series Time Commanders. Putting people into historic battles using Rome: Total War while military specialists would compare their tactics to the actual tactics used in the battle. People prefer to play games rather than watch them.

These days people prefer to play games rather than watch them, but comedian Dara O’Briain latest show, Go 8 Bit, could change that by giving two teams give rounds to complete against one another. Ranging from classic games like Pac-Man and Pong to more modern games (I doubt we will get to see them play Mortal Kombat) the series could inspire people to watch and even play some classics.

In addition to the video games “larger-than-life game-inspired physical challenges” could be included as part of the show. We are thinking paintballing on CS:GO inspired maps and a few laps the studio in Mario Kart themed boxes.

Would you watch the show? Who would you like to see take part in the competitions?

Dolphin Emulator Now Has DirectX 12 Support

DirectX 12 is a low-level API which has the potential to allow for console-like optimization across a wide range of PC hardware. While it’s still early days, there’s a great deal of excitement surrounding games with plans to use Microsoft’s revolutionary API. For example, Quantum Break is a DirectX 12 exclusive so it will be fascinating to see the performance numbers on various setups. Additionally, there are rumours circulating which suggests that Rise of the Tomb Raider might receive a DirectX 12 patch. On another note, the Vulkan API is an open source alternative supporting Windows 7, 8.1, 10, Linux, Android and more! Competition is vital to push technology forward, and it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities to see emulators adopt both APIs.

Dolphin is one of the most promising emulators and allows users to play Gamecube and Wii games! This is a fantastic project because it’s possible to experience iconic Nintendo games at high resolutions. On the original hardware, the output resolution is quite limiting and features a really murky look on modern Televisions. As always, it’s incredibly difficult to create a working emulator with low hardware demands. Currently, Dolphin works very well using the DirectX 11 but there’s some room for improvement.

The user “hdcmeta” on the Dolphin forums, has created a DirectX 12 backend which exhibits performance improvements of up to 50%:

“Generally, graphics-intensive games get a nice win, while (Gamecube CPU)-bound games (Zelda OOT from the ‘bonus disk’ is a good example) are the same – graphics wasn’t on the critical path there. At higher resolutions, graphics becomes more important, so the relative improvement can increase there. In general, CPU usage is now much lower for the same workload relative to DX11/OpenGL.”

Here we can see the percentile difference between DirectX 11, DirectX 12, and OpenGL:

 

This is astonishing and showcases the kind of optimization on low-mid range hardware. I’m interested to see if the performance increases scale in a similar fashion on higher end GPUs. Whatever the case, it seems DirectX 12 has a major benefit in emulators and this is going to be great news for anyone wanting to play older Nintendo games in glorious detail.

Atari to Launch Classic Game Compilation on Steam

Atari is one of the most iconic names in video game history and popularized the concept of interchangeable cartridges on a home console. Way back in 1977, Atari launched the Atari VCS which eventually become known as the 2600 after 1982. The system featured 128 bytes of RAM, an 8-bit MOS 6507 CPU running at 1.19 MHz and had a huge range of controllers. While the games look extremely primitive by modern standards, they were revolutionary in the early 1980s and helped establish the video game industry as a credible form of entertainment. Unfortunately, Atari struggled in their later years and couldn’t compete with SEGA or Nintendo. For example, the Atari Jaguar’s bulky controller, and poor software library made it a disaster.

Atari is now owned by French company, Infogrames and hasn’t really published anything of note. The only real exception which comes to mind is Test Drive Unlimited. Nevertheless, a new compilation is coming to Steam entitled, Atari Vault which includes a number of legendary games! The press release reads:

“Including 100 iconic, fan-favorite games like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Tempest®, Warlords®, and many more,Atari Vault enables fans to relive the classic gaming experience in the modern age, with an upgraded user interface, the addition of online and local multiplayer options, and Steam Controller support that provides significantly improved precision control. For the first time ever, fans from around the world can challenge other players on Steam Leaderboards and compete for arcade supremacy – all while rocking out to the games’ original 70’s and 80’s soundtracks. Atari Vault is under development by Code Mystics, and will launch in Spring 2016.”

Sadly, there’s no information regarding price, but I cannot imagine it will be too expensive given the library’s age and ability to emulate Atari games so easily. While I’m a huge fan of retro games, it can be quite difficult to look past the graphics on old school Atari classics, because they have aged quite poorly.

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Penn and Teller’s Desert Bus To Receive Sequel

If you ever study video games (it’s something you can do and I highly recommend) you will come across this game. Desert Bus is known across the board for many reasons, more commonly though due to the long and rather bland gameplay. This won’t stop the release of a new one as one of the original founders of the game have hinted that they are working on a new Desert Bus.

Desert Bus is the brainchild of Penn and Teller. Yes that Penn and Teller, the famous magical double act, were the creators of the original game all the way back in 1992. Designed as a game for when the “violence caused by video game” argument was at a high, the game features you driving a bus for eight hours on a straight road at 45mph between Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.

While not the most enticing game at first glance they aren’t looking to develop a game to make people suffer, instead its quite the opposite. The game will be developed to support Desert Bus for Hope, a charity event that see’s people play Desert Bus as part of a charity marathon (it’s even streamed online) in order to raise money for Child’s Play, a charity for domestic violence and children in hospitals.

Working alongside Randy Pitchford (Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Duke Nukem Forever), who is currently at Gearbox, the game will “probably be for the Oculus Rift and for the PlayStation VR”.

Not all games have to be action packed and full of explosions, Desert Bus 2.0 will be there to help others in a way to bring together gamers and people all over the world.

Retro VGS Console Rebranded as COLECO Chameleon

Retro gaming is becoming more popular every year as people try to recreate memories from their childhood and evoke a sense of nostalgia. As a result, many of the classic or rare titles, can fetch a huge amount of money and the industry is now quite lucrative. Unfortunately, older hardware can be a nightmare to configure on modern televisions due to the lack of an RF or Scart connection. Furthermore, the low-resolution image scales poorly on modern displays and requires an older CRT set to view optimally. Thankfully, there are products like the Retron 5 which support cartridges for numerous consoles including the SNES and N64. These also utilize an HDMI output which sharpens the image and makes the initial setup process much easier.

Some time ago, the Retro VGS embarked on an Indiegogo campaign and offered to bring back the glory days of cartridge gaming with new and exciting exclusives. However, the unit’s specification and eye-watering $300 price tag resulted in the project’s eventual demise. However, it seems the unit has now undergone a rebranding, and the team behind it believes they have cut costs and produced a more enticing proposition. The revised prototype is now called, COLECO Chameleon and opts for the same Atari Jaguar outer casing. It will be interesting to see the reaction and amount of money invested when the device eventually arrives on Kickstarter.

Doom is Now Fully Playable Using Fallout 4’s PipBoy

Fallout 4’s passionate community is already creating a host of innovative mods to improve the user-interface. While these alterations are incredibly useful, the ability to play Doom on a Pip Boy is certainly one of the most intriguing creations. Once the mod has been installed, you can enjoy Doom in all its glory through a retro green art style which is quite reminiscent of the original Nintendo Game Boy. In theory, this shouldn’t be taken down for copyright reasons because you can download a version of Doom under the Shareware license.

Honestly, Bethesda should have included this by default as a hidden Easter egg. Although, perhaps the idea never crossed their mind. If you want to give the Doom mod a try, please visit here. Thankfully, the install process is fairly painless and shouldn’t pose a problem:

  • Goto C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\My Games\Fallout4
  • Open Fallout4.ini
  • Scroll to sResourceDataDirsFinal and add “PROGRAMS\, SOUND\” to the end of the line comma included.
  • Enjoy.

Doom on a Pip Boy isn’t the definitive version but it’s an excellent mod which deserves some attention. Even more impressive, this is supposedly the creator’s first mod. Although, I’m unsure if that relates to Fallout 4 mods or modding in general. Now it’s time to ditch that calculator or Apple Watch version of Doom, and play it on a Pip Boy!

Sony To Cease Betamax Sales After 40 Years

Betamax was pioneered by Sony in the 1970s and utilized a magnetic tape to offer mainstream recording functionality. Initially, Sony tried to dominate the market and make Betamax the industry standard. However, JVC had other ideas and decided to make their own tape recorder called VHS. By 1980, the VHS format accounted for 60% of the North American market and signified the demise of Betamax.

Despite this, Sony’s failed format continued to sell reasonably well in Japan and can still be procured today. Although, Sony announced that Betamax sales will officially end in March 2016. It might surprise people in the west that old formats like Betamax are popular in Japan. Although, ancient electronics and retro games are often seen in various second-hand stores, and the “junk” section can contain broken Betamax players.

It’s important to remember how long the PlayStation 2 was in production throughout Japan. 40 years is a healthy lifespan given the format’s utter failure. I’m personally sad to see any piece of technology being retired, but it’s very niche in 2015. Modern media revolves around streaming which means dedicated players could become obsolete soon. Of course, 4K Blu-Rays could help prolong the lifespan of optical media, but its fate is sealed.

Are you still using VHS tapes? Perhaps, you’re a fan of the mighty LaserDisc format!

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The Nintendo Guitar Boy Mod is Sublime

Over the years, I’ve seen my fair share of outrageous custom guitars but the ‘Guitar Boy’ is a rockin’ retro-gaming masterpiece. This design was made by [Fibbef], an administrator on the BitFixGaming forum which was built as an exhibition piece for the 2015 Game Boy Classic build off. The project took around 3 months to complete and features a fully-functional Raspberry Pi B+ running RetroPie v2.3. Furthermore, there is a 5-inch display, hand-made wooden buttons and a plexiglass cover.

You can check out the entire build log here which provides a in-depth walkthrough through the build process. Surprisingly, the finished product can be used as a Game Boy with a host of integrated ROMs or a traditional electric guitar. Funnily enough, the A and B buttons perform the standard game controls but also required to alter the volume/tone on the guitar’s pickups. Another highlight is you can play the game’s music through the guitar with a more electric-sounding theme.

If I had one area of complaint, it’s that the neck is quite bland and looks rather cheap. Ideally, this could have featured a decal or perhaps a Pokemon colour scheme. Nevertheless, the final result is technically impressive and a really intriguing creation. The video below illustrates the guitar’s functionality and the creator discusses it in more detail.

What is your favourite Game Boy game?

Thank you Hackaday for providing us with this information.

The Wackiest Graphics Cards Ever Devised

AMD’s small-form factor Nano GPU provides an insight into the future with HBM stackable memory which leads to more compact designs. As GDDR5 is phased out, graphics cards should become smaller as the memory is no longer scattered around the PCB. Over the years, there has been some rather unusual designs and here is a number of the best courtesy of a Reddit post.

The header image needs no introduction and features an absurd elongated heatsink. Additionally, the wild, vivid colour scheme is not to everyone’s tastes but certainly an eye-opener. This might come as a surprise but the card in question is the Colorful GeForce GTX 660 Ti World Cyber Games Edition.

Now we move onto the KFA2 GTX 460 which utilized wireless antennas to connect an additional monitor or TV via a HDMI dongle. This enabled you to use multiple displays without using a HDMI or VGA cable. The card incurred a rather extortionate price compared to reference models but is a fairly interesting, albeit flawed concept.

The Radeon RX800 is a work of art and attempted to become the most flexible GPU in the world as motherboards began to drop the AGP standard. PCI-Express was clearly the future and back then cards opted for either an AGP or PCI-E interface. Unbelievably, the RX800 offered both depending on the orientation the card was positioned in. Not only that, you could adjust the DVI slots to fit in the correct way if the card was turned upside down. This was a rather complicated solution to changing graphical interfaces but a quirky card which deserves respect.

If there was an award for the most likeable graphics card name it would have to go to the Radeon HD 2400 XT Bite-Taken-Out-Edition. Originally conceived as a slim, single-slot card, ATI’s engineers had to extend the PCB to add Crossfire functionality. The end result looks extremely silly but for some bizarre reason, I wouldn’t mind owning one!

The next entry is a very peculiar GTX 680 model which adopts a single slot design and humongous length. Unfortunately, the original poster hasn’t been able to track down any manufacturer information although it seems targeted at the Chinese market. I would love to know how cool the card runs and the operating temperatures on such a long profile.

Finally, we come to the HIS 5450 PCI-E x1 Edition which slots connects to a PCI-E x1 slot instead of the industry-standard PCI-E x16 for graphics cards. Usually, PCI-E x1 is reserved for sound cards, USB controllers and other add-in cards. As a result, it’s very perplexing to see a card designed for PCI-E x1 considering every motherboard with this slot design contains at least one PCI-E connector. Although, the 5450 was AMD’s cheapest graphics card available and still might be if I remember correctly. It’s mainly used in HTPCs or basic desktop environments. Therefore, the x1 connector shouldn’t make a big difference.

Unofficial Service Pack Released For Windows 98 SE

With all the press coverage regarding Windows 10, it’s very easy to forget Microsoft’s roots and how their operating systems evolved over time. Windows 98: Second Edition holds a lot of nostalgic memories due to its multi-user network configuration and extended peripheral support. Rather surprisingly, the OS never received an official Service Pack unlike Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8. However, an unofficial Service Pack has just been released which collects all of the Windows Updates and a number of minor tweaks. Here is a complete rundown of the installation process and changes:

Requirements:

  • Minimum 64 MB of RAM for Main Updates.
  • 160 MB free hard disk space for (ALL) options.

Installation Guide:

  1. Install Windows 98 Second Edition (with or without 98lite).*
  2. Install all drivers for your hardware.
  3. Install Internet Explorer (any version).*
  4. Install latest DirectX 9c.*
  5. Install latest Service Pack 3.x (Main Updates).*
  6. Install optional components of Service Pack 3.x.*
  7. Install MS Office.*
  8. Install KernelEx, 98SE2ME, Revolution Pack.*
    [* = Optional]

Changelog 3.47:

  • Minor Bug Fixes
  • Updated 5 fonts (ARIALN.TTF, ARIALNB.TTF, ARIALNBI.TTF, ARIALNI.TTF, ARIBLK.TTF) Office XP SP3
  • Updated GDIPLUS.DLL 5.2.6002.23746 Windows XP SP3

While technology moves forward at a rapid rate, it’s always vital to have a sense of history so future generations can understand how software and hardware developed over the years.

Thank you OlderGeeks for providing us with this information.

1980s Commodore Amiga Still Working Day & Night at School

I’ve heard the phrase “they don’t make them like they used to” before, but this is still pretty damn impressive. A computer that’s as old as I am is still working day and night to control the heating and AC systems at 19 Grand Rapids Public Schools in the US. The Commodore Amiga was installed there in the early 1980s, where it was no doubt hailed as innovative, given that it replaced a much older computer system that was the size of a refrigerator.

The system has a fairly simple task of turning on heat and air conditioners for 19 school buildings, but it has been doing this around the clock since its installation. In that time, it has had two new monitors and a new mouse, but that’s all! I couldn’t imagine even half the stuff currently inside my desktop system would still be working after that amount of time, could you?

“The system controls the start/stop of boilers, the start/stop of fans, pumps, [it] monitors space temperatures, and so on,” GRPS Maintenance Supervisor Tim Hopkins said.

Amazingly, the system was programmed by one of the schools students when it was installed. Since he still lives in the area, the district calls him out whenever they have an issue with the system, no doubt because he’s one of the few still around that remembers how to operate the decades-old system.

“It’s a very unique product. It operates on a 1200-bit modem,” said Hopkins. “How it runs, the software that it’s running, is unique to Commodore.” explained Hopkins.

The system may still be working, but it’s time is almost up as voters passed a $175 million bond proposal last November and the Amiga is on the list for one of the items that needs replacing. The system that will replace it is likely to cost $1.5 and 2 million.

Thank you woodtv for providing us with this information.

Harrison Ford Injured in Plane Crash

The man who flew the Millennium Falcon was involved in a plane crash yesterday, but luckily he’s alright. Harrison Ford managed to land his plane on a nearby golf course with what experts describe as exceptional piloting skills.

Harrison Ford is battered but okay after the crash landing on Thursday. He was flying his vintage World War II training plane when it lost engine power and he had to crash land on a California golf course where he even clipped a tree on the way down. He still managed to land the plane ‘intact’.

https://twitter.com/ChefBenFord/status/573649772583591937

The 72-year-old actor was conscious and breathing when the rescue crews arrived at the scene where he was stabilized and then taken to a hospital. Sources have told NBC News that Ford slammed into the plane’s console and control stick and that he underwent surgery Thursday night. He suffered a broken arm and a nasty gash to his head, among other injuries.

There are those who try to use the news to push their own agenda, about the retro planes safety and close proximity to residential areas, but there is no doubt that Harrison Ford pulled off an amazing landing in a difficult situation. The rest is a matter for another time.

We’re happy that he only suffered minor injuries and wish him a speedy recovery.

Thanks to NBC for providing us with this information

 

Who You Gonna Call… Kirsten Wiig?

That’s right Ghostbusters fans, the new reboot is to bring girl power to the iconic film series; in the form of the Bridemaids stars Kirsten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. The other two roles are b-lined for Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, both very good comedians; appearing on Saturday Night Live numerous times.

Now lets all reminisce of when we first saw the Ghost Busters quartet appear back in the 80’s, the very cheesey animation instantly wowing us and Slimer being our adolescent version of Casper. Who else used to run around with vacuum cleaners on their backs; terrorising the family pets? no, just me?

Paul Feig has worked with Wiig and McCarthy in the past in Bridesmaids and The Heat, bringing out the best in these actresses. He was the driving force behind getting this all female cast onboard. He posted this image on this Twiter earlier today:

 

I loved the originals, let’s hope Paul can make this a great reboot, possibly reboots, using these great actresses; giving the classic a good boost with 21st century graphics.

Thanks to Moviepilot with supplying us with this information.

The Most Beautiful NES You’ll Ever See

Designed from a “single, solid block of 6061 aluminum”,  this is perhaps the prettiest Nintendo Entertainment System you’ll see. Inside and out, this NES tribute is a finely crafted retro gaming dream.

The Analogue Nt is different to other console re-imaginings as it is built largely from the original hardware. It includes the original Ricoh 20A3 and Ricoh 2C02 processors included in the original NES and Famicom and is compatible with all original controllers and accessories – including the Zapper and the Famicom Disk Drive.

Of course, if it supports the Disk Drive, it should support Famicom games too – indeed it does. The console is completely region-free and plays both NES and Famicom games. It will also let you play them in HD, as the console features a HDMI output, upscaling games to 720p or 1080p.

You can pre-order the console now for $499.00 with it shipping in February 2015. While that is expensive, it can get even more costly if you want controllers, HD upscaling and different colour casings.

Source: 9to5Toys

Ecto-1 NES a Must for Ghostbusters Fans and Retro Gamers Alike

If you’re a child of the Eighties – or always wanted to be – then, by the power of Greyskull, this custom console is made for you. eBay seller ultimatecustoms1982 has modified a die-cast replica of Ecto-1, the car from the hit 1984 supernatural comedy Ghostbusters, to contain a Retrobit Nintendo Entertainment System.

 

ultimatecustoms1982 crafted this one-off retro portmanteau by hand, making space for the cartridge slot up top, and the controller and AV ports on either side. The Ecto-1 NES, with a painted and decaled Ghostbusters controller, is being auctioned on eBay right now. The top bid as of Tuesday is $520 (plus $54.99 international shipping from the US), with three days until the listing expires.

Source: Gizmodo

Check Out These Retrotastic Prototypes For Many of Today’s Top Gadgets

 

Companies like Apple, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are name to many of the biggest gadgets we use on a daily basis, but they all had to start somewhere. The first prototypes these companies made may now be sleek and well refined products, but their original incarnations were anything but. Just look at the first ever mobile phone created by Motorola (above), it weighed nearly 5lbs and was nothing short of massive!

Apple may not have based their iPhone from this model, but even back in 1984 they were on the right track for creating a touch screen phone device.

And they tried again between 1984 and 1990, although I think it is safe to say that these devices didn’t take off as well as their current product ranges.

This is one of my favourite bits of gaming trivia that I know very well, the Sony PlayStation was in fact a product built for Nintendo, effectively intended to be a CD-Rom based upgrade to the SNES. A bitter business deal later and Sony went solo, and they’ve likely never looked back since.

The original Xbox was actually X shaped. Although admittedly this was just a snazzy design for showing off the hardware, which is a good thing, just look at how deep that box is! Hardly TV stand friendly, that’s for sure.

And lets not forget the more recent prototype for the Wii U controller, amazing what you can do with a bit of super glue and a screw driver!

Thank you ShowTechn for providing us with this information.

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Get Wing Commander 3 for Free on Origin

EA gets a lot of stick from gamers these days, and it’s understandable given that the company comes across as a soulless machine for squeezing money out of consumers. However this much is true of most companies and gamers seem quick to forget that companies like EA owe us nothing, sucks but it’s true. Of course every now and then, after having our wallets beaten, our games ruined and our online experiences poorly coded, EA and their not so loved Origin service like to give something back and today I think the freebie is a pretty cool one, Wing Commander 3.

That classic semi-point and click adventure / space simulator is a throw back to when the PC used to offer some very unique and creative experiences. The game features a pretty awesome cast, full voice acting and is a massive dose of retro fun.

Don’t forget that Wing commander is the series created by Chris Roberts, the guy who is working on the games spiritual successor, Star Citizen, something that is going very well since the new game raised just short of $50 million in crowd funding.

So what are you waiting for, jump back in time and see what all the fuss was about! Just head on over to the Origin client or web store and you’ll see the “on the house” banner.

 

Museums Classic Arcade Machines Restored With Help of Community

The UK Computer Museum in Cambridge plays home to a vast amount of classic arcade units and while many museums would never dream of restoring their items to new condition, this isn’t your average museum. The team recently decided to try and resurrect a bunch old arcade units that haven’t seen action in at least 17 years and many of them are much older than that, or have suffered heavy use until that point.

Among the pack are Space Invaders, Asteroids, Tempest, Xevious, Alien Syndrome, Centipede and more. Organiser Phillip Riscombe-Burton put a post on forums to call for help in fixing the machines, to which several volunteers answered and have already found temporary fixes for five of the eight dead machines, although they’ve said they’ll continue their work until all the machines are fully restored.

Mr Riscombe-Burton invites any members down to the museum to not only check out the exhibits and play the games there, but to also help contribute their engineering knowledge on how to get these dead ones back to life. Either way it sounds like a pretty fun place, as there aren’t many museums where you can touch the exhibits, let alone try fix them.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

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Commodore 64 – Watch_Dogs 1989 Edition

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a retro-edition of a new game, remember the old school shoot em’ up version of Borderlands that was released a couple of years ago? Well aside from the fact that this game would need to shit on a colossal amount of floppy discs, or lots of very slow loading cassette tapes, the video shows us what Watch_Dogs could have looked like all those years ago.

In fairness it is just a bit of fun, even by 1989 standards the game looks too advanced, I loved my Commodore 64 and yet I have to admit it wasn’t capable of being this good. I certainly wouldn’t say no to this being created as some kind of an indie title, as it does look a lot of fun, is somewhat basic when compared to its real-world and very much playable counterpart.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/Ml3jjWssiCs[/youtube]

With all the hype surrounding this game at the moment, I’ve seen a few cool videos relating to the game, but none was as cool as this one from a few days ago.

Thank you YouTube for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of YouTube.

Super Retro Trio Console Launches Next Month

We love a bit of retro gaming from time to time, but since the price of the original Genesis (Mega Drive), NES and SNES consoles is ever increasing, especially for ones in great condition, there needs to be a more cost effective solution. Sure you can emulate, but that’s not really a suitable option for everyone, sometimes it’s nice to actually have the real cartridge in your collection.

The Super Retro Trio looks set to offer a solution that keeps costs down by combining three classic games consoles into one device. It comes with slots for all three different types of cartridge; Genesis, NES and SNES. It’ll handle all three types of original controller, but comes equipped with a pair of SNES style controllers, an AC adapter and a standard S-Video / AV cablle.

The console is due to release next month, although those who have been waiting to buy one will know that it was delayed last year while the manufacturer solved issues with the controller mapping.

“We stand behind our products,”-”There is no room for less than the highest level of satisfaction. Retro-bit is one of the elite brands that Innex distributes worldwide and this collaboration with the manufacturer will ensure a successful launch of this outstanding console.” said Innex President Titi Ngoy when discussing the delay in production.

For just $70 it’s certainly a tempting option and its far cheaper than buying all three original consoles, while also saving on space under your TV by only needing one console.

Thank you Geeky Gadgets for providing us with this information.

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Bluetooth ZX Spectrum Hits Kickstarter Funding Goal With 3 Days Remaining

Last last year we brought you news that a team of developers were trying to revive the much loved Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Now it looks like the team may actually be able to fulfil their dreams and bring the product to market after the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum hit its funding goal on crowd-funding website Kickstarter yesterday.

“We’re pleased to be able to report that our Kickstarter appeal for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum: Recreating the Sinclair ZX Spectrum first hit its £60,000 funding goal shortly before 9pm last night (UK time).” Said the team in a recent statement.

Backers who wish to receive a device in September, its estimated delivery date, have until 10pm on Friday 31st January (UK time) to pledge £50 to secure one. All you have to do is head over to the official Kickstarter page and show your support (by which we mean you money). While the product may have already hits its goal, funding is still the only way to get your hands on one and the team should be announcing a stretch goal for the appeal later today! So it is certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Recreating one of the most iconic systems in history is a great idea, and the fact that the device will be pairable to smartphones and other systems means that it really has been brought up to date with the ability to download apps, games and more for the device using more modern techniques. It may not be the most practical gadget ever, but to indulge your love for retro gadgets there really is nothing cooler.

Thank you Elite Systems for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Elite Systems.

Replay Events Ltd Taking Classic Gaming Championships On UK Tour

Replay Events have just launched the UK’s first nationwide Classic Gaming Championship. Qualifying heats will be held at various events and expos throughout the UK with the grand final taking place at Play Expo in October 2014. Heats have been confirmed at some of the UK’s biggest video gaming events such as EGX, EGX Rezzed and Play Expo. Replay are speaking with a number of other major event organisers to ensure good coverage across mainland UK (event organisers are encouraged to contact Replay Events should they wish to hold a heat at their show.)

Confirmed heats will be held at;

  • Game Expo East Kent – 21-23 February, Margate
  • EGX Rezzed – 28-30 March, Birmingham
  • Play Blackpool – 3-4 May, Blackpool
  • EGX – 25-28 September, London
  • Play Expo – October, Manchester

Heats will feature five games from a shortlist of fifteen. All shortlisted games must be a minimum of fifteen years old and are organised into pots covering first to third generation, fourth generation, fifth generation, Sega Megadrive and Super Nintendo.

The first five shortlisted games have already been confirmed as;

  • Kaboom (Atari VCS)
  • R-Type II (PC Engine)
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 (Playstation)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Megadrive)
  • Super Mario Kart (Super Nintendo)

Entry to the tournament is free, however contestants must have purchased a general show ticket for the event where the heat is being held.  Heat winners will receive a specially produced CGC heat winners medal and an expenses paid trip to Manchester, where they will compete in the grand final against the best gamers in the country for the title of Classic Gaming Champion 2014!

It’s great to see something like this in a world that is currently focused on titles like Call of Duty, League of Legends and other modern favourites, it’s easy to forget how competitive gaming started and a visit to some great titles from years gone bye will no doubt make for a highly entertaining tournament. If you’re heading along to any shows like Rezzed or the Play Expo, be sure to check it out.

Thank you Replay Events for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Replay Events.

Snoop Lion’s Latest Music Video Packed With Retro Game Parodies

Snoop Lion’s Retro Styled Music Video

Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Dog has released a new music video for “Get Away” in which he collaborated with Major Lazer. In a big change for Snoop he has gone for a music video which resembles retro gaming, also chucked into the music video is a nod to certain games, one of those being pokemon (which is great by the way).

Snoop Lion or Dog which ever name you want to call him by is no stranger to gaming having previously had a game on the Xbox Arcade and the Playstation network titled Way of the DogHowever seeing as usually Snoop’s music videos usually contain beautiful girls, cars and all the expensive things that many wish they could afford seeing this video was a bit of a shock to the system (in a good way though). Watch the retro styled Music Video for “Get Away” below.

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New York Man Holds World Record For Largest Personal Video Games Collection

Michael Thomasson has an incredibly large video game collection, so much so that he has recently earned himself the world record for largest personal collection of video games! With a staggering 10,607 titles in his collection there is likely to be plenty to pick from in Michaels house, although I imagine the argument of what to play is frequent.

The collection is actually thought to be more since he found even more titles tucked away in his house after he set the record, but with a total estimated price of around $700,000 to $800,000. Michael has no intention of selling his collection any time soon, a very impressive feat in its self.

“I have games on cartridge, laser disc. I have VHS-based games, cassette-based games,” Said Thomasson .

he set this record despite starting over twice, first in 1989 when he sold his collection to raise money for a new Sega Genesis, then again in 1998 to pay for his wedding (that’s right, he’s married). Michael is growing his collection exponentially, purchasing around two games per day with an annual budget of $3000.

So, how many games do you have in your collection? Personally I’m rocking about 500, a small collection compared to this one.

Thank you Gamespot for providing us with this information.

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Proton Pulse Rift KickStarter Brings The 90’s To Modern VR Tech

Proton Pulse Rift is a game that fulfills the promise of virtual reality from the 1990s, the creators of this crazy game have even created a 90s style ad recorded on VHS just to get the authentisity right! Utilizing the Oculus Rift, the game doesn’t need a mouse or keyboard to play. All you need to do is look towards the direction you would like to go.

Each kickstarter contribution also gives you the Preview Beta (today!) to try out. Even if its $1, you get access to that. Of course you’ll need the Oculus Rift.

On the tail end of the VHS generation there was a promise of VIRTUAL REALITY. Not the world as we know it, rendered in exquisite, high resolution detail. This was low-fi crunchy pixels and low-poly blue-and-red cyberscapes reminiscent of Tron, Lawnmower Man, and Reboot. Where the dream display of the future wasn’t a 60 inch TV in the living room; but rather the VR headset. With the Oculus Rift, we plan on finally fulfilling that promise in our neo-retro head tracking VR block breaker, Proton Pulse RIFT!

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Current features

  • 48 Levels
  • 5 Boss Fights
  • 5 Ball Upgrades
  • Full Screen Effects
  • Enhanced Shaders
  • Cinematics
  • Improved Menu Navigation

“Many of the levels are more dynamic than ever. Levels that move as you play. I keep the score and paddle at a fixed point so there is no motion sickness when the larger objects begin to move. One of the boss fights is a forward moving rail event.” said the games makers.

Thank you ProtonPulseRift.com for providing us with this information.

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