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Retro Gaming

Retro Review: Battletech the Crescent Hawk’s Inception

Retro Review: Battletech the Crescent Hawk’s Inception

OK, I’m gonna come clean. Battletech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception is one of the first games that I borrowed from a ‘friend’ and proceeded to copy. Yeah, I was a badass even back in 8th grade. Tony (name changed) and I met at the playground after school and we traded a bunk of floppy disks, and Battletech was one of the catches. We didn’t talk, we didn’t even look at each other. A quick exchange, and it was over. Some would say that was the downward spiral, but hell, other kids my age were smoking pot and having sex behind [...]

November 27, 2014 J.J. Costello Retro Gaming, Retro Reviews 0

RetroN 5: Relive Your Golden Years of Gaming

RetroN 5: Relive Your Golden Years of Gaming

The Retron 5 is a “clone console” that can play NES/Famicom, Master System, Genesis/Mega Drive, Super Nintendo/Super Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games via 720p HDMI and using their original controllers. Yeah, this is actually a real thing. Now that we are all grown up and can afford these fancy toys, shouldn’t our retro systems grow up too? With the RetroN 5, you will now be able to play all of your favorite games from nine different systems on one convenient console in full HD glory. Relive your childhood, or introduce a new generation of gamers [...]

November 25, 2014 J.J. Costello Hardware, Retro Gaming 1

OpenEMU

OpenEMU

For the first time in history EVER, I am actually sad that I’m not a Mac Gamer. Wait, “Mac Gamer”, is that even a real thing? Can you actually be a gamer, and play on a Mac? Well, much to my chagrin, according to the makers of OpenEMU, YOU CAN. OpenEmu is an open source multi-system game emulator designed for Mac OS X.  It provides a plugin interface to emulate numerous consoles’ hardware, such as the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis,Game Boy, and many more. The architecture allows for other developers to add new cores to the base system without [...]

November 25, 2014 J.J. Costello News, Retro Gaming 0

Ten Years of Titans: World of Warcraft, EverQuest 2 Anniversary

Ten Years of Titans: World of Warcraft, EverQuest 2 Anniversary

The last ten years have been absolutely excellent for online gaming, MMORPGs in particular. In that time, hundreds of examples of the genre have come and – because of their ‘living’ nature – also gone. We’ve watched promising new-borns like Tabula Rasa die well before their time, while awkward, unpromising children such as EVE have grown into mature, successful adults. Others have been tragically cut down in their prime (R.I.P. City of Heroes, Star Wars Galaxies, DAoC), or dubiously murdered (Lego Universe, sob). And some, like Anarchy Online, have started old and just grown older, somehow always avoiding the digital retirement home. [...]

November 24, 2014 Neurotic Editorials, Retro Gaming 1

PC Gaming in… 2002

PC Gaming in… 2002

Greetings, fellow XP4Ts. As we approach the end of yet another year, I thought it might be fun to look back and see how far our shared passion, PC gaming, has come over the last decade. To this end, I’m digging through my gigantic collection of PG Gamer magazines (UK edition), beginning with my earliest issue – No. 106, from February 2002. Every now and then, I’ll fillet another for juicy details and we’ll do the Timewarp again. (Just so you know, I am in no way affiliated with PCG, Future Publishing, or anything like that. I’m just a long-time [...]

November 6, 2014 Neurotic Retro Gaming 1

Retro Scavenger: Episode 03-Atari 2600

Retro Scavenger: Episode 03-Atari 2600

So last weekend, my wife and I took our newborn son to a flea-market in a pretty posh part of town.  She asked me if I minded getting up at half past silly(yes, that is a real-time) in order to go to get there before everybody else, and I eagerly agreed, knowing full well that there was a Sega Genesis or a ColecoVision with my name on it that some rich widow was gonna sell to me for under 20 bucks.   That’s right, I refuse to pay more than 20 bucks for any console.  That’s part of the challenge! (See rules below). [...]

September 9, 2012 J.J. Costello Retro Gaming, Retro Scavenger 0

Retro Scavenger: Episode 02 – Thrustmaster & Friends

Retro Scavenger: Episode 02 – Thrustmaster & Friends

As an American living in Europe, I can attest that going to flea markets here can be quite frustrating.  Truth be told, I have had some extremely amazing experiences in both Belgium and Holland flea markets, but I live in Germany, and Germans on the other hand, don’t even know the meaning of the word ‘haggle‘. For instance, I wanted to buy a painting from this guy at the local flea market on Saturday and so I say to him “How much for the painting?” He responds “25”. I rebuttal with a solid “10”. He stares at me, and repeats “25”. Awkward [...]

June 18, 2012 J.J. Costello Retro Gaming, Retro Scavenger 0

Retro Scavenger: Episode 01 – Nintendo 64

Retro Scavenger: Episode 01 – Nintendo 64

This is the first of hopefully a series of articles in which I attempt to find ‘retro’ consoles and games at rock bottom prices.  All of the classic games and consoles can of course easily (albeit expensively) be bought on ebay or amazon marketplace, but that’s not how I roll. As I get older, I realize more and more who I am: A hunter-gatherer.  I hunt for consoles, and  I gather them.  So far I only have 3 retro consoles, but I have aspirations of grandeur…oh yes..oh yes…  It all started last fall when I happened to find a little tiny [...]

June 12, 2012 J.J. Costello Impressions, Retro Gaming, Retro Scavenger 1

Your mind just exploded like a blood sausage – Wasteland 2

Your mind just exploded like a blood sausage – Wasteland 2

If you haven’t heard about the recent successfully funded kickstarter project Wasteland 2, and you weren’t a geek gaming kid growing up in the 80s, then uh…you probably better click those links to inform yourself I guess(?) The original Wasteland was a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game which was  first published by Electronic Arts in 1988. Check out this video to reminisce. Back in 8th grade, this game blew my MIND.  Between Wasteland and Pool of Radiance from SSI, I had my hands full, and it’s a miracle that I actually made it into 9th grade.  Thank god puberty (YES, I was a late bloomer) and extracurricular activities got in [...]

May 28, 2012 J.J. Costello Retro Gaming 3