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Poll: Best PC RPGs of the 1990s

Poll: Best PC RPGs of the 1990s

Welcome to the days of yore! Back here in the 1990s we’re all having a colourful multicultural revolution, hip-hoppers and grungers alike, looking ahead to the true rise of the Internet at the end of the decade. Some of you  may have very fond memories of the early days of PC RPGs, while some of you may not even have been born. Either way, as PC gamers our rich legacy of dice-rolling and orc-slaying established in crude CGA and 16-colour VGA graphics in the 1980s positively exploded in the 1990s. One of the reasons we’re running these polls is to help you discover [...]

March 2, 2015 J.J. Costello Retro Gaming, Varia 4

Internet Arcade

Internet Arcade

Everybody and their grandmother is into building their own video game emulator these days. I’m ‘into it’ as well, but honestly, when it comes down to brass tacks, finding the time to fiddle with MAME or RetroPI makes it all sound so daunting. A friend of mine actually build a retro arcade, and it looks sweet! But it probably took him a number or weeks, and I guarantee you he made it before he had kids. Of course it doesn’t help that I have two left hands when it comes to actually buiding things, or that I have the attention [...]

March 2, 2015 J.J. Costello Retro Gaming 0

The Portable Arcade System: R-Kaid-R

The Portable Arcade System: R-Kaid-R

With a name like Love Hulten, you’re gonna make things happen. Even though it may sound like a stage name for a Las Vegas stripper, the Swedish designer, craftsman and innovator has more to offer than slinky pole work. He is the one man show behind the R-KAID-R which is a solid wood portable console emulator which presently supports 14 different game systems. Supported game systems MAME Neo Geo PC Engine / Turbo Grafx 16 Playstation 1 Atari 2600 Game Boy Game Boy Advance Nintendo Super Nintendo Sega Master System Sega Genesis Scummvm Doom Duke Nukem 3D Additionally you can [...]

February 27, 2015 J.J. Costello Hardware, Retro Gaming 0

The Best RPGs of the ’80s: The Results!

The Best RPGs of the ’80s: The Results!

So, as so often happens when you get a bunch of old-skool gamers talking together about their favorite games, our initial opinion poll on the Best RPGs of the 1980s was inspired by a ‘disagreement’ here at XP4T HQ. But before too much blood was spilled, we decided to settle it like adults (BOOOOOOOORING!) and put together an opinion poll, so that YOU, our knowledgeable, handsome, witty readers could settle the question of which RPGs made in the 1980s  were the best. Of course, now that the results are in, some people here are a bit sore (literally), and can’t believe that, for example, Battletech: The [...]

February 5, 2015 J.J. Costello Retro Gaming, Videos, XP4T Exclusives 2

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

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