Retro gaming archive

  • Pulp Fiction remade as an 8-bit game... in video form anyway
    Gaming

    Pulp Fiction remade as an 8-bit game... in video form anyway

    By 13 January 2014

    Back in the day when 8-bit gaming was at its peak, there seemed to be countless movie tie-ins and licensed games. What better way to re-enact scenes from your favourite films than to jump around as a character made of blocks on a variety of levels with...

  • Topps Tiles celebrates gaming milestones with super-cool retro 8-bit bathroom designs
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    Topps Tiles celebrates gaming milestones with super-cool retro 8-bit bathroom designs

    By 22 October 2013

    Not only are we about to enter a new age of gaming with the next-generation PS4 and Xbox One consoles to be launched next month, but 2013 has seen the 25th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive and the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Famicom. And to celebrate,...

  • Jet Set Willy's Matthew Smith to return with new game almost 30 years after his last
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    Jet Set Willy's Matthew Smith to return with new game almost 30 years after his last

    By 27 March 2013

    For the older generation the name of Matthew Smith is synonymous with gaming. Although you could count the number of titles he programmed and released on Homer Simpson's hand, his latter two games were mainstays in every British kids' collection. Even...

  • RetroN 5 console gives ultimate retro gaming fix, plays SNES, NES, GBA and Sega cartridges
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    RetroN 5 console gives ultimate retro gaming fix, plays SNES, NES, GBA and Sega cartridges

    By 25 March 2013

    If you fancy dusting off some old cartridges, taking Sonic for a spin, or giving Mario a run about, then the RetroN 5 could be for you. Designed to let you play games created for five of your favourite retro games consoles, the clever box has five slots...

  • Portable gaming exhibition hits Museum of Computing
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    Portable gaming exhibition hits Museum of Computing

    By 13 April 2011

    Geek's paradise and Pocket-lint fave, the Museum of Computing, based in Swindon, UK, is looking back at 35 years worth of portable games consoles and devices in its new "Gaming on the Go" exhibition. For it, the museum has garnered a mighty collection...

  • Atari's Greatest Hits for iPhone and iPad debuts
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    Atari's Greatest Hits for iPhone and iPad debuts

    By 7 April 2011

    Atari has released an app for the iPhone and iPad that is packed to the gills with classic games from yesteryear. And while it was only available in New Zealand initially, it's now gone global. Atari’s Greatest Hits promises to bring the best of retro...

  • Commodore 64 relaunch still on track
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    Commodore 64 relaunch still on track

    By 4 April 2011

    First touted back in August last year, Commodore USA's efforts to build a PC inside the original case design of the Commodore 64 seemed to be on hiatus. That is, until new pictures emerged showing a prototype model with its bits and bobs out. The prototype...

  • Speedball 2 Evolution: iOS launch date confirmed
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    Speedball 2 Evolution: iOS launch date confirmed

    By 18 February 2011

    The much anticipated iOS update to the ultra-cool, ultra-playable classic Amiga game, Speedball 2, has been dated for the 24 February - bringing Speedball 2: Evolution to iPad owners everywhere. The original Bitmap brothers' Speedball 2 found massive...

  • A few of the best retro racing games ever
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    A few of the best retro racing games ever

    By 24 January 2011

    Racing, in a car, for real, is perhaps one of the most exciting things you can do, however it has two rather inconvenient draw backs: it's very expensive, and injury and death are likely side effects. In view of this, if we want to get some kind of racing...

  • VIDEO: Wii didn’t start the fire - a brief history of video games
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    VIDEO: Wii didn’t start the fire - a brief history of video games

    By 20 January 2011

    What is it with nostalgic video game videos, showing us where we’ve come from and where we're going? If the 4-minute history of video games we told about yesterday didn’t stoke your excitement, you’ll be singing along to this one in no time, we're...

  • Commodore 64: Beefed up PC version detailed
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    Commodore 64: Beefed up PC version detailed

    By 21 December 2010

    We've been pretty excited about seeing this bad boy since we first reported that Commodore USA had done a deal with Commodore Licensing to release a PC all-in-one, cased in an exact replica of the Commodore 64 which was originally released back in 1982. ...

  • Commodore PC64 gives retro gaming a modern twist
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    Commodore PC64 gives retro gaming a modern twist

    By 27 August 2010

    If you love your retro machines, but get frustrated because they are, well, a bit crap, then Commodore USA may have just come up with the answer. It has done a deal with Commodore Licensing to release a PC all-in-one, that will be cased in an exact replica...

  • Gamescom 2010: Retro console spectacular
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    Gamescom 2010: Retro console spectacular

    By 26 August 2010

    It wasn't all about brand new gaming over in Cologne at Gamescom.  Well, 99 per cent of it was - but there was an awesome section from the guys at Return Magazine who were displaying an incredible array of retro gaming consoles. It certainly stirred...

  • New Halo game: Out now (Atari 2600 version)
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    New Halo game: Out now (Atari 2600 version)

    By 3 August 2010

    If you can't wait until 14 September to get your new Halo adventure fix, and you can't be bothered to play in the online tournament to win the chance to kill Rio Ferdinand (on the game, not in real life), then Ed Fries may have just come up with the answer....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY - ZX Spectrum
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY - ZX Spectrum

    By 30 June 2010

    We might not be very good at football, but there are some games that us Brits are experts in. The ZX Spectrum was the games console back in the Eighties and its range of games is still held very close to our hearts. Thankfully, everybody can now enjoy...

  • VIDEO: Wii remote controlling Nexus One
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    VIDEO: Wii remote controlling Nexus One

    By 10 May 2010

    Touchscreens are all well and good, but when it comes to gaming, they're not ideal. Especially for the more portly-thumbed touchscreen user, whose digits can cover most of the screen, masking the action. This tech-mashup between a Nexus One and a Wii...

  • VIDEO: 8-Bit games attack New York
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    VIDEO: 8-Bit games attack New York

    By 8 April 2010

    What would happen if New York was overtaken by 8-bit video games? Yeah we aren't too sure either, that is until we watched the video above. It shows exactly how New York just isn't prepared for Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Frogger invading the city...

  • The Asteroids game that lasted 3.5 days
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    The Asteroids game that lasted 3.5 days

    By 8 April 2010

    How much of a fan of Asteroids are you? Enough to play for 3.5 days non-stop and in the process score the highest score of all time? Thought not, but that's exactly what John McAllister did. The dude from Portland, Oregon spent a long weekend playing...

  • New Sega console hitting this summer
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    New Sega console hitting this summer

    By 1 February 2010

    A new games console that will emulate the Wii as well as allowing you to play classic Sega games is being launched in the summer. The console, called the Sega Zone, will come with 20 classic Sega titles, like Alex Kid, Golden Axe, Sonic and Knuckles...

  • Retro Thing launches classic USB joystick
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    Retro Thing launches classic USB joystick

    By 29 January 2010

    Retro Thing has worked with Legacy Engineering to create the Clear Classic USB Joystick, an Atari 2600-esque effort aimed at the PC and Mac market. The joystick combines the classic style with transparent plastic and contains a blue LED that illuminates...

  • Sonic the Hedgehog rollercoaster to open at Alton Towers
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    Sonic the Hedgehog rollercoaster to open at Alton Towers

    By 25 January 2010

    Sonic the Hedgehog fans have a new destination to head to in the UK as Alton Towers has revealed it is to open a Sonic-themed rollercoaster and hotel room. A new 3-year partnership deal kicks off the first time a video game character has had a "Ride and...

  • VIDEOS: Best retro gaming music picks
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    VIDEOS: Best retro gaming music picks

    By 18 January 2010

    With the news just in that the Ivor Novello Awards has announced the Best Original Video Game Score as a new category for this year's awards, it got us thinking wistfully about memorable music from video games past. In this vein, we've knocked up a quick...

  • Firebox offers retro-gaming sweets
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    Firebox offers retro-gaming sweets

    By 15 October 2009

    Firebox is offering Retro Game Sweets, a range of "highly suckable" sour candies that pay tribute to some of gaming's greatest icons. The zingy sweets come in collectable tins shaped like characters from the world of Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. Available...

  • VIDEO: Micro Men on BBC Four tonight
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    VIDEO: Micro Men on BBC Four tonight

    By 8 October 2009

    The BBC's "Micro Men" debuts on British television tonight. Announced under the title "Syntax Era", it's described by the Beeb as an "affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s". It follows the rivalry between Sir...

  • Classic trading game Elite celebrates 25th birthday
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    Classic trading game Elite celebrates 25th birthday

    By 21 September 2009

    Originally created by David Braben and Ian Bell, Elite has now turned 25-years-old and with its anniversary comes a wave of nostalgia. The game, originally published by Acornsoft for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, is cited as having a huge influence...