The 25th Anniversary of the Super FX Chip

February 21st, 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Star Fox for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but by proxy, it also marks another anniversary of note: The debut of the "Mathematical, Argonaut, Rotation & Input/Output" chip, or "MARIO" for...

RETROSPECTIVE: Making Sense of THEC64 Mini

The move to create a Mini makes perfect sense, however.  All it takes is a passing glance at what Nintendo’s been able to accomplish with both the miniature NES and SNES Classic Editions to realize that a nostalgic looking box that emulates original titles legally and pumps the images into a modern display via HDMI is the hot ticket right now.

A Look at Super Mario Land’s 1-Up Hearts

This seemed thematically appropriate for today. In adapting the popular Super Mario franchise to the Game Boy, Nintendo's developers made numerous changes along the way which have helped the titles to stand out -- especially over the last decade or so, as the New...

Keep Calm and Insert Coin: This is Starcade!

There were times in my childhood where I was unable to make it to the local arcade or the local corner store just to play a game for a couple minutes.  There were even times when I couldn't make it down the street to play pinball at one of houses of a friend of my...

Video Game Trading Card Spotlight – Arda Ocal

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Arda Ocal who is displayed on card number 2813, from the Superstars of 2018 Collection.  Arda is a broadcaster whose resume includes ESPN, NHL, WWE, MSG Network and many more. From being the weather reporter or a report for...

The Atari 2600 Joystick

              The Atari 2600 “Joystick” to me is the father of them all.  There have been controllers made before the little black stick with the red button, but this controller changed the way gaming was played on what is considered the birth of home console era. ...

Keep Calm and Insert Coin: Always Wear Protection

There is a lot of things that are happening in the next couple of months.  The Super Bowl was today and good thing we didn't see any wardrobe malfunctions.  But the half time show wasn't bad.  We were introduced to a few new movie trailers that are making me happy and...

Upcoming Gaming Events 2018

The first two pages of issue #2 are dedicated to showing the upcoming gaming convention events in 2018.  Read the rest of this article by clicking here! Also make sure to check out information about how to subscribe to the print version of Old School Gamer magazine –...

Why Cartridges Instead of CDs for the Nintendo 64?

In 1994, things were changing in the video game industry as it looked toward the future. Part of that future involved shifting from the use of chip-based ROM cartridges to a newer technology: The CD-ROM. Early developments saw platform holders such as NEC and SEGA...

Keep Calm and Insert Coin: The Dishonest Gamer

Oh, I'm probably not going to be liked after this one, but I was assigned write my memories about video games.  But keep in mind, I was a kid and there wasn't any money stolen, but here we go. As a kid, I was always wanting to find that outlet to play the video games....

Phoenix IV: Arcade Classics Return

As Virtuality was bringing an old classic back to arcades in a new way, other companies were releasing classic arcade games for new formats. Following the success of Activision’s Atari 2600 Action Packs, several companies began releasing compilations of classic arcade...

A New Marauder for the Atari 2600

There's nothing wrong with the old Marauder if you ask me. It's a perfectly good Berzerk rip-off with an interesting line-of-sight mechanic. That means that any enemies or objects the main character can't "see," because they're behind him or on the other side of a...