The Explosive Fun of Bazooka Bill

What can you possibly say about Bazooka Bill? It wasn’t a particularly brilliant game. It didn’t contain any major firsts in video game history. It was a fairly standard side scroller action game. So, why bother writing about it?  Well, Bazooka Bill was one of the...

Video Game Summit 2018

Video Game Summit, is Chicago’s Premier Video Game Event. The 2018 show will be at The Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park,IL, 7/14/18 show hours are: 10:00am till 6pm(all times central) Remember how much fun you used to have playing Atari, Nintendo and all kinds of games...

Maniac Mansion: A Campy Classic

The teenage years are a difficult and confusing time. They’re even more difficult and confusing if your girlfriend Sandy has been kidnapped by a mad scientist who is being mind controlled by a sentient meteor. Such are the trying circumstances that Dave Miller must...

Mayhem in Monsterland: The Swan Song of the Commodore 64

All good things come to an end. By the early 1990s, the golden age of Commodore 64 games was past. The world of technology was moving on, but the system had one last surprise in store for the gaming world. It came in the form of a little dinosaur. The dinosaur’s name...

Jelly Monsters: The Battle Between Commodore and Atari

In the great pantheon of video games, few titles loom so large as Pac-Man. Developed by Namco and released in 1980, the game was wildly successful, creating legions of devoted fans. That same year, Commodore released the 8 bit VIC-20. It marked an important step in...

Dungeon of Death: An RPG For The Commodore PET

I don’t remember the first text based adventure game I ever played. It seems like the sort of thing I should know given my love for the genre, but the title has vanished from my memory. Because of this I suspect, the games have attained something of a towering,...

Video Game Trading Card Spotlight – Phil Day

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Phil Day who is displayed on card number 124, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Phil is one of the best Galaga players in the world.  From the land down under, Phil resides from Australia and is an avid gamer, author and...

The Wonderful Weirdness of IK+

If you created a Venn diagram with circles for the Commodore 64, Jackie Chan, John Travolta, and the ancient art of karate, the overlap would be International Karate +. The game, typically referred to as IK+ (released in the United States as Chop N’ Drop), was not the...

The rise of retro gaming

The rise of retro gaming In a world obsessed with innovation and progress, we also do great deal of looking back at the past. In fact, retro is such a phenomenon these days that it’s reaching into virtually every area of our lives. Of course, it’s always played a huge...

Fox N Forests Initial Thoughts

EuroVideo’s Fox N Forests is aptly named, but it doesn’t do the game’s mechanics, throwback look and feel and challenge into consideration at all. A more suitable name would be “Rick the Fox vs. The Forest,” or something to show the cool journey our character is about...

Jupiter Lander and the Birth of the Commodore 64

LOAD "JUPITER LANDER" ,8,1 SEARCHING FOR JUPITER LANDER LOADING READY RUN By 1982, the video game industry already had two titans that dominated the home video game market. The Apple II and Atari 2600 were both released in 1977 and were wildly popular. That same year...

The LaserActive: Wonders of the Retro Gaming World

In today's episode, I'm exploring Pioneers LaserActive. This 'converged' device could play TurboGrafx-16 and Genesis games (plus CD extensions for both consoles) plus a few propriety formats. However, it was a monumental failure. How so? Well, watch the video and find...

Cave Fighter for the Commodore 64

Junior high was a rough time for me. Not for the reasons you might expect junior high to have been rough for a guy who's now in his forties and writes about video games. I wasn't harassed by bullies or painfully awkward around girls or constantly picked last in gym...

Video Game Trading Card Spotlight – Toni Caven

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Toni Caven, who is displayed on card number 2724, from the   Superstars of 2017 Collection.  Toni is the creator of company in Finland called “Reprocade Ltd.”.  He repairs, restores and operates arcade cabinets and pinball...

The Mystery of the Bold Game Boy

Shortly after the launch of the Game Boy and throughout the 90's, fans of Nintendo products might have noticed something a little bit strange in advertisements for the handheld gaming juggernaut. See if you can catch it in the following advertisement:...

Kickstarter for Retro Game Engine Launches

While there are plenty of freely available game engines out there that allow budding game designers to create and self-publish the next big indie hit, there’s a decidedly huge gap if you’re looking to do that on retro consoles. While game engines such as Unity or the...