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Anyone here into retro gaming?

POLYGAMePOLYGAMe Posts: 3,470Member

I play LOADS of stuff on emulator and if you have a Mac, which you probably do if you're reading this, you ought to download OpenEmu! It's amazing!

OpenEmu supports arcade games, just about every console and a few home computers, too and it's always growing! The coolest thing is it organises everything like iTunes, complete with cover art etc.

Other than emulation, I have a 3DO and a bunch of games, a couple of Commodore 64s (with an SD card reader), a Neo Geo Pocket Color, a GBA and a Mega Drive. I also have a bunch of games for systems I no longer have but couldn't bare to let go of, like Tempest 2000 for Jag.

I recently scored a Loewe 32" Aconda TV for $6.70, complete with DVD player and glass stand! Really nice TV and perfect for retro gaming :D What a score!

I have also done a bit of messing about with programming on the Mega Drive... have made a couple of basic graphical demos with a bit of music and it's actually quite a nice system to work on, much easier than I thought (I'm not a great coder). My long term goal is to be commercially releasing games for consoles of yesteryear, as WaterMelon did with Pier Solar to critical acclaim.

What games/consoles are you lot into?


  • RondoRocketRondoRocket Posts: 411Member
    edited May 2014

    I've owned pretty much all the consoles since the 2600. I never purchased but I used to rent a Vectrex back in the day. Now I'm mostly into Nintendo. I stopped playing Mario games after the SNES and now I'm catching up!

    I purchased a Wii U and 3DS XL and download stuff like crazy from the virtual console. Yoshi's Island is my current addiction - I've been playing through them as I have time.

    I just recently unloaded my Jaguar since it had been sitting in my parents storage shed for 15 years... Or whenever it came out. Can't remember it was so long ago. :neutral_face:

    OpenEmu sounds cool!

    Oh and my buddy had the NeoGeo system, which was like $700 and the games were $200. Way too expensive but oh so cool!

  • POLYGAMePOLYGAMe Posts: 3,470Member

    When I was an "employed" actor, I had way too much money and all of it went on games.

    I had Neo-geo, Neo-Geo CD, PC Engine, 2600, Virtual Boy... I literally had over 50 consoles at one stage, both retro an current. I honestly had so many I can't remember if I even had a Vectrex or not. I vaguely remember one... lol.

    I did have a Magnavox Odyssey but I couldn't play it, as NZ TV systems are incompatible with the US. It had weird plugs. I'm sure I could have got an adapter if I really wanted to though.

    I miss my collection and having the money to maintain it. Haha.

    As for the newer stuff, I have a 360 and a 3DS and I want to get a Wii U... partly because I think it's going to be rare soon. lol.

  • The_Gamesalad_GuruThe_Gamesalad_Guru Posts: 9,914Member

    I owned a commodore Vic 20 and a 64. I also owned an Atari back in the day. My generation was the arcade brats. There were arcades everywhere. I still have classic midway games on my iPad. I'm a big fan of Defender.

  • YoRoosterYoRooster Posts: 159Member

    OpenEmu looks great but you can't beat playing on original hardware. First console I had was a NES so I was a bit of a Nintendo fanboy back in the day. Caused some bitter arguments with some of my Mega Drive/Genesis friends :) But you couldn't deny Sega always seamed that little bit cooler which is why I recently picked one up and started collecting again. Been on the look out for a Neo Geo AES too as that was just awesome but always beyond my reach :(

    Watermelon is definitely a developer to watch for oldschool homebrew games. I met a fellow digital artist online who did some work and level design for them last year. His name's Armin, check out his site... amazing work: He even did some artwork for my game Jet Point.

    We're both looking forward to their new cyberpunk streets of rage style beat-em-up, 'Project Y' but unfortunately he wasn't involved in the art for this one. It's through him I discovered people still develope for these old consoles.

  • LumpAppsLumpApps Posts: 2,869Member
    edited May 2014

    Yeah, love the old stuff. I have several old consoles and am also a fan of the plug and plays. Specialy the ones with the old arcade games like Mappy and ms Pacman. I emulate the c64. Have been looking at C64's and the SD card reader but then looked at my wife and I could swear she knows telepathy because I heard "NO!" but did not see her lips move ;)

    I also listen/watch a lot of this channel:
    I don't know why but it is like meditating when I am working. Probably because I grew up with these sounds.

    Here is one of my favorite tunes. So melodramatic ;)

    edit: And lets not forget about the good old Amiga. FS-uae is a good emulator on both Mac and Windows. This is an awesome game on that platform:

  • tylerglessnertylerglessner Posts: 246Member

    I've still got my trusty gameboy advance modded with a backlight here with me!

  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,687Member
    edited May 2014

    We have over 50,000 games over many systems on a 2TB hard drive with HyperSpin as the front end, really nice set up housed in a home made table top arcade unit that i made one summer.

    Not cheap to make and a little hassle setting up some of the emulators but i went all out and added a juke box, t-moulding, lights, nice speakers, toughened glass, marquee, custom control panel etc etc but well worth it.

    It even has the laser disc collection like dragons lair, space ace etc which apparently are quite rare and very hard to set up.

    Would i ever sell it? NEVER!!! The house would go before this beauty :)

    In response to your question i have to say I'm a big neo geo fan and Metal Slug series is ace 2 players.

    Hyperspin front end is below, its nice because you can customise it and have video previews of all the games.

    This is an awesome system that i always wanted to own…one day :)


  • LumpAppsLumpApps Posts: 2,869Member

    Dragons Lair.... Aaaaahh!

  • The_Gamesalad_GuruThe_Gamesalad_Guru Posts: 9,914Member

    I have space ace on a disc somewhere.

  • RPRP Posts: 1,990Member

    I love my retros. I can't seem to part with my old consoles, hardware and software. I keep them in case the world goes through an apocalypse so we can repopulate and teach the offspring what matters most. Games and gamers.

  • FetaboyFetaboy Posts: 191Member, PRO

    My custom mame/retro console arcade.

  • Thunder_ChildThunder_Child Posts: 2,343Member

    I remember going and renting time on the intellevision....just right before arcades became my life !!! Then of course hours and hours of asteroids....pitfall. Cant remember which Atari had a tape drive to load games. Then there was TRS80 from good ok Tandy Corp (Radio Shack for youngsters).

  • FetaboyFetaboy Posts: 191Member, PRO

    Also running hyperspin as a frontend, with everything from the Atari 2600 to the PS1 on it. Whenever I have a bunch of friends over, after playing a bunch of the 80's retro classics, inevitably Street Fighter 2 ends up on at the end of the night.

  • StormyStudioStormyStudio United KingdomPosts: 3,987Member
    edited May 2014

    Recently read 'Ready Player One' .. first book I've read in years.

    Great story, set in the future with VR headsets but packed full of 80's game references.

    It's being turned into a film and is being billed 'as the next Avatar'. I highly recommend reading it if you want to reminisce about the golden days of retro gaming as well being full of nods to 80's tv and music.

    As for me, I remember some great games on the Acorn Electron (with its 32kb of ram). Should still be in my parents loft.

    Arcadeons on that was incredible.

    The games my brother and I sat and coded on it were dreadful...

    I remember when my cousins got a NES.. we'd of happily played Tetris or Mario for a whole summer.

    At some point I had a spectrum, then a master system II (with Alex the kid built in).. then a SNES... (The SNES is in a box behind me.. I considered selling it 2 years ago when I realized my 'Sunset Riders' cartridge is worth over £75. But then I sat and played it and thought better of it.

    Thanks for the info @Polygame I'll check out OpenEmu later.

  • POLYGAMePOLYGAMe Posts: 3,470Member

    I just got back from a day trip to Wellington and my mate gave me a Game Gear and Master System 2. I'd recently sold mine and regretted it, so SCORE!

    So my collection (not including games) stands at:

    • Sega Game Gear
    • Sega Master System 2
    • Sega Mega Drive 2
    • Blaze Sega Mega Drive clone (officially licensed)
    • Goldstar 3DO
    • Commodore 64 (x2 - One is NIB and has NIB 1541-II disk drive)
    • Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP
    • SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
    • Fountain Force 2 (x2) - Kiwi version of the Hanimex/Radofin consoles
    • Xbox 360 (actually my GF's)
    • Nintendo 3DS XL
    • PlayJam GameStick

    Nothing compared to what my collection used to be, but I'll get there again!!!

    I played Wolfenstein on PS4 yesterday... not retro, obviously, but I think I might have to get a PS4 next!!!

  • zzap64zzap64 Posts: 405Member

    Little late to this thread but love the retro scene. Starting out with Vic 20 scott adams adventures such as The Count and Adventure Land, mid 80's, good times.
    Love arcades. Converted a broken cocktail Mr Do / Dig Dug into a Mame machine using Hyperspin, added extra buttons etc. Also scavenge arcades via craigslist in the bay area.


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