Forgotten Franchises: A Look at Sega’s ‘Alex Kidd’

Alex Kidd

Key Takeaways Aspect Detail Creation Born from an action RPG prototype, transformed into a platformer Design Influence Inspired by ‘Star Wars’, designed by Rieko Kodama Mascot Evolution From Professor Asobin to Opa Opa, finally Alex Kidd Game Releases 6 games from 1986-1990, plus a remake in 2021 Legacy Cultural icon, especially cherished in Brazil Before … Read more

Preserving Retro Games: An Overview of Cartridge Cleaning Methods

Girl cleaning a NES cartridge

Introduction As any dedicated gamer knows, maintaining your game cartridges is essential for an uninterrupted gaming experience. Dirty or malfunctioning game cartridges can lead to frustrating issues like freezing, glitches, and poor performance. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the best methods for cleaning game cartridges, ensuring they stay in top-notch condition. Whether … Read more

From CRT to LCD: How Display Tech Affected Gameplay


The evolution of display technology, particularly the transition from CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) to LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitors, has significantly influenced the gaming world. This article delves into the impact of these technologies on gameplay, highlighting the changes in gaming experiences and preferences over time. Key Takeaways Aspect CRT Monitors LCD Monitors Image Quality … Read more

The Evolution of Nintendo Controller Ergonomics: From NES to Gamecube

Nintendo controller ergonomics

Understanding the NES Controller’s Design The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is more than just a console; it represents a foundational moment in gaming history. When it debuted in the 1980s, it brought with it a controller that would set a standard for generations to come. This controller, though simplistic by today’s standards, was revolutionary in … Read more

Retro Gaming News December 2023

Retro Gaming News December 2023

Sega’s Retro Revival Expanded In a significant announcement that has stirred excitement among retro gaming enthusiasts, Sega revealed its plans to reboot several classic franchises, demonstrating a robust commitment to its retro roots. This move, unveiled at the Game Awards, marks a significant stride in bringing beloved retro titles back into the spotlight for a … Read more

Top 10 Hidden Gems for the Neo Geo Pocket Color

Sonic Pocket Adventures on the Neo Geo Pocket Color

The Neo Geo Pocket Color (NGPC), released in 1999 by SNK, was a bold foray into the handheld gaming market, dominated then by Nintendo’s Game Boy. Despite its relatively short lifespan and limited library of 82 games, the NGPC carved a niche for itself with an array of unique and enjoyable titles. This article, delves … Read more

How TurboGrafx-16 Revolutionized the Gaming World with CD-ROM Technology


In the late 1980s, the gaming industry witnessed a revolutionary change with the introduction of the TurboGrafx-16. Known as the PC Engine outside North America, this home video game console was a collaborative design by Hudson Soft and NEC Home Electronics. It marked the beginning of the fourth generation of video game consoles, commonly known … Read more

Exploring the Game Genie: A Revolution in Video Gaming

The Game Genie, introduced in the early 90s, represented a significant shift in the gaming landscape. Originally designed by Codemasters and sold by Camerica and Galoob, this device offered players an unprecedented ability to modify their gaming experience. Advertised as a “game enhancer,” the Game Genie allowed players to add lives, access unused assets, and … Read more

The Evolution and Appeal of an Arcade Staple – Light Gun Games

The evolution of Lightgun Games

Era Key Developments 1970s-1980s Introduction of home console light guns; popularity of NES Zapper with games like Duck Hunt 1990s Advancements in technology; emergence of 3D light gun shooters like Virtua Cop Late 1990s-2000s Decline due to FPS popularity; transition to more ‘toy-like’ light gun designs 21st Century Nostalgic appeal and retro gaming resurgence; niche … Read more