Onimusha Retrospective.

 

Onimusha Retrospective by Alex McCumbers.

 

Capcom has a vast library of amazing games that they’ve helped release though their almost 40 years of business. Unfortunately, some of these fantastic franchises have been lost to the annals of time, some of them barely spoken about, while others are toted like splendid banners. Onimusha is one of these forgotten intellectual properties, one that hasn’t seen a main series release since 2006.

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Top Ten ZX Spectrum Games of 2016

 

TOP TEN ZX SPECTRUM GAMES OF 2016

It may come as something of a surprise, given that it was 34 years old this year, but the ZX Spectrum continues to be a hive of gaming activity even today. 2016 was another brilliant year for new releases, many of which put the even the best commercial games of yesteryear to shame in both the technical and gameplay departments. So as the year draws to a close, I thought it might be nice to collect together my ten favourites like those 'proper journalist' types do.

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From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years.

FROM BEDROOMS TO BILLIONS: THE AMIGA YEARS.

For many people the 16-bit era conjures fond memories of the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo, which dominated gaming in the early to mid '90s and not only produced some incredible games but also provided the template for the modern gaming business that we know and (mostly) love today. For a great others however, especially if you happened to live in Europe, the 16-bit revolution didn't begin in the late '80s with the launch of the Mega Drive - it began way back in 1985 with a revolutionary home computer called the Commodore Amiga.

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Star Wars: The Arcade Game.

Star Wars: The Arcade Game.

In 1983, Atari released a fantastic vector game to the arcade inspired by Star Wars: A New Hope. The game takes place in the climactic battle to protect Yavin from the Death Star’s super lasers.

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New Sega MegaDrive/Genesis Homebrew - Miniplanets

 

New Sega MegaDrive/Genesis Homebrew - Miniplanets

Indie developer Goto80 is set to release a new game for the Sega MegaDrive./Genesis:  Miniplanets!  The game is a pseudo-3D platformer starring a little red character who vaguely resembles Opa Opa from Sega's Fantasy Zone games.

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Minder

 

Minder

In the latter part of the 1980s and well into the '90s, turning popular movies or television shows of the day into a video game was pretty much a no-brainer. Indeed, companies like Ocean would eventually turn a large portion of their production over to licensed games, and this wasn't necessarily always a bad thing as some genuinely excellent titles came out of these deals. Back in 1985, however, licensed games were still in their infancy and many companies, eager to jump on the bandwagon, picked up some pretty strange licenses for conversion to the 8-bit computers of the day. A lot of the time these projects ended in complete disaster due to the unsuitability of the source material, but just occasionally, often against all odds, one of these deals actually paid off and produced something genuinely worth playing.

One such licensing oddity was 'Minder', a hugely popular ITV comedy/drama throughout the '80s starring George Cole as dodgy geezer Arthur Daley and Dennis Waterman as the titular minder, ex-con Terry McCann. Set in and around central London, the show followed Arthur and Terry as they attempted to make a living by wheeling and dealing on 'just about' the right side of the law, with Arthur's over-confidence usually landing him in a series of comedy scrapes which Terry then had to help him out of.

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ENEMY 2 Collectors Edition out now!

ENEMY 2 Collectors Edition out now!

The Collectors Edition of ENEMY 2: Missing in Action is ready and now available!

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Amiga Story | Nostalgia Nerd.

Amiga Story | Nostalgia Nerd.

What goes up, must come down... Welcome to the story of the Commodore Amiga. This is part 1 of a 2 part documentary exploring the history and story of the mighty Amiga from its conception through to its buyout by Commodore.

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AtariCrypt Collection Volume One


Greeting Atarians, my great Colleague Steve Gregory a.k.a. Ataricrypt has joined forces with me Greyfox to bring you the Atari ST Scene a very special gift this 2016 xmas :).

I present to you "AtariCrypt Collection Volume One"

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Aquaricart: The Aquarius Album Cartridge.

Aquaricart: The Aquarius Album Cartridge.

The Aquaricart has been designed to carry ALL of the original cartridge software ever released for the Aquarius System, along with several unreleased, prototype, and enhanced titles.

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DOWNRIGHT BIZARRE GAMES.

DOWNRIGHT BIZARRE GAMES: Video Games that Crossed the Line.

Downright Bizarre Games: Video Games that Crossed the Line pokes fun at the video game industry, an entertainment business that often takes itself much too seriously. This is a hilarious look at the odd side of the industry, from games outside of the norm to bad art and outlandish dialogue.

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Keeping the Ball Alive: 30 Years of Stern Pinball.

Keeping the Ball Alive: 30 Years of Stern Pinball.

Here at RVG we are always happy to help support the gaming scene and the Arcade and Pinball scene in particular hold a huge place in my heart, this new book kickstarter  is all about one of the most iconic Pinball manufacturers still going today.

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Coffee Crisis.Sega Megadrive/Genesis.

Coffee Crisis.Sega Megadrive/Genesis.

Coffee Crisis is a groundbreaking Sega Genesis game in 16-bit, Hi-Definition glory. Stop the Smurglians & save the Earth!

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Onimusha Retrospective.

 

Onimusha Retrospective by Alex McCumbers.

 

Capcom has a vast library of amazing games that they’ve helped release though their almost 40 years of business. Unfortunately, some of these fantastic franchises have been lost to the annals of time, some of them barely spoken about, while others are toted like splendid banners. Onimusha is one of these forgotten intellectual properties, one that hasn’t seen a main series release since 2006.

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Top Ten ZX Spectrum Games of 2016

 

TOP TEN ZX SPECTRUM GAMES OF 2016

It may come as something of a surprise, given that it was 34 years old this year, but the ZX Spectrum continues to be a hive of gaming activity even today. 2016 was another brilliant year for new releases, many of which put the even the best commercial games of yesteryear to shame in both the technical and gameplay departments. So as the year draws to a close, I thought it might be nice to collect together my ten favourites like those 'proper journalist' types do.

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Cronosoft: A Retrospective.

Cronosoft: A Retrospective.

With the rise and popularity of next generation consoles, it seems they are taking over the world. New games are released every week and you can’t get away from the ads where you think you’re watching a film trailer and it turns out to be the latest PS4 game. How did that happen? It seems us retro game fans are being left behind when it comes to new releases. Of course, this is inevitable as technology develops and games become more complex so this is something everyone has become accustomed to. But, if like me, you think ‘I would really love some new games for my 30 year old computer! Why can’t people keep on making games? Is that too much to ask?’ - there are some people keeping this dream alive.

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Donkey Kong Arcade Machine – The Home Straight - Part 2

Part 2 – The Home Straight

 

So in Part 1 you will have followed my journey so far in restoring this beat up Donkey Kong cab. I felt I was in the home straight now – it was time for some artwork to be applied to the sides of the cab. This part scared me to death, because once the art is on, it’s on. You can’t get it wrong, there are no second chances. So here it is. A step by step guide to applying side art:

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Donkey Kong Arcade Machine – Raising The Dead - Part 1

Part 1 – Raising The Dead

 

I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to build arcade cabinets from the ground up on a factory production line back in the early 1980s. Rumour has it that those employed by Atari in California to hand build the classic cabs we know and love, were largely low-paid, permanently stoned hippies and Mexicans (am I allowed to say that?!). Some even go as far to say that the unique musty arcade “smell” you get when you switch on a thirty year old arcade cabinet is part weed, infused into the wood of the machines by the workers smoking on joints all day on the production lines.

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