Just a few of my favourite (gaming) things, loved filling this out so just thought I’d share on here 🙂
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Game Over is a new retro gaming/internet cafe that has just opened in Old Portsmouth. It’s a great set up with many consoles on display, and more importantly, to play on, with plenty of games to choose from.
Sessions can be booked in 2 hour slots throughout the day and will give everyone a chance to book in and play through a few old favourites, or discover some new ones. I received a warm welcome when I arrived and the team are more than happy to chat and show you around even if you haven’t booked in, there’s a great atmosphere to the place and you’re drawn in from the street outside by the sound of great gaming and nostalgia.
Game Over is in the early stages of it’s (hopefully long) life so it would be great if people could help spread the word. They have plans to expand the range of games (which are being tested before being put out) and there’s the possibility of future events such as game tournaments down the line (4 player Micro Machines ‘may’ have been mentioned…).
Check out a few pictures below, and more contact details at the bottom of the page.
Few details below:
Game Over – Internet/Retrogaming Cafe
Basement, 16 High Street, PO1 2LP Portsmouth, England
£5 for a two hour session, drinks/snacks 50p each.
For more details head on over to the Facebook page below, or book a session by heading over to the Game Over website.
Thanks for looking!
I’ve found the more you like a particular system, the harder it is to pick your top ‘5, 10, 15’ favourite games. I get the feeling many retro gaming ‘top’ lists change on a daily basis, I know mine do.
I find it harder to write a top 5 for the Amiga than I do, say the N64, as I’ve only ever owned and played a limited number of games for the latter. Therefore my list is of a limited nature in that the top 5 is taken from about 20 N64 games I’ve actually ever played extensively.
On the other hand, I’ve played many more Amiga games, over a hundred that I could class as ones I know well, and also still enjoy playing, therefore, harder to pick just 5.
Anyways, enough waffling, on to my top 5 N64 games, and the odd reason why they are my favourites.
As much as I love GoldenEye, game and movie, Perfect Dark had me gripped from the start and throughout, it was a great story within an amazing sci-fi setting, with a great lead character in Joanna Dark. Arguably an improved game all round compared to GoldenEye, bigger levels, better graphics, huge sound track and an awesome array of weaponry (Ed – You better start looking for the body armour making comments like that).
On top of the single player the multi-player blew me away with the amount of customisation you could do by making your own custom combat scenarios, and fighting bots or other players. The game is still fantastic to this day, whether you’re playing alone or with friends.
Again, like with Perfect Dark, it’s the multi-player that sells it to me in this game, as much fun and polished as the single player is there’s nothing better than jumping in your Arwing and having awesome dogfights around Corneria with other players, however, unlike Perfect Dark you’ll need to have a few friends around to join in for this one.
I used to love the rush to be the first to grab the double laser, or a bomb, which would give you a nice advantage for a little while. I also noticed, with the group I played with at least, no-one ever wanted to be the tanks in multi-player, they never seemed quite as good, or fun to play.
Mario Kart 64
My favourite version to date, there’s nothing in particular I can say to explain why its my favourite, apart from the fact there’s not a single track in the whole game I entirely dislike, but definitely quite a few I’m better at than others.
A few of my favourite tracks are Koopa Troopa Beach, Wario Stadium and Royal Raceway, the first 2 offer some great short cuts and I love visiting Peach’s Castle in Royal Raceway. Probably my least favourite tracks are Sherbet Land and Yoshi Valley, I just can’t get my head round the latter and the former I get too distracted by penguins.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Not my favourite Legend of Zelda game, (see Link’s Awakening), but Ocarina of Time was definitely the first larger scale adventure in the series I enjoyed and completed. My knowledge of the series was pretty limited having never owned a NES or SNES before my N64, so apart from the aforementioned Game Boy game this was pretty much my introduction to the series. The sheer colour and scale of the game world after playing Link’s Awakening was pretty awesome and I’ve definitely been a bigger fan of the series ever since this one.
I can still hear the Ocarina songs in my head, and my favourite level is the Shadow Temple, great atmosphere, creepy bad guys and weirdest boss by far, my least favourite is the Spirit Temple (you just couldn’t top the Shadow Temple before it).
I do like a good Star Wars game, and Rogue Squadron was awesome, even its name gets me a little bit excited (Ed – easy tiger). I find the foggy graphics a little off putting these days but then I’ve noticed that with a lot of my favourite N64 games. This was pretty much the first time I got to fly an X-Wing in a Star Wars game, so I was already sold, after borrowing it from a friend (for far too long) I ended up buying my own copy.
I’ve never quite gotten gold for every mission, and I’m not sure I’ve even finished it, but it was fun to play, great to fly each different fighter, and destroy the Empire along the way. It was a close match between this and Shadows of the Empire, but Rogue Squadron hits the nostalgia button just a little bit harder.
Thanks for taking a look at this list of my top 5 games on the N64! What are yours? I’m almost certain yours will be different, and possibly even for different reasons! Crazy.
Honourable mentions and not quite appearing in this list:
GoldenEye, Shadows of the Empire, Pokemon Stadium, F-Zero X, Donkey Kong 64
I was suitably impressed this year with the Nintendo stand at the Eurogamer Expo, and unashamedly, it took up a lot of my gaming time on the Friday. For a company that’s well over one hundred years old (albeit a different one now to what is was back then) it’s good to see it keeping up with these young whippersnappers in the world of gaming.
The range of games on offer to play was fantastic, I managed to get around to a few on both the Wii U and the 3DS, this was a feat in itself given the queues (especially for Mario Kart on the Wii U and Pokemon X/Y). The games ranged from indie classics to new up and coming releases on the Wii U and 3DS. It also inspired me to purchase a 3DS (XL in the end, thanks twitter), and left me with a long list of games I wanted to purchase for it. Including making me want to return to a franchise I’ve not played since the ‘blue and red’ versions were out.
See below for a gallery of Nintendo related shenanigans, and a few high lights, and one low light, which, to be fair, wasn’t even Nintendo’s fault.
The staff, enthusiastic and helpful, although not always entirely knowledgeable about Nintendo as a whole, they were friendly and welcoming, giving you plenty of space to play the games.
A few of my favourite titles from the stand – Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds (3DS), Sonic Lost World (3DS), Putty Squad (3DS), Wind Waker HD (Wii U), Mario Kart (Wii U).
The free swag (from collecting stamps) was fun, as was the DIY Mario scenery for taking photographs.
Standing in the queue for Mario Kart on the Wii U but being deafened by that atrocious ‘Scan’ DJ stand at the same time. I think he got the point when we asked him to turn it down. (Ed – Polite version) Nintendo FM my arse.
The gallery above shows some of the indie gaming area with the 3DS, the swag wheel, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Breeze, Wind Waker HD, Sonic Lost World, Mario Kart 8 and a few of Link between Worlds. And just in case you were wondering, here’s a small wish list of games for my new 3DS, it should take me about 3 years to, eh, collect them all.
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Super Mario Land 3D
Ocarina of Time 3D
Luigi’s Mansion 2
Mario Kart 7
Legend of Zelda, Adventure of Link, Mega Man (Virtual Console)
A great show all round and a great display from Nintendo. Thanks for reading and let me know what you thought of Nintendo’s presentation at this years Eurogamer in the comments below, plus any other game recommendations for the 3DS!
A few links, in case you needed them!
“Don’t I know you from the internet?”
This question pretty much sums up my Friday at Eurogamer, and possibly reveals how social networking works in the 21st century. All I know is that I spent the day trying to meet as many people (from the world of twitter) as I could, with reasonable amounts of success. I met some awesome people and wish I’d met a few more, but alas, I had to fit some gaming in there too.
This post is a few snap shots of some of those people I managed to meet and links to what they do in the world of gaming and retro gaming. Naturally most of these meetings (I say meetings, rather me cautiously moving up to people and saying hi, are you *insert name here* from twitter?) occurred in the Replay Zone, see the galleries below. Apologies to a few as well who I didn’t get round to seeing, namely Mark from New Star Games, and Mark and Jamie from The Games Shed, see links at the end!
Gallery 1 – Meeting Ally, Barrie, Jools, Kevin and Krystal
Thanks to Replay Events for setting up another awesome retro gaming area, and for persuading me to join in with the King of Fighters tournament. I’ll definitely be coming to the Play Expo next year! See some more pictures below of the retro gaming area, a few highlights included the King of Fighters tournament, finally getting to play on a Dreamcast (some sort of tennis game – see pic below), playing a few rounds on Goldeneye and working my way around games I did and didn’t recognise from the world of retro gaming. Good times.
Gallery 2: Replay Zone
Coming up next, Nintendo at Eurogamer. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
A few weeks back I posted a question on twitter:
“What do you think is the hardest retro console/computer to collect for?”
I’ve been collecting games for the Commodore Amiga since I was old enough to start buying them myself. Early Christmas presents aside, some of my first games I bought 2nd hand were from a shop down in charlotte street market in Portsmouth, from a shop called Silver Moon games. I bought Lemmings 2: The Tribes and Lure of the Temptress. The shop unfortunately is no longer there, it disappeared along with the market itself and eventually the entire Tricorn centre.
Since Amiga titles are no longer available on a large-scale (naturally), it’s becoming more and more difficult to track down titles I’d like to buy (even from retro gaming stores) and sometimes if I do find them they are way out of my price range. I’ve been to many car boot sales across the South coast, and I’ve never successfully found an Amiga game for sale, aside from a few close calls when I mistook a selection of big box PC games, from a distance, for Amiga games.
Sadly, eBay is my main source of Amiga collecting and I’m very picky about what and who I buy from on there. Unless I travel much further afield in my search (North of the country would make the most sense), I don’t think I’ll have much hope of finding a cache of Amiga loot. I still search car boots in the small hope I’ll come across a seller who has cleared their Amiga games out of their loft and wants to sell them to me. I continue, albeit stubbornly, to collect Amiga games.
In a moment of curiosity, I thought I’d ask the question above. After a few minutes of answers it became clear a few trends were appearing, particularly collectors from the US who don’t have access to say, specific European releases, and vice versa.
A few consoles were also mentioned a few times, the Neo-Geo and the TurboGrfx 16, it was also great to hear a few names I’d only just learned about. Below are some of the consoles mentioned and their respective tweeters:
- Dave Clark – @imagamegeek
Got to be snes or neo geo, gave up on snes years ago … Neo geo is the ultimate arcade console in the home
- Kimimi – @_Kimimi
As a foreigner, I’d say old Jp computers like the Sharp X-1 and PC88. Hard to find games & usually expensive when you do!
- Retro Corps – @Retrocorps
Got to be Neo Geo. You have to have OIL MONEY to have a complete collection…
- Weird And Retro – @WeirdAndRetro
Maybe not THE hardest but definitely up there is for NUON! Ironically only 7 games released + 1 Korean, but good luck completing it!
- Paul Darbyshire – @pablo_0151
I reckon the Neo Geo AES might be in with a shout… some pricey stuff on that. Or the Apple Pippin?!
- Steve Petrucelli – @wizzer2801
Region specific consoles. Still tough to find that ZX over here.
- Retro Nick – @Retron8
I’d agree with that (ZX), unless of course you occupy that region… PC-FX is real tricky to collect for.
- Steve – @chevytecobx
For me I haven’t started any TG-16 stuff, its hard to find local and too expensive (not an eBay fan).
- Robert Crampton – @Smuggsy
My 1st thought was a SNES, not coz of the age, but finding a good condition cardboard boxed game can be difficult!
This was a great eye opener to the perils of collecting for certain consoles and computers, I see from this small example there are plenty of games and machines out there that can be classed as difficult to collect for, ranging from availability and rarity, to finding games in good condition boxes.
Thanks to everyone on twitter for their replies and opinions, and good luck with the collecting! Let me know what your own collecting troubles and problems have been by leaving a comment below, thanks for reading!
Eurogamer Expo 2011
Replay – Retro Awesomness
My visit to the Eurogamer Expo gave me an opportunity to play some of the most anticipated games releases before they even hit the shops, however, the area I was most excited about seeing was from the guys at Replay. It was a fantastic opportunity to experience and play on consoles, handhelds and arcade machines from back in the day, some of which I hadn’t even played before (I kinda blinked and missed the Dreamcast when it came out).
As well as offering a huge range of consoles and games to try, highlights of which are below, the area was set up into different gaming zones. Replay Ages allowed people to play on different games and consoles, with retro machines from (amongst many others) Commodore, Atari, Nintendo, Sega and Sony. The Replay Arcade area offered a range of cabinet retro arcade machines to play on, from Bespoke Arcades. Replay Mini had a selection of handhelds. And amongst all this several areas were dedicated to tournament and multiplayer gaming.
Below is a few of the highlights and pictures of my visit to the Replay area, a fantastic look back in time and an awesome look at what will be on offer at the Replay Expo in Blackpool. Kudos to the Replay guys for making this a memorable and nostalgic visit to the Eurogamer Expo.
It’s lucky Eurogamer was spread over 4 days, as I spent quite a few hours moving from game to game in the Replay Ages section. My favourites included the Amiga 1200 playing IK+ and the Amiga 600 playing Chaos Engine and Sensible World of Soccer. It was also great to play on the Sega Master System as I’ve not used one in years and brought back some great memories of playing Alex Kidd and Sonic the Hedgehog, the game available to play this time was Bubble Bobble.
Managed to get some time playing on a few old favourites on the Sega Mega Drive and SNES in the form of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat, as well as Street Fighter II and Mario All Stars. Couldn’t resist having a go on Goldeneye and Mario Kart 64 in the multiplayer area on the Nintendo 64, as well as on Micro Machines which was set up on the Mega Drive. The Replay Mini Zone included examples of a range of handheld consoles, including the original Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance and the Lynx.
Hopefully you’ll be able to see something in the pictures, I won’t blame the camera. Please check out the Replay Expo and Replay Events websites, and hopefully, some of you will be going to the Expo itself, here’s a quick blurb to let you know what it’s all about!
“Replay Expo is the unique video gaming event that prides itself in celebrating both the classics as well as the very latest titles. Following the success of last year’s debut show, Replay Expo will return to the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre in Blackpool on the 5/6 November 2011; the final weekend of the famous Illuminations”
Year: 1992 – 1996
Genre: Video Game Show shown on CITV
Presenters: Violet Berlin, Andy Crane, Nam Rood, Z Wright, Studio Audience
I loved watching Bad Influence! Back in the day it was an awesome video games show which covered all the latest (back then) games consoles, games and technology, from the SNES to the N64 and even covered my favourite the Amiga, as well as the occasional PC release.
The show was presented by Violet Berlin, a video games guru, and presenter Andy Crane in a studio which was set up with consoles and various other gadgets which the studio audience could be seen playing on. The show featured games reviews (often done by members of the studio audience) in which they gave a ‘boys and girls score’ out of 5.
The show also covered the latest hardware news with reports from Z Wright in the US, who was replaced by ‘Virtual Violet’ in the final series. The show often covered in-depth looks at gaming issues and new computer technology. I always remember the launch of the Nintendo 64 (then called the Ultra 64) which is shown in the last series, as well as the virtual reality machines and robots in the US, and a special on Industrial Light and Magic. Being an Amiga fan most of my favourite episodes featured anything Amiga related, Bad Influence! Series 2 Episode 4 features the Amiga, and games such as Rise of the Robots (Meh!) Desert Strike, Robocod and the Amiga CD 32.
Another presenter was Nam Rood, an expert in games cheats who had his own special section of the show. He would present a cheat for a game (not always related to the show) in random and sometimes comical ways, usually whilst insulting the audience. I’m still not sure what a ‘furtler’ is to this day. Either way Nam Rood’s appearance was a nice break from the masses of information presented in the main show.
It was definitely one of my favourite shows, and I think Violet Berlin needs to be back on the TV at some point, she was pretty awesome. The show usually ended with a competition, and a ‘datablast’ of information that you were encouraged to record and play back to be able to read it. The datablast were pages of text displayed at speed during the end credits with all of the reviews, news, features and cheats of that weeks show.
For more information, and also the best source of information on Bad Influence! please check out this awesome Bad Influence website, where you can also watch the show! The shows themselves are taken from VHS recordings so the sound and picture on some of them isn’t so good, but it’s still great to see this show again and the effort that has gone into putting these online for us all to enjoy. The website includes information on the show, the presenters, the shows themselves spanning 4 series, and interviews with Andy Crane and Violet Berlin, the site also contains links to other related sites!
There’s also a Bad Influence YouTube channel here!
Below is Series 1, Episode 1 to get you started, which also includes the opening introduction 🙂