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RetRose Tinted: Time Pilot


Sep 01
// Conrad Zimmerman
[A critical eye takes time to develop. RetRose Tinted is a regular feature in which I re-examine games of yesteryear to see if my memories of them live up to the reality.] I have always had a keen interest in the concepts of ...
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RetRose Tinted: Godzilla


Aug 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
[A critical eye takes time to develop. RetRose Tinted is a regular feature in which I re-examine games of yesteryear to see if my memories of them live up to the reality.] I was probably about eleven years of age when I first...
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RetRose Tinted: Dr. Chaos


Aug 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
There are a lot of games out there which I have played and not completed. The list seems to be ever-growing, in fact, as I have less time for the practice than I once did. It's far less common that I play a game and never get...

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RetRose Tinted: Rastan


Jul 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
[A critical eye takes time to develop. RetRose Tinted is a regular column in which I re-examine games of yesteryear to see if my memories of them live up to the reality.] Rastan is a game which I actively sought out as a chil...
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RetRose Tinted: Pooyan


Jul 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
I used to play Pooyan a lot on my Commodore 64, but I never really saw the arcade unit anywhere. Perhaps too many years had passed between its 1982 release and the time you would find me crawling through smoky rooms, playing ...
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RetRose Tinted: LOOM


Jul 07
// Conrad Zimmerman
I've been playing a lot of adventure games lately and it has made me yearn for some of the classics of my youth, particularly with the impending release of The Secret of Monkey Island SE. So it was that I resolved to play LOO...
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RetRose Tinted: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker


Jun 30
// Conrad Zimmerman
I know that I am not in any way alone in having vivid memories of Michael Jackson. It's probably impossible to have been sentient in the 1980's and not have the King of Pop firmly in your recollection. As a child during that ...
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RetRose Tinted: Altered Beast


Jun 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
I've never been entirely sure why, in many conversations I've had with gamers, the mention of Altered Beast is often met with a groan of derision. My admittedly vague memories of playing the game start in a bowling alley, whe...
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RetRose Tinted: Fatal Labyrinth


May 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
[A critical eye takes time to develop. RetRose Tinted is a regular column in which I re-examine games of yesteryear to see if my memories of them live up to the reality.]Fatal Labyrinth is another example of a game that I pla...
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RetRose Tinted: Renegade


May 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
[A critical eye takes time to develop. RetRose Tinted is a regular column in which I re-examine games of yesteryear to see if my memories of them live up to the reality.]In the arcades, Renegade was a landmark game responsibl...
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RetRose Tinted: Top Gun


Apr 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
A critical eye takes time to develop. RetRose Tinted is a regular column in which I re-examine games of yesteryear to see if my memories of them live up to the reality. I have a love/hate relationship with Top Gun. Okay, mayb...
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RetRose Tinted: Super Punch-Out!!


Mar 31
// Conrad Zimmerman
Few games have helped to mold and shape my love of gaming more than Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!. Mr. Dream can suck it for all I care, Iron Mike and his wacky rapist ways will always hold a place in my heart. I would have done a...
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RetRose Tinted: The Tick


Mar 17
// Conrad Zimmerman
Okay, I'm going to lay out some funky be-bop here. Let's see if you guys can pick up the tune.Dup-dweeee-duh-duh-duh-dwee-dow. Dup-dweeee-duh-duh-duh-dwee-dow.The Tick might be the only reason I was capable of waking up befor...
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RetRose Tinted: Boomer's Adventure in Asmik World


Mar 03
// Conrad Zimmerman
I have no idea what exactly inspired me to play this game again. I remember it was plodding, frustrating and (in many ways) terribly unfair. I never made it much further than the first ten levels as a kid because my patience ...
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RetRose Tinted: Agent-X 2


Feb 24
// Conrad Zimmerman
As a kid who spent a big chunk of his childhood playing games which were simplistic or on a computer, I didn't have to deal with passwords as much as my more console-oriented friends. My Commodore 64 offered save games on jus...
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RetRose Tinted: Road Rash 2


Feb 17
// Conrad Zimmerman
Last week, in the Destructoid office, people were up to their usual shenanigans. Nick Chester was talking about how Rock Band gives meaning to his otherwise empty life. Sterling was all, "blah blah, Dynasty Warriors, c*n...
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RetRose Tinted: Mickey Mousecapade


Feb 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
This week's RetRose Tinted is partly inspired by an episode of Retroforce Go. I want to say it was the recent episode about Capcom, due to the company's myriad of Disney-licensed titles for the NES but I can't say for certain...
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RetRose Tinted: Whomp 'Em


Jan 20
// Conrad Zimmerman
Whomp 'Em is a game that I came across during lonely days of working in a used game shop. I took one look at it and thought two things: "There is no way in hell that this is a good game," and "I absolutely have...
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RetRose Tinted: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest


Jan 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
My deep, passionate love for Castlevania began in 1989. This had to have occured during spring break, as I'm certain it was a weekday. The memory is tinged with the seemingly sinful joy of playing a videogame all day when I w...
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RetRose Tinted: Wizards and Warriors III


Dec 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
I heard an interesting thing the other day on a podcast (which one it was escapes me now) about how different our perceptions of games are in a span of only twenty years. The distilled point they were making was that, when we...
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RetRose Tinted: The Goonies II


Dec 02
// Conrad Zimmerman
If you spent a significant portion of your childhood in the eighties, I don't think it was possible to miss out on The Goonies. The bittersweet tale of a group of kids facing their last weekend together in their beloved town ...
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RetRose Tinted: Greendog


Nov 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
In the days before a certain blue hedgehog came along to claim his throne as the defacto mascot, I imagine that the process of selection for properties to help consumers identify the brand as a fairly chaotic affair. The way ...
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RetRose Tinted: Total Carnage


Nov 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
I want to talk today about a condition that we don't hear much of any longer, a painful malady that has largely been eliminated from our society. Just as the advent of a vaccine spirited away the looming fear of smallpox from...
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RetRose Tinted: Campaign '84


Nov 04
// Conrad Zimmerman
If that isn't the most boring image ever posted to this site, I'd be astounded.Well, folks, Election Day is finally upon us here in the United States. I could think of no better way to celebrate (other than by voting which, i...
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RetRose Tinted: Dark Castle


Oct 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
Back when the medium of choice for discriminating game players (or people who did not own an NES) was the 5 1/4" floppy disk, labeling was fairly simplistic. Unlike modern designs covered in game art, labels were commonl...
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RetRose Tinted: Golden Axe


Oct 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
Golden Axe: Beast Rider released today. It would be a lie if I were to suggest that I had any sort of interest in this sequel. The gameplay footage shown so far really does not appeal to me at all, which is disappointing beca...
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RetRose Tinted: Rad Gravity


Oct 07
// Conrad Zimmerman
The save feature is something we simply expect from videogames today. Saving has become so ingrained into the medium that practically all games now do it for you automatically. But when console gaming was still in its earlier...
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RetRose Tinted: The Chaos Engine


Sep 30
// Conrad Zimmerman
I'm a huge fan of is the steampunk genre of fiction. I love the fusion of clockwork-driven high-technology dirtying the skies of a more elegant and romantic era. The juxtaposition is beautiful. This brings me to The Chaos Eng...
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RetRose Tinted: Mighty Bomb Jack


Sep 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
I bet you thought I was going to write about Mega Man again, eh? Well, admittedly, I was. But then, as I looked through my games at the "M" section, my eye glanced just past my collection of Blue Bomber games and be...
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RetRose Tinted: Blackthorne


Sep 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
One of the advantages of remaining within casual driving distance of your parents when you inevitably leave the nest is that their home can act as something of a storage facility for things that you just haven't had the need ...

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