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9:00 PM on 04.17.2015

Oh noes! Pirate Bay co-founder has his NES taken away in prison

Fredrik Neij, co-founder of the copyright-free zone known as the Pirate Bay, has had his Nintendo Entertainment System taken away by prison officials. The Swedish Prison and Probation Service said the console couldn't be...

Jed Whitaker

10:00 AM on 04.17.2015

The new retro: Japanese mystery Back In 1995 looks like a PS1 game

Ah, 1995. A good vintage. Earthquakes in Russia and Japan combined to kill nearly 10,000, the New York Times published Ted Kaczynski's manifesto, folks made Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream into a videogam...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 04.16.2015

The original Kickstarter game, High Strangeness, is set for release on May 6

Ever since the big Kickstarter boom of 2012, there's never been a short supply of developers looking to get their next title going through crowdfunding. From metroidvania action-RPG titles referencing the golden years of game...

Alessandro Fillari

2:15 PM on 03.26.2015

Syphon Filter! That's not how tasers work!

We were messing with some unearthed PlayStation 1 demo discs over as casa mia last night. It was a bit of nostalgia hit, flipping between video panes. Also, why didn't anyone tell me about Tobal 2? It looks like a fisticuffs...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 03.12.2015

Mega Man Unlimited gets super tough Omega bosses and more

Your eyes do not deceive! Tony Ponce is writing about Mega Man on the front page! I want to talk today about Mega Man Unlimited, the fan game I reviewed nearly two years ago that made me cry manly tears. You remember that tas...

Tony Ponce

2:30 PM on 03.11.2015

Sega brings back OutRun with style for the 3D Classics Series

One of the great things about Sega's ongoing 3DS Classics series is that it allows retro games from the publisher's past to find a new audience. And given its rich and diverse history of quirky and fan-favorite titles, there'...

Alessandro Fillari

2:30 PM on 02.27.2015

Beautiful UE4-powered shooter AIPD coming to GDC

Artificial Intelligence Police Department, or AIPD for short, is an upcoming top-down, twin-stick shooter from Frankfurt-based studio Blazing Badger. It recently released this luminous new trailer for its debu...

Rob Morrow

1:00 PM on 02.26.2015

Dark Souls developer's PS1 classic Shadow Tower rated by ESRB

From Software doesn't just make Demon's/Dark Souls and Bloodborne. The company created Armored Core, too. It also followed its King's Field games with another first-person, skeletal RPG, Shadow Tower. Shadow Tower has be...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Rare North Dakota-themed Carmen Sandiego game has surfaced

In the late '80s the Carmen Sandiego series was immensely popular and over 20 states were looking to get in on that red hot edutainment action. Details are sketchy on exactly what happened, but Where in North Dakota is Carme...

Jason Faulkner

4:30 PM on 02.17.2015

This demo for Strafe didn't make my head explode

I liked the look of Strafe, a 1996-style first-person shooter. As of today, I like how it plays, too. In the final hours of the game's Kickstarter run, a PC/Mac demo has come out for backers and non-backers alike. Can it help...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 02.01.2015

These Czech PlayStation ads make me feel like a criminal

These ads come from not too long after the Iron Curtain became the Iron Drapes, and Western culture began flooding the former Warsaw Pact. It's obvious that there was still a little bit of a learning experience going on in 19...

Jason Faulkner

5:15 PM on 01.29.2015

1996-style shooter Strafe looks like the start of something great

I've greatly enjoyed the promotional work that's gone into Strafe, also known as STRAFE®, also known as "the goriest shooter of 1996." But beyond the head-exploding live-action throwback trailer, wonderful as that was (h...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 01.29.2015

Jump'N'Shoot Attack! aims to be the next big anti-mobile game

It wasn't that long ago that auto-run platformers were novel, even quaint. Bit.Trip RUNNER, Canabalt, Vib-Ribbon, and even Anthony Burch's Runner all managed to get out to the market before Endless Runner stigma became a par...

Jonathan Holmes

3:45 PM on 01.20.2015

Strafe's bleeding edge graphics and gameplay will literally blow your mind

Well, if you're going to cut a trailer for "the goriest shooter of 1996," this is how you do it. Enjoying the ironic aggressive marketing of the campaign, complete with stylized title (STRAFE®) popping up everywhere. 

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 01.19.2015

You could play Woah Dave! on an actual NES cart

Do you ever think about what it would be like to play your favorite sprite-based indie games on the consoles they were influenced by? Well, you might be able to do just that with Woah Dave!, an NES-inspired game which could p...

Ben Davis

2:30 PM on 01.14.2015

Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow

After nearly three years in development, Levels or Lives' retro-inspired roguelike pixel art platformer Crystal Catacombs is almost ready to make its debut on Steam. Successfully funded on Kickstarter in July of 2012,  ...

Rob Morrow

1:30 PM on 01.06.2015

The Depths of Tolagal is fairly brutal, but it's also addictive

Knowing my penchant for habitually tinkering around with retro-inspired roguelike games that I dig up on Steam, community badass and all-around awesome person Phil Ken Sebben tapped me on the shoulde...

Rob Morrow

11:30 AM on 01.06.2015

Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia, Softporn II: 2,400 MS-DOS games playable free in-browser

The Internet Archive has added to its archive with nearly 2,400 MS-DOS games that are all playable right in your browser, right here. I've flitted between between Prince of Persia, Donkey Kong, and Aladdin within minutes...

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 12.15.2014

Monkey Island creator on Kentucky Route Zero, designing worlds and not sucking

It's time for part two of our interview series with Gary Winnick and Ron Gilbert, two of the fathers of the Point & Click genre. as we count down to the end of their Thimbleweed Park Kickstarter. Talking to these leg...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 12.12.2014

Thimbleweed Park Kickstarter was a joke for five seconds

The Thimbleweed Park Kickstarter is almost over! We're celebrating this historic event with an explosive interview series starring not one, but two amazing middle aged men -- Mr. Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island) and Mr. Gary ...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Let's look at some cool behind-the-scenes pictures of Doom

In celebration of Doom's 21st birthday, Brett shared a personal anecdote about how the iconic game came into his life at an early age and refused to leave. He didn't include Doomguy's midriff in the article, much to my chagri...

Jordan Devore



Joylancer is better than Jed's corny uncle at Thanksgiving photo
Joylancer is better than Jed's corny uncle at Thanksgiving
by Bill Zoeker

Jed's back with more of his ride through Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight. Jed relates a story of his uncle's lame, perv-y jokes at Thanksgiving, admits he's lost his passion for collectibles, and just straight up forgets everything that's happened so far.

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Jed yearns for your puckering opinions of Joylancer photo
Jed yearns for your puckering opinions of Joylancer
by Bill Zoeker

We have heard your cries for more beard, and they are not going unanswered. Today the second part of Jed conquering Joylancer is available for your quivering senses. So, feast your eyes on this Game Boy Color-esque hack 'n' slash adventure, while the beard commentates with his joyful lance in hand.

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Dimmujed got a happy protrusion for Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight photo
Dimmujed got a happy protrusion for Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight
by Bill Zoeker

Jed's back with another retro-style indie game. Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight puts players in an old school side-scrolling hack 'n' slash with Game Boy Color graphical sensibilities. Jed got to revving up his motorized lance and just absorbed the good vibrations.

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What's your favorite PS1 game? photo
What's your favorite PS1 game?
by Steven Hansen

The PlayStation 20th anniversary that spawned this limited edition, PS1-themed PS4 continues its nostalgia fest over at the PlayStation Blog, where developers like Tim Schafer (Double Fine), Neil Druckmann (Naughty Dog), and Keiji Inafune (Comcept) looking back at their favorite PS1 games.

Bless OlliOlli's creative director John Ribbins and Towerfall's Matt Thorson for the Bushido Blade inclusion. One of the PS1 games I still play on occasion. 

Snakes in the mail for everyone, though, because no one mentioned MediEvil (or Gundam Battle Assault 2) amidst mainstays like PaRappa the Rapper, Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, and Final Fantasy VII. And Final Fantasy Tactics and Symphony of the Night and Tomb Raider and, look, there are a lot of good PS1 games. 

What about you folks? What PS1 games do you remember with fondness? 

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11:00 AM on 11.26.2014

Strafe is the goriest, most realistic shooter of 1996

I am tempted to just post the email we got about Strafe (stylized as STRAFE®), because it is a masterpiece of videogame marketing. With phrases like "not for the faint of heart" and "we understand if our game is too real...

Darren Nakamura

6:30 PM on 11.25.2014

Well, you can rent an arcade cabinet for your house for $75 per month

Oh, San Francisco. You always have the coolest/wackiest/weirdest business ideas. Like this start-up that's offering an arcade cabinet delivered to your house for $75/month. That's just San Francisco enough to work! All You Ca...

Brett Makedonski

5:30 PM on 11.04.2014

How does 900 classic arcade games in your browser sound?

Fancy the greatest classic gaming selection of all time? It's not at some fabled arcade where the sound of dropping quarters and eight-bit music drowns out the dimmed oldies rock station playing over the worn out speakers. No...

Brett Makedonski

4:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Watch Mike Tyson get punched out in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

I would apologize for the spoiler in the headline, but come on. We all know what was going to happen. It takes tons of practice to work up to Mike Tyson in Punch-Out!!, so of course the real Mike Tyson is not going to stand ...

Darren Nakamura



Get nostalgic for Portland Retro Gaming Expo with these lovely photos photo
Get nostalgic for Portland Retro Gaming Expo with these lovely photos
by Max Scoville

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps you attended the fifth annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo which took place the weekend before last. If you didn't, well -- here's a lovely pile of photos that the talented Geoffrey Smith II was kind enough to take for us at this celebration of gaming from the days of yore, featuring cosplayers, special guests, and lots of games that require you to insert coins and/or blow on them to make them work.

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5:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Retro-Pixel Castles is all the work of just one person

Trendy survival games like Rust and Don't Starve have had one interesting feature that rarely get's talked about: you can't actually win at these games. That's the main concept behind the small-scale Retro-Pixel Castles, an ...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 PM on 10.07.2014

Nostalgia time! Every Game Boy start screen

I haven't finished the video yet, so sorry if at the 2 hour and 12 minute mark it baits and switches to a stupid argument on whether or not certain foodstuffs count as sandwiches, or just a bunch of music videos of lil Frank...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 09.24.2014

Pier Solar HD is finally set to arrive on multiple platforms next week

After a series of delays, Pier Solar is finally set to arrive on multiple platforms outside of the Genesis, which it was released for back in 2010. On September 30th you'll be able to pick it up on PS3, PS4, PC, an...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Joylancer, the love letter to the Game Boy, will hit Early Access in October 26th

[Update: the Steam listing page is live right now.] Joylancer has been on my radar for quite a while now. It's an independent production that seeks to recreate the great feeling of the Game Boy era, with a solid platforming ...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 09.01.2014

Mega Man Legends 3 8-bit fangame is now available to the public

Mega Man Legends 3 may be cancelled, but fans have worked tirelessly to create a fangame based on the concept. Created as a prologue to Legends 3, this 8-bit release walks you through what might have happened, with great gam...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Did You Know Gaming chronicles NES Super Mario secrets

Alright, how much of this Did You Know did you know? How much will you remember when, finally, it's your time to shine at pub trivia, your compatriots waiting for you to swoop in and save the eventing? The mushroom sound effect similarity to the flagpole sound effect? Pretty cool. And that recycled Ocarina of Time theme? I love stories behind iconic sounds.

Steven Hansen

5:30 PM on 08.21.2014

Heck yes: Protect Me Knight is getting a 3DS sequel

I've thankfully managed to forget about most of the Xbox Live Indie Games I subjected myself to over the years, but a few happy memories do remain. Ancient's Protect Me Knight, an 8-bit overhead action game about fending off...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 08.20.2014

The Grid is the Goodwill's specialized gaming concept store

The Grid is a special denomination of Goodwill that opened up in Charlotte, North Carolina and caters to gamers and collectors. In other words, this ain't your grandma's Goodwill. You won't find vintage T-shirts or tacky over...

Brittany Vincent

6:30 PM on 08.08.2014

Final Fantasy Record Keeper wants to tap into your nostalgia centers

Final Fantasy Record Keeper, the smartphone entry into the Final Fantasy series, is a pretty meta game already. You take up the mantle of Deci, a student working for Dr. Mog, entering paintings that depict specific moments f...

Brittany Vincent

4:45 PM on 08.06.2014

Cancelled SNES Akira game from THQ looks...not great

Before THQ was known for such great games as MX vs. ATV and Homefront, it made a name for itself with titles like The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots!. In those days, even before publishing the Ghost in the Shell&n...

Steven Hansen