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RetRose Tinted: Time Pilot

[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 ...   more

RetRose Tinted: Time Pilot photo

RetRose Tinted: Godzilla

[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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Godzilla photo

RetRose Tinted: Dr. Chaos

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Dr. Chaos photo

RetRose Tinted: Rastan

[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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Rastan photo

RetRose Tinted: Pooyan

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 ...   more

RetRose Tinted: Pooyan photo

RetRose Tinted: LOOM

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: LOOM photo

RetRose Tinted: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

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 ...   more

RetRose Tinted: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker photo

RetRose Tinted: Altered Beast

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Altered Beast photo

RetRose Tinted: Fatal Labyrinth

[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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Fatal Labyrinth photo

RetRose Tinted: Renegade

[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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Renegade photo

RetRose Tinted: Top Gun

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Top Gun photo

RetRose Tinted: Super Punch-Out!!

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Super Punch-Out!! photo

RetRose Tinted: The Tick

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: The Tick photo

RetRose Tinted: Boomer's Adventure in Asmik World

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 ...   more

RetRose Tinted: Boomer's Adventure in Asmik World photo

RetRose Tinted: Agent-X 2

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Agent-X 2 photo

RetRose Tinted: Road Rash 2

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Road Rash 2 photo

RetRose Tinted: Mickey Mousecapade

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Mickey Mousecapade photo

RetRose Tinted: Whomp 'Em

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Whomp 'Em photo

RetRose Tinted: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest photo

RetRose Tinted: Wizards and Warriors III

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Wizards and Warriors III photo

RetRose Tinted: The Goonies II

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 ...   more

RetRose Tinted: The Goonies II photo

RetRose Tinted: Greendog

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 ...   more

RetRose Tinted: Greendog photo

RetRose Tinted: Total Carnage

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Total Carnage photo

RetRose Tinted: Campaign '84

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Campaign '84 photo

RetRose Tinted: Dark Castle

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Dark Castle photo

RetRose Tinted: Golden Axe

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Golden Axe photo

RetRose Tinted: Rad Gravity

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Rad Gravity photo

RetRose Tinted: The Chaos Engine

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: The Chaos Engine photo

RetRose Tinted: Mighty Bomb Jack

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...   more

RetRose Tinted: Mighty Bomb Jack photo

RetRose Tinted: Blackthorne

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 ...   more

RetRose Tinted: Blackthorne photo

RetRose Tinted: Streets of Rage 2

Like many, I've been playing a lot of Castle Crashers in the last couple of weeks and it has me thinking about other 2D brawler games I've enjoyed over the years. When these games were popular, I played every one I could get ...   more

RetRose Tinted: Streets of Rage 2 photo

RetRose Tinted: Beavis and Butt-head

In those halcyon days of the early 1990's, before the MTV machine had infected all other networks with the scourge of reality programming, the channel was really making a push with animated series. Liquid Television, their la...   more

RetRose Tinted: Beavis and Butt-head photo

RetRose Tinted: Blaster Master

Blaster Master is one of those games that I think just about everyone has at least heard of. It amazes me, however, that it doesn't seem to be one that is talked about all that much. It comes up in most conversations that I h...   more

RetRose Tinted: Blaster Master photo

RetRose Tinted: Jaws

What with Shark Week and all, this probably would have been more fitting last Tuesday. Yet, somehow, the idea of writing about the NES Jaws game completely missed me until the weekend, when some friends had a conversation reg...   more

RetRose Tinted: Jaws photo

RetRose Tinted: NARC

Drugs are bad and there's no time in the popular history of drug use when drugs were worse than in the 1980's. Nancy Reagan was encouraging us all to, "Just Say No," while her husband was preparing to launch the White House O...   more

RetRose Tinted: NARC photo

RetRose Tinted: Chuck E. Cheese's

On this day, in 1980, I was born. Birthdays don't typically hold any real significance for me, which made finding a "birthday memory" a little bit of a challenge. I'm not one of those people who obsesses over one day being a ...   more

RetRose Tinted: Chuck E. Cheese's photo

RetRose Tinted: Batman

Batman is the greatest comic hero ever. Any suggestion otherwise may result in a ninja stealing your breath in the night. With a new Batman film coming on Friday, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look back at an ad...   more

RetRose Tinted: Batman photo

RetRose Tinted: Pengo

[RetRose Tinted is a feature I have been running in the Destructoid Community Blogs since February. Its purpose is to re-evaluate games that have had an impact on my gaming life and discern if they hold up to modern scrutiny....   more

RetRose Tinted: Pengo photo