The Analogue NT or Why Someone Would Drop $500 on a NES Console

The Analogue NT or Why Someone Would Drop $500 on a NES Console

So, I was glancing over news from the world of retro video games today and had to do a double take. I'm used to people repackaging or emulating old consoles. Heck, The Retron 5 does exactly this blending a large handful of classic console hardware emulation into one definitive, inexpensive $130 package. There's also the Retro VGS, a completely brand new retro themed console which is bring cartridge gaming back. Both of those projects are cool because they're reasonably priced. However, I nearly spit my coffee out when I found out that someone has repacked the guts of the Famicom and NES console into a shiny aluminum box, slapped on some arguably cool feature, and is selling this new NES at $499 a pop!

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GameSniped Video Game Review of Rocket League

GameSniped Video Game Review of Rocket League

Rocket League isn’t some average FIFA wannabe soccer simulator that swaps football players for futuristic cars. It’s actually quite addictive and will grow on you with every match you play. The game is best described as The Perfect 5 Minute Break, Rocket League is fun, charming, and most importantly, it’s simple. Everyone can play it, so don’t bother finishing the tutorial. Trust me, you don’t really need it! Just read this GameSniped video game review and you’ll know how to play the game along with what to expect from it.

What you need is to relax on your couch and play with a few friends after a hard day at work; it has split-screen, and it supports 4 players at once. There aren’t that many split-screen friendly games out there, and Rocket League offers a welcome breath of fresh air. Read more...

Reddit/YouTuber Uncovers Retro Console Prototype for SNES CD

Reddit/YouTuber Uncovers Retro Console Prototype for SNES CD

Often times, when you write about retro video games, you write about something that everyone knows about. Your subject material has already been completely covered by other sources from top to bottom. It's not often that I get the pleasure of writing about a completely unknown retro console. But that' s exactly what happened when Reddit user AnalogueBoy unleashed pictures and videos of his Father's prototype SNES CD  (or is it a Nintendo Playstation). Read more...

Quick Updates on the Complete NES Kickstart Project

Quick Updates on the Complete NES Kickstart Project

Sorry for the long delay, folks. The beautiful summer weather has been vying for my attention recently. I have a few quick updates for you. Retro VGS recently announced updates to some of their specs. The console includes HDMI 1.3 output and will come in various colors not unlike the old Nintendo 64 consoles. Check it out here. If you didn't catch the post in the beginning of June, check out our take on the Retro VGS. Jeffrey Wittenhagen hit me up on Twitter and told me about his new project, the Complete NES on Kickstart. Read more...

Retro VGS Vintage Video Game Console Brings Back Cartridges

Retro VGS Vintage Video Game Console Brings Back Cartridges

Have you been feeling a bit disconnected with the newest gen consoles? By now, I'm sure all of you have heard about the turmoil at Konami over their decision to pull the Silent Hill demo off of the Playstation network (along with the infighting and recent termination of legendary game designer Hideo Kojima). Unfortunately, we can't use up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A to get out of that situation. But, never fear. A new developer wants to return video game consoles back to their golden era. The company, Retro, recently purchased the tooling kit for the Atari Jaguar console system to design their own cartridge based console. This brand new take on a vintage video game console is called the Retro VGS. The question we should be asking is "Can the industry really turn back to the video game cartridge to revolutionize in the future?" and "Is there really a market for this sort of vintage video game console?" Read more...

Transformation of Wrestling Video Games Pt. 3: 5th Generation

Transformation of Wrestling Video Games Pt. 3: 5th Generation

Fifth generation consoles refer to the 32-bit and 64-bit gaming systems such as the Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1, and other handheld devices. It's also known as the 3D era. So, that's fitting that the revolutionary attitude infused era of professional wrestling received a serious face lift in the video game industry. The time of the older and much simpler WWF wrestling games was officially over. In 1999, wrestling video games had already become cemented in the gaming industry. While they were not necessarily the best games on their respective platforms, their popularity grew more and more each year. Read more...

Transformation of Wrestling Games Part 2: the 16 Bit Era

Transformation of Wrestling Games Part 2: the 16 Bit Era

The 16-bit era was a strange and confusing time for video game fans of wrestling. Only a hand-full of wrestling video games worth mentioning were released in the US. In fact, some people may argue that WWE video games/WWF games didn't really come into their own until the following generation. In fact, some of you may be more accustomed with these latter games rather than the ones from this era. Regardless, despite the small number of wrestling games on the SNES and Genesis, what was being offered at this period was definitely high quality. The games were far and away better than any of the games that came before. This second part of our continuing look at the history of wrestling video games will focus on the early 90's. Read more...

The Best Video Games Based on TV Shows

There probably isn’t a home you can enter today that doesn’t have one or more family members immersed in a video game, but did you know that many of the favorites are based on television shows? Some are based on cartoon and others are based on shows that star real actors and not simply voice-overs. In any case, here are a list of the best video games based on TV shows. If you are a gamer, you’ll recognize most if not all of them, if not, why don’t you give some of them a try? They’re loads of fun! Read more...

The Transformation of Wrestling Games: The Early Years

The Transformation of Wrestling Games: The Early Years

Wrestling is probably one of the oldest forms of combat in human history. Cave drawings were found in France dating 15,000 years ago, and ancient Babylonian and Egyptian symbols showcase individuals fighting each-other using some of the most known techniques of modern-day wrestling. In ancient Greece, wrestling had a place in legend and literature, and during the Middle Ages it remained a popular sport that was enjoyed by noble families from France, Japan and England. In our 4 part series, we will examine wrestling games through the years and how they've adapted to new audiences. Read more...

Rarest and Most Expensive SNES Games Circa 2015

Rarest and Most Expensive SNES Games Circa 2015

Hey guys. If you recall, we ran a post on the most expensive SNES games a few years ago. These included not just the game cartridges themselves but also the manual, box, or even a CIB sale. I thought it may be interesting and worthwhile to go back through and check the prices in a sort of "where are they now" type post. As I stated in the past (wow has 5 years really passed since then?!), some of these games skyrocket in price due to a rabid fan base (as opposed to some genuine rarity). Read more...

New Gamestop Trade In Policy on Retro Game Collecting

New Gamestop Trade In Policy on Retro Game Collecting

Breaking news! The ailing brick-and-mortar video game chain Gamestop has just announced that they will join in the world of retro game collecting. They've finally changed their stance after seeing the many missed opportunities to cash in on retro games and the collectors who love them. To rebuild their stock of retro gems from yesteryear, the chain is changing their Gamestop trade in policy to include older titles once more. For the time being, this new policy is regional and will be experimented with in certain stores (such as the Gamestop New York City locations). Read more...

Is Technology Creating a Lack of Critical Thinkers? Games that Stimulate the Brain

Scientists, doctors and educators have been saying for years that technology is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it reduces the amount of time spent on laborious tasks and computations but on the other hand technology has proven to interfere with the development of critical thinking. Before taking this premise as a foregone conclusion, it is necessary to understand why they believe this, and if it can be substantiated, how can the situation be rectified? Here are some thoughts on the matter.

What Is Critical Thinking?

First, it is necessary to understand just what critical thinking is in order to see why it is so important. A brief definition would be that critical thinking is that which seeks to assess and analyse a given set of data in order to make a judgement and restructure that data for relevant use. Say that again? In other words, a critical thinker is someone who can form logical conclusions on how to use the information provided.

So What’s the Big Problem?

This is something society is sorely lacking. Our students can use any computer out there but when asked “Why?” they just don’t know! They’ve learned to use programs that take them from A to Z without ever knowing why those other 24 steps were taken and how those steps impact the results. Without understanding how that program got from A to Z, they will never be able to function outside technology.

A good example would be to take GPS away from today’s travellers. Would they be able to navigate complex routes by using just a paper map? Many aren’t able to do that and the sheer number of people asking for directions en route are the proof in the pudding. Why would I want to go east when I am heading west? Perhaps they don’t see the logic of avoiding a mountain range in the dead of winter. It takes critical thinking to assess the situation, analyse alternatives and find ways to put it all together to get where they are going safely.

Games that Encourage Critical Thinking

Whether you are an educator or a parent seeking to foster critical thinking, there are a number of wonderful games on the market that can stimulate that area of the brain where critical thinking transpires. Puzzles are always good for this reason as it is necessary to assess what has been done, analyse what needs to be placed and then reconstruct to form a whole.

Wooden puzzles are always a good thing to have on hand as they are durable and can be used over long periods of time in a classroom setting. Some of these can even be custom ordered to have complex pictures that will not be easy to piece together and thematic in terms of lessons being taught – interdisciplinary so to speak.

Any game that forces a student to think in terms of a stepwise progression is one that can be utilised to encourage critical thinking. If society has any hope of a ‘logical’ future, it is incumbent upon parents and educators alike to recognize the inherent value in this mental process in order to foster it in our children, tomorrow’s adults.