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Category: Retro

Was Beta Really Better than VHS?

Was Beta Really Better than VHS?
Back in the ’80s, I was a huge proponent of BetaMax videotapes, though it was less about the image quality for me and more about the audio quality Beta Hi-Fi, which offered up far better sound quality than other video formats at the time. But for years, it’s been thought…

Space Invaders Gets an Official Board Game

Space Invaders Gets an Official Board Game
Space Invaders, the iconic classic video game we all know and love, just got even cooler. The popular arcade vertical shooter from TAITO is going to be a board game. Let’s just hope that the gameplay lives up to the arcade version. The game is being created to celebrate the…
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Pac-Man Procrastination Power Maze Safe: Gobble Dots to Withdraw Cash

Pac-Man Procrastination Power Maze Safe: Gobble Dots to Withdraw Cash
Do you need a place to keep your money safe? Perhaps you’d like a safe that is also a game? Well, check this out. The Pac-Man: Procrastination Power Maze Safe is a miniature bank that is also a Pac-Man game. Let Pac-Man keep your coins safe and sound while you…

Big Trouble in Little China the Game: Never Roll the Dice Faster Than You Can See

Big Trouble in Little China the Game: Never Roll the Dice Faster Than You Can See
When I think of 1980s movies, one that always comes to mind – and one of my all-time favorites – is the Kurt Russell flick, Big Trouble in Little China. I nearly wore out the lone VHS copy my local video store had. If you like the movie as much…

AT-AT Liquor Cabinet Perfect for Serving Up Your Johnnie (Imperial) Walker Black

AT-AT Liquor Cabinet Perfect for Serving Up Your Johnnie (Imperial) Walker Black
I’ve always wanted one of those fancy liquor cabinets in my house. I’m not talking about the type that look like an old globe either. I want a really cool one. Perhaps something really original, like one that looks like an AT-AT Imperial Walker. Oh, what’s that you say? Somebody…

This Mid-Century Modern Arcade Cabinet is Living Room Friendly

This Mid-Century Modern Arcade Cabinet is Living Room Friendly
If you’ve always wanted an arcade cabinet in your house, but your significant other doesn’t like the idea of an upright cabinet sitting in the corner of your living room, the solution is here. This handcrafted wood cocktail table style arcade machine will fit in nicely into any decor. NoQuarterArcade…

Building a Tiny Commodore PET

Building a Tiny Commodore PET
The Commodore PET 2001 was one of the very first personal computers I remember ever seeing. The green-screened 8-bit system wasn’t very powerful, but I always loved its iconic all-in-one design. I always wanted to own one if just to put it on display, but I don’t really have the…

Kool-Aid Man POP! Figure Coming Soon: OHHH YEAH!

Kool-Aid Man POP! Figure Coming Soon: OHHH YEAH!
Growing up, at least every other time someone in my circle of friends drank Kool-Aid, they would run face first into the wall yelling “OH YEAH!” We were never able to bust through any walls, but that didn’t stop us from trying and incurring mom wrath on the regular. Funko…

SuperImpulse MicroArcade Games Are The Size of a Credit Card

SuperImpulse MicroArcade Games Are The Size of a Credit Card
Super Impulse makes a Tiny Arcade line that is a series of four-inch-tall fully playable arcade cabinets. But how can you play these awesome old school games when you’re away from your desk? I mean you need to get your fix of Pac-Man or Missile Command. No problem. A new…

Smoking Hot PlayStation Classic Deal Gets You the Retro Console for $40

Smoking Hot PlayStation Classic Deal Gets You the Retro Console for $40
If you wanted a PlayStation Classic retro console for Christmas and didn’t get one, here is your chance. Walmart has the best deal we have seen on the small retro console that normally lists for $99.99. During the Walmart sale, the console is up for $39.99, $60 off the normal…

The LEGO Speak & Spell Replica: L… E… G… O…

The LEGO Speak & Spell Replica: L… E… G… O…
Growing up in the 1970s, one of my earliest memories of an electronic toy had to be the Speak & Spell. This tablet-sized device helped many of us improve our spelling and vocabulary, playing word games using an early speech synthesizer. I remember there being a myth that the voice…

Hyperkin Xbox Classic Pack Turns Xbox One X into an Original Xbox

Hyperkin Xbox Classic Pack Turns Xbox One X into an Original Xbox
Now that Santa has come and gone, I’m sure some of you still have Christmas cash or gift cards burning a hole in your pockets. You might be wanting something to make you feel like you got a new console for Christmas rather than a gift card. For those who…

Handheld Galaxian Arcade Game Channels Tiny ’80s Nostalgia

Handheld Galaxian Arcade Game Channels Tiny ’80s Nostalgia
Retro games are hot right now with all sorts of devices out there from Nintendo, Sony, and others. Check out this miniature version of Galaxian from My Arcade. The Handheld Galaxian arcade cabinet is about 6.75″ tall and has a 2.75″ LCD screen. The cabinet artwork is inspired by the…

1/4-Scale Pac-Man Arcade Machine Needs No Quarters

1/4-Scale Pac-Man Arcade Machine Needs No Quarters
The very first arcade game I ever played a sit-down console style Pac-Man game at a Pizza Hut, and it was awesome. I fed more quarters into arcade games than I care to admit. If you want some of that ’80s arcade nostalgia in your home or office, check this…

OMG! Asteroids Arcade1Up Cabinet is Only $199 at Walmart

OMG! Asteroids Arcade1Up Cabinet is Only $199 at Walmart
I mentioned before that I had wanted my own ’80s arcade in my home since Silver Spoons was on the air. Arcade1Up has been peddling smaller sized arcade cabinets that look like those classics from the ’80s, and packing multiple games. These arcade cabinets launched at an MSRP of $399,…

Famicom Trans Am: Mario and the Bandit

Famicom Trans Am: Mario and the Bandit
Fans of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System might be familiar with its Japanese counterpart, the Nintendo Family Computer (aka the Famicom.) If you dig classic ’80s games and classic ’80s cars, you might dig this too. This awesome 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am looks just like a giant Famicom on…
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