retro

  • Gadgets of days gone by: My Super Nintendo


    This week at CrunchGear, we’re looking back at some of our favorite gadgets from the not-so-distant past — old phones, computers, media players, toys… those devices that still stand out in our memories despite their obsolescence. Feel free to contribute some of your own nostalgia. I want to be clear here: I’m not just celebrating the Super Nintendo in general — I… Read More

  • Handy guide for a little light vintage camera restoration

    The charm of vintage cameras is easy to understand. Their metal build, satisfying shutter action, and funky old lenses make for a fun photography experience. What’s more, they can be bought for unbelievably low prices on eBay or at junk and antique shops. Unfortunately, they’re rarely in the best of shape, having likely been abandoned in a trunk for several years before being… Read More

  • Photo report: CrunchGear digs up Akihabara's top 10 expensive classic games

    Nearly two years have passed since I last went to Akihabara in Tokyo to dig up Japan’s most expensive retro games. This time, I made the observation that the general price level has gone down in the past months. Some of the pricey carts and CDs I listed up were simply nowhere to be found, some were considerably cheaper for some reason, and other games became more expensive over time. Read More

  • Retro Mega Man 10 commercial – complete with V-Hold issues

    The whole time I was watching this Mega Man 10 fauxmercial, I was thinking “something about this is wrong.” And yes, it’s all wrong, of course, but specifically… it’s 16:9. Man, there ain’t no NES commercials in 16:9! [via Reddit] Read More

  • NES game harmonicas let you blow on your cartridges for fun and profit

    Who would have thought that all that practice blowing on NES games would pay off? Now all I have to do is learn how to play the harmonica really well, and I can finally quit this blogging business and begin the exciting and lucrative life of the hobo! Read More

  • The Altair is back

    Vince Briel, computer creator, has rebuilt the original Altair 8800, the world’s first home computer, and added a VGA and PS/2 keyboard. The computer emulates Intel’s 8080 processor with an Atmel AVR microcontroller and it has a full complement of exciting lights on the front for you to impress your friends with. Read More

  • Nostalgia week continues with Apple ][, Pascal, and old-fashioned newsletters!


    Hot on the heels of our celebration of the BBS, here’s a pair of retro stories to ease your transition into the weekend. First up is “Pascal Spoken Here“, by Ian Bogost about the subtle shift over the years in how we view computers. Back in 1977 the advertising clearly identified the connection between using, exploring, and learning a computer in ways that you simply… Read More

  • Retro 1977 SLR kit looks like it might take interesting photos


    You’d never get a kit like this on the market today. Too many tiny, delicious pieces. Kids these days all want to know what an objective mirror tastes like; it’s almost like that rarest of delicacies, unicorn flank. But I digress, and this isn’t a cryptoculinary blog. This kit, from way back in 1977, actually let you assemble a real SLR (slightly smaller than standard, but… Read More

  • Blip gets reverse-engineered. Proves that the computer was cheating.

    Hand-held electronics are marvels of miniaturization. The ones that existed before I was born, even more so. Anyone who played Blip might be interested to know two things. First, despite being titled “The Digital Game”, it was in fact 100% mechanically driven. Second, the game was, as you may have claimed many times, actually impossible to beat. Read More

  • The retro game revival continues with Sonic 4: leaked screens and video

    It wasn’t too long ago that I whined that these days, old-school de-makes of games are better than the new-school re-makes they’re meant to promote. It’s not really a problem, since these old-style games are fun as hell, but it’s kind of embarrassing for the industry. As far as I’m concerned, the more retro throwbacks the better. That’s why I was pumped to… Read More

  • These sweet retro flip-clocks are actually quite reasonably priced


    Retro chrome stuff is in demand here in Seattle. It seems like everyone is trying to establish their home as some sort of shrine to “Mad Men.” I even caved and bought this awesome projector screen — trouble is, most of this stuff is super expensive. And one thing I’ve always wanted but have never seemed to find at a decent price is a retro-style clock with the… Read More

  • Wii arcade fighter gamepad good for Hadokens and Shoryukens

    At last count, there are something like six Street Fighter games available for download from the Wii’s Virtual Console section. And for that truly old-school experience, you need a truly old-school controller. The $15 dreamGEAR Arcade Fighter Classic Gamepad for Nintendo Wii looks like it may be able to scratch that itch. Read More

  • Atari-style USB joystick sports built-in emulator

    At first glance, $30 may seem like a lot for a one-button old school Atari joystick with a USB connection. But this one comes with the Stella Atari 2600 and 80 games built right in and you can remove the USB controller board for use with that MAME cabinet you’ve always wanted to build. There’s even labeled solder points on the board for adding additional buttons. Read More

  • GOG.com inks deal with Activision to sell DRM-free classic adventure games

    Hot damn, you guys. Hot damn. Good Old Games — GOG.com — is now selling old Activision games for six bucks a pop. And you know what Activision owns? All the old Sierra games. Read More

  • Three Words: Garbage… Pail… Kids

    Yes, Garbage Pail Kids. In 7-foot wall form. If you thought yesterday’s Star Wars Fathead was expensive at $100, then you may balk at the thought of spending $150 on a larger-than-life Garbage Pail Kids poster. Read More

  • How quaint, a review of Sony's very first CD player

    This is great. Original reviews of classic gadgets and computers are fun because you can marvel at the things that were new and mysterious then, but beyond commonplace now. In this review, it is noted that there are many buttons, but no knobs. How things have changed, and now we value knobs as high-end and disparage buttons as peasant interfaces. This one is lower and wider, has a… Read More

  • Modern movies set adrift as Atari games

    Ah, nostalgia. Your gentle touch knows no limits. Today you’ve taken modern movies and shown us what they would have looked like as video games from 30 years ago. Read More

  • PyramidTalk: Seiko updates their cult clocks from the 1980s

    Some of the older CrunchGear readers will surely remember the Pyramidtalk, a clock that verbally announced the time and other information. Seiko started selling the clock in 1984, and it turned out to be a big worldwide hit, with sales ballooning to 200,000 units per year at its peak. And now, just in time for Christmas, consumers (in Japan, at least) can lay their hands on an updated… Read More

  • Retro: Monocles are making a comeback for some reason

    Monocles are back, people! So says Fez from Ron and Fez, the Sirius XM radio program that spent a hot 10 minutes on this news story that says that monocles are back in fashion with young people. Time to get me some monocles! Read More

  • Luckily, only 500 of these ridiculous Pac-Man watches will be made

    As a fan of retro game stuff in general, I’m always on the lookout for cool Pac-Man/Space Invaders/Robotron 2084 stuff. Unfortunately, retro game gear isn’t usually very understated. When it comes to watches, I’m more of an old-school guy, but even if I were into cool new watches, I’d probably skip this one. Read More