retro

  • You know Street Fighter, but do you know… Fighting Street?

    You know Street Fighter, but do you know… Fighting Street?

    Look back on your gaming history. 90% of you will remember Street Fighter II as one of the primary games of your youth. Great game, yes? Then why did you not play the first one? Everyone asked the question, and I don’t know about you, but I never really got a decent answer. I was perusing Magweasel and I ran across this gem. How come I never heard about this? Fighting Street?! Video inside. Read More

  • Remember this thing? The Apple Quicktake 200

    Remember this thing? The Apple Quicktake 200

    It’s possible that this escaped my attention in 1997, because at the time, I would have been listening to Smashing Pumpkins and playing Riven most of the time. Meanwhile, Apple was slapping its name on a Fuji camera and trying to pioneer a new industry — and failing. It was a noble effort (like the Newton), but ultimately the Quicktake 200 was too early and probably too expensive. Read More

  • Someone loves chrome logos as much as I do

    Someone loves chrome logos as much as I do


    I can’t get enough of the awesome raised or etched lettering you see on high-end and old-school hardware. You know, like the Leica symbol, or the great old lettering on the backs of cars. It has a very permanent feeling, and these days there isn’t enough of that. Too much plastic, too much dye, too many displays. Luckily for me (and people like me, if there are any), there’s… Read More

  • Very cool Pac-Man business card holder

    Very cool Pac-Man business card holder

    Remember the business card case shaped like a NES controller that came out in July? Well, that one wasn’t too bad, but this new Pac-Man card holder is way cooler. Read More

  • The early days of John Madden Football

    The early days of John Madden Football

    Great article over at Edge Online for anyone interested in the early days of EA’s John Madden Football franchise. Did you know that one of the first versions of the game was initially 7-on-7 due to memory limitations? Madden himself put the kibosh on that one right away, saying, “What’s this seven-on-seven? This isn’t football. If my name’s going to be on… Read More

  • 8-bit porn: the women of Leisure Suit Larry

    8-bit porn: the women of Leisure Suit Larry

    Leisure Suit Larry was one of those game franchises I always saw on the shelf at the local computer games store but never bought. I picked up the box and oggled at the titilating pictures on the back, but I never traded my hard-earned cash for the soft-core bonanza that the games offered. I like to think I’m a better man, as a result. Lots of people must’ve bought the game… Read More

  • USB hub looks like an old cassette tape

    USB hub looks like an old cassette tape

    If you feel like you’ve been dragged kicking and screaming into the wonderful world of technology, now’s the time to show everyone that you still haven’t forgotten your old school analog roots — sort of. This is a four-port USB hub that looks like a cassette tape. Read More

  • iPod Nano sleeves made from cassette tapes

    iPod Nano sleeves made from cassette tapes

    Recycling cassettes seems to be a trend these days. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. After all, who among us doesn’t have a Fine Young Cannibals single that would be better suited to lamp or wallet duty? Or how about these great little Nano cases — a bit pricey, but they’re Canadian so you can pay with syrup if you have it. Read More

  • Portable TurboGrafx-16 for a little nostalgia on the go

    Behold! A portable TurboGrafx-16 system. A modder named Bacteria (eewww) cobbled together a very nice-looking system called “IntoGrafx” featuring three-hour battery life and a 5.4-inch screen. The IntoGrafx plays original TurboGrafx game cards (the system uses an actual TurboGrafx board, after all) and there’s a region switch that allows you to play either Japanese or US games. Read More

  • Paper Speaker: Japanese company sells DIY cardboard speakers

    Paper Speaker: Japanese company sells DIY cardboard speakers

    It seems Japanese papercraft art isn’t limited to Origami or Pellermodels but also has something in store for us gadget fans. Case in point: The Paper Speaker [JP], announced yesterday by Tokyo-based Princeton for use with your PC (or any device sporting a USB port). Read More