Retro gaming has seen a resurgence in recent years. What with Xbox Live, PSN and Wii, offering downloadable games at little cost.
But there are some, myself included, who still love to play old games consoles, and at R3PLAY their dreams came true.
There were hundreds of different ways to play retro games on the day.
Imported Japanese cabinets lined the hall as you entered, retro consoles lined in great rows, everything free to play, and there were even some obscure kit that never made it to the UK. Pinball machines harked back to days when flashing lights and loud music ruled the arcades.
I was truly amazed at how much choice there was. Megadrive, SNES, PC Engine, Amigas (My personal favourites), NES, Atari Lynx, Commodore machines everywhere (including my first computer, a Commodore 16).
I met up with Heed, and we scoured the event, looking for games from our youth. Instantly I found THE game of my youth, Star Wars. When I was about six years old, this game was my life, I was a rebel pilot, and Vader was going down!
Not only were there retro games, but there were some new games too. Halo Reach LAN parties, Street Fighter IV contests, Goldeneye for the Wii (I still prefer the N64 version LOL).
There was a massive stall by a company called Console Passion, there stall had loads of consles, games and odditities to excite the retro gamer, in fact I was sorely tempted to buy from them, until I saw the Retro GT stall, I had to buy a Street Fighter Dragon Punch T-Shirt, and a Doom, red key card wallet
The day was great, I’ll be there again this year, taking half of Blackpool LUG with me.
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