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Posted on Jan 5th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Hidden Gems, GOTY


To me, 2018 was a great year for gaming with sequels to long-dormant franchises, new takes on old classics, and open world games where traversal is half the fun. As the year draws to a close it's time to reflect upon the games that made an impact on me in 2018. I have collected my top five games for 2018 and will discuss why they matter to me below.


Continue reading Addicted's Most Addicting Games of 2018



Posted on Dec 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Eneloop, Controller, Hidden Gems


It's that time of year again. People are coming together for food, family, and fun and nothing kills the fun faster than a dead controller or device. When I started building my Game Room I wanted to make sure everything was as pick up and play as possible. This meant if it took longer than two to three minutes to start up and play a game it wasn't going to be worth it. To make sure everything is pick up and play ready I invested in some batteries and chargers that I'll explain here.


Continue reading Power Up!: How I keep my Portables & Controllers Ready to Play



Posted on Nov 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Power Plus, Hidden Gems


Power supplies for consoles come in all shapes and sizes and anyone who games on retro consoles can tell you horror stories of trying to find the right one. Thanks to third parties it is easier than ever to find the right adapter. Today we will be looking at a versatile AC adapter manufactured by Power Plus that can be modified to support a large number of consoles.


Continue reading Rise from your Grave: Powering old consoles with Power Plus



Posted on Oct 5th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Shoot em Ups, Hidden Gems, Fall Favorites, Pumpkin Spice


This quarterly report will cover upcoming and noteworthy Shoot 'em Ups. There are a lot of great titles here and you can be sure most of these will be covered on an upcoming play through.


Continue reading Shoot the Core-cast on the Radar: Fall 2018



Posted on Sep 7th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under My method for cleaning Retro Game controllers, Hidden Gems, Retro Gaming


When it comes to gaming a good controller can make or break the experience. This is especially true for Retro Gaming where split-second timing is required. Sourcing parts for controllers can also be difficult such as the button membranes for the NES Advantage so keeping controllers clean and in good shape is paramount. I have a standard procedure I follow for cleaning my controllers and wanted to share in the hope that we can bring some controllers back to life.


Continue reading Retro Repairs: Cleaning controllers 101



Posted on Aug 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Everdrive, Genesis, Hidden Gems


With the rising costs associated with retro gaming many are turning to flash carts. These carts allow the flashing (writing to the cart) of unaltered ROMs allowing them to be played on original hardware. Igor Golubovskiy better known as Kirkzz has created a line of flash carts called Everdrives whose console spectrum covers the NES all the way up to the N64. Igor's creations are praised for their reliability and ability to work with console libraries. I recently purchased a variant of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive called the Mega Everdrive X5 and put it through it's paces.


Continue reading Power Up the Genesis with the Mega Everdrive X5



Posted on Jul 5th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Metroidvania, Pinball, Metroidvania, Hidden Gems


In theory, a pinball-centric Metroidvania shouldn't work but Yoku's Island Express feels like a breath of fresh air in an increasingly crowded genre. It's whimsical, charming while staying true to everything I love about 2D platformers. Despite an occasional frustration with the pinball paths I enjoyed every minute of the six-hours I spent unraveling the mysteries of the island.


Continue reading Yoku's Island Express



Posted on Jun 7th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Dreamcast, HDMI, VGA, Hidden Gems


These days one can find all sorts of new tech for old consoles. With devices ranging from Framemeisters to Optical Drive Emulators, these products help us keep our old consoles working and expand their feature-base beyond anything we could have imagined. When California based Pound Technologies released their Original Xbox to HDMI cables, they were met with high praise for their signal quality and low price. Their recently released Dreamcast to HDMI cable promotes features such a generous 6.6-foot cable length and the best video output the Dreamcast can provide, but can it deliver?


Continue reading It's still thinking: Pound Technologies HD Link Cable for the Dreamcast



Posted on May 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under This line Intentionally left blank, Hidden Gems, E3, 2018


E3 2018 is just a few weeks away and you can feel the excitement in the air as the video game industry and thousands of people descend upon the Los Angeles Convention Center to mark the biggest show in the gaming calendar. It's where the big platform makers (Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo) come to show off their latest games or hardware. Rumors about what might be at the show have already started to circulate and as it's always fun to speculate let's take a look at everything E3!

This year's incarnation of E3 will take place from June 12th through June 14th. The press conference schedule is as follows:

* EA - June 9th 11AM PT
* Microsoft - June 10th 1PM PT
* Bethesda - June 10th 6:30PM PT
* Ubisoft - June 11th 1PM PT
* Nintendo - June 12th 9AM PT
* Sony - Not yet announced


Continue reading E3 Extravaganza 2018



Posted on Apr 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Homebrew, NES, Hidden Gems


Following a successful Kickstarter Campaign in 2014, Lizard is the latest NES focused homebrew from developer Brad Smith who previously released chiptunes cartridges, Moon8 and 2A03 Puritans. Lizard forgoes powerups, lives, and timers and instead opts for an open-world, platforming adventure. It's an adventure four years in the making, so let's put on our Lizard suit and take a look.


Continue reading Kickstarter NES Homebrew: Brad Smith's Lizard



Posted on Mar 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under RPG, Hidden Gems


I play a lot of games these days and it takes a special game for me to spend more than a couple hours on. I hadn't followed any media on Kingdom Come Deliverance so I didn't know anything about it going in. What I found was a historically grounded first-person RPG whose gameplay loop is akin to the Elder Scrolls series. Join me as I take a look at the good, the bad, and the buggy in Kingdom Come Deliverance.


Continue reading Medieval Times: A look at Kingdom Come Deliverance



Posted on Feb 8th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under EGM, Hidden Gems


Many of us have memories of flipping through the pages of our favorite gaming magazines eagerly digesting every word and picture to find out what was happening in gaming. Publications such as EGM, Nintendo Power, Gamefan, and GamePro gave us reason to frequently check our mailboxes and news stands. Flipping through the pages of these magazines can take us back to the times of our youth, but collecting gaming magazines presents it's own share of issues and takes up valuable space that could be used for games. So what can you do? Many of us have an old tablet lying around, so with a little work, we can turn that old E-reader in to an EGM reader!


Continue reading How to turn your E-Reader in to an EGM reader.



Posted on Jan 7th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under HD Retrovision, Hidden Gems, Sega, Nintendo, 240p, HD, Retro Roundtable


It's January and the cold weather is perfect for staying indoors and playing games. We caught up with Nick & Steve from HD Retrovision to chat about their company and shared passion of getting the best picture out of your retro consoles.


Continue reading Retro Gaming Notables: HD Retrovision



Posted on Dec 6th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under JVC, JVC, Trinitron, Hidden Gems, CRT


Ask any retro gamer what consumer CRT they would prefer and you're probably going to hear Sony Trinitron. Few Sony products carry the same gravitational pull as the Trinitron with over 280 million tubes sold and name recognition on par with the Walkman. The apreture grill technology used in the Trinitron line gave Sony's products a unique look and made the name Trinitron a synonym for the best quality TV sets and computer monitors around. So with all of this going for the Tiritron CRT why would you choose anything else?


Continue reading CRT Street Fight Sony vs JVC



Posted on Nov 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Playstation 2, PS2,Hidden Gems


On October 26th 2000, Sony released the juggernaut known as the PlayStation 2. PlayStation 2 or PS2 collecting has started to pick up with many collector's actively trying for a full set. In this edition of Collector's Corner, we will take a look at some of the more collectable US Special Editions and Collector's Editions for the PS2 and come up with a general idea of what you should pay.


Continue reading The Collector's Corner - The Playstation 2


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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