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Posted on Apr 24th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Duke0619)
Posted under Video series, Retro video games, 1980, 80, Atari

I was born in 1975 and spent my childhood in the 1980s. Now as an adult, I am a lover of 80's nostalgia. I am so excited to share this video series with you that is a unique and fun take on reliving my past. There is something so magical about seeing a toy or video game for the first time since childhood and having that "Oh, I remembered that!" feeling, and that is at the heart of this series. I hope you enjoy reliving my past with me!

Posted on Apr 22nd 2018 at 09:09:50 PM by (nupoile)
Posted under gamenight, kids, halo, vectrex, contra, party

Sometimes people come to your house to play games, other times you have to bring games to them. I was invited to a game night for kids this month. For whatever reason they put me, of all people, in charge of bringing older games. Where would I ever come up with older games I wondered?....Probably in those large piles of boxes that have been sitting in the garage and basement since we moved my, wife told me.

It took quite a while to find things. Most of my collection has been in boxes since we moved. I peek into those boxes from time to time and wait for the day it's all set up again.

Knowing my audience was going to be young people, around 30 kids, middle school to high school aged was predicted. A few adults to keep things not on fire, or whatever it is adults do. I tried to come up with a good list of fun stuff they probably hadn't seen much of. Mostly games that were quick to pick up, nothing too obtuse. Also I didn't want it to be overly familiar, what's the point of having stacks of games if you can't show off something a little off the beaten path? Since this was for a group were the oldest one would have been born after 2001 I didn't think that would be too hard.

Several old consoles, a few handhelds, one to six games per machine, a dedicated screen for everything was my goal. I went to those piles of boxes. Some of what I wanted was easy to find, some not so much and some of it not at all. Two player Typing of the Dead didn't make the cut because the keyboards are hiding. Original Gameboy made it but not with Tetris, GB games are off in some un-found box, Pipedream was in the GB so that was what I brought. I did some cleaning, some of it had dust on it, some of the controllers were tangled with every other controller possible in the box...The Gameboy had some careless owner ahem leave the batteries in it when they moved which leaked. Fortunately Gameboys are made of adamantium and are impervious to all but fun. It cleaned up nicely after a very late minute disassembly.

You would not believe how many young people want to play the first Halo. So many times I heard someone come into my room and excitedly say "Is that Halo CE?! I want to play!" The weirdest thing was how many of them had current skills in the game, as in they've played it in the recent past. Several of them could navigate the menus and choose game types with ease. They could explain to each other the differences between CE and the later game in the series. When I joined in and played I wasn't able to go 25 and 0, the kids were pretty good Wink

There were two rooms set up at this thing. One with more current games and my room. There was another room to eat and play board games too. I brought 14 liters of Mt Dew because that seemed right. I think there was spaghetti and juice too but who knows.

In seriousness, the food was good and my wife complained of me smelling of garlic later, "They had garlic bread though!" I told her.

My room was used pretty well all afternoon. There were a few lulls in the action but not many. I got to chat with some of the other adults. One who had recently bought a Switch because he had to have Breath of the Wild. Another guy came in and immediately asked about the Vectrex, he then told me of the first video game he ever saw, I guessed the next thing he would say was going to be Atari but no, it was Pong, in 1971 though! I quizzed him about it later and he lived in the Silicon Valley area growing up. He had a friend who's dad worked for some tech company. Magnavox Odyssey didn't ring any bells for him so we were speculating he may have had some custom made pong console the dad brought home from work. We chatted a bit, pretty fun story.

I never got all of my machines set up. Even being there an hour early there wasn't time. No real need though. Kids were all over Contra, Halo and the Vectrex. Those three got by far the most playtime. There was some SMB3 and Duck Hunt. I got a few people to play Katamari Damacy for a bit. The new Oregon Trail handheld was tried out by several people, had one little girl come up to me at the end and say how she really liked it. Again it was funny how much the kids knew about the older stuff, one young lady, maybe 14? picked up my Game Boy and was like, "Hey! A Game Boy"

I was like, "Yeah! You turn it on by.....oh, you know how to turn it on..."
Her in all seriousness, "I'm a big Nintendo fan"
Me, "....awesome!"

She wasn't the only one either, how do these kids know how to turn it on so easily? I don't mean that they simply assume there is a power switch somewhere and look for it, I mean they just turn it on like they've done it a hundred times.

I put the Vectrex right by the door. So many people asked about it. The best part, aside from all the play time it got, was after me talking about it a few times, other kids started doing that for me. New person enters room "That thing!" other kids, "Yeah, it's a Vectrex, it came out in 1982 and was...."

The little kid in the picture, maybe he's 3?, played it for an hour I'm sure. A bunch of others too. No one even knew to complain about the controllers broken centering spring either, great stuff.

I didn't go into this expecting no chance of damage or loss. The only bad thing was this broken NES door. That one has the Blinking Light Win mod. Works great but games fit really snugly, takes a bit of doing to get  carts out. Probably, the kid was absently pressing it open in some way trying to get a game out. I heard a noise and walked over there, helped him out the rest of the way. Oh well, if that's the biggest loss I'll just count it as a battle scar.

I had fun, kids had fun, adults had fun. It was a bit of work getting it all together. Still wishing for game things to get organized here at home to make this sort of thing easier. While I knew to keep the game selection simple, next time it'll be even more streamlined. While I wouldn't go so mainstream as CoD or Madden, there isn't any need to drag out hundred hour RPGs or highly tactical grand strategy games. Fun and easy to play is the way to go. No need to bring out spendy collector items either, none of these people would know a hundred dollar shmup from a five dollar one. Game nights on the road are different than ones at home.

Anyone ever do this? Setup a mini traveling museum of sorts? Ideas for next time? I kinda wanted to bring Steel Battalion, Project Cars with a full race wheel and pedals, four NES Advantages with Smash TV, two player Typing of the Dead.....

Posted on Apr 22nd 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under rf cinema, ready player one, movies

I read Ernest Cline's dystopian, reference-laden young adult novel Ready Player One in 2015 after it was recommended to me by my wife. Though I enjoyed the book, I felt that the reliance on references of 80's pop-culture was a little overwhelming. When I heard that the book was going to be adapted into a film, I was intrigued. What would it be like to have the many intellectual properties referred to in the novel seen on the big screen together? Even with Steven Spielberg at the helm, and the original author contributing to the screenplay, could a coherent story be told with all the pop-culture overlaying the action? I recently checked out the film with my wife, and here are some quick, spoiler-free thoughts.

Continue reading RF Cinema: Ready Player One

Posted on Apr 20th 2018 at 05:11:56 PM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Mods, Secondary Mods

This is gonna be short and sweet.  Pay attention.

Step 1-Sell a Darkstalkers board to Silver80

Step 2-Offer to swap out the Suicide battery before shipping the game to Silver80

Step 4-Order 1/2 AA Battery holders with leads to make it WAY easier to swap out the battery in the future

Step 5-Wait like almost 2 months for the battery holders to arrive from China

Step 6-Open this up:

Step 7-Remove this:

Step 7-Install this within a few minutes of removing the old battery

So now it looks like this:

Step 8-Test the game

Step 9-Really test the game

Step 10- I mean REALLY test the game (heh, heh)

OK, that's enough testing, what are you? 10 years old?

Step 11-Get your wife to write the date that you replaced the suicide battery so that people will be able to read it.

Step 12-Turn around to find your 3 year old son sitting on the couch behind you at 11:30 PM because why would he just go to bed like a normal person?  Then ask him to give you a thumbs up if everything is ok and then realize that your 3 year old son is not entirely sure how to give a "thumbs up".

Step 13-Teach your 3 year old son how to properly give a Thumbs Up

Step 14-Ship Darkstalkers to Silver80.

I hope this has been informative.

Posted on Apr 20th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Solo, Han, Chewie, Chuy, Spaceballs, DOS, dbgl, DOOM, Star Wars

Star Wars in our modern age if such a strange thing.  It's hard to believe that once upon a time, most of the Star Wars games we had to play were either ports of existing arcade games or rehashes of the movies into action and platforming games.  At least on consoles, which is all I had access to during those days.  But over in PC Land the good times were a little different.  But over in PC Land, something else was brewing, something that combined a newly recognized genre popularized by DOOM, with our beloved Star Wars universe.  And it had a new story featuring new characters.  Of course, I am talking about Star Wars: Dark Forces for MS-DOS.

Continue reading Star Wars: Dark Forces for PC

Posted on Apr 18th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under People of RF Generation, Mashed potato pizza, seriously try it

Continue reading The People of RF Generation - ericeskapade

Posted on Apr 16th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Missile Command, Board Games

I think it is fair to say that translating video games to board and card games has been overall more successful than video games to movies.  Yet sadly these video game based board and card games are far less popular.  I only make that point because while I have enjoyed certain video game based movies, they are always in the position of having to be defended; board and card games based on video games often don't even have that luxury or visibility.  They tend to barely blip on the interest radar, just curiosities that may be picked up or gifted and then shoved to the 'board game' shelf behind known classics that never get to be played. (With the occasional groan-inducing holiday exception.)

Continue reading Mutually Assured Destruction Makes For A Fun Board Game

Posted on Apr 12th 2018 at 02:47:51 PM by (ErbBetaPatched)
Posted under dbz, ps2, review

Budokai is one of the first games I remember playing on the PS2. It has to be at least one of the first 5 games I saw on the system.  I played a bunch of it with my brother and my cousin and we are all big DBZ fans.  A couple years later we got Budokai 2 and I was amazed at the improvements. Along the way we rented Sagas and I remember him hating it while I was fine with it. Eventually we got Tenkaichi 2 and played a ton of it and after my brother moved out I was lucky enough to find Tenkaichi 3 for $20 at a Gamestop and played way too much of it for the rest of my high school years.

Needless to say I have a lot of history with these games.

Continue reading Every Dragon Ball Z Game l Review The PS2

Posted on Apr 10th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, Transformers, Devastation, playthrough, March, 2018, PS4, PS3, 360, XBox One

According to the Playcast crew, they've knocked it out of the park with their January and February games picks this year. So, how did their March game fair?  In this month's Playcast, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81) and returning guest, Retro Fandango's own, Kevin (BuriedOnMars) discuss the nostalgia driven, hack 'n slash brawler Transformers: Devastation, which appeared on various 7th and 8th generation consoles. Not only do the guys review the game, but they also discuss the impact the Transformers animated series and toy-line had on their adolescence, including a very special segment dedicated to Transformers: The Movie. Is this game worth playing, or is it merely an effort to loose our purse strings with G1 nostalgia? If you're a fan of Transformers, then you definitely will not want to miss this episode of the RF Generation Playcast! 

Our 50th episode is only two shows away and we want YOU to send us an audio roast! Congrats, well wishes, and cheap shots are all welcome. Audio should be limited to under 2 minutes, so if you're interested, please contact singlebanana to find out how to send in your piece.

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 48 discussion thread:

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Continue reading Episode 48 - RF Generation Playcast

Posted on Apr 8th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Dramatic Readings, Castlevania, The Adventure, Konami, game review, Game Boy Guru, Game Boy

Konami's Castlevania: The Adventure is an old favorite.  It was a birthday gift from my parents at age 13, and the first 3rd party Game Boy game I owned.  I have many fond memories of late nights and trips to my grandparents' house, bringing the Game Boy with me, and camping out in the living room to play it while the family talked.  However, time hasn't been kind to the game, with many people decrying it as one of the worst entries in the series.  What are my thoughts on the game now, as we approach 30 years since its release?  Watch my review, and then let's discuss!  What do you think of Castlevania: The Adventure?  And what are your favorite games in the series?

Posted on Apr 4th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under RF Cinema, Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Final Fantasy, movies, discussion

Final Fantasy VII was released over 20 years ago, but to many it's still heralded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time. Personally, I feel the sacred status some have heaped upon it is a bit overblown, but I won't deny having a big ole soft spot for it. For its time, it was an incredible experience and Square Enix (then Squaresoft) exploited its popularity with spin-off games and merchandise. And despite nearly bankrupting itself with the unmitigated disaster that was Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, the Japanese developer saw fit to make another movie, this time based in the world of Midgar and featuring Cloud Strife, and everyone's favorite villian with an absurdly, impractically long sword. So how does Advent Children hold up? Let's find out together.

Continue reading RF Cinema: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Posted on Apr 2nd 2018 at 12:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Collecting

Through some relatively recent unfortunate financial circumstances, I was compelled to sell off my copy of Stadium Events for the NES. My journey to complete my NES collection and the fact that I'm just a handful of titles away from having all the unlicensed games as well, made it quite a difficult decision to let go of this game. A brief little background for those unfamiliar, but it took me nearly 10 years to gather a copy of each licensed NES game. This journey lead me to meet many friends over the years, some from RFGen, NintendoAge, Facebook, locally and many other areas that helped me reach this achievement. The final game to cap off my collection was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Ubisoft) and it was sent to me as a surprise when a group of amazing buddies on RF Generation pooled their resources to purchase me a copy and send it along with a card signed by each contributor's signature. It was truly the perfect end to a fantastic journey and has held a special place in my home for the last several years. The recent selling of this single game however has me really contemplating what and how I plan to collect going forward. This may have changed my overall approach to collecting.

Continue reading Contemplating a Change in Collecting Style

Posted on Apr 1st 2018 at 12:33:46 PM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site news, Self promotion, product announcement, totally real

Check out our first ad!

Posted on Apr 1st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site news, Trailer teaser

As we're all aware, there are plenty of people who are releasing trailers for a trailer. Well, we're joining in. Prepare yourself!

Posted on Mar 30th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under Game development, careers, programming

I'm willing to bet I'm not the only member of this community who, when they were a kid, wanted to make video games when they grew up. Kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up pretty much their entire lives by their parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and teachers. Heck, when I got to high school there was a long survey we all had to take that spat out individual printouts of what careers would be good fits for each of us. I don't remember what mine said, but I certainly remember my apathy at reading a machine's assessment of what I should be doing with my life. I knew what I wanted to do, and no one could convince me otherwise. So what happened?

Continue reading What I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

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