Changing Retro

Posted on Oct 4th 2019 at 10:55:14 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under RWX, secondary

I am one of the founding partners of RetroWorld Expo.  I sold my interest in the event back to two very good friends last year and they brought in another very good friend to move forward with the show.  This was the first year that I attended RWX as an attendee and not as an owner/showrunner. 

My five year old son Callahan attended RWX last year.  My wife brought him and he had a fantastic time playing in the console freeplay and arcade areas. I was able to break away from my expo duties to hang with the fam for a little while.

Get ready for a wall of pictures...


One good looking kid..

Who gets really into the game. 

And sometimes...

Just can't believe what is happening!

My sister was also there last year and got to go on a nice relaxing drive with my son in the arcade

Good times had by all but because of my duties, I was not able to spend a ton of time just playing games last year.  Now that I am free to attend without worrying about work, though...


The first day of RWX was the same day as my wife's baby shower (boy #3 on the way this month!) so I had to drop my younger son off with Grandpa before hitting the road.  We got packed up and left around 10:30AM.  The casual pace that we enjoyed the morning compared to the frantic pace of years past reminded me of when I used to work retail.  Black Friday was a beast of a weekend to work but then years later it was a nice casual shopping trip.  I felt very fortunate to be able to enjoy the time leading up to RWX instead of stressing about it.

Once we were in the car, I asked for music requests and Callahan picked Pneuma, his favorite song from the new Tool album, and then he wanted to hear Moth into Flame and the rest of the car ride was a mix of everything in between.  Once we got there and grabbed out wristbands, the first thing we saw was a familiar car that belonged to a familiar face. Also, yes, Callahan wanted to wear the same shirt as last year.

We snapped a pic a little later in the day of the owner of that car, he is masked in the pic below but it's our great buddy Russ Lyman! Big fan of Russ' cosplay as the main bad guy from A Nightmare on Halloween Street: Freddy VoorMeyers

We did a quick walk through of the floor where we got to see a pretty Crazy Taxi,

And whoever this guy is

And then we made the only purchase of the day.  for $1 Callahan bought a Minecraft mystery figure and was thrilled when he found out that he got Steve!

But there is only so much shopping and walking around that a young boy can put up with when there is a large freeplay arcade close by.  The first game we played was one that I played a TON as a kid. 

Nearby in the same aisle was a Super Nintendo with Street Fighter 2 Turbo.  Callahan told me he played this game on the SNES classic with Grandpa in Florida.

Since he has such a good time on the small screen, I asked him if he wanted to play the BIG version.  Once he figured out how to bite me, that's all he wanted to do. "I'm biting your head, I'm biting your head!"

The only pinball machine we played was Back to the Future, which I had never played before.

We played Super Monkey Ball for a WHILE.  Callahan really likes that game.  He doesn't go too fast either, he wants to collect every banana.

We also sat down to play Sunset Riders but this didn't last too long.  It was way too tough for my little guy, he handed me the controller and watched me play the first level. 

One of the big surprises of the day was Pac Man Vs.  They had a setup with a GBA and a link cable so one player controls pac man on the GBA and the other player controls the ghosts on the tv screen.  This was a blast.

There were a ton of arcade games that I would like to have played but I let Callahan pick whatever he wanted and we spent most of our time with Super Mario Bros, Dr Mario (PC-10), and Pac Man.

And what video game expo would be complete without sitting down for an extended play session of a game that we can play at home whenever we want.  This kid is really getting into Minecraft.  Its actually great setting up a weekly "Minecraft Time" at home where we will sit down in creative mode and play together as long as he has completed his chore/behavior chart.  We're looking forward to Minecraft Earth later this month.

I ran into our very own Izret and got a chance to chat with him and his son.  No pictures because I wasn't thinking but it was great to see him and catch up a bit.  I'm kind of bummed that I didn't run into Pam or Will.  I was planning to go to Pam's panel but it was on Sunday and couldn't make it both days. Catch you at the next one, guys!

And that about wraps it up.  After we gamed as much as we could, we walked across the street to Bear BBQ.  I've eaten at this place a few times during RWX before and I feel like I go there more out of tradition than for love of their food.  As always, the food was just OK.  Also the Counterweight Headway IPA had just kicked so I had to settle for a session IPA Sad

In closing I will leave you with a funny little video of Callahan singing a song from Super Mario World opera style when he realized how great the reverb was in the empty area of the parking garage we were in.

Posted on Aug 28th 2018 at 03:58:37 PM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, video games

My life has become more crazy than i would have imagined that it could.  Over the past year I have taken on far too many projects and I have been working on offloading them one at a time.  by the middle of next month I will be in full cool down mode for the rest of the year and I thought it would be a good time to go through the list of games that I am looking forward to in order to do just that, cool down.

Continue reading WildBil52's Most Anticipated Games of Fall 2018

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 Dec 28th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under GOTY, 2017

I only played 3 video games this year...well, not really, but I only played three games for a substantial amount of time.  People who know me or who have heard me speak in the last two years can guess what one of them is.  The other two are both on the Nintendo Switch (with a third on deck).  Let's talk about why I keep going back to the same series and why I am finally at a point where I can spread my gaming wings a little bit.

Continue reading The Three Games that WildBil52 Played in 2017

Posted on Nov 28th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, Long Games

I've been playing an insane amount of Destiny recently.  I'm starting to settle into a routine of playing on certain days to get certain activities done, but I fire up Destiny almost every day for at least a little while.  I recently purchased the Special Edition of Skyrim, probably my favorite game of ever and I am pretty excited for the release of Final Fantasy XV this week.  These three long (unending?) games got me thinking about why some gamers play games that go on forever. 

Continue reading Chasing the Carrot

Posted on Oct 29th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Expo, Video Games, People I like

Another year, another RetroWorld Expo.  As a show organizer, it is an insanely fun and exhausting experience.  It's amazing to see how the expo has grown in just a few short years.  Let's take a look at RetroWorld Expo 2016.

Continue reading RetroWorld Expo 2016

Posted on Sep 27th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Destiny, Is Good Now

There have been many games that didn't click with me when I first tried them.  For whatever reason, the game and I were on different wavelengths, speaking different languages, or in different moods.  Oftentimes, I will revisit those games because I believe people change or evolve over even a short span of time, even a year or two.  Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised to find that the game clicks and sometimes I affirm the result of my precious experience with the game.  However, I have never been absolutely convinced that a game wasn't for me to the point that I completely wrote it off, to then go back and give it just one more shot...and have everything completely fall into place to the point where I play that game every single day and love every minute of it...until Destiny.

Continue reading Destiny Was Bad But Now It's Good

Posted on Aug 30th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under RWX, Expo, Con, Smart

RetroWorld Expo 2016 is only 6 weeks away!  We thought now would be a good time to write up a little Strategy Guide to help you get the most out of your RWX Experience.

Continue reading How to Win at RetroWorld Expo 2016

Posted on Jul 29th 2016 at 02:42:45 PM by (wildbil52)
Posted under NES, Games, Emulators

Video game collectors, as a kind of purist rule, don't like emulators...that is unless Nintendo wants to sell us one, then we're cool with it.  The recently announced NES Classic Edition will be here before you know it and I suspect that most Nintendo fans out there will do their best to pick one up.  Let's take a look at some of the details.

Continue reading NES Classic Edition: The Nintemulator

Posted on Jun 27th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Expo, Gaming, other cool things

Too Many Games is a nice little Retro Video Game Expo held near Philadelphia every June.  I just returned home yesterday from my 4th consecutive TMG and thought I would share my thoughts.

Continue reading Too Many Games 2016

Posted on May 28th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Fanboys, Gamers

I bought a video game at Best Buy a few weeks ago and something interesting happened on the walk back to my car that got me thinking about a type of gamer that will never go away: the fanboy.  We all know the term, some embrace it, some refute it, but there is no denying they are here to stay.  Let me tell you what happened.

Continue reading Playful Jab or Hurtful Fierce?

Posted on Apr 28th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, Games

PAX East is the best all around gaming show in the NorthEast.  It is a weekend that remains circled on my calendar all year long.  From the drive home from PAX East until the next PAX East, I am excited for PAX East.  Here is a little of what I did last weekend.

Continue reading PAX East 2016 Was a Beast

Posted on Apr 6th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Expo, Games

RetroWorld Expo returns for a second year with a 2 day event.  RWX is a celebration of classic and retro video gaming that also embraces tabletop gaming, modern video gaming, homebrew gaming, anime, action figures, comic books, cosplay, arcade machines, and much more.

Continue reading RetroWorld Expo 2016 October 15th-16th Wallingford, CT

Posted on Mar 28th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Video games, Presentable

So many games and so few places to shove them.  Atlantic shelves are decent enough, but they are expensive and made of particle board.  Billy bookcases are solid, but way too deep if you are just storing games, and also on the expensive side.  Is there a way to build nice, shallow wall shelving that will accommodate loose carts as well as boxed games, DVDs, and Blu Rays?  Yes.

Continue reading Getting Organized and Staying Organized: Wall Shelves

Posted on Mar 14th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Video Games, Master Race

Pardon my de_dust Wink

I have an awesome gaming PC if I do say so myself.  Even if the hardware is a few years old, it's still running strong.  My quad core i7 setup with two Geforce 670s in SLI still handles just about everything I throw at it at high settings at a respectable frame rate.  So why haven't I been doing the majority of my gaming on the PC?  As it turned out, all I needed was instant access to my PC Games in the living room.

Continue reading The Steam Link Changed How I Play PC Games

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Like many of the people who visit this site, I am a lifelong gamer who loves and appreciates classic gaming as well as the current generation. When I started collecting games, I realized that some of the stories of my collecting might be interesting, educational, or just plain funny. The stories that I share here are meant to entertain as well as inform and they are all 100% true, which is why I include pictures.

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