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Together Retro Game Club: Pitfall

Together Retro Game Club: Pitfall

Presented by Dsheinem New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. Pitfall! is often credited as being the first platformer available on a home console, and while this distinction is up for debate, it is certainly one the earliest and most influential platformers to grace the home video game market. David Crane’s masterful creation pushed the limits of the Atari VCS, helped establish Activision as a major developer, [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Together Retro Game Club: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Presented by Flake New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up in the middle of the night aboard the military space ship you’re contracted to be on as a body guard for an important government official, just to find that the ship is being shot at and you are wrapped up in events that will shape [...]

2015 Dreamcast Homebrew & Indie Titles: The Dreamcast Keeps On Living!

2015 Dreamcast Homebrew & Indie Titles: The Dreamcast Keeps On Living!

Presented by Blu The Dreamcast is a console that is frequently described by gamers and fans as ahead of its time. Many factors contributed to this: Dreamcast possessed built-in online functionality right-out-of-the-box, with a 56K modem adapter tucked neatly into the console’s design. Use your service provider, plug in, and jump online! Dreamcast brought a near-perfect arcade experience home since it shared the same components as Sega’s NAOMI hardware, allowing for easy ports from arcade hits like Crazy Taxi and [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Raiden

Together Retro Game Club: Raiden

Presented by ExedExes New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month for Together Retro, we feature an arcade shoot-em-up from 1990, Raiden by Seibu Kaihatsu. From the Japanese words for “Thunder” and “Lightning”, it’s up to the supersonic fighter ship Raiden to stop the threat of the alien Cranassians. Gameplay Raiden features 8 stages which has the player fight air and ground targets. The Raiden [...]

Hidden Gems of PC FPS Games (GOG Edition)

Hidden Gems of PC FPS Games (GOG Edition)

In Part 2 of our Hidden Gems of GOG series, we are focusing on the First Person Shooter (FPS) genre.  While our previous article highlighted a few FPS games, we decided to take those titles off the table and choose five different games.  FPS games have been an industry staple since the late 80s, but reach all the way back 1974s Midi Maze/Maze War (sadly not on GOG).  Sadly most gamers did not know of the genre until 1992s ground [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Grim Fandango

Together Retro Game Club: Grim Fandango

Presented by Graham New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month in Together Retro we delve into the land of the dead with Grim Fandango. Created by Tim Schafer, the man behind other classic point-and-click games such as The Secret of Monkey Island, and developed by LucasArts, this classic adventure game is highly regarded for its memorable setting and characters, excellent soundtrack and wonderful story. [...]

Hidden Gems of PC Games (GOG Edition)

Hidden Gems of PC Games (GOG Edition)

Be sure to check out the rest of Racketboy’s extra-useful Hidden Gems series Typically we here at Racketboy are known for retro console gaming. But what we rarely speak about is the extensive PC gaming that many of our staff and forum members take part in on a weekly basis.  So we have decided to take a detour into PC gaming for our main page articles for a while. I know what you are thinking, “There are way too many [...]

Together Retro Game Club: D

Together Retro Game Club: D

Presented by Ack New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. Horror has always been a vital component of change in film, bringing early success and riches to fledgling studios, championing the development of new means to bring entertainment to the masses, and serving as a vital springboard towards the future success of actors, directors, and screenwriters, while still hiding on the fringe as a cult phenomenon.  The [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Mario Golf

Together Retro Game Club: Mario Golf

Presented by Graham New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month in Together Retro we take to the green with Mario and the gang in Mario Golf. The N64 and Game Boy Color classic wasn’t Mario’s first trip to the golf links – he’d already appeared in several golf games on the NES and Famicom – but it manages to incorporate the Mario world in a [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Pinball Arcade

Together Retro Game Club: Pinball Arcade

Presented by ExedExes New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month for Together Retro we’re doing pinball. Not just any pinball, but a way to play many of the original machines that make up the landscape of the very game itself. It’s The Pinball Arcade by FarSight Studios.   History Pinball evolved in many ways. From a French game known as Bagatelle in the 1700s, [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Together Retro Game Club: Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Presented  by BogusMeatFactory New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month’s Together Retro is an epic battle between good and evil as the forces of Earth fend off the demonic machinations of the Netherrealm in the pinnacle of 2D fighting prowess, Mortal Kombat Trilogy. July may be best known for the celebration of American Independence, but you can take this time to celebrate over-the-top violence and [...]

The Best Shmups to Get Started

The Best Shmups to Get Started

Presented by BulletMagnet Note from racketboy: Taking the next step from his comprehensive Shmups 101: A Beginner’s Guide to 2D Shooters,  the expert shmup writing of BulletMagnet (see his guides to shmups for the Playstation, Saturn, and PS2 and the Games That Defined the Shmup Genre) this guide is one of most epic posts ever.  I hope you enjoy the detail and loving care that went into this piece! The scrolling shoot-em-up (or “shmup”) is a hardy, tough-skinned branch of video gamedom dating back to the [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Mega Man X

Together Retro Game Club: Mega Man X

Presented  by Flake New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. Quick: Home game consoles just made the jump from 8-bit to 16-bit graphics and you need to re-invent an iconic character so that he looks good in new more detailed sprites and stays relevant with the hip young crowd. What do you do? Well, if it’s the early 90’s you do the only thing you can: You [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Super Puzzle Fighter

Together Retro Game Club: Super Puzzle Fighter

Presented  by Flake New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month we flex our muscles and unleash our fighting spirit on a fighting game where your jabs and uppercuts come in the form of clearing small amounts of colorful gems and your super attacks come from huge multi-gem combos. This May, Together Retro is tackling one of the most surprising games Capcom ever produced, Super Puzzle [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Sonic & Knuckles

Together Retro Game Club: Sonic & Knuckles

Presented  by Graham New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month in Together Retro we dive one of the Sega’s most classic 16-bit platformers with Sonic & Knuckles.  Originally intended to be included as part of Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles was instead released separately by Sega due to time constraints and the price of high-memory cartridges. However, Sonic & Knuckles isn’t just a shameless cash [...]