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Games That Defined the Atari 2600

Presented by Racketboy, Rob/AtariSpot, Golgo 14, BoneSnapDeez, and Anapan Feel free to read up more on our Defining Games Series or our Atari 2600 101 Beginner’s Guide for more information on Atari’s pioneering console. The Atari 2600 (originally known as the Atari VCS) is the first popular home video game console, starting a gradual transition from […]

The Rarest & Most Valuable Vectrex Games

The Vectrex home game system (read up in our Beginner’s Guide) is one of the coolest little consoles from the early 80s.  It’s upright all-in-one design, its vector-based graphics and colorful screen overlays are meant to replicate an arcade experience in ways that systems like the Atari 2600 could not.  It was only on the […]

Fresh Ideas for Compact & Protective Console Game Storage

RB Retro Collecting Interview 010 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, #3 , #4 , #5, #6 (Xavier’s first interview about his arcade-powered collection), #7 , #8 & #9 One of my online buddies, Xavier, known on Instagram as RetroEscape, has a strong arcade focus in his home gaming collection (as you can read in his first interview), but console games are still quite important […]

The Rarest & Most Valuable Xbox 360 Games

It may make a lot of us feel really old, but there’s an adult generation that “grew up” on the Xbox 360 and the collecting season for it is just beginning. (And it wasn’t that long ago that I dug into the R&V guide for the original Xbox)  While this generation has a lot of […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable NES Games

Considering how much of a nostalgic powerhouse the NES is, there should be little surprise that Nintendo’s 8-bit library is filled with many collectible pieces. In contrast with the Super Nintendo’s rare and valuable list, the most desirable NES games are not necessarily populated with the most popular games. Because of the unassuming nature of these […]

The Super Nintendo (SNES)/Super Famicom Shmups Library

Presented by Racketboy, Marurn, dunpeal2064, gszx1337, Tom Bordelon, G to the Next Level, and Rawblink We have covered the 2D shooter libraries of many of the consoles that are known as a cornerstone for shmup enthusiasts. The Turbografx-16/PCE, the Sega Dreamcast, Playstation, and Sega Saturn are just a few that come to mind. The Sega […]

Super Nintendo Light Gun Games and First Person Shooters

Presented by Ack Perhaps its not surprising that both the Light Gun and First Person Shooter genre never really took off on Nintendo’s second console.  Considering their tight hold on product and their emphasis on censorship, Nintendo’s attitude towards some of the more extreme material in these games was either to cut it or ban […]

The Rarest & Most Valuable Sega Master System Games

About this series: In stark contrast to the Cheapest Games series, this Rare & Valuable series will round up the rarest and most valuable games for a given console or handheld so you’ll know what to look for whether you are buying or selling. Since Sega’s first console wasn’t a big hit in the United […]

Why I Didn’t Buy This Cool CRT TV Setup and How You Should Learn From It

Earlier this week, I had the interesting experience of attending an estate sale in an auction format. It was across the street from my parents house as we were in town for a visit.  Among that auction, I eventually stumbled on an impressive specimen of CRT goodness combined with classic oak furnishings. The dilemma is […]

Comparing Resident Evil: Saturn vs Playstation

Classic Re-Publication Presented by Mozgus & Racketboy While it may not have rivaled the console wars between Sega and Nintendo’s 16-bit platforms, there was always a strong debate between the technical strengths and weaknesses of the new-kid-on-the-block Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn. BTW, we dove heavily into the technical comparisons in our PS1 Strengths […]

The Rarest & Most Valuable Sega Game Gear Games

Even in its glory days, the Sega Game Gear (see our Beginner’s Guide) was always in the shadow of both its Game Boy competition and it’s Sega Genesis/Megadrive sibling. Sega’s handheld has its share of devotees, but it didn’t quite find mass appeal. Decades later, there has been a bit of reassurance of Game Gear […]

Building a Killer Arcade & Neo Geo Collection With Limited Experience

RB Retro Collecting Interview 009 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, #3 , #4 , #5, #6 (our first interview about building arcade experience at home), #7 (making multiplayer Sega NAOMI arcade hardware console-like and portable), & #8 Collecting arcade hardware — especially maintaining original cabinets can feel incredibly intimidating, especially if you don’t have a strong electronics background. Our Retro Collecting interview […]

The Best 4:3 / Square LCD Monitors for Retro Gaming/Classic PC Use

CRTs can be abundant if you have good places in your local community to look, but they are getting trickier to track down each passing year. And while nothing’s stopping you from using a modern LCD for retro gaming, you may want to track down a square-shaped LCD (mostly 4:3 aspect ratio) so your classic […]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Sega Genesis / Megadrive Games

Presented by Racketboy and G to the Next Level Are you wondering if your Sega Genesis collection has any valuable treasures in it? This month we take a look at Sega’s most popular console of all time and its most desired games. Since the console wasn’t a huge success in Japan, we will find quite a few […]

The Best Nintendo 3DS Games Under $15

Every now and then, I love to dig into a not-too-old system and look for bargains before the “collectors” start increasing the resale values again. The Nintendo 3DS is a great candidate for that. If you’re one of those families that has been holding off on a Switch, or you just like the smaller form […]

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