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Building an Arcade-Powered Collection That Feels at Home in a Console World

RB Retro Collecting Interview 006 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, #3 , #4 and #5 As great as console of the 80s and 90s are, games rooted in the arcades of yesteryear are often some of the most exciting and impressive two-dimensional games in history. Sure, we have received some excellent console ports of arcade classics over the years, […]

Building a Completist Sega Collection Without Going Overboard

RB Retro Collecting Interview 005 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, #3 and #4 Those that have known me for a while know I grew up as a die-hard Sega fan and that company’s legacy still holds a special place in my heart.  With that in mind, it should be no surprise that one of my favorite online buddies […]

PS1 Strengths and Weaknesses vs N64 and Sega Saturn

Console war loyalties are always likely to spark a heated debate and the 32-bit and 64-bit generation were no exception. This generation’s loyalties often are determined by a gamer’s personal preferences of game styles and franchises, but this time we will be attempting to share an unbiased analysis of the technical abilities of the Sony […]

Arcade Board Storage from RetroEscape

One of my online buddies, Xavier, known on Instagram as RetroEscape, has a strong arcade focus in his home gaming collection.   As you can expect, one of the challenges of collecting arcade boards is the storage and maintenance of the boards.  While we go into more detail of his processes in his full interview, […]

Compact & Protective Console Game Storage from RetroEscape

One of my online buddies, Xavier, known on Instagram as RetroEscape, has a strong arcade focus in his home gaming collection, but console games are still quite important to him.  But all that requires a lot of storage and he has a non-typical approach to storage.   Even if you like more of a “display” […]

OSSC Video Profile Tweaking with RetroEscape: Striving for Perfection

For those looking to perfect the video being put out by their OSSC or other upscale devices, our friend, RetroEscape (who loves to share his pixel adventures on Instagram) shares his advice and examples: For devices such as the Micomsoft XRGB-mini Framemeister (other XRGB devices) and the OSSC there are custom profiles available on the […]

Enjoying the Portable Collecting Niche & Adjusting to Life Changes

RB Retro Collecting Interview 004 Check out Interviews #1 , #2, and #3 A dedicated collector that came over to the US from Russia with his family as a six-year old with an NES to accompany him right before the fall of the Soviet Union. Much like myself, he always found himself a generation or two behind […]

Improving Old-School Experiences with Custom Console Joysticks

Builder Interview 001 Some of the most interesting and useful products in the retro gaming community are homegrown efforts of enthusiasts that are scratching their own itch and then sharing their technical experience and work ethic with the community. Benj Edwards is an established writer and tech historian, but has started designing and building a […]

Re-Building A Custom Game Room with Display as a Focus

RB Retro Collecting Interview 003 Check out Interviews #1 and #2. Continuing my series of interviews of retro game collectors, I wanted to explore one of the personalities behind one of the most mesmerizing game rooms I constantly see on Instagram. Daniel Marques, also known as Veddermandenis on Instagram and Youtube started on his journey […]

Unexpected Benefits of Kids Playing with Atari 2600 Games

My son has been enthusiastic about video games from a very young age without much prompting. He got locked into Sonic and then Mario and has been very curious about both vintage and modern game systems. Before I actually had kids, I thought I would have this grand retro gamer parent plan of only starting […]

Combining Home Videos & Classic Games to Strengthen Family Relationships & History

RB Retro Collecting Interview 002 I first discovered Tyler’s Youtube Channel, iretrogamer, when I stumbled on his visit to the Sega feature at Disney’s Epcot Center. I was fascinated by all this original footage from somebody’s childhood that felt like going into a time machine and re-living the Golden Age of Sega and Nintendo’s console […]

How to Build Your Dream Retro Collection Without Killing Your Budget

RB Retro Collecting Interview 001 With the recently growth in the retro game collecting world, I have been wanting to start a series of interviews with collectors to not only highlight the diversity in collecting, but try to share ideas and strategies that can be incorporated into our own retro gaming lifestyles.  To get things […]

Gamma Attack for the Atari 2600 – Legend, Discovery, and Value

It is often difficult to define the most valuable video game in the collecting community when most of the top candidates have a bit of mystery to their production numbers and methods. It also complicates things when the owners of the known outstanding units don’t easily part with their treasures; without enough sales it is […]

Game Store Review: DiscTraders (DiscReplay)

It has been a while since I shared one of my reviews of an independent game stores.  But I have recently been enjoying a relatively new place close by to supplement the reviews of stores from my journeys around the US. Jackson, Michigan is a medium-sized city that doesn’t get a lot of name recognition and […]

Getting This in Email Subscription? Subscribe to This Improved Newsletter

Hi everyone!  I have a few updates for you: New Email Newsletter I you are subscribing to RetroGaming with Racketboy via our old RSS-to-Email service, Feedblitz, we are moving to a much nicer and ad-free Mailchimp newsletter. So, please unsubscribe at the bottom of this email (if you are reading this via email) and re-subscribe to […]

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