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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Racketboy’s Game Room & Home Office

In the retrogaming community, it isn’t uncommon to have an impressive room to showcase your collection and enjoy the games. Personally, I’ve always tried to keep my collection to a minimum (at least as much as one can while still being a retro gaming enthusiast that runs a popular website for the community), so my […]

Sega Genesis / Megadrive Ecco The Dolphin Box Set (Photos & Info)

Regulars of the Racketboy site will know that I get quite interested in those hard-to-find games.   And while collector’s box sets are rather common in today’s industry, they were rather uncommon in the 1990’s.  Because of this, it’s hard to find solid documentation on some of them.    Fortunately, these rare sets sometimes end […]

Why I Am A Retro Gamer

Originally written in 2007 / Updated in 2012 When the average gamer sees someone who claims to be a retro gamer, they tend to think of them as someone who is a classic gaming elitist that shuns anything new and flashy. They may also think that classic gamers are stuck wearing “rose-colored glasses”, remembering games […]

How To Tell If You Have Atlantis 2 for the Atari 2600

If you check out our Rare and Valuable Games for the Atari 2600 guide,  you’ll see that Atlantis II ranks quite high on the list. The number of these cartridges out in the wild is up for debate. Some think the safe number is “under 100”, but some collectors think there may be less that […]

1UP Bar & Arcade: Denver, Colorado

A few months ago, I made by first visit to Colorado. (Lovely state, by the way!) As usual when we are visiting a new area, my wife and I often do a little research to see if there are any interesting gaming locations in the area. We found an indie game store, but I wasn’t […]

Video Interview with Dion Dakis of NeoGeoFreak

I may not be a Neo-Geo expert, but I’ve ran this site long enough to know that there’s a number of SNK fans that aren’t keen on Dion Dakis. The co-founder of NeoGeoFreak pushed the buttons of a lot of American Neo-Geo collectors with his online antics and personality. Last summer I had a trip […]

Book Review: Classic Home Video Games 1989-1990

It has been quite a while since I’ve done a product review, but since I’ve been offered some review copies of some Retro Gaming books, I thought I’d give the concept another whirl.  Personally, I’m quite an information junkie – especially for topics I enjoy. My love for curating information is a big part of […]

Atari 2600 Red Sea Crossing Advertisement in Christianity Today

Up until recent years, the Atari 2600 game, Red Sea Crossing (see its mention in our guide of the Rarest and Most Valuable Atari 2600 Games) was a bit of a mystery.  A recent seller, however, did include the following advertisement from the October 7, 1983 issue of Christianity Today, which may be the only marketing […]

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