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Hidden Gems of PC Strategy (GOG Edition)

Hidden Gems of PC Strategy (GOG Edition)

In Part 3 of our Hidden Gems of GOG series, the topic is Strategy. We decided to combine all types of strategy games into one article, so you will see a mix of real time and turn-based games across time periods and subgenres. Strategy games have been around since the dawn of time, but computer strategy games first arrived in the early days of the 1980s. While SSI’s Computer Bismarck (1980) is regarded by many as the first strategy pc [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Odyssey 2 Shooters Library

The Odyssey 2 Shooters Library

Presented by Jex the Gamer Note from Racketboy: I’m pleased to introduce a new contributor to the Racketboy family in Jax the Gamer!   He starts us off with a a great genre guide to an old-school console that doesn’t get enough attention around these parts. Magnavox’s Odyssey 2 is not a well-known console system (see our guide to the Odyssey 2 console)  and neither is its library of games. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth playing, though; especially if [...]

Games That Defined The Nintendo Wii

Games That Defined The Nintendo Wii

By: Prfsnl_gmr, Omerta, Flake, and Racketboy Check out the full lineup in the Defining Games Series For better or for worse, the Nintendo Wii introduced the world to motion controls in late 2006.  The Wii and its revolutionary control scheme were a roaring success, and this success, in turn, resulted in hundreds of first- and third-party releases on Nintendo’s console.  Despite the large number of releases – and the existence of dozens of “hidden gems” – not as many games actually “defined” [...]

The Best PS2 Games Under $10

The Best PS2 Games Under $10

The next update to the Cheapest Games series is a look at the Playstation 2′s wonderful library.  There are quite a lot of PS2 games now that are absolute steals considering the quality of the games.  As we see more titles show up as re-releases and downloadable classics on the PS3 and more people moving away from the PS2 completely, now is the perfect time to stock up on titles. It was challenge to narrow this list down as there are [...]

Games That Defined the Nintendo Gamecube

Games That Defined the Nintendo Gamecube

Presented by: Omerta, Prfsnl_Gmr, Flake, and Racketboy Also, check out the rest of our Defining Games series and the Hidden Gems of the Nintendo Gamecube The Nintendo Gamecube was not Nintendo’s most popular console. Nonetheless, it has a devoted following, and it birthed – or refined – many popular franchises from both Nintendo and various third-party developers. Despite its relatively limited library, the Gamecube, with its unique controller and multiple, experimental gameplay experiences, is home to some of the best [...]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

The Rarest and Most Valuable Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

Here is another chance for you to raid you closets or used game stores for hidden treasures. The Super Nintendo is the target of this expedition and there are plenty of highly-collectible games this time around. Surprisingly, many of the the most valuable SNES games aren’t actually rare, but are instead driven by popularity and the hunt for elusive boxed SNES games in good condition.   This guide has recently been updated, and the update could not have come soon [...]

Racketboy’s Game Room & Home Office

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 collection and room won’t necessarily turn a lot of heads, but I wanted to share my setup anyway. As some of you may know, the [...]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Virtual Boy Games

The Rarest and Most Valuable Virtual Boy Games

The Nintendo Virtual Boy  (check out our Beginner’s Guide) had one of the shortest retail lifespan in console history.  In Japan it was released in July 1995 and discontinued before the end of the year.  North America wasn’t much of a different story.  Ramping up in August of 1995 and wrapping up by March of 1996.   Because of this, there was not only a small game libary, but may of the late releases were seen in very short supply. [...]

TurboGrafx-16 101: The Beginner’s Guide

TurboGrafx-16 101: The Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Marurun & Racketboy The RetroGaming 101 series is aimed at gamers who are just starting out in the classic gaming scene or are curious about older consoles they don’t yet know much about. Those of you who are especially knowledgeable about the featured console are encouraged to contribute any information that you think would be beneficial in the comments section. If you are new to the featured console and still have questions, you can also use the comments [...]

The Best NES Games Under $10

The Best NES Games Under $10

After adding a console to your collection, the first thing you want to do is get a handful of games to keep you busy with your new toy.  This budget-friendly list should help you quickly find which games will start you off well without emptying your wallet. This is my third revision of this particular list, with two to three years in between each revision.  Each revision has allowed me to also expand out the list based on my own [...]

The Rarest & Most Valuable Nintendo Gamecube Games

The Rarest & Most Valuable Nintendo Gamecube Games

Nintendo game libraries are always filled with all sorts of collectibles.  Between the cult following of the corporate brand and the fact the platforms have played underdogs at times (especially the Gamecube), it’s not a surprise that there are some treasures to be found in the Nintendo library. Update: Prices Current As of 05/22/2013 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 [...]