After going on mad downloading sprees for years, I took a long break from collecting retro gaming files from around the Net. This is mostly due to the lack of a reliable resource and/or a good selection of things I didn’t already have.
However, this past month I was blessed with a membership to Underground Gamer. Underground Gamer is a private BitTorrent tracker that is only used for classic gaming files. Their rules reflect my personal convictions as they do not allow ISOs of systems that are for systems that are currently in retail channels. Instead you will find a great abundance of ROMs and ISOs for your favorite classic systems in addition to Soundtracks, classic PC games, manual scans, and video clips.
You can easily find nearly complete collections of ROM/ISO sets from nearly every system including the Sega Saturn (modchip or swap trick needed), TurboGrafx 16, and many other obscure systems. The community does a great job collaborating to put these “Gold”-status torrents together. (In fact I just uploaded a handful of Saturn games that happened to be defective or missing from the “Complete” collection)
What really makes Underground Gamer really work is its website and tracker system. First of all, it rewards you for participating in uploading and leaving your completed torrents running. Your user ID has a score assigned to it based on your upload to download ratio. If you have a high score, you can have access to newer releases sooner, are allowed to have more simultaneous downloads, and ability to give out invites to your friends. If you do not upload responsibly, you a demoted and you may actually lose your membership.
Because of this, it can be challenging to sign up for an account. Either you wait for somebody to invite (check the forums here for any invites) you or you keep checking back to see if the site has any open spots from people that got kicked off for lack up uploading. While this may seem like a pain initially, it really keeps the site in peak performance.
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