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Retro Reading #21

by on Nov.23, 2010, under Retro Reading

The job hunt continues, but I’ve still got time to keep updating this site haphazardly. Once a job has been obtained, there will probably need to be a more formalised updating schedule. Until then, enjoy your irregularly scheduled retro update.


  • The weekend marked 20 years since the Super Famicom was released in Japan. No big celebrations like the Famicom received back in 2003 – Nintendo is too busy with Super Mario Bros.‘s 25th anniversary.
  • Last week also marked the 25th anniversary of Microsoft Windows. Pity it’s only been good for 10.

Recommended Reading

Spellcasting, Data East’s Commando, LSD Dream Emulator, Psycho-Nics Oscar, No Escape at Hardcore Gaming 101
It looks like Kurt and his crew are dedicating more time to the site lately with a decent November update, not to mention the start of some major updates to previous articles (starting with Sin & Punishment). They’ve also put up a bounty board as incentive to cover some of the major series that aren’t on the site yet, so if you fancy yourself a decent writer, take a crack.

All Hail the BBC Micro at Eurogamer
Eurogamer’s Sunday retro bit has a fond look at the BBC Micro, one of those earlier microcomputers the Brits love.

Rewriting History: An Interview with Tristan Donovan at Eurogamer
Eurogamer sat down with the author of Replay: The History of Video Games. I thought his justification for producing the book was very sound – many books are too American in focus and overlook the PAL territories and their fondness for things such as Microcomputers and the Sega Master System. I’m hoping to get my grubby mits on a copy of the book soon.

Retrospective: Myst
at Eurogamer
Bit of a tongue-in-cheek look at the slideshow that was once the #1 best selling PC game.

Retrospective: Red Baron at Eurogamer
Eurogamer also took a look at Dynamix’s famous WWI shooter – a kind of simulation that has rarely been attempted due to just how bloody hard those planes were to fly.

Retrospective: The Need for Speed at Eurogamer
It’s always a source of amusement to think that one of the mainstays of EA’s holiday line up was brewed on a failed console. Of course, the first game in the series is one of the best, so it should be no surprise that it lived on to see release on a multitude of other formats.

Unseen64 Updates
Super Star Wars Beta (SNES)
Dark Guns (PSX)
Warlock Beta (SNES/MD)
Aeroguage (N64)
Space Fantasy Zone (PCE)
Babylon 5: Into the Fire (PC)
Thrasher: Skate & Destroy Beta (PSX)
Tee Off Gold Beta (SS)
Pac-Man: Ghost Zone (PSX)
Hammer vs. Evil-D in Soulfire (MCD)
Starship Troopers Spectrum Holobyte Version (PC/PSX)
Aspect Warriors (SNES/MD)
Land of the Dead: The Road to Fiddler’s Green Beta (PC/Xbox)
D-Jump (DC/PS2)
Pinky (MD/GG)

The Unseen64 updates were getting a little out of hand – I hope you enjoy this more legible list format.

Virtual Console
Spin Master (Arcade)

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