Archives for 2013

The Super Mario Super Dance

If this doesn’t make you  get up and dance at your New Year’s Eve party, then I don’t know what will. Get your Mario overalls on and get jiggy wit it!

Happy New Year to you all! Stay safe and enjoy!

source: Nathan Barnatt

12 Video Game Characters With Identifiable Mental Disorders

Did you ever have an inkling there was something NQR (Not Quite Right) about your favourite video game character? How about that rippling Russian behemoth, Zangief, or that speedy gold-ring eating blue hedgehog, Sonic? I always suspected something about these two. Thank you  to the team at, they have finally released the  dossier on 12 video game characters that may require medical intervention.



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Every gamer knows that the mushroom power-up is only for Mario and his bro, Luigi to use. If the power up falls in the wrong hands, it may spell doom for the video gaming universe. Watch what happens when other popular video gaming characters (Lara Croft, Master Chief, and Assassin Connor) attempt to steal Mario’s treasured power-ups! I shudder at the thought!

source: CorridorDigital

The 1996 Toys ‘R’ Us Christmas Catalog

Hands up who keeps their retail catalogues from years gone by? I see no hands. Well, I am glad that someone did. Take a trip down nostalgia lane and drool over the video gaming gear that was on sale at Toys ‘R’ Us (USA) during the 1996 holiday season.









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Happy Holidays 2013


It is that time of year. The time of year when you are supposed to be relaxed and very merry. If you are lucky enough to be on holidays and enjoying the festive season, lucky you!

For me, this time of year is always good to reflect on the last twelve months. Apart from reflecting on personal matters (which I am keeping to myself), for me, the main (retro gaming) highlight of 2013 was our participation in the very first PAX Australia event. The inaugural event was an absolute blast and we will no doubt be back, bigger and better for PAX Aus 2014! Other vintage gaming highlights included the capture (at last!) of the Vectrex and SX64.

Well, Santa is almost here, so I will take this opportunity to thank you all for your patronage – it is truly awesome and appreciated. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2014! Stay safe, be merry and game on!


Christmas Invaders: When Retro Gaming Met Christmas


Counting down the days until Christmas? Bored at work or home? Need a distraction?

You’re in luck. Santa has delivered all you ever wanted this holiday season: a Christmas Invaders game for your smart device! Inspired by the classic arcade game (Ed: you know, the one where you shoot invaders), you’ll be challenged with fending off wave after wave of Christmas themed invaders.

Simply tilt your device to control your Christmas tree shooter and eliminate the barrage of oncoming festive attackers. You can even try your luck aiming at Santa and his reindeer for bonus points and lives!


Work your way through the increasingly difficult levels with awesome Christmas jumper inspired designs and old school sound effects that will take you back to the good old days.

Christmas Invaders brings a festive feel with retro style gameplay. Step back in time, get in the Christmas spirit and have a go on Christmas Invaders – it is FREE!

Get your hit of FREE Christmas Invaders for your Android or iOS device right now.


ChristmasInvaders_IconHovel Games is an independent start-up that develops games for mobile devices including iOS and Android.  Hovel consists of partners Kurt Rathjen and Emma Carter, and was founded in 2012 in Australia.





Christmas Morning With Sega


With the festive season fast approaching, we tend to reminisce about those Christmas mornings when we would get up at the crack of dawn and open our presents from under the Christmas tree. The excitement would always boil over if there was something video gaming related from Santa. This video is for anyone who ever had their Christmas made magical by Sega.